Richard Petty and David Pearson arrived at Daytona Beach in February of 1976 with some unsettled business.
Defending Daytona 500 champion Pete Hamilton won the first 125-mile qualifier race of ’71 in his new ride, a Plymouth out of Cotton Owens’s shop.
The Hemi Chryslers had dominated the 1964 Daytona Speedweeks, but it was a very different picture when the 1965 event rolled around.
The inaugural Daytona 500 had been a huge success with nary a caution to mar the proceedings, so as the Grand National circuit prepared for their second visit.
To those drivers slated to run in the very first Daytona 500, their first glimpse of the brand new speedway must have been awe inspiring. When Bill France Sr. first proposed a 2.5-mile racetrack with high-banked corners, more than a few people scoffed that it would never be built, and some even said it couldn’t …
I decided to compare Jimmie Johnson’s 2006 NASCAR championship campaign with some of the greatest championship seasons of all-time to see where it stacks up.