Jimmy Gleason ... Born ... AAA driver 1925 to 1931. He was killed in an AAA National Championship race in Syracuse NY in 1931.
Myron Stevens ... Born ... AAA driver 1929, 1931
Louis Tomei... Born ... AAA driver 1932 to 1949
Colby Scroggin ... Born ... AAA/USAC driver 1954 to 1963
Cotton Owens drove a factory Pontiac to victory in the 160 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 4.1 mile Daytona Beach & road course. It marked the first GN win for Pontiac as a make and Owens as a driver.
Jimmy Knight won the 30-lap USAC Midget race at the Pensacola Speedway, Pensacola, FL.
Pete Folse won the 25-lap IMCA Sprint Car race at the Florida State Fair, Tampa, FL. Johnny Rutherford finished second followed by Arnie Knepper, Hershel Wagner and Dick Hope.
Mel Kenyon won the Midget race over Jimmy Florian and Warren Schiebe at the Memorial Stadium, Daytona Beach, FL.
LeeRoy Yarbrough won the 250 mile Modified-Sportsman Stock Car race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL. Cale Yarborough finished second followed by Larry Frank, Frank Secrist, Roy Trantham, Al Smith, Gus Linder, Carl Burris, Jean Paul and Jack Evans.
Bobbie Adamson won the 50-lap Super Sprint car Winternational Sprint Series race at the Florida State Fair, Tampa, Florida. Thad Dosher was second followed by Kenny Weld, Jan Opperman, David James and Bobby Allen, Gene Gennetten, Jerry Camfield, Dean Ward and Don Mack.
John Poole won the midget race at the Memorial Stadium in Daytona Beach Florida.
Wayne Shugart won the 50-lap Southeastern Winternationals Late Model Stock Car race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL.
Todd Gibson won the Supermodified race at the West Palm Beach Fairgrounds Speedway, West Palm Beach, FL.
Richard Petty won the Daytona 500, actually the Daytona 450. The race was shortened by 50 miles to comply with a request from the Federal Energy Office because of the "energy crisis". Petty was a car length behind leader Donnie Allison with 19 laps left when a tire went down on his Dodge in turn 4. Petty made it to the pits, returning 38 seconds behind Allison. 8 laps later, Bob Burcham blew his motor in the tri-oval and Allison ran over debris, blowing both front tires and sending him spinning to the infield where his DiGard Chevy stalled. He was able to restart and finish 6th. Coo Coo Marlin was 3rd under the white flag, but mistook it for the checkered and eased off, allowing Cale Yarborough and Ramo Stott by for 2nd and 3rd.
Jimmy Caruthers , driving the Doug Caruthers # 1, won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the San Jose Speedway, San Jose, CA.
Bill Elliott wrapped up a dominating SpeedWeek by driving his Thunderbird to victory in the Daytona 500. Elliott duplicated Fireball Roberts and Cale Yarborough's feat of winning the pole, qualifying race and 500. Elliott's only serious challenge was from Neil Bonnett who blew his motor with 6 laps to go. Lake Speed in the RahMoc Pontiac finished 2nd, just under a second behind Elliott.