Daytona Beach, Florida Cars took to the new Daytona International Speedway for the first time as a practice session took place. Curtis Turner and Fireball Roberts were among those making runs. Following the practice session, the track was closed to allow work on the guard rail to be finished.
Richard Petty, making his first start in a Ford, won the twice delayed NASCAR Grand National 'Motor Trend 500' at Riverside International Raceway. The race was postponed by flood causing storms two straight Sundays and was run on a Saturday before 46,300 fans. Petty spun off track twice, but still led 103 of the 186 laps, finishing 25 seconds ahead of polesitter and early leader A.J. Foyt. 1968 GN champ David Pearson finished 3rd with relief help from Parnelli Jones, as Ford swept the top 3 positions. The event ran caution free with Petty averaging a record 105.498 mph in the race that took 4 hours, 45 minutes and 37 seconds to complete. Five time race winner Dan Gurney never led, spun twice and retired on lap 66 with engine failure.
Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons drive their Penske prepared Lola T70 coupe to victory in the 24-Hours of Daytona.
Doug Wolfgang won the final round of the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL.
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Dick Rathmann ... Died ... AAA & USAC driver from the 1940's, 50's & 60's.