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1959 Firecracker 250

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1959 Firecracker 250
Date  July 4, 1959 (1959-07-04)
Location  Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
Course  Permanent racing facility 2.5 mi (4.02 km)
Distance  100 laps, 250 mi (402.336 km)
Weather  Hot with temperatures approaching 86 °F (30 °C); wind speeds up to 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)
Average speed  140.581 miles per hour (226.243 km/h)

The 1959 Firecracker 250 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on July 4, 1959, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Summary

Contested over 100 laps, it was the twenty-sixth race of the 1959 NASCAR Grand National Series season. Fireball Roberts, driving for Jim Stephens, took his first win of the season, while Joe Weatherly finished second and Johnny Allen finished third.

The race car drivers still had to commute to the races using the same stock cars that competed in a typical weekend's race through a policy of homologation (and under their own power). This policy was in effect until roughly 1975. By 1980, NASCAR had completely stopped tracking the year model of all the vehicles and most teams did not take stock cars to the track under their own power anymore.

By the 1990s, NASCAR's top-level series became a media circus that only races at facilities that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Timeline

  • Start: Fireball Roberts had the pole position to start the race with
  • Lap 3: Joe Weatherly took over the lead from Fireball Roberts
  • Lap 4: Jack Smith took over the lead from Joe Weatherly
  • Lap 5: Fireball Roberts took over the lead from Jack Smith
  • Lap 11: Elmo Langley's engine suddenly stopped working
  • Lap 16: G.C. Spencer's engine suddenly stopped working
  • Lap 27: Lee Petty's fuel pump suddenly stopped working
  • Lap 33: Jim Austin's water pump suddenly stopped working
  • Lap 42: Tom Pistone took over the lead from Fireball Roberts
  • Lap 49: Fireball Roberts took over the lead from Tom Pistone
  • Lap 60: Timing issues managed to knock Dick Foley out of the race
  • Lap 70: Charlie Cregar's engine suddenly stopped working
  • Lap 73: George Green's vehicle developed a problematic fan; forcing him out of the race
  • Lap 78: Joe Weatherly took over the lead from Fireball Roberts
  • Lap 85: Fireball Roberts took over the lead from Joe Weatherly
  • Lap 87: Dick Joslin's vehicle developed an oil leak that knocked him out of the race
  • Lap 89: Larry Frank was officially disqualified from the race
  • Finish: Fireball Roberts was officially declared the winner of the event
  • References

    1959 Firecracker 250 Wikipedia


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