1968 Daytona 500

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The 1968 Daytona 500, the 10th running of the event, was won by Cale Yarborough driving a 1968 Mercury on February 25, 1968. Yarborough drove his number 21 to victory in just over 3 hours and 23 minutes after starting the race on the pole. There were 11 caution flags which slowed the race for a total of 60 laps, which was a track record at the time and remained so until 2005.[1] Yarborough squeaked out the victory by less than a second over LeeRoy Yarbrough.[2] The win was Yarborough's first victory of the season.[3]

This was also the only Daytona 500 where the grid was set exclusively by qualifying times. The 125-mile qualifying races, which had its distance increased by 10 laps, would not be held because of inclement weather.


  1. ^ "1968 Daytona 500". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  2. ^ Auto editors of Consumer Guide. "1968 NASCAR Grand National Recap". HowStuffWorks, Inc ; Publications International, Ltd. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  3. ^ Fleischman, Bill; Al Pearce (2004). "Race Results: 1949-2002; 1960". The Unauthorized NASCAR Fan Guide: 2004 2004 (10 ed.). 43311 Joy Rd. #414, Canton, MI, 48187: Checkered Flag Press; Visible Ink Press. pp. 226 of 576. ISBN 0-681-27587-1. 
Preceded by
1968 Motor Trend 500
NASCAR Grand National Season
Succeeded by
1968 Southeastern 500