Florida Flashback: February 14

Valentine's Day memories from Florida Speedweeks.


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One of the most memorable finishes in Daytona 500 history took place on February 14, 1988. Here's a look at that race, plus other Valentine's Day memories from Florida Speedweeks.

1975 - On the road course at Daytona, Merv Treichler led 39 of 52 laps to grab the huge win in the Permatex 200. Fred DeSarro was second and Jerry Cooks was third as they were the only three cars on the lead lap. Bobby Allison, who had won the Modified race at Daytona in 1974, led 13 laps before he lost an engine. Richie Evans was 20th, but he would come back to win on the big track in 1979 and 1980.

THE THIRD TURN: 1975 Permatex 200

1981 - Doug Wolfgang picks up a 35-lap win over Steve Kinser at East Bay Speedway (FL) back in 1981. Wolfgang would win 24 times in 1981 on the World of Outlaws dirt, but veteran Sammy Swindell would beat him out for top spot with 31 wins. Kinser also won 24 times giving these drivers 79 wins during the 81 season.

THE THIRD TURN: 1981 World of Outlaws at East Bay

1988 - It was one of the most remarkable finishes in the Daytona 500, as Bobby Allison held off his son Davey Allison for a one-two finish in the Great American Race. It would be the last win for Bobby Allison. Davey would go on to win the race in 1992.

THE THIRD TURN: 1988 Daytona 500

2001 - How good was Junior Hanley at New Smyrna Speedway? Well, he won 48 Super Late Model races, but on this day in 2001 he won his third and final Tour Type Modified race. Hanley had over 50 wins at Smyrna and this one came against a field that included Charlie Pasteryak, a young Ronnie Silk and Ted Christopher.

THE THIRD TURN: World Series Results - February 14, 2001

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