5/2/1950

Harold Kite won the 200 mile NASCAR Grand National season opener on the Daytona beach and road course.

Harold Kite won the 200 mile NASCAR Grand National season opener on the Daytona beach and road course in a 1949 Lincoln. Kite, a former tank driver in the Army, took the lead when defending GN champ "Red" Byron pitted on lap 25 to repair gear shift problems. Kite was unchallenged for the remaining 23 laps, taking the checkered flag 53 seconds ahead of Byron's Olds 88. Byron fell to 7th after the pit stop and charged back to take 2nd from Lloyd Moore on the last lap. Kite averaged 89.894 mph on the 4.1 mile beach & road course. Joe Littlejohn's Olds 88 won the pole at a speed of 98.84 mph.

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