1967 Daytona 500

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1967 Daytona 500
Race details
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; 48 years ago (1967-02-26)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 48 °F (9 °C); wind speeds approaching 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)[1]
Average speed 146.926 miles per hour (236.454 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Curtis Turner Yunich-Rich
Most laps led
Driver Mario Andretti Holman Moody
Laps 112
Winner
No. 11
Mario Andretti
Holman Moody

The 1967 Daytona 500, the 9th running of the event, was run on February 26, 1967.

Summary[edit]

Mario Andretti, better known for his accomplishments in open-wheel and USAC competition won his first and only NASCAR Grand National event. He ran in a Holman-Moody Ford sponsored by the Bunnell Motor Company. This would be the only time that a person born outside the United States has ever won the Daytona 500. Andretti would consider Nazareth, Pennsylvania to be his "adopted" home town during his NASCAR career as to avoid the scrutiny that foreigners faced in NASCAR before the "modern" era[citation needed].

More than 94,000 people would witness a 204-minute race where six cautions would be recorded for a length of 54 laps. There would be 36 different changes in the first-place position of this race. Pole speeds were swift; reaching up to 180.381 miles per hour or 290.295 kilometres per hour. Tiny Lund ran out of gas while trying to win the race; signifying that he was an aggressive driver at this event[citation needed]. Six drivers failed to make the grid; including Don Biederman and Earl Brooks.[2]

The race car drivers still had to commute to the races using the same stock cars that competed in a typical weekend's race through a policy of homologation (and under their own power). This policy was in effect until roughly 1975. By 1980, NASCAR had completely stopped tracking the year model of all the vehicles and most teams did not take stock cars to the track under their own power anymore.

Race results[edit]

References[edit]

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