|Race 7 of 55 in the 1963 NASCAR Grand National Series season|
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
|Date||February 24, 1963|
|Location||Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Course||Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 500 mi (800 km)|
|Average speed||151.556 miles per hour (243.906 km/h)|
|Qualifying race winners|
|Duel 1 Winner||Junior Johnson||Ray Fox|
|Duel 2 Winner||Johnny Rutherford||Smokey Yunick|
|Most laps led|
|No. 21 Ford||Tiny Lund||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Bill Flemming and Chris Economaki|
The 1963 Daytona 500, the 5th running of the event held on February 24, 1963, was won by Tiny Lund driving a 1963 Ford. Lund drove his number 21 to victory in three hours and 17 minutes. There were 2 cautions flags which slowed the race for 10 laps.
Weather played a critical role in Tiny Lund winning this race; with temperatures reaching up to 75 °F (24 °C) and wind speeds up to 20 miles per hour (32 km/h). Lund won by making only four pit stops, but he would not have been able to make the distance on four pit stops had the first ten laps not been run under caution to dry the track from earlier rains. Had the race not started under caution, Lund would have had to make five pit stops, just as Fred Lorenzen and Ned Jarrett did. He was able to win on four pit stops along because of the slow start time.
Jim Cushman, Bubba Farr, Dick Good, Ted Hairfield and John Rogers retired from professional stock car racing after this event. Drivers who failed to qualify for the race were: Bobby Isaac (#99), Buck Baker (#87), Pete Stewart (#57), Cale Yarborough (#52), Larry Thomas (#36), Roy Mayne (#33), Chuck Daigh (#25), Rodger Ward (#16), Al Terrell (#9) and Bill Foster (#2).
The transition to purpose-built racecars began in the early 1960s and occurred gradually over that decade. Changes made to the sport by the late 1960s brought an end to the "strictly stock" vehicles of the 1950s; most of the cars were trailered to events or hauled in by trucks.
From 1949 to 1972, Richard and Lee Petty were the most dominant drivers on any circuit in NASCAR. David Pearson was easily the third most dominant NASCAR driver. Buck Baker and Rex White were considered to be the middle-of-the road competitors in NASCAR from 1949 to 1972. Fonty and Tim Flock along with Herb Thomas, Joe Weatherly, Ned Jarrett and Bobby Isaac were considered to be below-average performers during the early years of NASCAR.
This race marked the first time that ABC's Wide World of Sports covered the great American Race. It also helped to dispel the long-standing stereotypes of the Southern United States after the rest of the United States witnessed an emotional inspiring win.
|1||12||21||Tiny Lund||'63 Ford||200||$24,550||17|
|2||2||28||Fred Lorenzen||'63 Ford||200||$15,540||77|
|3||8||11||Ned Jarrett||'63 Ford||200||$8,700||26|
|4||10||29||Nelson Stacy||'63 Ford||199||$8,275||0|
|5||11||0||Dan Gurney||'63 Ford||199||$3,550||0|
|6||23||43||Richard Petty||'63 Plymouth||198||$2,500||0|
|7||14||7A||Bobby Johns||'63 Pontiac||198||$2,600||10|
|8||26||8||Joe Weatherly||'63 Pontiac||197||$1,500||0|
|9||4||13||Johnny Rutherford||'63 Chevrolet||196||$1,250||0|
|10||13||44||Tommy Irwin||'63 Ford||195||$1,000||0|
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