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February 11, 1959 – NASCAR great Marshall Teague killed in speed record attempt
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February 11, 1959 – NASCAR great Marshall Teague killed in speed record attempt

Marshall Teague with Hudson Hornet Marshall Teague walked unannounced into the Detroit offices of Hudson Motor Car Company and left with a sponsor for his NASCAR racing career, securing his place in history after selling himself as the best driver on four wheels. He’d make a great case for that claim during the 1951 and 1952 seasons as a driver of the “Fabulous Hudson Hornet” stock cars. Teague won seven of his 23 NASCAR entries before dropping out of the league in 1953 following disputes with NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.  Always craving a checkered flag, the Teague, AKA, the King of the Beach joined other racing circuits, including Formula One. It was that unhealthy addiction to going fast that pushed him to try and top 177 mph on this day in 1959. His goal? To break the closed c...

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