On This Date 2/15/1976
In what may be the most thrilling finish in NASCAR history, Richard Petty and David Pearson duel down on the final lap of the Daytona 500. The two racers were two laps ahead of the rest of the field and were side by side for much of the final two laps. Coming down the stretch, the cars crash and spin out on the infield, 50 yards from the finish. As Petty stalled, Pearson managed to get the checkered flag for his only career win at Daytona.