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1980 Daytona 500


From The Vault: The last lap of the 1979 Daytona 500


Phil Finney Huge Crash At Daytona 1980


1988 Richard Petty flip @ Daytona


Richard Petty's Final Victory - July 1984 in DAYTONA


1970 Richard Petty flip @ Darlington

The 22nd annual Daytona 500 was held February 17, 1980, at Daytona International Speedway. Buddy Baker started the decade by winning the fastest Daytona 500 in history, at 177.602 mph (285.823 km/h), it was Baker's only 500 win and did so in his 18th start, the longest until Dale Earnhardt in 1998. The 1980 Daytona Speedweeks was also marred by the death of Ricky Knotts, who was killed during the Gatorade Twin 125 qualifying races. There were 42 cars in the field, after planning to only run 40 cars.
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