DAYTONA GRAND NATIONAL
Daytona Beach, Florida
Grand National 1950's racing fans can now see all the highlights of the memorable 1957 NASCAR Daytona Beach race, now made available on video by "Rare Sportsfilms"! Great shots of the old beach and road course, racing personalities, the drivers and cars of the era, all in beautiful COLOR make this 29-minute tape a must for fans of racing on the sands of Daytona!
The action begins with scenes of cars in the "flying mile" and the annual acceleration tests. Paul Goldsmith, driving Smokey Yunick's red '57 Chevy, wins Class Five (Ford, Chevy and Plymouth). Shown competing in Class 6 ('57 Pontiacs) are John Zink, Joe Littlejohn, Jim Stonebreaker and L.D. Morris.
By the end of the first lap Owens has taken the lead, with Paul Goldsmith, who starts in 18th position in Smokey's #3 black '57 Chevy, moving up fast. The first car out of the race is Bob Duell, shown running up the bank in the south turn! Goldsmith takes the lead from Owens briefly at the 40-mile mark, but Owens is back in front the next time around! Goldsmith takes first again when Owens makes his only pit stop after 94 miles. Cotton gets back out in a little over a minute to try and chase down Goldsmith, who must soon come in, himself. Great camera work shows the pit stops of top contenders Goldsmith, Owens and Flock, with car builders Nichels, Yunick and Bill Stroppe all in action! Goldsmith's stop is quicker than Owens', and he keeps the lead in the late stages of the race. Meanwhile other drivers are shown having their problems. Darel Dieringer and Rex White crash in the north turn! Frank Schneider's #45 Babb Chevrolet ends the race stalled in the south turn. Lem Svajian misses the north turn altogether and runs through the safety markers! During the race, you'll also see great driving by Dick Beaty, Fonty Flock and Fireball Roberts.