A spin, a win and a push

Sunday, May 15, 1955 – Downey, Calif., native Danny Letner rallied from a late-race spin to capture the NASCAR premier series event at the Tucson (Ariz.) Rodeo Grounds. Letner had spun after reeling in race leader Allen Adkins with 30 laps remaining in the 200-lap, 100-mile event. The mishap left him trailing the race leader by 10 seconds. But with barely two laps remaining, Adkins’ 1954 Dodge ran out of fuel – allowing Letner to take the lead and pick up the victory.

The win was the final victory in the series for Letner, who made 27 starts. He earned his first victory the previous year at Oakland (Calif.) Stadium.

Letner was also a winner in the NASCAR Convertible series, winning at Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway in 1956. He was an eight-time winner in what is now the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and claimed that series’ title in ’55.

Adkins’ pit crew pushed his car across the finish line, allowing their driver to finish second.

Adkins was winless in 14 career starts in the premier series. He did, however, win twice in the NASCAR Convertible series and three times the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

The race, No. 14 of 45 for the season, was the only time NASCAR’s top series competed at the half-mile Tucson dirt track.

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