1980 Daytona 500

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The 22nd annual Daytona 500 was held February 17, 1980 at Daytona International Speedway. Buddy Baker started the decade by winning the fastest Daytona 500 in history, at 177.602 mph (285.809 km/h), it was Baker's only 500 win and did so in his 18th start, the longest until Dale Earnhardt in 1998.[1] The 1980 Daytona Speedweeks was also marred by the death of Ricky Knotts, who was killed during the Gatorade Twin 125 qualifying races.[2][3] There were 42 cars in the field, after planning to only run 40 cars.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aumann, Mark (January 26, 2005). "Daytona Countdown: '80". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Driver Young dies in crash at Daytona". Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago. February 14, 1987. p. 94. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  3. ^ Holliman, Ray. Desire for success kills Ricky Knotts, St. Petersburg Times, February 15, 1980, Retrieved 2010-06-25
Preceded by
1980 Winston Western 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1980
Succeeded by
1980 Richmond 400