1964 Daytona 500

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1964 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 8 of 62 in the 1964 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Date February 23, 1964 (1964-02-23)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Cold with temperatures approaching 55 °F (13 °C); wind speeds approaching 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)[1]
Average speed 154.334 miles per hour (248.376 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Ray Nichels
Time 174.91 miles per hour (281.49 km/h)
Most laps led
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Laps 184
No. 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises

The 1964 Daytona 500, was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Sprint Cup Series) event that was held on February 23, 1964 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.


The race was won by Richard Petty driving a 1964 Plymouth. Petty drove his number 43 to victory in 3 hours and 14 minutes. There were three caution flags that slowed the race for 19 laps. A new Plymouth racing machine debuted in this race; NASCAR ordered the teams who had it to ordered to sandbag it during practice and qualifying due to their superiority.[2]

The race car drivers still had to commute to the races using the same stock cars that competed in a typical weekend's race through a policy of homologation (and under their own power). This policy was in effect until roughly 1975. By 1980, NASCAR had completely stopped tracking the year model of all the vehicles and most teams did not take stock cars to the track under their own power anymore.

Bobby Marshman would retire from NASCAR Grand National Series racing after the conclusion of this event.[2] For some drivers, this would be their last Daytona 500, as the 1960s were an especially brutal era for NASCAR. Jimmy Pardue killed later in the year in a test crash. Billy Wade was killed in a tire test in January 1965. Bobby Marshman killed in a test crash in late 1964 at Phoenix. Fireball Roberts died in July from injuries inflicted while racing in the World 600 and Joe Weatherly was killed at Riverside early that year.

Top ten finishers

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Winnings
1 2 43 Richard Petty Plymouth 200 $33,300
2 6 54 Jimmy Pardue Plymouth 199 $11,600
3 1 25 Paul Goldsmith Plymouth 198 $8,600
4 9 21 Marvin Panch Ford 198 $4,350
5 10 15 Jim Paschal Dodge 197 $3,700
6 21 1 Billy Wade Mercury 197 $2,500
7 11 16 Darel Dieringer Mercury 197 $2,000
8 14 29 Larry Frank Ford 197 $1,750
9 3 3 Junior Johnson Dodge 197 $1,500
10 19 17 Dave MacDonald Mercury 196 $1,200


  • Start of race: Paul Goldsmith started the event in first place
  • Lap 2: Richard Petty took over the lead from Paul Goldsmith
  • Lap 3: Bill McMahan couldn't handle his racing vehicle properly
  • Lap 7: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 10: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Isaac
  • Lap 13: Fireball Roberts' transmission stopped working in a safe manner
  • Lap 15: Bobby Johns managed to blow his engine while he was driving
  • Lap 17: Bobby Marshman managed to overheat his vehicle
  • Lap 21: Ronnie Chumley managed to overheat his engine
  • Lap 31: G.C. Spencer had to leave the race due to a faulty engine
  • Lap 40: A.J. Foyt took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 42: Paul Goldsmith took over the lead from A.J. Foyt
  • Lap 49: Fred Lorenzen managed to blow his engine
  • Lap 52: Richard Petty took over the lead from Paul Goldsmith
  • Lap 54: David Pearson's accident forced the yellow flag to appear; caution ended on lap 60
  • Lap 64: Buddy Baker managed to blow his engine
  • Lap 77: Parnelli Jones managed to blow his engine
  • Lap 107: Johnny Rutherford had a terminal crash
  • Lap 112: Johnny Rutherford and Ned Jarrett's accident on turn 2 caused a caution; which ended on lap 118
  • Lap 126: Jim McElreath had a terminal crash
  • Lap 130: Jim McElreath's accident created a caution which ended on lap 134
  • Lap 189: Bobby Isaac ran out of fuel while racing
  • End of race: Richard Petty was the official winner of the race


  1. "Weather of the 1964 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "1964 Daytona 500". racing-reference.info. Retrieved June 2, 2012.