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1927

Major Henry O'Neal de Hane Segrave becomes the first person to exceed 200 mph. His Mystery S (above) is timed at an average speed of 203.79 mph during its two runs, which were required for a record to be certified by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile in Paris.

Segrave introduces the crash helmet to beach racing.

1947

Red Byron earns the victory in the 160-mile event on the beach-road course on Jan. 26.

Bob Flock will go on to win the other two races staged on the beach-road course this year.

Racing promoters, drivers and mechanics gather in the Ebony Bar of the Streamline Hotel in December. Following three days of meetings, plans to form a privately owned company are approved. The company adopts the name National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, NASCAR for short.

Henry Ford, the founder of the car company that bears his name and who once raced in Ormond Beach, dies.

Smokey Yunick (born 1923) opens his garage in Daytona Beach and begins working on race cars and their engines. Yunick's business became known, simply, as 'The Best Damn Garage in Town.'

1961

Fireball Roberts (above) leads 170 of the first 189 laps, but damage to the starter and oil pan ends his day 11 laps short of victory. His 170 laps led by someone who did not win remains unsurpassed.

Marvin Panch, driving the Pontiac that had been Roberts' ride, wins his only 500.

Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp crash through guard rail during qualifying race; Petty must retire as a result of his injuries.

Ralph DePalma, one of the driving legends from the first 25 years of the century, dies.

1972

A.J. Foyt becomes the second driver to win the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.

The three drivers to lead a lap during the race are the fewest ever.

Average race speed reaches 161. …

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