1969 Daytona 500
The 1969 Daytona 500, the 11th running of the event, was the third race of the 1969 NASCAR Grand National season. It was the tenth official running and was run using its actual distance (500 miles) despite the fuel concerns at the time. All the concerns about fuel eventually led up to the 1973 oil crisis that would affect the 1973 Daytona 500 (by forcing NASCAR to voluntarily reduce the number of laps for that year's race).
LeeRoy Yarbrough chased down Charlie Glotzbach who had an eleven second lead. Yarbrough trimmed down the deficit and passed Glotzbach on the final lap. It was the first Daytona 500 that was won on a last lap pass. Yarbrough won in a back-up Ford after crashing his primary car. This would also be the second to final Daytona 500 race before it became the Winston Cup in 1971. Starting in 1971, all racers were to have 43 competitors maximum in a starting grid starting with the 1971 Daytona 500.
Using a grid of more than 43 competitors (commonplace during the 1950s and 1960s), the race track delivered up to 160 miles of hour to thousands of racing fans. In an era long before Daytona International Speedway a restrictor plate track, it was famous for the many collisions that more than sixty vehicles faced while simultaneously drafting each other for a chance at the lead.
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