Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500 in 1959. Driving a hardtop Oldsmobile 88, he defeated Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish winner’s challenge. Petty was the first in a line of race drivers. He was the father of Richard Petty, grandfather of Kyle Petty. Great grandson Adam Petty died at the age of 19 racing at New Hampshire International Raceway in 2000.