|Born||February 22, 1921|
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Died|| February 11, 1959 37) (aged|
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Cause of death||Injuries from racing accident|
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|23 races run over 4 years|
|Best finish||62nd - 1949 (Strictly Stock)|
|First race||1949 untitled race (Daytona Beach Road Course)|
|Last race||1952 untitled race (Columbia)|
|First win||1951 untitled race (Daytona Beach Road Course)|
|Last win||1952 untitled race (Speedway Park)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1953–1954, 1956–1958|
|Teams||Kurtis Kraft, Kuzma|
|Entries||5 (3 starts)|
|First entry||1953 Indianapolis 500|
|Last entry||1958 Indianapolis 500|
Marshall Pleasant Teague(February 22, 1921 – February 11, 1959) was an American race car driver.
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He was nicknamed by NASCAR fans as the "King of the Beach" for his performances at the Daytona Beach Road Course.
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He walked into fellow Daytona Beach resident Smokey Yunick's "Best Damned Garage in Town", and launched Yunick's NASCAR mechanic career.
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Teague competed in 23 NASCAR Grand National races from 1949 to 1952, winning seven of them.
Teague approached the Hudson Motor Car Company by traveling to Michigan and visiting the automaker's factory without an appointment. By the end of his visit, Hudson virtually assured Teague of corporate support and cars, with the relationship formalized shortly after his visit. This "is generally regarded as the first stock car racing team backed by a Detroit auto manufacturer."
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During the 1951 and 1952 racing seasons, Teague was a member of the Hudson Motors team and driving what were called the "Fabulous Hudson Hornet" stock cars.
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Teague was also instrumental in helping Hudson tune the 308 cu in (5.0 L) straight-6 powered Hudson Hornet to its maximum stock capability. When combined with the cars light weight and low center of gravity, the Hornet allowed Teague and the other Hudson drivers to dominate stock car racing from 1951 through 1954, consistently beating out other drivers in cars powered by larger, more modern engines. Smokey Yunick and Teague won 27 of 34 events in major stock car events.
In 1953, Teague dropped out of NASCAR following a dispute with NASCAR founder William France Sr. and went to the AAA and USAC racing circuits.
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Driving a reconfigured Indy car at the newly opened Daytona International Speedway, Teague died while attempting to break the closed course speed record, which had been established by Tony Bettenhausen in qualifying for the 1957 Race of Two Worlds at about 177 mph. Teague was conducting test sessions in preparation for the April start of the 1959 USAC Championship Car season, piloting a "Sumar Special" streamliner, a Kurtis Kraft chassis with a 270 c.i. Meyer-Drake Offenhauser engine, streamlined fenders, and a canopy enclosing the driver, thus being classified as Formula Libre.
On February 9, 1959, Teague, clocked at 171.821 mph (276.5 km/h), markedly improved Ed Elisian's unofficial 148-mph-one-lap record for an American race track, which had been set in preparation for the 1958 Indianapolis 500.
The next day, the left rear tire was cut as a result of running over a foreign object, which forced Teague to pit.
Teague was trying to go even faster on February 11, 1959, eleven days before the first Daytona 500. "Teague pushed the speed envelope in the high-powered Sumar Special streamliner – to an estimated 140 mph (230 km/h)." His car spun and flipped through the third turn and Teague was thrown, seat and all, from his car. He died nearly instantly.
* Shared drive with Duane Carter, Jimmy Jackson and Tony Bettenhausen
** Shared drive with Gene Hartley
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