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==See Also==
 
==See Also==
*[[1960 Daytona Races (lost CBS and NBC televised footage of NASCAR prelude events to Daytona 500; 1960)]]
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*[[1960 Daytona 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1960)]]         
*[[1961 Firecracker 250 (lost ABC footage of NASCAR Grand National race; 1961)]]
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*[[1960 Daytona Races (lost CBS and NBC televised footage of NASCAR prelude events to Daytona 500; 1960)]]          
*[[1962 Firecracker 250 (lost ABC footage of NASCAR Grand National race; 1962)]]
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*[[1961 Firecracker 250 (lost ABC footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1961)]]    
*[[1971 Twin 125s (lost footage of NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying races; 1971)]]
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*[[1962 Daytona 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1962)]]         
*[[1974 Twin 125s (lost footage of NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying races; 1974)]]
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*[[1962 Firecracker 250 (lost ABC footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1962)]]          
*[[1975 Twin 125s (lost footage of NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying races; 1975)]]
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*[[1963 Firecracker 400 (partially found footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1963)]]
*[[1976 Dixie 500 (lost CBS footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1976)]]
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*[[1963 Richmond 250 (partially found footage of NASCAR Grand National Series qualifying session and race; 1963)]]         
*[[1979 Southeastern 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1979)]]
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*[[1964 Atlanta 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1964)]]         
*[[1982 Twin 125s race 1 (lost footage of NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying race; existence unconfirmed; 1982)]]
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*[[1964 National 400 (lost footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1964)]]
*[[1984 Delaware 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1984)]]
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*[[1964 Richmond 250 (lost footage of NASCAR Grand National Series qualifying session; 1964)]]   
*[[1984 Warner W. Hodgdon Carolina 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; existence unconfirmed; 1984)‎]]
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*[[1965 Daytona 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1965)]]         
*[[1986 Twin 125s (lost footage of NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying races; existence unconfirmed; 1986)]]
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*[[1965 Rebel 300 (partially found footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1965)]]         
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*[[1966 National 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1966)]]         
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*[[1966 Southern 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1966)]]         
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*[[1967 Firecracker 400 (partially found footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1967)]]         
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*[[1967 Rebel 400 (partially found footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1967)]]   
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*[[1970 Alabama 500 (found footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1970)]]         
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*[[1970 National 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1970)]]         
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*[[1970 Wilkes 400 (lost footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1970)]]         
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*[[1970 World 600 (lost footage of NASCAR Grand National Series race; 1970)]]         
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*[[1971 Atlanta 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1971)]]         
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*[[1971 Medal of Honor Firecracker 400 (partially found footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1971)]]       
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*[[1971 Myers Brothers 250 (lost footage and official documents of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1971)]]         
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*[[1971 National 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1971)]]         
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*[[1971 Rebel 400 (partially found footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1971)]]         
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*[[1971 Twin 125s (lost footage of NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying races; 1971)]]          
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*[[1972 Atlanta 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1972)]]
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*[[1972 Bowman-Gray 100 (lost footage of NASCAR Grand American Series race; 1972)]]     
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*[[1972 Carolina 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1972)]]   
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*[[1972 Daytona 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1972)]]         
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*[[1972 Firecracker 400 (lost ABC footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1972)]]         
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*[[1972 National 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1972)]]         
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*[[1972 Rebel 400 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1972)]]         
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*[[1973 Atlanta 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1973)]]         
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*[[1973 Medal of Honor Firecracker 400 (partially found footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1973)]]         
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*[[1974 Mason-Dixon 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1974)]]         
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*[[1974 National 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1974)]]         
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*[[1974 Twin 125s (lost footage of NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying races; 1974)]]        
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*[[1975 Champion Spark Plug 400 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1975)]]         
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*[[1975 Dixie 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1975)]]         
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*[[1975 Firecracker 400 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1975)]]         
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*[[1975 National 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1975)]]         
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*[[1975 Twin 125s (lost footage of NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying races; 1975)]]          
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*[[1975 World 600 (partially found footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1975)]]         
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*[[1976 Atlanta 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1976)]]       
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*[[1976 Champion Spark Plug 400 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1976)]]         
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*[[1976 Dixie 500 (lost CBS footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1976)]]          
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*[[1976 Firecracker 400 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1976)]]         
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*[[1976 National 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1976)]]         
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*[[1976 Rebel 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1976)]]       
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*[[1976 Riverside 400 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1976)]]         
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*[[1976 Talladega 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1976)]]         
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*[[1976 Winston 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1976)]]         
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*[[1976 World 600 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1976)]]         
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*[[1978 NAPA National 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1978)]]
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*[[1979 Daytona ARCA 200 (lost footage of ARCA Racing Series race; 1979)]]         
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*[[1979 Dixie 500 (lost ABC footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; existence unconfirmed; 1979)]]         
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*[[1979 Southeastern 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1979)]]   
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*[[1981 Coca-Cola 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1981)]]   
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*[[1981 CRC Chemicals 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1981)]] 
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*[[1982 CRC Chemicals 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1982)]]
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*[[1982 Eastern 150 (lost footage of NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series race; 1982)]]  
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*[[1982 Goody's Sportsman 300 (partially found footage of NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series race; 1982)]]         
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*[[1982 Twin 125s race 1 (lost footage of NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying race; existence unconfirmed; 1982)]]  
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*[[1982 Winston Western 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; existence unconfirmed; 1982)]]
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*[[1983 Goody's Sportsman 300 (partially found footage of NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series race; 1983)]] 
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*[[1983 Mason-Dixon 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1983)]] 
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*[[1983 Southern 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; existence unconfirmed; 1983)]]         
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*[[1984 Delaware 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1984)]]  
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*[[1984 Goody's Sportsman 300 (lost footage of NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race; 1984)]]         
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*[[1984 Warner W. Hodgdon Carolina 500 (lost footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; existence unconfirmed; 1984)‎]]                    
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*[[1986 Twin 125s (lost footage of NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying races; existence unconfirmed; 1986)]]
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*[[1989 Busch Clash (lost footage of pre-season NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1989)]]
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*[[1992 Atlanta 300 (lost footage of NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race; 1992)]]         
 
