The 1957 NASCAR season was capped off by a dramatic 250 lap race on this day in 1957. The action unfolded on the ⅓ mile dirt track in Greensboro, North Carolina. The theatrics began on lap 35 when an accident sent Marvin Panch end over end in his Ford. His car landed on its wheels and he was able to complete 16 more laps before finally calling it quits. The crashes kept coming, making for a slow march to the finish. The 2,500 fans stood their grounds, shivering in the grandstands, as a high octane duel unfolded.
Elzie Wylie “Buck” Baker Sr., in his Black Widow 1957 Chevrolet, and Lee Petty, in his Oldsmobile, swapped the lead four times throughout the race. Finally, on lap 191, Baker pulled ahead and led to the checkers. The win secured Baker’s second consecutive NASCAR Grand National Series Championship. He became the first driver to ever win the trophy two years in a row. The $1,000 prize from the race likely made Buck Baker grin just a little bit wider.