On This Date: March 1

For the past year I have posted NASCAR items on my pay site, www.patreon.com/kennybruce, that featured something of note that had occurred on that particular day – only years earlier.

The posts began March 1, 2018 and ended Feb. 28, 2019.

It was a learning experience, very worthwhile, and I now have a rather substantial file of information on drivers, tracks, races … plus a decent amount of odd news (pace car crashes and a race that included Bill France Sr., and Bill Jr. in the lineup, for example).

With the interest in such things growing, based on what I’ve noticed on social media lately, it’s a simple turnaround to post those daily items here on kennybruce.net each day. I hope you enjoy. – kb

Tuesday, March 1, 1955: NASCAR officials declared Tim Flock the winner of the Grand National race held Feb. 27 on the Daytona Beach & Road Course. Local favorite Fireball Roberts, who was initially declared the winner, was disqualified after altered push rods were discovered in the engine of his 1955 Buick.

Ironically, Flock had been disqualified the previous year after an apparent win for a technical violation as well.

The disqualification put Roberts last in the 48-car field. Lee Petty, Ray Duhigg, Curtis Turner and Fonty Flock completed the top five.

Flock, driving the No. 300 Chrysler for team owner Cark Kiekhaefer, earned $2,350 for the win and led all 39 laps around the 4.1-mile beach and road course. It was his 18th career win in NASCAR’s premier series.

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