NASCAR In 1959 — The 75 Years Edition

Editor’s Note: NASCAR is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2023. As a result, we will bring you Part 12 of a 75-part series on the history of NASCAR as told in the pages of National Speed Sport News and SPEED SPORT Magazine. The defending Grand National champion wasn’t the only winner during the biggest Speedweeks in NASCAR history. Bob Welborn captured the first Grand National event at Daytona Int’l Speedway on the same day, Feb. 20. Turner served as president and Smith was the executive vice president and general manager of the $2 million speedway, which was scheduled to open on May 29, 1960 with NASCAR’s longest Grand National race in history, the World 600.

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