|May 25, 2012|
1923: Smokey Yunick, one on NASCAR’s most colorful and creative car builders, is born. Yunick, who for years operated his well-known garage in Daytona Beach, Fla., competed just once in NASCAR’s top series, running only seven laps in finishing 18th at Palm Beach Speedway in 1952. But Yunick was best known for his performance innovations, many of which skirted the official rule book, and his trademark white coveralls and cowboy hat. Yunick’s cars won 57 times in Cup competition, including the 1961 Daytona 500 with Marvin Panch at the wheel.