Daytona Beach NASCAR Grand National Race on the beach and road course, won by Marshall Teague in a Hudson Hornet.
Daytona native Marshall Teague won the NASCAR Grand national race on the 4.1 mile beach and road course for the 2nd straight year. The scheduled 160 mile race ended 2 laps early due to an incoming tide. Teague led from lap 2, crossing the line 1 minute, 21 seconds ahead of Herb Thomas. Both were in identical Hudson Hornets owned and prepared by Teague. Teague wasn't allowed to compete until he payed a $574.50 fine for driving in a non-NASCAR race in November 1951. The event also saw Joie Ray become the first black/Afro-American driver to compete in a GN race.