A first for Florian and Ford at Dayton

Sunday, June 25, 1950 – Jimmy Florian scored his first and only victory in NASCAR’s premier series in his fourth start, winning the 200-lap race at Dayton (Ohio) Speedway. Florian, 27, led 40 laps, including the final 32, in his No. 27 Ford. Dick Linder, Buck Barr, Curtis Turner and Art Lamey rounded out the top five.

Florian’s win was also the first for Ford in NASCAR competition. It would be five years and 190 races before another Ford made it into the winner’s circle.

Florian also holds the distinction of being the only NASCAR premier series driver to win while competing shirtless. NASCAR safety standards still had a long way to go in ’50.

The race was also the first in the series to be contested on asphalt. Not surprisingly, perhaps, there were reports of nearly 30 tire failures.

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