On the first lap of the 250-mile Modified-Sportsman event, Dick Foley (#66) swerved and spun across the banking. Three drivers, Larry Frank (#30), Ed Flemke (#34), and Al Hager (#43) spun trying to avoid Foley's car. The pack behind them took evasive action to avoid the wreck, inevitably causing a massive chain reaction that took out dozens of cars.
Out of 73 cars entered, 37 of them were involved in the Lap 1 melee. 24 cars were done on the spot. Seven cars are known to have overturned. To this date, it is still one of the largest wrecks in motorsports history. Unbelievably, none of the affected drivers were seriously injured.
Joe Lee Johnson
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach News-Journal; Revs Institute; Petersen Archive
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