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1968 Daytona 500

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1968 Daytona 500

The 1968 Daytona 500, the 10th running of the event, was won by Cale Yarborough driving a 1968 Mercury on February 25, 1968. Yarborough drove his number 21 to victory in just over 3 hours and 23 minutes after starting the race on the pole. There were 11 caution flags which slowed the race for a total of 60 laps, which was a track record at the time and remained so until 2005.[1] Yarborough squeaked out the victory by less than a second over LeeRoy Yarbrough.[2] The win was Yarborough's first victory of the season.[3]

This was also the only Daytona 500 where the grid was set exclusively by qualifying times. The 125-mile qualifying races, which had its distance increased by 10 laps, would not be held because of inclement weather.


Preceded by
1968 Motor Trend 500
NASCAR Grand National Season
Succeeded by
1968 Southeastern 500

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