1949 Wilkes 200
|Race 8 of 8 in the 1949 NASCAR Strictly Stock season|
North Wilkesboro Speedway
|Date||October 16, 1949|
|Official name||Wilkes 200|
|Location||North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina|
Permanent racing facility|
0.500 mi (0.804 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 100 mi (150 km)|
|Weather||Chilly with temperatures reaching up to 68.0 °F (20.0 °C); wind speeds reaching up to 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)|
|Average speed||53.364 miles per hour (85.881 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Bill Blair||Sam Rice|
|No. 7||Bob Flock||Frank Christian|
|Television in the United States|
Ten thousand people would attend this live racing event where Kenneth Wagner qualified for the race with a pole position speed of 57.563 miles per hour (92.639 km/h) – the equivalent of 31.27 seconds. The entire race took place on a dirt track spanning 0.500 miles (0.805 km) per lap. Weather conditions for the race were recorded at nearby Hickory Regional Airport; a public airport located three miles (5 km) west of the central business district of nearby Hickory, North Carolina.
Bob Flock would defeat Lee Petty by an entire football field – 100 yards (91 m) – to win NASCAR's first racing event with an established name. Flock would earn a mere $1,500 in prize winnings ($15,795.1 when inflation is taken into effect). Frank Mundy would receive a last-place finish for only finishing 38 laps out of the mandated 200 laps. Bill Blair would lead the most laps in this race with 180 laps led out of 200.
Red Byron would go on to win NASCAR's first ever championship while Sara Christian would become one of its first female drivers. Byron almost became a cripple after being shot by an enemy fighter plane while serving as a tail gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber during World War II. He spent two years in military hospitals rehabilitating his leg so that he could compete in NASCAR after the war ended.
While Red Byron and Lee Petty were the better drivers of the 1949 NASCAR Cup Series season, Bill Blair was the most consistent driver along with Petty.
- Start of race: Bill Blair starts off the race in the pole position
- Lap 38: Frank Mundy withdrew from the race for reasons unknown
- Lap 155: Red Byron withdrew from the race for reasons unknown, he was assumed not have been paid for participating in this event
- Lap 181: Bob Flock takes over the lead from Bill Blair
- Lap 188: Sara Christian ended the racing event 12 laps behind Herb Thomas
- Lap 191: Bill Blair had a terminal problem with his engine, forcing him out of the race
- Lap 196: Roy Hall may or may not have finished the race six laps behind Thomas, records of this race were not kept in the NASCAR archives
- Finish: Bob Flock was officially declared the winner of the event
|Pos||Grid||Car #||Driver||Owner||Make||Laps||Laps led||Status|
|1||7||Bob Flock||Frank Christian||'49 Oldsmobile||200||20||Running|
|2||42||Lee Petty||Petty Enterprises||'49 Plymouth||200||0||Running|
|3||47||Fonty Flock||Ed Lawrence||'47 Buick||199||0||Running|
|4||19||Clyde Minter||Clyde Minter||'47 Ford||199||0||Running|
|5||92||Herb Thomas||Herb Thomas||'49 Ford||197||0||Running|
|6||14||Roy Hall||Raymond Parks||'49 Oldsmobile||196||0|
|7||5||Ray Erickson||Ed Hastings||'49 Mercury||194||0|
|8||9||Raymond Lewis||Robert Dixon||'49 Cadillac||194||0|
|9||41||Curtis Turner||Frank Christian||'49 Oldsmobile||193||0|
|10||2||44||Bill Blair||Sam Rice||'49 Cadillac||191||180||Engine|
|11||11||Bob Apperson||Bob Apperson||'47 Ford||191||0|
|12||71||Sara Christian||Frank Christian||'49 Oldsmobile||188||0|
|13||28||Slick Smith||Buddy Helms||'47 Hudson||174||0|
|14||20||H.F. Stickleather||'48 Lincoln||167||0|
|15||1||15||Kenneth Wagner||Dailey Moyer||'49 Lincoln||165||0|
|16||22||Red Byron||Raymond Parks||Oldsmobile||155||0|
|17||21||Bobby Greene||Bobby Greene||'48 Ford||148||0|
|18||1||Bill Greever||'48 Mercury||134||0|
|19||90||Tim Flock||Buddy Elliott||'49 Oldsmobile||117||0|
|20||8||Dick Linder||'49 Kaiser||59||0|
|21||4||Otis Martin||Raymond Lewis||'47 Buick||50||0|
|22||2||Frank Mundy||'49 Ford||38||0|
- Lead changes: 2
- Cautions: N/A
- Red flags: N/A
- Time of race: 1 hours, 52 minutes, and 16 seconds
- Average speed: 53.364 miles per hour (85.881 km/h)
- Margin of Victory: 100 yards
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- "Bob Flock's prize winnings (1949 Wilkes 200)". Driver Averages. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
- "NASCAR's first champion and first female driver". Save the Speedway. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
- "1949 Wilkes 200 crew chiefs". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2018-08-19.
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