LeeRoy Yarbrough – 1969 Daytona 500 Winner
February 23, 1969 the elevinth running of the Daytona 500 – 1969 Daytona 500 Winner
For the first time in the Daytona 500 history Attendance would exceed 100,000 The Great American Race was becoming very popular and the Goodyear blimp was there. LeeRoy Yarbrough swapped the lead many times with Charlie Glotzbach. Yarbrough blasted pass Charlie Glotzbach on the final lap to become the 1969 Daytona 500 winner. It was the first Daytona 500 that was won on a last lap pass.
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Buddy Baker would sit in the pole position for the start in car #3. Richard Petty would be in a Ford this year. LeeRoy won the Daytona 500, the World 600, and the Southern 500. LeeRoy drove the #98 Mercury Cyclone II to victory. He was the 1969 Daytona 500 winner and went on to set a record for consecutive super speedway wins in a single season.
LeeRoy’s best season came in 1969, and even though he only had 30 starts that year, he won seven times and finished in the top 10 a total of 21 times. “It was a great year,” recalled Junior Johnson. “We won half the races we ran. You just have to hand it to LeeRoy he was beyond any other driver there was at that particular time with taking chances and just going beyond what anybody thought anybody would do.
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