|The 1960 Daytona 250 lap Modified Sportsman race was held on Saturday February 13th. It involved a major crash, rain, mystery, and a penalty.
Carl Burris was the fastest qualifier on Tuesday, which was the first day of qualifying so he started on the pole for the race. Carls lap was 143.988mph in a 1954 Sportsman Ford. The fastest qualifier overall was Banjo Mathews with a speed of 150.667mph in a Modified 1955 Ford owned by Melvin Joseph in Friday Qualifying.
The race was advertised as being open to 60 starters, but due to the large number of entries it was increase to 68 starters. 2-4 lap races held on Friday would fill the last 8 spots. For an unknown reason an addition 5 starters were added to the field before the race on Saturday. This increased the total starters to 73 cars.
The race started off with a major crash in the first lap involving 37 cars. Eight drivers were taken to the hospital. The major crash started when Dick Foley who started 16th spun out, and the crash erupted behind him. Foley who started the crash spun to the infield grass, and was able to keep going finishing 10th.
After a red flag to cleanup the track the race was restarted, but rain broke out. So for the next 34 laps the cars circled the track under the yellow flag, and heavy rain.
When the green flag finally came out Fireball Roberts, and Carl Burris traded the lead back and forth. At some point Carl Burris suffered heat exhaustion, and was relived by Marvin Panch for the remained of the race. With 5 laps to go Fireball Roberts had the lead, but his tachometer wiring shorted out bring him to a stop. Tiny Lund dropped of the pace, and pushed Fireball into the pits for a 4-lap pit stop.
Bubba Farr from Augusta, GA took the lead, and went on to the victory driving a 1956 Modified Ford. His Ford had a 1958 430 ci Lincoln motor with 6 carburetors. Farr won $4875 before 25,000 fans.
Here are a couple additional notes: Joe Weatherly crossed the finish line 3rd, but was penalizes 3 laps for driving to fast under a yellow flag.
Earl Moss qualified the #21 1957 Ford 17th, and is shown in the starting lineup for the race, but Roy Tyner was listed as the driver of the #21 in the final results. No reason could be found why Earl didnt start the race.
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