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THE FIRST DAYTONA 500, A PHOTO FINISH

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Lee Petty #42 and Johnny Beauchamp #73 battle on the last lap
of the first Daytona 500.

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Lee Arnold Petty  (March 14, 1914 – April 5, 2000)

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Lee Petty’s 1959 Daytona 500 photo finish winning Oldsmobile.

The 1959 First Annual 500 Mile NASCAR International Sweepstakes at
Daytona (now known as the 1959 Inaugural Daytona 500) was the second
race of the 1959 NASCAR Grand National (now Monster Energy NASCAR
Cup Series
) season. It was held on February 22, 1959, in front of 41,921
spectators. It was the first race held at the 2.5-mile (4.0 kilometer) Daytona
International Speedway
. The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important
and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar. It is also the series’ first race
of the year. With the help of photographs and newsreel footage, Lee Petty,
the father of Richard Petty, was officially declared the winner by NASCAR
founder Bill France, Sr. .

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REVIEWING PAST NEWS EVENTS

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JOHN BELMONT

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001)

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The crash that killed Dale Earnhardt (#3) in the 2001 Daytona 500.

Regarded as one of the most significant drivers in NASCAR history, Earnhardt
won a total of 76 Winston Cup races over the course of his career, including
the 1998 Daytona 500. He also won seven NASCAR Winston Cup
championships, tying for the most all-time with Richard Petty.

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John Joseph Travolta is 63 years old today.

After dropping out of high school, Travolta moved to New York and landed a
role in a touring company’s production of Grease. He made his film debut as
John in the 1975 television movie The Tenth Level.

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Mark Twain’s "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published
in the
U.S. for the first time in 1885.

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens
(November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)

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NASCAR RACING LEGEND IS 45 TODAY

 
Jeff’s 6th grade photo.


Jeff Gordon high school yearbook, 1989.


Jeffery Michael
"Jeff" Gordon was born in Vallejo, California
.

Jef Gordon is a semi-retired professional stock car racing driver
and currently an announcer for Fox NASCAR. He formerly drove
the No. 24 Chevrolet
for Hendrick Motorsports in 23 full-time
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons between 1993 and 2015,
and currently serves as a substitute driver for
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Gordon won his first of many WInston Cup Championships in
1995 and his first Daytona 500 in 1997 becoming one of the
most successful race car drivers in the history of the sport.

He began racing quarter midgets when he was five and when
he got to his teens, his family believed in him enough to move
from California to Indiana to help further his racing career.

He is the first driver to reach $100 million in career earnings
in the Cup series.

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RACING LEGEND IS 79 TODAY


Richard Lee Petty was born in North Carolina.

NASCAR driver Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 seven times over the course
of his legendary career. His racing team Richard Petty Motorsports became one
of the most successful teams on the circuit. He grew up with racing, as his father
was a champion racer himself. Richard is called The King who became a 5-time
Winston Cup Series Champion.

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PAINT SCHEME WILL HONOR THE KING!

(Fox Sports)-Richard Petty Motorsports and STP have revealed Aric Almirola’s throwback paint scheme for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 4.

Almirola’s scheme will honor The King’s 1979 STP car he raced to his sixth of
seven Daytona 500 victories, as well as a seventh and final NASCAR Premier
Series championship.


From Left: Richard Petty and Aric Almirola. Petty will be 79 on July 2.

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