MRN Flashback: 1967 Daytona 500

Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 1967 Daytona 500. (Photo: ISC Archives)

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Teammates battled down the stretch for victory in the 1967 Daytona 500, with Mario Andretti taking command in the closing laps to win "The Great American Race."

He out-dueled Holman-Moody Ford teammate Fred Lorenzen to take the checkered flag in the ninth running of what’s evolved into NASCAR’s premier event.

After starting 12th in the 50-car field, Andretti charged to the front and took his first lead on Lap 23.  He would end the day by leading a race-high 112 circuits, including the final 33 trips around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway oval.  Andretti and Lorenzen, who finished second, were the only two drivers to complete all 200 laps.

James Hylton placed third with Tiny Lund and Jerry Grant rounding out the top five.  Pole sitter Curtis Turner completed less than three-quarters of the race distance and finished 25th.

Richard Petty placed eighth in the early stages of what would turn out to be a championship season.  "King Richard" won 27 races in 1967 to easily outrun Hylton for the Cup Series championship, the second of his record seven titles.

NASCAR returns to "The World Center of Racing" later this month for the 56th running of the Daytona 500, where Jimmie Johnson will kick off his bid for a seventh championship as defending winner of the season-opening event.

Visit MRN.com on Thursday at 11 a.m. (ET) to hear the complete broadcast of the 1967 Daytona 500, anchored by Ted Webb.  Motor Racing Network – "The Voice of NASCAR" – features a classic race broadcast each week on "Throwback Thursday" at MRN.com.

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