Baker declared winner at Martinsville

Sunday, May 19, 1957 – Defending NASCAR premier series champion Buck Baker was declared the winner of the Virginia 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway after officials halted the event to attend to injured spectators. Contact between race leader Billy Myers and the lapped entry of Tom Pistone sent Myers’ car into the concrete barrier and over the wall on lap 441 of the 500-lap event.

Nine-year-old Alvin Helsaveck suffered a head injury when he was struck by debris from the crash. According to reports, four other spectators suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Neither Myers nor Pistone was hurt in the crash.

The victory was career win No. 29 for Baker.

Officials were preparing to resume the race, which had been slowed earlier for 45 minutes due to rain, when rain returned and the race was declared official.

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