1964 Daytona 500

1964 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 8 of 62 in the 1964 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Track map of Daytona International Speedway.
Track map of Daytona International Speedway.
DateFebruary 23, 1964 (1964-02-23)
LocationDaytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
CoursePermanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02 km)
Distance200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
WeatherCold with temperatures approaching 55 °F (13 °C); wind speeds approaching 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)[1]
Average speed154.334 miles per hour (248.376 km/h)
Pole position
DriverRay Nichels
Time174.91 miles per hour (281.49 km/h)
Most laps led
DriverRichard PettyPetty Enterprises
Laps184
Winner
No. 43Richard PettyPetty Enterprises

The 1964 Daytona 500, was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on February 23, 1964, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Summary

The race was won by Richard Petty driving a 1964 Plymouth. Petty drove his number 43 to victory in 3 hours and 14 minutes. There were three caution flags that slowed the race for 19 laps. The Chrysler teams debuted their brand-new 426 ci Chrysler Hemi engine in this race; NASCAR ordered the teams who had it to sandbag it during practice and qualifying due to their superiority.[2] During the race itself, Richard Petty, who at the time was known best for his skill on short tracks, led 184 of the 200 laps (a Daytona 500 record that stands to this day) and Chrysler teams took four of the top five spots.[2]

First Daytona 500 starts for Bobby Isaac, Doug Cooper, Johnny Rutherford, Jack Anderson, Jim Bray, and Neil Castles.[2] Only Daytona 500 starts for Dave MacDonald, Jo Schlesser, Smokey Boutwell, Jim McElreath, Ronnie Chumley, Bobby Marshman, Joe Clark, Bill McMahan, and Jim Cook.[2] Last Daytona 500 starts for Jimmy Pardue, Billy Wade, Dan Gurney, Larry Thomas, Ralph Earnhardt, Curtis Crider, Sal Tovella, Parnelli Jones, Fireball Roberts, and Elmo Henderson.[2]

The transition to purpose-built racecars began in the early 1960s and occurred gradually over that decade. Changes made to the sport by the late 1960s brought an end to the "strictly stock" vehicles of the 1950s; most of the cars were trailered to events or hauled in by trucks.

Bobby Marshman would retire from NASCAR Grand National Series racing after the conclusion of this event.[2] For some drivers, this would be their last Daytona 500, as the 1960s were an especially brutal era for NASCAR. Jimmy Pardue was killed later in the year in a test crash. Billy Wade was killed in a tire test in January 1965. Bobby Marshman killed in a test crash in late 1964 at Phoenix. Fireball Roberts died in July from injuries inflicted while racing in the World 600 and Joe Weatherly was killed at Riverside early that year.

Top ten finishers

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Winnings Laps led Time/Status
1 2 43 Richard Petty '64 Plymouth 200 $33,300 184 3:14:23
2 6 54 Jimmy Pardue '64 Plymouth 199 $11,600 0 +1 laps
3 1 25 Paul Goldsmith '64 Plymouth 198 $8,600 11 +2 laps
4 9 21 Marvin Panch '64 Ford 198 $4,350 0 +2 laps
5 10 15 Jim Paschal '64 Dodge 197 $3,700 0 +3 laps
6 21 1 Billy Wade '64 Mercury 197 $2,500 0 +3 laps
7 11 16 Darel Dieringer '64 Mercury 197 $2,000 0 +3 laps
8 14 29 Larry Frank '64 Ford 197 $1,750 0 +3 laps
9 3 3 Junior Johnson '64 Dodge 197 $1,500 0 +3 laps
10 19 17 Dave MacDonald '64 Mercury 196 $1,200 0 +4 laps
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