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The 1967 Daytona 500 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on February 26, 1967, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

1967 Daytona 500
Race details[1]
Race 5 of 49 in the 1967 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Date February 26, 1967 (1967-02-26)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Cold with temperatures reaching up to 48 °F (9 °C); wind speeds approaching 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)
Average speed 146.926 miles per hour (236.454 km/h)
Attendance 94,250[2]
Pole position
Driver Yunich-Rich
Most laps led
Driver Mario Andretti Holman Moody
Laps 112
Winner
No. 11 Mario Andretti Holman Moody

SummaryEdit

Mario Andretti, better known for his accomplishments in open-wheel and USAC competition, won his first and only NASCAR Grand National event, pulling away from 1965 winner Fred Lorenzen in the closing laps.[2] He ran in a Holman-Moody Ford.[2] This is the only time a person born outside the United States has ever won the Daytona 500.[2]

More than 94,000 people witnessed a 204-minute race where six cautions slowed the pace for a total of 54 laps. There were 36 lead changes among 9 drivers. Curtis Turner won the pole at a speed of 180.381 miles per hour or 290.295 kilometres per hour.[2] Tiny Lund ran out of gas while trying to win the race. Six drivers failed to make the grid; including Don Biederman and Earl Brooks.[2] Innes Ireland raced his final race ever when the V8 engine of his Dodge exploded outside the stands.

First Daytona 500 starts for Donnie Allison, Clyde Lynn, Ramo Stott, Gary Bettenhausen, and Coo Coo Marlin. Only Daytona 500 starts for Dorus Wisecarver, Joel Davis, Innes Ireland, Ken Spikes, Bob Pickell, and George England. Last Daytona 500 starts for H. B. Bailey, Curtis Turner, J. T. Putney, Jim Paschal, Dick Hutcherson, Don White, Blackie Watt, and Paul Lewis.[2]

Race resultsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weather of the 1967 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "1967 Daytona 500 racing information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2013-06-24.