Petty won the race by three laps over second-place James Hylton - despite having transmission problems early in the race.
The race was part of NASCAR's 'northern swing' in the 1960s. Once above the Mason-Dixon line, the Grand National drivers tackled a condensed schedule of races at tracks such as Islip, Fonda NY, Oxford ME, and Trenton NJ.
Of all the tracks NASCAR raced, Islip was the shortest at just 2/10ths of a mile. About 2 years ago, I blogged about Islip, NASCAR's history at the track, and yep, even Schaefer beer.
|Article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire|