The first edition of the Daytona 500 took place in front of 41,921 spectators in 1959. However, 1959 First 500 Mile NASCAR International Sweepstakes at Daytona, which was the second race of the 1959 NASCAR Grand National season, was known as the first race held with the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway.
What year was the First Daytona 500 Race?
The First Daytona was held on February 22, 1959. The First Daytona 500 televised on February 18, 1979. Sports specialists always consider the 1979 Daytona 500 to be the most significant race in stock car history. The race was televised from the beginning to the end, as the race was surprisingly rare at that time, and also it was the first time for a 500-mile race in American history.
1959 Daytona 500 Qualifying
The person who had won the fastest qualifying lap was the Cotton Owens, with 143.198 miles per hour (mph). The race also had a qualifying race for Convertibles and a qualifying race for the hardtop Grand National cars. Bob Welborn was the winner of the 100-mile Grand National qualifying race. Shorty Rollins had won the Convertible qualifying race and became second. However, the amazing part was with the car, twenty of the 59 cars in the Daytona 500 were convertibles.
Who Won the First Daytona 500?
The first Daytona 500 won by Lee Petty. Lee Petty was the driver of the No. 42 Oldsmobile. On February 25, 1959, Lee posed in front of his car after winning the first 1959 Daytona 500 race. Lee had not even been awarded as a winner until three days as officials thought Johnny Beauchamp was the winner.
First Daytona 500 at a Glance
Time is a picture of the first Daytona 500 where all information regarding the first Daytona 500 is summarized-
- Venue: Daytona International Speedway
- Location: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
- First race: 1959
- Distance: 500 miles (800 km)
- Laps: 200 where Stage 1: 60, Stage 2: 60, and Stage 3: 80
- Stage 1A and 1B are counting for the Qualifying Races for points purposes, which are 60 laps each.
- Previous names: Inaugural 500 Mile International Sweepstakes (1959)
- Most laps led: Jack Smith, 57 laps
- Qualifying race winners: Duel 1: Bob Welborn, Shorty Rollins and winner was Jack Smith
The full scenario of the First Daytona 500 is described above. The most winning driver is Richard Lee Petty. However, Richard Lee Petty was born on July 2, 1937. People often use “The King” as his nickname. He was the former NASCAR driver who had been an active race hero from 1958 to 1992 in the former NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series, which is now called the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.