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Marshall Teague

Marshall Teague is considered one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history for his contributions as one of the early pioneers of the sport.

Born in Daytona Beach, Florida, on February 22, 1922, became known as the "King of the Beach" for the success he had at the Daytona Beach Road Course. His first race was on the legendary course in 1949 and it was also the site of his first win in 1951; he won there again in '52 when the course had to be shortened since the tide came in.

His racing career ended up being somewhat short in comparison to many drivers included in NASCAR's list of 50 Greatest Drivers. Over the course of four seasons, from NASCAR's first in 1949 when the premier division was referred to as Strictly Stock to 1952 (as the Grand National division), he participated in 23 races.

His best seasons were in 1951 and '52 when he drove what was known as the Fabulous Hudson Hornet made by team owner Hudson Motors. In '51, he was in 15 races, winning five and finishing in the top 10 in nine. Between '51 and '52 he ran in 19 races, won seven, finished in the top 10 in 11, and started from the pole position in three.

Teague's larger contribution to racing came in the work he did under the hood of a car rather behind the wheel. He helped Hudson work on the 308 cu in (5.0 liter) Straight-6 engine that powered the Hudson Hornet. The low center of gravity that the engine game the Hornet, combined with the car's light weight helped drivers from Hudson Motors dominate stock car racing in the early 1950s.

Teague had issues with Bill France, NASCAR's founder, and left the Series in 1953. He went on to race further in races sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the United States Automobile Club (USAC).

His life and racing career were cut short in a tragic accident on February 11, 1959. While testing a reconfigured Indy car at the Daytona International Speedway, a Sumar Special streamliner, he spun out, flipping the car going through the third turn. Teague was thrown from the car in his seat, dying instantly. He was 36.

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Marshall Teague is considered one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history for his contributions as one of the early pioneers of the sport.

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