Herb Thomas drove his Hudson Hornet to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt Palm Beach Speedway in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was the 29th career win for the winningest driver in GN history at the time. Buck Baker finished second, 2 laps behind in an Olds 88. Future Indy drivers Dick Rathmann and Al Keller shared the front row in Hudson Hornets. Keller was in the lead on lap 49 when a head gasket blew, giving the lead to Rathmann took until he suffered the same fate 16 laps later. Thomas won $1,600 in one of the highest paying 100 mile races in NASCAR Grand National history.
Daytona International Speedway formally opened. 13 cars were on hand for the first qualifying round, but 6 failed tech inspection. "Fireball" Roberts turned in a speed of 140.581 mph in a Pontiac to earn the pole for the inaugural 100 mile Grand National qualifying race. Marvin Panch ran 128.810 mph to pace the two convertibles that timed in.