NASCAR In 1963 — The 75 Years Edition

Editor’s Note: NASCAR is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2023. Yunick’s frustrated quote came during a string of 18 victories in 26 races for Ford drivers, a run which was capped off by GM’s withdrawal of all support to Pontiac and Chevrolet drivers. After Lund led a first-through-fifth parade of Fords across the Daytona Int’l Speedway finish line on Feb. 24, drivers in Ford cars only won three races in the next three months. Beginning with Dan Gurney’s top finish in Riverside, Calif., Ford drivers grabbed the laurels in 11 of 16 long races. If 1963’s 400-mile-plus races are counted, Ford went seven for nine. More than winning long races, Holman-Moody and Wood Brothers-prepared Fords — the two primary stock car “builders” were dominating them.

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