1970 Daytona 500

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1970 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 4 of 48 in the 1970 NASCAR Grand National Series season

Date February 22, 1970 (1970-02-22)
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 64.9 °F (18.3 °C); wind speeds approaching 10.1 miles per hour (16.3 km/h)[1]
Average speed 149.601 miles per hour (240.759 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Cale Yarborough Wood Brothers Racing
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Holman Moody
Laps 82
No. 40
Pete Hamilton
Petty Enterprises
Television in the United States
Network ABC's Wide World of Sports
Announcers Keith Jackson
Chris Economaki

The 1970 Daytona 500, the 12th running of the event, was a NASCAR Grand National Series automobile race run on February 22, 1970.

NASCAR's modern era would commence with this race. Winged Plymouth Superbirds would make their grand debut in this race. Pete Hamilton, who was hired by Petty Enterprises shortly before the season, won the race in the #40 Plymouth Superbird. Hamilton passed David Pearson with nine laps to go and won by three car lengths. It was the first win for the new Plymouth Superbird model.

This race would last 200 minutes; with a proud audience of 103,800 people watching every minute of it. A grand total of 24 lead changes were made with an average green flag run of 22 laps. Exactly 23% of the race was held under a caution flag; blown engines were the primary culprit behind the yellow flags.[2]


  1. ^ "Weather of the 1970 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  2. ^ Racing information for the 1970 Daytona 500 at Racing Reference. Accessed 2013-06-24. Archived 2013-06-30.