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.

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.


  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