Lee Petty wins the first NASCAR "Grand National Division" race with an average of 45.535 mph at "Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds." Petty led from flag to flag in the 100-mile, two hour, 11-minute, 46-second race. Buck Baker wins the pole in an Oldsmobile at a speed of 48.465 mph. Petty collects $1,000 for the win, while last-place finisher Coleman Lawrence collects $25. Since it is well before the days of electronic timing and scoring, the box score indicates a tie for 16th place between Ralph Liguori and Slick Smith.