Junior Johnson won the second Daytona 500 by being the first stock car driver to exploit "drafting".
Fred Lorenzen won the rain shortened Daytona 500 in a Holman-Moody Ford. The race was stopped after 332.5 miles and could not be resumed. (Click here for the race report.)
Bobby Allison easily won the Daytona 500 in the DiGard Racing Buick. The rear bumper fell off of Allison's car on lap 4, prompting some to charge that DiGard crew chief Gary Nelson had done it intentionally. Cale Yarborough, who finished 22.9 seconds behind Allison in second, and his crew chief Tim Brewer were the most vocal protestors.
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Tony Bettenhausen Jr. ... Died ... Tony Lee Bettenhausen Jr. was one of three racing brothers and a son of two-time U.S. Auto Club national champion Melvin "Tony" Bettenhausen, who ran at the Indianapolis 500 from 1946-60 and was killed in practice in 1961. Tony Jr. drove Indy cars from 1979-93 and also competed in 33 Nextel Cup Series series events in his career, most coming in 1974 when he scored a career best 7th place effort at Richmond International Raceway. He raced in 11 Indy 500 with his best finish of 7th in 1981. He died in a plane crash that he was piloting, he was 48.