Lee Petty Wins the First Daytona 500 Race (February 22, 1959)

On this day in 1959, Lee Petty won the first ever Daytona 500 and took home $19,000 in prize money.

Lee Petty in Palm Beach, 1953

Lee Petty in Palm Beach, 1953

Scene from the inaugural Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, 1959

Scene from the inaugural Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, 1959

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