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Pettys fly over wall in preliminary races; Arizona driver killed in practice

Marvin Panch, winner of the 1961 Daytona 500 / HeadlineSurfer.comMarvin Panch, NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers / HeadlineSurfer.comVideo by NASCARAllOut / Use by Headline Surfer® / Pontiac was the dominant car for the 1961 running of the Daytona 500, and Marvin Panch who didn't even have a ride for the season, won the race as a last-minute driver behind the wheel of a year-old Pontiac for race car owner Smokey Yunick on the recommendation of fellow driver Fireball Roberts, who had the pole and led the most laps before blowing an engine in the closing laps.
 
SPECIAL FEATURE: Headline Surfer® brings you a snapshot of every Daytona 500 race, from 1959 to the present. This segment: 1961...
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Fireball Roberts led the most laps -- 170 -- but on lap 187, it was the driver he recommended team owner Smokey Yunick also sponsor for the Daytona 500 who passed him to go on and take the checkered flag after 13 laps out front.

It was the first 500 without a caution, though tensions were high going into the 500 with some big crashes and a fatal during Speedweeks.

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Award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper's 5th anniversary celebration / Headline Surfer®

Margie Patchett of Volusia Tax Reform / Headline Surefer®Maureen France of Volusia Tax Reform / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Margie Patchett and Maureen France are the co-founders of Volusia Tax Reform.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Volusia Tax Reform, a grassroots organization established to challenge municipal and county government spending, is recognized by Headline Surfer® as part of its 5th anniversary celebration for VTR's political activism and government watchdog standing.

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Question: What does Easter Mean to you?

Jim Oddie of Wilbur-by-the-Sea / Headline Surfer®Respondent:
Jim Oddie
Residence:
Wilbur-by-the-Sea
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"To all of you biblical folks, Passover is the only prescribed Holy Day to be observed. The rest (Easter, Christmas, et. al.) are nothing more than man-made holidays."
 
Kathy Kershaw of Daytona Beach, Fla. on meaning of Easter / Headline Surfer®Respondent:
Kathy Kershaw
Residence:
Daytona Beach
Response:
"A time to reflect on what my faith means to me and a time to spend with family/friends in quiet forgiveness mode."

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DAYTONA BEACH -- With the excitement of today's Daytona 500 just hours from starting and crowning a new champion, Headline Surfer turns to YouTube for classic race coverage -- in this case the entire running of the 1980 Daytona 500.

 

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Top 100 Stories of 2013 Daytona Beach-Orlando Metro Area / Headline Surfer®

Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere wins re-election w/o opposition / Headline SurferOviedo Councilman Steve Henken has no opposition / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Familiar faces are staying on the Oviedo City Council with qualifying over and no challengers for Mayor Dominic Persampiere and Councilman Steve Henken, shown here from left to right, respectively.

OVIEDO -- Mayor Dominic Persampiere and Council member Steve Henken were returned to their respective seats in this Seminole County city because they had no opponents when qualifying ended in September.

The return to office of the two Oviedo officials without opposition comes in at No. 68 in the Headline Surfer® countdown of the top 100 stories of 2013. 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In the digital age, "new media" outlets like Headline Surfer® often get lost in the shuffle in the complicated licensing agreements that large sports sanctioning bodies like NASCAR, Major League Baseball and the National Football League and others have with the broadcast outlets like FOX Sports, ESPN, and then the perceived pecking order of established print and local TV media outlets.
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FDOT: Ribbon cutting planned for Friday

Holly Hill city emblem / Headline Surfer®HOLLY HILL, Fla. --  Later this week, residents and others will be reminded that they "can get there from here" when the newly-built Daytona Avenue Bridge opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

It takes place at the Daytona Avenue Bridge, in the 1000 block of Daytona Avenue, in the City of Holly Hill. The event starts at 5 p.m., Friday,

The Daytona Avenue Bridge serves as an important link near Holly Hill City Hall. It provides direct, north-south access.

But since Feb. 23, 2011, first responders and citizens had to travel a longer, less direct route, after it was discovered the local bridge was unlikely to continue safely handling day-to-day traffic anymore.

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Editor's Note: Here is the weekly message from Congressman Ron DeSantis, the Republican from St. Augustine, representing the 6th district that includes greater Daytona Beach...Congressman Ron DeSantis

Washington DC -- On Tuesday the President delivered his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.

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Top 100 Stories of 2013 Daytona Beach-Orlando Metro Area / Headline Surfer®

Daytona State College, 35th in associate degrees awarded nationally / Headline Surfer®Daytona State College / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Daytona State College has made the grade and then some in awarding associates degrees.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Community College Week, one of the nation’s leading publications focusing on higher education institutions that offer two-year associate degrees, has named Daytona State College among its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. In fact, Daytona State ranked 35th nationally in awarding the two-year associate degree, among some 5,000 public and private institutions.

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Mayor member of all-white, all-male Anglers Club hearkening back to Jim Crow era

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Mayor Adam Barringer speaks during 2014 MLK event / Headline Sufer®MLKcrowd in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Rev. Lorenzo Laws of the Allen Chapel AME Church and others in the predominantly-African-American Westside community and other parts of this coastal community marched across the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Bridge and into the Old Fort Park downtown for the MLK holiday vigil.

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