• Short Summary

    Thirty-three-year-old Benny Parsons -- one of the most popular figures in United States motor racing -- won the 500 stock car event at Daytona, Florida, on Sunday (16 February), three months after he almost retired from the sport altogether.

  • Description

    Thirty-three-year-old Benny Parsons -- one of the most popular figures in United States motor racing -- won the 500 stock car event at Daytona, Florida, on Sunday (16 February), three months after he almost retired from the sport altogether.

    Parsons' surprise victory came after leader David Pearson spun his Mercury only three laps from the finish line -- a mistake which put him back into fourth place. Favourite Richard Petty -- who had won the Daytona 500 five times before -- dropped out half way through the race when his car began overheating.

    Ten of the forty cars in the race were eliminated after only five minutes after a mass collision on the fourth turn. The crash littered the track with mangled metal and glass, and slowed down the average race speed to 154 miles per hour (248 kilometres per hour).

    Victory in the race brought Benny Parsons almost 50,000 U.S. dollars (GBP21,000 sterling).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1PIODQSOYEGGLZKT29SWXQSLZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1PIODQSOYEGGLZKT29SWXQSLZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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