Scott Sharp... Born ... Trans-Am and Indycar racer.
Richard Petty led teammate Buddy Baker across the line in the Daytona 500. It was Petty's 3rd Daytona 500 win. Petty's Plymouth finished 10 seconds ahead of Baker's Petty Enterprises Dodge with A.J. Foyt third in the Wood Brothers Mercury. Foyt was leading with 39 laps to go when he ran out of gas, losing a lap in the process. Foyt unlapped himself in the final 20 laps, but couldn't catch the Petty team. Donnie Allison was leading at the time of the last yellow, but he was eliminated after his Mercury darted into the wall during the last caution lap. Petty averaged 144.462 mph.
Burt Foland won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the San Jose Speedway, San Jose, CA.
Kenny Weld won the 30-lap Super Sprint car Winternational Sprint Series race at the Florida State Fair, Tampa, Florida. Second to Weld at the finish was defending IMCA Champion Ray Lee Goodwin followed by Jan Opperman, Thad Dosher, Lonnie Jensen, David James, Jerry Camfield, Doc Dawson, Roger Larson and Bobbie Adamson.
Bruce Bolitsky won the TQ Midget race at the Memorial Stadium, Daytona Beach, FL. Dick DeWanger finished second followed by Bill Crawford and Harry Macy.
Bobby Isaac and Cale Yarborough won the twin 125 mile NASCAR GN qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway. Isaac, the 1970 NASCAR GN champion, had recently returned to racing after a retirement.
John Batts won the 40-lap USAC Midget race at the Oklahoma City Sports Arena, Oklahoma City, OK.
Sleepy Tripp won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum, Indianapolis, IN.
Ronnie Bouchard won the sixth night Modified feature of the World Series Of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Sonny Seamon was second followed by Dave Nichols, Mark Malcuit and Jeff Stevens.
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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Jimmy Spencer won the 100-lap Richie Evans Memorial Modified race and Lee Faulk won the Late Model race at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Johnny Parsons won the 50-lap USAC Western States Midget race at the Selland Arena, Fresno, CA.
Gary Schroeder won the 40-lap USAC TQ Midget race at the Selland Arena, Fresno, CA.
Bobby Allison won the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL. Davey Allison followed his father over the finish line followed by Phil Parsons, Neil Bonnett, Terry Labonte, Ken Schrader, Rusty Wallace, Sterling Marlin, Buddy Baker and Dale Earnhardt.
Junior Hanley won the Late Model Stock Car race and Reggie Ruggiero won the Modified Stock Car race at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Jeff Purvis won the 30-lap Late Model Stock Car race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL.
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.
Michael McDowell claimed his first NASCAR Cup Series victory after charging into the lead during a brutal multi-car wreck in Turn 3 on the final lap of the Daytona 500. Chase Elliott finished second followed by Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Preece, Ross Chastain, Jamie Mcmurray, Corey Lajoie and Kyle Larson. Click to watch the last lap video.