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RacingOne counts down the days to the 2006 Daytona 500 with a look back at some of the history throughout the years thanks to Motorsports Images and Archives.

Today we remember Marvin Panch's 1961 Daytona 500 win.

Panch didn't have the latest equipment back in 1961, but it was good enough to win the Daytona 500.

Driving a year old Pontiac for the legendary Smokey Yunick, Panch beat Joe Weatherly by 16 seconds to win the running of the 1961 "Great American Race." It was the first Daytona win for Pontiac.

The win was one of 17 career NASCAR Cup wins for Panch, which ties him for 36th on the all-time list with current Cup driver Jeff Burton.

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