White ‘lands’ win at Montgomery

Sunday, July 17, 1960 – Hard-charging Rex White outlasted a field of 18 fellow competitors to score the win in the inaugural Empire State 200 NASCAR stock car race at Montgomery (N.Y.) Air Base. White put his No. 4 Chevrolet out front three times to lead 63 of the race’s 100 laps. Richard and Lee Petty finished second and third respectively, while Ned Jarrett and Buck Baker completed the top five.

The race, No. 25 of 44 for the season, was the only time NASCAR brought its premier series to the facility, located approximately 75 miles north of New York City.

The layout of the track featured only three turns, similar to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway which hosts two Cup races annually. However, there was no banking on the 2-mile layout located on an auxiliary air base.

Crowd estimates ranged from 3,000 to 5,000, not enough to convince local authorities to seek additional NASCAR races.

It was the ninth career victory for White and his second of the season.

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