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Pontiac Wins Daytona Grand National Race 1957
The Daytona Beach Road Course was a race track that was instrumental in the
formation of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, or NASCAR.
It originally became famous as the location where fifteen world land speed
records were set.
The course started on the pavement of highway A1A (at 4511 South Atlantic
Avenue, Ponce Inlet 29.108890°N 80.943669°W). A restaurant named
"Racing's North Turn" now stands at that location. It went south two miles
(3 km) parallel to the ocean on A1A (S. Atlantic Ave) to the end of the
road, where the drivers accessed the beach at the south turn at the Beach
Street approach 29.084705°N 80.925566°W, returned two miles (3 km) north
on the sandy beach surface, and returned to A1A at the north turn. The
lap length in early events was 3.2 miles (5.1 km), and it was lengthened to
4.2 miles (6.8 km) in the late 1940s. In the video game NASCAR Thunder 2004
by EA Sports, the course is shortened to about half its distance, but still
shows how the basic course was set up.
in 1957 the three-race weekend was revised with new preliminary formats.
The first race is a 125-mile (201 km) Modifield/Sportsmen race, and the
second is a 160-mile (260 km) Late Model Convertible event. Tim Flock and
Curtis Turner are the victors.
In the main event, Cotton Owens moved from his third place starting
position to lead the first lap. Paul Goldsmith took the lead briefly after
40 miles (of 160 miles). Goldsmith took the lead back from Owens after
Owens pitted after 94 miles (151 km). Goldsmith's quick pit stop gave him a
lead that he maintained until he went out with a blown piston with 36 miles
(58 km) left in the race. Owens led the rest of the way for his first
career win. The win was the first NASCAR win for Pontiac, and the first
Grand National race speed average over 100 mph (101.541 mph).
This film concentrates on the main event. Starting with scenes of the
NASCAR Inspection Station show the cars of Goldsmith, Tiny Lund, Billy
Myers, Marvin Panch and Curtis Turner. Ray Nichels, the car builder who
helped bring Pontiac into NASCAR, is shown at his Speedweek headquarters at
the Stephens Pontiac garage in Daytona, where both of his red '57 Pontiacs
are being prepared for drivers Banjo Matthews and Cotton Owens.
This film takes to the beach for qualifying and Goldsmith, Turner, Darel
Dieringer, plus the Nichels Pontiacs of Cotton Owens and Banjo Matthews are
all shown in action. Banjo wins the pole and starting beside him is Jack
Smith. Owens starts third with Fonty Flock in the #18 Bill Stroppe Mercury
fourth, while Tiny Lund starts fifth with Dieringer alongside.
By the end of the first lap Owens has taken the lead, with Paul Goldsmith,
who starts in 18th position in Smokey's #3 black '57 Chevy, moving up fast.
The first car out of the race is Bob Duell, shown running up the bank in
the south turn! Goldsmith takes the lead from Owens briefly at the 40-mile
mark, but Owens is back in front the next time around! Goldsmith takes
first again when Owens makes his only pit stop after 94 miles. Cotton gets
back out in a little over a minute to try and chase down Goldsmith, who
must soon come in, himself. Great camera work shows the pit stops of top
contenders Goldsmith, Owens and Flock, with car builders Nichels, Yunick
and Bill Stroppe all in action! Goldsmith's stop is quicker than Owens',
and he keeps the lead in the late stages of the race. Meanwhile other
drivers are shown having their problems. Darel Dieringer and Rex White
crash in the north turn! Frank Schneider's #45 Babb Chevrolet ends the race
stalled in the south turn. Lem Svajian misses the north turn altogether and
runs through the safety markers! During the race, you'll also see great
driving by Dick Beaty, Fonty Flock and Fireball Roberts.
With 36 miles to go the complexion of the race suddenly changes when
Goldsmith's Chevy burns a piston! Owens' #6 Pontiac has been pressuring
Goldsmith all the way, with Fonty Flock, in the #18 Stroppe Mercury in
third place. Cameras follow the black #3 into the pits where Smokey raises
the hood to find Goldsmith's day has ended. Owens again has the lead and
soon after takes the checkered flag, giving both himself and Pontiac their
first win in NASCAR history! A happy Cotton Owens and proud car owner Ray
Nichels are shown in Daytona's victory lane receiving the Harley Earl
trophy from Bill France! Cotton Owens becomes the first driver ever to win
a Grand National race at more than 100 MPH and his average speed of 101.541
MPH is still a record for the old beach and road course at Daytona!
1958 Daytona Beach Convertible Race Part 2 of 3
Some classic footage of the old beach. This time its a convertible race.
Not much excitement throughout but it's nice to see this type of footage
still exists. This was the last convertible race on the beach course.
February 22, 1958
Margine Of Victory: 14 Seconds
Full results and other facts here:
1979 Daytona 500
In honor of 250 videos uploaded, I give you the mother of all classics. In
her entirety for the first time on youtube. All the way from the green flag
to the historic fight. You get it all! Thank you all for subscribing and
making my channel so popular. I hope I can bring you all great racing
footage for a long time to come!
Daytona Beach NASCAR Race 1958
The Daytona Beach stock car race on the beach, before the current track was
Video produced by http://www.truetraveler.com/
NASCAR North Wilkesboro 1990 Controversy
North Wilkesboro Speedway opened its doors on May 18, 1947 to a crowd in
excess of 10,000 people who showed up to see one of the famous Flock
brothers win the race.
On October 16, 1949, North Wilkesboro Speedway held the eighth and final
race of the 1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock Division. At the end of the day
Robert "Red" Byron walked away as the first NASCAR champion
Brett Bodine led most of the spring 1990 race. During a caution the pace
car picked up the wrong leader, which gave Bodine a lap lead. Bodine put on
a set of tires before the error was corrected. He held off Darrell Waltrip
for his only career Winston Cup win.
Largest Crash in NASCAR History
Thanks to Rustyfan for this great capture. In 1960 Daytona Superspeedway
hosted this sportsman race. 68 cars entered into the race, back then there
were a maximum of 68 cars in a superspeedway race. Coming out of turn four
37 cars get into a massive wreck where at least six cars get on their
roofs. Amazingly, evryone walked away from this.
By the way, I am really getting tired of people having arguments that lead
to name calling and slander. If I see a comment that put another member
down or uses any derogatory language, I will delete it and any replies to
it immediately. Also, if you do not like racing or think it is a sport,
that's fine, but at least give some logical thought into a comment that you
post. I will once again delete any comment along the line of "nascar sucks"
or "nascar is for dumb rednecks LOL!!1!1".
All I ask is for some civilized conversation, and not trash talking.
1964 Southern 500
The 1964 Southern 500 at Darlington, round fifty-one of the sixty-two race
1959 Daytona 500 Part 1 Of 3
This part is kind of boring so you might as well skip it. There is rare
footage of Bill Norkett's major crash at Daytona Beach though.
February 22, 1959
Margin Of Victory: Measured 2 Feet
Full results and other facts here:
1970 Richard Petty flip @ Darlington
Richard Petty suffers one of the worst accidents in his NASCAR career
during the 1970 Rebel 400 at Darlington. He suffered a dislocated shoulder
in the accident.