The first recognized NASCAR race was held on June 19, 1949 in Charlotte, North Carolina and on lap 105 the great Lee Petty became the first driver ever to do this in NASCAR.
35 year old Lee Petty was the first NASCAR driver ever to crash during a race. He was not seriously hurt and he and his Buick still finished 17th out of 33 cars because of other drivers who had already dropped out by lap 105. The pole winning speed at that race was just under 68 miles an hour and the winner, Glenn Dunaway, was later disqualified because of his car’s rear springs. The victory was later awarded to Jim Roper who had only completed 197 of the 200 laps of the race.
– Dave O’Brien