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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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RACE DAY REMINDER FROM PDX RETRO ~


James Dennis Alan "Denny" Hamlin, 35.


RACE UPDATE: DENNY HAMLIN WINS THE DAYTONA 500 IN THE CLOSEST FINISH IN RACE HISTORY!

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RECAPPING NEWS OF THE PAST

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


Dale’s aggressive driving style earned him the nickname "The Intimidator".

Earnhardt has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including the
inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame
in 2010 
.

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NASCAR LEGEND HAS DIED AT 74

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Elzie Wylie "Buddy" Baker, Jr.
(January 25, 1941 – August 10, 2015)
 

Baker was an NASCAR driver and sports commentator. He died Monday at his
home in Catawba County,  North Caroline from inoperable lung cancer.

In 1997, Baker joined his father as an inductee into the International Motorsports
Hall of
Fame
in Talladega, Alabama. He, previously, had been inducted into the Charlotte Motor Speedway Court of Legends in 1995, and into the National
Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 1997. He was named one of
NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.

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