The Daytona 500 is the most important race in the NASCAR stock calendar and was held on February 14th at the Florida high-speed tri-oval circuit. Reckoned to be one of the most exciting races in the history of the event it was won by Richard Petty in a 1971 Plymouth after the leading ten-car bunch broke up in the closing stages.
February 14th (200 laps—500 miles)
1st: R. Petty (Plymouth) .. .. .. 3 hr. 24 min. 41.0 sec.—235.878 k.p.h.
2nd: B. Baker (Dodge)
3rd: A. J. Foyt (Mercury)