|Source: Motor Racing Programme Covers|
|Photo and headline courtesy of Jerry Bushmire|
NASCAR was fortunate in that era to have some coverage of the race featured on ABC's Wide World of Sports. Races weren't broadcast live and were aired on a heavily-edited basis a week or two - or more - later. Considering most NASCAR races were not aired, the Daytona 500 was one of the two most prominent races on the schedule partially because of the TV coverage.
A couple of things I find interesting in this brief recap of the race's highlights are:
- In the video's intro remarks, ABC's Curt Gowdy refers to the race as the World Series of Stock Car Racing. Baseball was still America's national pastime in the 1960s. In the late 1970s - and pretty much even today, the race is referred to as the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. In 1966, the Super Bowl was still a year away from its first edition.
- For some reason, Petty's crew painted the 43 on the roof off-center. See it around the 5:15 mark.
I found it interesting too that Chris Economaki looked like Vaughan, John Ritter's character in Slingblade.
1966 Daytona 500 - part 1
1966 Daytona 500 - part 2
1966 Daytona 500 - part 3
1966 Daytona 500 - part 4
|Article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire|
|Photo - including Kyle Petty not Tom - courtesy of Jerry Bushmire|