Saturday, February 24, 2024

1967 – Lorenzen Gas Gamble Pays Off with Daytona Win


Fred Lorenzen gives a wave from victory lane after winning the 100-mile qualifying race at Daytona. 

Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 24, 1967) – Fred Lorenzen gambled on gas mileage Friday and drove 100 miles without a pit stop to win the second of a pair of races leading up to Sunday’s Daytona 500 for late model stock cars.

Lorenzen, of Elmhurst, Ill., ran out of gas just before he completed the 40 laps around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in his 1967 Ford but coasted across the finish line with a record speed of 174.583 miles per hour.

Darel Dieringer of Charlotte, N.C., was second, Cale Yarborough of Timmonsville, S.C., was third, Dick Hutcherson of Camden, S.C., was fourth, all in Fords. Richard Petty of Randleman, N.C., was fifth in a 1967 Plymouth.

Lorenzen’s record broke the old mark of 170.777 set by Junior Johnson in 1964.

Results –

1. Fred Lorenzen
2. Darel Dieringer
3. Cale Yarborough
4. Dick Hutcherson
5. Richard Petty
6. Mario Andretti
7. Don White
8. Paul Lewis
9. Sonny Hutchins
10.Innes Ireland

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