Daytona 500 #2# An Official History

ISBN-10: 1893618196

ISBN-13: 9781893618190


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Daytona 500 #2# An Official History

by Bob Zeller

When Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp roared side by side to the checkered flag in the inaugural race in 1959, they established a tradition of ultra-competitive racing that continues today. In this first official history of the Daytona 500, author Bob Zeller tells the complete story of more than forty years of close-quarters racing at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. With year-by-year chapters, he captures the competition, drama, and distinctive personalities of the racers. All of the great drivers are here, from Richard Petty, whose career at Daytona included an unrivalled seven 500 victories, to Dale Earnhardt, whose relentless pursuit of a Daytona 500 trophy would last decades until his triumph in 1998.

The book also explains how changes in automotive technology, NASCAR rules, and competitive tactics have kept Daytona at the forefront of the racing world. Richly illustrated with hundreds of colorful photographs from the ISC Publications-Archives, many of which have never been seen, Daytona 500: An Official History is the definitive record of the premier event in stock car racing.


  • In The Beginning: The Beach-Road Course Era & The First 500
  • The sixties: Establishing a Competitive Tradition
  • The seventies: The Modern Era Begins
  • The Eighties: Record Speeds & New Winners
  • The Nineties: NASCAR's Popularity Booms
  • Racing into the New Millennium
  • Epilogue
  • Daytona 500 Winners
  • Acknowledgments

Buch, Hardcover, 23,5 x 28,5 cm, 192 Seiten, 176 farbige und 73 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text