Countdown To Daytona: 45 Days


RacingOne continues our countdown to the 50th running of the Daytona 500 with a look at 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 39th on the all-time list with Curtis Turner and current Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch.

Preparation for the 50th running of the Daytona 500 is right around the corner. Click Here for the complete Preason Thunder testing schedule.
Speedweeks Events at Daytona International Speedway
Date Event Series
01/08/2008 NASCAR Preseason Thunder Sprint Cup Series
01/12/2008 NASCAR Preseason Thunder Craftsman Truck Series
01/15/2008 NASCAR Preseason Thunder Sprint Cup Series
01/19/2008 NASCAR Preseason Thunder Nationwide Series
01/20/2008 NASCAR Preseason Thunder Nationwide Series
01/26/2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona Grand-Am
02/09/2008 Budweiser Shootout Sprint Cup Series
02/10/2008 Daytona 500 Qualifying Sprint Cup Series
02/14/2008 Gatorade Duel at Daytona Sprint Cup Series
02/15/2008 Chevy Silverado 250 Craftsman Truck Series
02/16/2008 Camping World 300 Nationwide Series
02/17/2008 50th Running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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