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FIRST DAYTONA 500 WINNER ON THIS DAY

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On this day in 1959, Lee Petty defeats Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish at
the just-opened Daytona International Speedway in
Florida to win the first-ever Daytona 500. The race was so close that Beauchamp was initially named the
winner by William France, the owner of the track and head of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). However, Petty, who was
driving a hardtop Oldsmobile 88, challenged the results and three days later,
with the assistance of news photographs, he was officially named the champ.

There was speculation that France declared Beauchamp the winner in order to intentionally stir up controversy and generate publicity for his new race track.

Today, the 200-lap, 500-mile Daytona 500 is one of auto racing’s premiere
events and the first race of the NASCAR season. France, a gas station owner
and racing promoter, officially co-founded NASCAR in Daytona Beach in
1948.

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

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Johnny Beauchamp
(March 23, 1923 – April 17, 1981)

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William Henry Getty France (September 26, 1909 – June 7, 1992)

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Lee Petty’s 1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

  

 

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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr., was killed in a crash during the final lap
of the Daytona 500 race on this day in 2001. Earnhardt was inducted into
numerous halls of fame, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame inaugural
class in 2010.

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Dale Earnhardt in car # 3 hits the wall hard in the 2001 Daytona 500.

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John Joseph Travolta is 65 years old today.

Actor John Travolta starred in the 1970s hit films Saturday Night Fever 
and
Grease. He went on to play Vincent Vega in the critically acclaimed
1994 film
Pulp Fiction. Travolta  also starred in the action thriller Face/Off
(1997) with Nicolas Cage.  

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NASCAR LEGEND HAS DIED AT 93


Glen Wood (July 18, 1925 – January 18, 2019)

(Fox News) – Glen Wood died on Friday, leaving behind one
of the most glorious legacies in the sport’s history.

Glen and his brother Leonard founded their namesake Wood
Brothers Racing team in 1950 and entered the NASCAR Cup
series in 1953. Glen would go on to win four races over an
11-year driving career, then help shepherd a long list of racers
that would include 19 named to NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers
list alongside him. Stars like Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough,
Junior Johnson and Bill Elliott were among the top drivers
that spent time in a Wood Brothers car.

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The Wood brothers from left: Glen and Leonard.

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SEMI-RETIRED NASCAR DRIVER IS 44 TODAY

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Busch Series Championship in 1998 and 1999
and the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014. He went on to become an analyst
for NASCAR on NBC-TV. He went into his first race with a car he co-owned
with his half brother Kerry. Junior, as he is often called, won his 12th
consecutive Sprint Cup Series Most Popular Driver Award in 2014.
 

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the broadcast booth.

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RACING LEGEND BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1951

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

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