Friday 21st February 1964
Dodges and Plymouths equipped with the new hemi engine dominated the twin 100 mile NASCAR GN qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway. Junior Johnson did not lead a lap until pulling off a “slingshot” move to pass Buck Baker off the final turn to win the first race. Johnson’s Ray Fox Dodge crossed the line one car length ahead of Baker, who was in a Petty Engineering Plymouth. Paul Goldsmith, who won the pole for the ‘500’ at a record 174.910 mph, led the first 17 laps in the Nichels Plymouth, but blew the engine after 28 laps. In the second 100, Richard Petty ran out of fuel with a half lap lead, setting up one of the wildest finishes in Daytona history. As Petty coasted on the apron, the Ray Nichels Dodge of Bobby Isaac and Jim Pardue’s Burton-Robinson Plymouth came roaring toward the checkered side by side. Pardue got slightly out of shape as the cars crossed the line three wide. It took a photo finish and three hours before Isaac was declared the winner.