*[[1996 DeVilbiss SuperFinish 200 (partially found televised footage of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race; 1996)]]
 
*[[1996 DeVilbiss SuperFinish 200 (partially found televised footage of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race; 1996)]]
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*[[Jeff Gordon's 2008 UAW-Dodge 400 crash (lost on-board footage of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race crash; 2008)]]
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*[[NASCAR (partially found uncut footage of stock car races; 1960-present)]]
  
 
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==References==

Latest revision as of 11:19, 26 April 2022

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Bill Elliott and his Ford Thunderbird.

Status: Existence Unconfirmed

The 1985 Twin 125s are two races at the Daytona National Speedway that served as qualifying events for the 1985 Daytona 500. Both occurred on 14th February, where the first race was won by Bill Elliott in a Ford, while Cale Yarborough also driving a Ford was victorious in the second. According to reports, Elliot's victory was one of the most dominant qualifier victories in NASCAR history, and he would go on to win that year's Daytona 500.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Twin 125s are unique races on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. They consist of two qualifying heats that determine the majority of the 40 competitors for the Daytona 500.[1] It would also allow for the racers to analyse how their vehicles performed during the heats and modify them accordingly for the main event.[2] Among those competing was Yarborough, who was seeking to defend his Daytona 500 title. Prior to the races, two drivers had already qualified for the Daytona 500.[3] Elliot won the pole position by setting a stock-car speed record of 205.114 m.p.h.,[3] while Yarborough would start second.[4]

The Races[edit | edit source]

In the first Twin 125s race, Elliott was victorious and claimed $22,000 in prize money, ahead of the Chevrolets of Darrell Waltrip and Benny Parsons in second and third respectively.[5] The Los Angeles Times reported on the dominance of Elliot's win. Leading 48 of the 50 laps, he finished more than two miles ahead of Darrell Waltrip, with a 37-second margin that became the widest victory in Twin 125s history. The report speculated that had there been a few more laps, Elliott could have also lapped Waltrip. The performance amazed most of Elliot's fellow competitors. Elliot himself stated that he aimed to run the car as hard as possible to prepare for the Sunday race, potentially racing against defending Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte, who dropped out of race 1 after leading on lap 8 with engine issues.[3]

For race 2, Yarborough followed David Pearson's Chevrolet for the last 24 laps, before overtaking on the final lap after utilising his rival's draft, thus claiming the $22,000.[6] Kyle Petty finished third in a Ford. The race featured two cautions, including a spin by Dick Skillen on lap 22, while a five-car accident Clark Dwyer, Ken Ragan, Randy LaJoie, Trevor Boys and Dean Roper meant six laps were dedicated to clearing the wreckage.[3] Yarborough dominated the early stages of the race too, and stated that he had planned to pass Pearson earlier, but decided to make an early move on the final lap with the intent to surprise his opponent. Pearson admitted that he had little chance to defend his lead. Kyle Petty and his father Richard were able to finish third and fourth due to a final turn incident involving Harry Gant and Phil Parsons.[3][6]

With the starters and race order decided, the 1985 Daytona 500 commenced on 17th February. Elliott converted his promising win with a victory at the main event, after having led 136 laps. He became only the third driver in eleven years to have won the Daytona 500 after having achieved victory in a Twin 125s event.[3] He finished ahead of Lake Speed in a Pontiac, and Waltrip. Yarborough retired on lap 62 following engine issues.[4]

Availability[edit | edit source]

According to NASCAR on TV and Racing-Reference, both Twin 125s were allegedly televised on tape delay by CBS.[7][8] Ultimately, whereas footage of many Twin 125s from the 1980s have since publicly resurfaced, the 1985 heats are completely inaccessible as of the present day. However, there is no information on when the 1985 heats were aired, and with NASCAR on TV also placing the races under its "Unconfirmed broadcasts" section,[7] full confirmation that a CBS broadcast occurred has not yet been achieved.

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References[edit | edit source]