Daytona 500 Historic Videos

After watching Matt Kenseth win 51st running of the Daytona 500, relive some of the past 500s, including the 1959, 1960, 1964 and 1979 running of "The Great American Race."

1959 Daytona 500
The inaugural Daytona 500 ended in a photo finish between Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp. It was only three days later that Petty was officially declared the winner. Watch Video

1960 Daytona 500
Junior Johnson piloted his own-built Chevrolet to victory in the 1960 Daytona 500. Watch Video

1964 Daytona 500
Close to 70,000 NASCAR Cup Series fans watched a legacy begin on Feb. 23, 1964, in Daytona Beach, Fla., when a 26-year-old Richard Petty won his first Daytona 500 title. Watch Video

1979 Daytona 500
Richard Petty won the first live televised broadcast of the Daytona 500, after Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison collided on the final lap of the Daytona 500. After the checkered flag, one of the landmark moments in the history of NASCAR took place as Yarborough and Allison began a heated debate that turned into a fist fight with Allison’s brother Bobby jumping into the fray. Watch Video

1980 Daytona 500
In the 1980 Daytona 500, Buddy Baker took the checkered flag with an average speed of 177.600 mph, a record that still stands for a 500-mile race at DIS. Watch Video

1984 Daytona 500
Cale Yarborough's presence in the record books at Daytona International Speedway is the stuff of legend. Yarborough was the first driver to qualify at 200 mph or better at Daytona in 1984 and his win that season was his second consecutive in the event and fourth overall. Watch Video

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