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The 1960 National 400 was a Grand National Series stock car race that was held on October 16, 1960, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

1960 National 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 42 of 44 in the 1960 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date October 16, 1960 (1960-October-16)
Official name National 400
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.410 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.5 km)
Weather Very hot with temperatures of 82 °F (28 °C); wind speeds of 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)
Average speed 112.905 miles per hour (181.703 km/h)
Pole position
Driver John Hines
Most laps led
Driver Fireball Roberts John Hines
Laps 197
Winner
No. 22 Speedy Thompson Wood Brothers

The transition to purpose-built racecars began in the early 1960s and occurred gradually over that decade. Changes made to the sport by the late 1960s brought an end to the "strictly stock" vehicles of the 1950s; most of the cars were trailered to events or hauled in by trucks.

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BackgroundEdit

Around 29,166 spectators traveled to Charlotte Motor Speedway to watch the race. Located in Concord, North Carolina, Charlotte Motor Speedway is a banked 1.5-mile (2.4 km) quad-oval that opened a few months earlier for the inaugural World 600.

Charlotte Motor Speedway was designed and built by Bruton Smith and partner and driver Curtis Turner in 1959. The first World 600 NASCAR race was held at the 1.5 mi (2.4 km) speedway on June 19, 1960. On December 8, 1961, the speedway filed bankruptcy notice. Judge J.B. Craven of US District Court for Western North Carolina reorganized it under Chapter 10 of the Bankruptcy Act; Judge Craven appointed Robert "Red" Robinson as the track's trustee until March 1962. At that point, a committee of major stockholders in the speedway was assembled, headed by A.C. Goines and furniture store owner Richard Howard. Goines, Howard, and Robinson worked to secure loans and other monies to keep the speedway afloat.[3]

SummaryEdit

Bob Barron and Friday Hassler would make their NASCAR Grand National debut appearances here. Charlie Glotzbach would also make his NASCAR big league debut at this race but to a much smaller fanfare.

The race was held on a dry circuit; with no precipitation recorded around the speedway.[4]

It took three hours and thirty-two minutes to complete 267 laps on a paved oval track spanning 1.500 miles (2.414 km).[2][5] Seven cautions were waved by NASCAR officials for 34 laps.[2] Speedy Thompson defeated Richard Petty by one lap and twelve seconds in front of nearly 30,000 spectators while going 112.905 miles per hour (181.703 km/h);[2][6] helping the Wood Brothers' racing team earn their one of their first NASCAR wins as owners. Fireball Roberts was the qualifier for the pole position with a speed of 133.465 miles per hour (214.791 km/h).[2] Eight notable crew chiefs participated in the event; including Cotton Owens, Leonard Wood and Bud Moore.[7]

He would eventually blow a tire on lap 232; causing him to crash and lose the lead.[8] There were fifty drivers who would ultimately participate in this event; all of them were American-born males.[2]

Fred Lorenzen would earn the event's last-place finish for a vibration problem that he developed on lap 4; earning only $200 for that day ($1,441 when adjusted for inflation).[2][9] Lowe's was one of the corporate sponsors of this racing event;[2] they still sponsor NASCAR to this very day through frequent Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.

QualifyingEdit

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer Owner
1 22 Fireball Roberts '60 Pontiac John Hines
2 47 Jack Smith '60 Pontiac Jack Smith
3 21 Speedy Thompson '60 Ford Wood Brothers
4 4 Rex White '60 Chevrolet Rex White
5 12 Joe Weatherly '60 Ford Holman-Moody Racing
6 5 Bobby Johns '60 Pontiac Cotton Owens
7 44 Jim Paschal '60 Plymouth Petty Enterprises
8 26 Curtis Turner '60 Ford Holman-Moody Racing
9 85 Emuanel Zervakis '60 Chevrolet Monroe Shook
10 87 Buck Baker '60 Chevrolet Buck Baker
11 11 Ned Jarrett '60 Ford Ned Jarrett
12 73 Johnny Beauchamp '60 Chevrolet Dale Swanson
13 7 Jim Reed '60 Chevrolet Jim Reed
14 27 Junior Johnson '60 Pontiac John Masoni
15 89 Joe Lee Johnson '60 Chevrolet Joe Lee Johnson
16 2 Possum Jones '60 Chevrolet Tom Daniels
17 94 Banjo Matthews '60 Ford Banjo Matthews
18 69 Johnny Allen '60 Chevrolet Hanley Dawson
19 42 Lee Petty '60 Plymouth Petty Enterprises
20 35 Don O'Dell '60 Pontiac J.D. Braswell
21 43 Richard Petty '60 Plymouth Petty Enterprises
22 78 Friday Hassler '60 Chevrolet E.C. Wilson
23 49 Bob Welborn '60 Ford Bob Welborn
24 81 Larry Frank '60 Ford Shorty Rollins
25 10 T.C. Hunt '60 Plymouth Fred Wheat

Failed to qualify: Buddy Baker (#20), Leroy Thomas, Wilbur Rakestraw (#99), Bob Duell (#95), Gerald Duke (#92), Speedy Thompson (#90), Charles Griffin (#78), Elmo Henderson (#70), Tiny Lund (#63), Jim Whitman (#60), Jim Cook (#38), Tommy Irwin (#36), Jimmy Massey (#21), LeeRoy Yarbrough[10]

Top ten finishersEdit

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Winnings Laps led Time/Status
1 3 21 Speedy Thompson Ford 267 $12,710 44 3:32:50
2 21 43 Richard Petty Plymouth 266 $5,550 0 +1 lap
3 11 11 Ned Jarrett Ford 266 $3,275 13 +1 lap
4 6 5 Bobby Johns Pontiac 265 $2,880 0 +2 laps
5 14 27 Junior Johnson Pontiac 265 $1,855 0 +2 laps
6 4 4 Rex White Chevrolet 265 $2,050 0 +2 laps
7 9 85 Emanuel Zervakis Chevrolet 263 $1,100 0 +4 laps
8 7 44 Jim Paschal Pontiac 261 $920 0 +6 laps
9 30 59 Tom Pistone Pontiac 260 $700 0 +7 laps
10 17 94 Banjo Matthews Ford 259 $725 0 +8 laps

TimelineEdit

Section reference: [2]

Fireball Roberts
Jack Smith
Fireball Roberts
Speedy Thompson
Fireball Roberts
Ned Jarrett
Larry Frank
Fireball Roberts
Speedy Thompson
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11
21
31
41
51
61
71
81
91
101
111
121
131
141
151
161
171
181
191
201
211
221
231
241
251
261

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1960 National 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1960 National 400 information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  3. ^ Charlotte Observer timeline on Charlotte Motor Speedway Archived November 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Charlotte NASCAR Climatology" (PDF). SERCC. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  5. ^ "1960 National 400 additional track information". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  6. ^ "1960 National 400 information (exact comparison between Petty and Thompson)". Racin' Today. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  7. ^ "1960 National 400 crew chief information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  8. ^ "1960 National 400 information (second reference)". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  9. ^ "About the last-place finisher of the 1960 National 400". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  10. ^ "1960 National 400 qualifying information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
Preceded by
1960 Wilkes 320
NASCAR Grand National Series Season
1960
Succeeded by
1960 Capital City 200
Preceded by
none
National 400 races
1960
Succeeded by
1961