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1959 Daytona 500

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NASCAR Grand National race number 3 of 44
Sunday, February 22, 1959 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:41:22
Average Speed: 135.521 mph
Pole Speed: 140.121 mph
Cautions: none
Margin of Victory: 2 feet
Attendance: 41,921
Lead changes: 33

Glossary    1959 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1959 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
11542   Lee Petty Petty Enterprises'59 Oldsmobile20019,050running38
22173   Johnny Beauchamp Roy Burdick'59 T-Bird2007,650running30
31718   Charley Griffith Red Bank   (Charley Griffith)'57 Pontiac1994,600running0
4116   Cotton Owens W.H. Watson Trucking   (W.H. Watson)'58 Pontiac1992,525running0
5 748   Joe Weatherly E.C. Wilson'59 Chevrolet1991,875running6
6397   Jim Reed Jim Reed'59 Chevrolet1961,075running0
74147   Jack Smith Bud Moore's Garage/Georgia Chevrolet Dealers   (Jack Smith)'59 Chevrolet1962,625running57
8 559   Tom Pistone Rupert Safety Belt   (Carl Rupert)'59 T-Bird1951,825running39
94215   Tim Flock Russ Bramblet Ford   (Beau Morgan)'59 T-Bird193800running0
10311   Speedy Thompson Steve Pierce'57 Chevrolet193600running0
11598   Johnny Allen Johnny Allen'57 Chevrolet192400running0
123538   Raul Cilloniz Raul Cilloniz'59 T-Bird192500running0
134341   Curtis Turner Delta Auto Sales   (Doc White)'59 T-Bird189425running0
143311   Junior Johnson Paul Spaulding'57 Ford189250running0
152529   Dick Freeman Dick Freeman'59 Chevrolet188250running0
161677   Joe Lee Johnson Honest Charley   (Joe Lee Johnson)'57 Chevrolet187975running0
17 498   Marvin Panch McGee & Taylors Inc.   (Tom Vernon)'58 Ford185775running0
181025   Gene White Gene White'57 Chevrolet185600running0
19579   Roy Tyner Roy Tyner'57 Chevrolet184200running0
20182   Jimmy Thompson Bruce Thompson'57 Chevrolet182500running0
214919   Herman Beam Herman Beam'57 Chevrolet182165running0
221492   Wilbur Rakestraw Joe Jones'57 Ford181250running0
235316   Jim McGuirk Happy Steigel'59 Pontiac181150running0
241276   Larry Frank Carolina Plating   (Larry Frank)'57 Chevrolet178250running0
254810   Elmo Langley Ratus Walters'57 Ford175175running0
26194   Rex White Idewild Homes   (Rex White)'59 Chevrolet174100engine0
273055   Ben Benz Bernard Friedland'57 Chevrolet169200running0
282771   Dick Joslin Dick Joslin'57 Dodge167100piston0
292414   Ken Rush Manley Britt'57 Mercury163200engine0
305580   Bob Rose Florida Dump Trucks   (Sam Arena)'57 Chevrolet162100running0
315069   Harold Smith Bob Korn'59 Studebaker159110running0
324466   Dick Foley Dick Foley'59 Chevrolet157150running0
332832   Brownie King Jess Potter'58 Chevrolet152150engine0
34 821   Glen Wood Wood Brothers'58 Ford149100clutch0
354783   Bob Pronger Bob Pronger'58 Ford143125running0
362639   Billy Carden Davis Brothers'57 Mercury140100running0
372381   Bernie Hentges Bernie Hentges'59 DeSoto138100engine0
38 299   Shorty Rollins Shorty's   (Shorty Rollins)'58 Ford115100engine0
392282   Joe Eubanks Don Every'58 Ford95100transmission0
401388   Tiny Lund Buck Baker'59 Chevrolet92100timing0
41 149   Bob Welborn Tuxedo Plumbing & Heating   (W.J. Ridgeway)'59 Chevrolet75325engine9
425487   Buck Baker Buck Baker'59 Chevrolet75100timing0
433753   Ken Johnson Ken Johnson'57 Ford67100push rod0
445874   L.D. Austin L.D. Austin'57 Chevrolet65100generator0
45463   Fireball Roberts Pontiac America's No. 1 Road Car   (Jim Stephens)'59 Pontiac56650fuel pump21
464045   Paul Bass Paul Bass'58 Edsel52100engine0
472972A   Bobby Johns Shorty Johns'57 Chevrolet46100overheating0
48 937   Eduardo Dibos Peru   (Van Acker)'59 T-Bird44100suspension0
493650   Gober Sosebee Cherokee Garage   (Gober Sosebee)'57 Chevrolet44100transmission0
502089   Bob Said Buck Baker'58 Chevrolet42100transmission0
515195   Bob Duell Julian Buesink'59 Ford38100distributor0
523236   Pete Kelly Pete Kelly'57 Chevrolet34100engine0
534524   Bob Potter Bob Potter'59 Chevrolet33150timing0
545286   Carl Tyler Carl Tyler'57 Ford29100overheating0
553433   George Green City Motors   (Jess Potter)'57 Chevrolet21100engine0
56 364   Fritz Wilson Museum of Speed   (Fritz Wilson)'59 T-Bird15100piston0
57 643   Richard Petty Petty Enterprises'57 Oldsmobile8100engine0
583879   Larry Odo Larry Odo'57 Ford3100engine0
595675   Ken Marriott Ken Marriott'58 Ford1100engine0

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
WDRandel Lee RamagePlymouth
WDJim DelaneyFord
WDRalph Moody12T-Bird
WDGlen Rockey31Ford
WDGeorge Henderson46Ford
WDRoscoe Thompson58Roscoe ThompsonChevrolet
WDBob Harkey85Chevrolet

Lap leader breakdown:
# Of
  Bob Welborn111
  Tom Pistone232
  Bob Welborn474
  Tom Pistone881
  Bob Welborn9102
  Joe Weatherly11133
  Tom Pistone14163
  Joe Weatherly17182
  Bob Welborn19202
  Tom Pistone21211
  Joe Weatherly22221
  Fireball Roberts234321
  Johnny Beauchamp44496
  Tom Pistone50578
  Jack Smith58658
  Tom Pistone66661
  Jack Smith67671
  Tom Pistone688619
  Jack Smith8710216
  Tom Pistone1031064
  Johnny Beauchamp10711610
  Jack Smith11714832
  Johnny Beauchamp1491491
  Lee Petty1501545
  Johnny Beauchamp1551617
  Lee Petty16218221
  Johnny Beauchamp1831842
  Lee Petty1851873
  Johnny Beauchamp1881881
  Lee Petty1891891
  Johnny Beauchamp1901912
  Lee Petty1921954
  Johnny Beauchamp1961961
  Lee Petty1972004