1960 Daytona 500
|Race 5 of 52 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season|
|Date||February 14, 1960|
|Location||Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 500 mi (800 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching as high as 61 °F (16 °C); wind speeds approaching 27 miles per hour (43 km/h)|
|Average speed||124.74 miles per hour (200.75 km/h)|
|Driver||Cotton Owens||Cotton Owens|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Junior Johnson||John Masoni|
|Television in the United States|
The race was won by Junior Johnson driving a 1959 Chevrolet owned by John Masoni and sponsored by Daytona Kennel. Johnson drove the number 27 to victory in just over four hours after starting in the 9th position.
In late January 1960 the CBS network sent anchorman Bud Palmer and other employees to Daytona to cover the events in the first ever televised coverage of a NASCAR event.
Early into the race, cars started spinning wildly on Turn 4, and cars were spinning, skidding and crashing all over the banking. It was probably the biggest crash in motorsports history, with 37 cars involved. 24 of those cars, including a rookie. David Pearson and Tiny Lund's cars had been wrecked and were out of the race. The other 13 went in for repairs and rejoined. Amazingly (considering the almost total lack of safety precautions in those days), no one was killed or even seriously injured, and there was no fire even though many fuel tanks had ruptured. 8 drivers received minor injuries, and the race restarted.
It was also known as being the slowest Daytona 500 race in history.
Race winner Junior Johnson went on to achieve multiple accolades in the following years; including being inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990 and being selected as one of NASCAR's 50 Top drivers in 1998. On February 4. 2010 NASCAR announced that Johnson would be Grand Marshall for the 50th anniversary of his 1960 victory.
Part of Johnson's duties as Grand Marshal would be to utter the immortal words "Gentleman, start your engines" at the 52nd running of the Daytona 500 on February 14, 2010.
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