1975 Daytona 500

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1975 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 2 of 30 in the 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Daytona International Speedway.svg
Date February 16, 1975 (1975-02-16)
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 82.9 °F (28.3 °C); wind speeds approaching 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)[1]
Average speed 153.649 miles per hour (247.274 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Donnie Allison DiGard Motorsports
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Bobby Allison Penske Racing
Duel 2 Winner David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing
Laps 74
Winner
No. 72
Benny Parsons
L.G. DeWitt
Television in the United States
Network ABC's Wide World of Sports
Announcers Bill Flemming
Jackie Stewart

The 1975 Daytona 500, the 17th running of the event on February 16, 1975 was a race in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Summary[edit]

From the start, it appeared that David Pearson was on his way to his first Daytona 500 victory as he built a sizable lead on second place Benny Parsons late in the race. However, Richard Petty, who was eight laps behind the leaders on his way to finishing seventh, and Parsons hooked up in a draft and began reeling in Pearson who was slowed by lapped traffic. The key moment of the race occurred two laps from the end when contact with Cale Yarborough in traffic sent Pearson spinning on the backstretch. Parsons avoided the accident and went on to take the win. As per the list below, 26 of the 40 drivers failed to finish the race for various reasons, including a huge crash on the fourth lap, which took out nine cars, nearly one quarter of the field. Among those involved were famous country music singer Marty Robbins, who also crashed out of the 1973 Daytona 500. At the time, it was the biggest crash in terms of number of cars involved in race history. Donnie Allison started on the pole, but only led the first lap and was sidelined by mechanical problems, as was DiGard Racing teammate Johnny Rutherford, the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion. Another that failed to finish was Buddy Baker, who led 46 laps. As a result, a record-low 14 cars, including that of Pearson, were classified as running at the finish.

None of the 40 cars in this year's Daytona 500 had a single-digit car number.

Finishing order[edit]

  1. Benny Parsons
  2. Bobby Allison
  3. Cale Yarborough
  4. David Pearson
  5. Ramo Stott
  6. Dave Marcis
  7. Richard Petty
  8. Richie Panch
  9. G.C. Spencer
  10. James Hylton
  11. A.J. Foyt*
  12. Bruce Jacobi
  13. Bob Burcham*
  14. Ed Negre
  15. Cecil Gordon*
  16. Ferrel Harris
  17. Coo Coo Marlin*
  18. Richard Childress
  19. Lennie Pond*
  20. Buddy Baker*
  21. David Cisco*
  22. Dick Brooks*
  23. Tommy Gale*
  24. George Follmer*
  25. Walter Ballard*
  26. Darrell Waltrip*
  27. Johnny Rutherford*
  28. Donnie Allison*
  29. Randy Tissot*
  30. Hershel McGriff*
  31. Rick Newsom*
  32. Bruce Hill*
  33. J. D. McDuffie*
  34. Joe Mihalic*
  35. Jim Vandiver*
  36. Dick Trickle*
  37. Grant Adcox*
  38. Dan Daughtry*
  39. Marty Robbins*
  40. Warren Tope*

Note: * denotes that the driver failed to finish the race.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weather of the 1975 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 

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