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THE FIRST GREAT AMERICAN RACE IN 1959

Lee Petty No. 42 and Johnny Beauchamp No. 73 battle on the last lap of the 1959 Daytona 500.
Lee Petty No. 42 and Johnny Beauchamp No. 73 battle on the last lap
of the 1959 Daytona 500.


The 1959 First 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 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 Daytona. The race lasted 3:41:22, with an average
speed of 135.521 mph.

It took NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. three days to decide the winner
the following Wednesday. In the end, with the help of photographs and
newsreel footage, Petty was officially declared the winner.

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


Lee Petty was one of the pioneers of
NASCAR and one of its first superstars.
He is also the father of
Richard Petty,
who went on to become one of the
most successful stock car racing
drivers of all time.

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The original NASCAR logo.

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THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA FOR NASCAR

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(FoxNews) – The 62nd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday will mark the
start of a new era for NASCAR, following its landmark offseason acquisition
of
International Speedway Corp.

NASCAR now owns the Daytona International Speedway, home of the
venerable season-opening race, as well as several other tracks included
in the $2 billion acquisition. While big changes related to the deal aren’t
expected until 2021, the transaction gives NASCAR unprecedented control
over its racing schedule as it reshapes its business to appeal to younger
fans.

“It makes a big difference,” NASCAR Chairman Jim France said of the merger.
“It gives us an opportunity to respond quicker to the changing environment
out here with the economy and all the things that are going on that impact motorsports. It was a major big step that we needed to make probably for
quite a while.”

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NASCAR Chairman Jim France.

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RACING FAMILY MEMBER HAS DIED AT 56

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John Andrew Andretti (March 12, 1963 – January 30, 2020)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — John Andretti carved out his own niche in one of
the world’s most successful racing families.

He became the first driver to attempt the Memorial Day double. He won
on dirt tracks, street courses and superspeedways. He won an endurance
race, competed in dragsters and became an iron man in IndyCar and
NASCAR. He used his platform and passion for racing to help others
and On Thursday, John lost a three-year battle with colon cancer.

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SUCCESSFUL NASCAR DRIVER, DIES AT 61

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Michael Stefanik (May 20, 1958 – September 15, 2019)


(FoxNews) – NASCAR champion Michael Stefanik died Sunday in a
single-engine plane crash near the Rhode Island state line.

Connecticut state police said Stefanik took off in a single-engine,
single-seat Aerolite 103 from the Riconn Airport in Coventry, R.I.,
and was turning back to the airfield when it crashed in a wooded
area.

“Mike Stefanik was one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR
history, but even more so, he was a true representative of our sport,
” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France said in a statement. “His
tough, competitive nature and excellence on the race track won him
the admiration of fans and competitors alike.”

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A 1,000th START ON THIS DAY IN 1986

 Richard Petty returned to the Petty Enterprises family operation in 1986 following two seasons with Californian Mike Curb.
   
Racing legend Richard Petty made the 1,000th start of his National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR)
career, in the Miller American 400 in Brooklyn,
Michigan.

He became the first driver in NASCAR history to log 1,000
career starts.

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Richard Lee Petty (The King) will turn 82 July 2nd.

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