Sunday 10th March 1963
Junior Johnson won the “150 mile” NASCAR Grand National race on a dusty Orange Speedway. The race actually was 148.5 miles, but promoters still billed it as a “150”. Actress Jayne Mansfield presented the trophy to Johnson, who won $1550 for his efforts on the 9/10 mile dirt track. Johnson’s Ray Fox Chevrolet finished 2 seconds ahead of Jim Paschal’s Petty Engineering Plymouth. Herman “The Turtle” Beam was running at the finish, the 84th consecutive race he had done so.