Craig Lutz Claims Second Straight Speedweeks Opener
Feb 15, 2022
February 15 has plenty of storied moments in Speedweeks history. Here is a look at some of them, from Daytona to New Smyrna.
1975 - Pete Hamilton had a niche for doing big things in Florida in race cars. In 1975, he clinched his second Speedweeks title, he won three of the four races with the finale taking place on this date in 1975. Hamilton won the Daytona 500 in 1970 and in 1974 he won another big race in Florida called the Snowball Derby.
1981 - By taking only gas on the final pit stop, Richard Petty wins the Daytona 500 for the seventh time in his career. Petty led just 27 laps compared to Bobby Allison, who led 117 and finished second. Petty would finish third in 1987 and he would never again contend for the win in the big race.
THE THIRD TURN: 1981 Daytona 500
1998 - After 20 years of trying, Dale Earnhardt finally wins the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway (FL). Earnhardt ultimately won 34 races at Daytona over the course of his career, but it took 20 tries before the 7-time NASCAR Cup Series champion won The Great American Race.
THE THIRD TURN: 1998 Daytona 500
2005 - It was a special night that may never be matched. Ted Christopher was a terror at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) in a Modified, but on this night he won his Modified race and his Super Late Model race to become the only driver today to accomplish this feat at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. TC had 56 wins, 43 in the Mods, 11 in SK Modifieds and a pair in the Super Late Model.
THE THIRD TURN: February 15, 2005 - World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing