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FIRST INDY RACE HELD ON THIS DAY IN 1909

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On August 19, 1909, the first race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, now the home of the world’s most famous motor racing competition, the Indianapolis 500.

Built on 328 acres of farmland five miles northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana, the speedway was started by local businessmen as a
testing facility for Indiana’s growing automobile industry.

In that first five-mile race, 12,000 spectators watched Austrian
engineer Louis Schwitzer win with an average speed of 57.4 miles
per hour. The track’s surface of crushed rock and tar proved a
disaster, breaking up in a number of places and causing the deaths
of two drivers, two mechanics and two spectators.

The surface was soon replaced with 3.2 million paving bricks, laid
in a bed of sand and fixed with mortar. Dubbed “The Brickyard,”
the speedway reopened in December 1909.

 

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Ray Harroun wheels his No. 32 Marmon Wasp racecar to
victory in the inaugural Indy 500.

 

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NASCAR TV ANNOUNCER TO RETIRE SOON

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Mike Joy (left), Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon.

(Fox News) – Fox Sports NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip has announced that
he will retire at the end of the network’s broadcast season.

Waltrip was a member of the Fox Sports NASCAR team when it first went on
the air in 2001, when he helped call the
Daytona 500 that was won by his
brother Michael, but is mostly remembered for the last-lap accident that
took the life of Dale Earnhardt.

Fox Sports CEO & executive producer Eric Shanks said “Darrell has been
the heart and soul of the Fox NASCAR booth since day one, so it’s incredibly bittersweet to know this is his final season.”

Waltrip, a 3-time series champion, said he has been talking about the decision
with his family for several months.


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Darrell Waltrip (far right) with #17 Tide Chevrolet Monte Carlo & Race Team along with transporter.

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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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VETERAN BROADCASTER HAS DIED AT 56

Pit reporter: Steve Byrnes
Steven Patrick "Steve" Byrnes (April 14, 1959 – April 21, 2015)

A NASCAR broadcaster whose career included stints with CBS, Fox Sports Net
and TNN is dead. Steve Byrnes died in the early hours of Tuesday as a result
of complications from cancer in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

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Steve Byrnes (left) with racing legend Dale Earnhardt

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DEBUT OF THE GREAT AMERICAN RACE

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

The 1959 First Annual 500 Mile NASCAR International Sweepstakes at Daytona,
(now known as the inaugural Daytona 500) was the second race of the 1959
NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) 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 
Daytona International Speedway. The race lasted 3:41:22, with an average
speed of 135.521 mph. In the end, with the help of photographs and newsreel
footage, Lee Petty, father of racing legend Richard Petty, was officially declared
the winner.

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Johnny Beauchamp, front, and Lee Petty were neck and neck on the final
lap of the inaugural Daytona 500.

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Approaching the finish line.


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