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The Greenville 200 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on April 1, 1961, at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, South Carolina.

1961 Greenville 200
Race details[1]
Race 10 of 52 in the 1961 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Date April 1, 1961; 58 years ago (1961-04-01)
Official name Greenville 200
Location Greenville-Pickens Speedway (Greenville, South Carolina)
Course Permanent racing facility
0.500 mi (0.804 km)
Distance 200 laps, 100 mi (160 km)
Weather Chilly with temperatures of 62.1 °F (16.7 °C); wind speeds of 20 miles per hour (32 km/h)
Average speed 52.189 miles per hour (83.990 km/h)
Attendance 5,000
Pole position
Driver Rex Lovette
Most laps led
Driver Rex White Rex White
Laps 106
Winner
No. 85 Emanuel Zervakis Monroe Shook
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

Contents

SummaryEdit

After nearly two hours of racing 200 laps, Emanuel Zervakis emerged as the winner as he managed to defeat Richard Petty by an unknown margin in front of a crowd of 5000 people. This would make the first of two career victories for Zervakis.[2] All 21 of the drivers on the grid were American-born males.[2] Doug Yates would receive the last-place finish due to a driveshaft issue on the eighth lap.[2] Other notable names who competed were: Junior Johnson, Roy Tyner, and Ned Jarrett.[2] Johnson would qualify for the pole position with speeds up to 62.09 miles per hour (99.92 km/h) during the qualifying sessions.[2] Four cautions slowed the race for 20 laps; there was only one crash during the entire race.[2]

Zervakis would make his first win in his NASCAR career at this racing event.[3] Bud Allman was one of the notable crew chiefs at the race; he worked on Ned Jarrett's #11 Ford vehicle.[4]

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.

QualifyingEdit

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer Owner
1 27 Junior Johnson '60 Pontiac Rex Lovette
2 85 Emanuel Zervakis '60 Chevrolet Monroe Shook
3 47 Jack Smith '61 Pontiac Jack Smith
4 4 Rex White '60 Chevrolet Rex White
5 43 Richard Petty '60 Plymouth Petty Enterprises
6 23 Doug Yates '59 Plymouth Raeford Johnson
7 86 Buck Baker '61 Chrysler Buck Baker
8 67 David Pearson '60 Chevrolet G.C. Spencer
9 11 Ned Jarrett '60 Ford B.G. Holloway
10 48 G.C. Spencer '60 Chevrolet G.C. Spencer
11 54 Jimmy Pardue '59 Chevrolet Jimmy Pardue
12 2 Tommy Irwin '67 Ford T-Bird Tom Daniels
13 17 Fred Harb '59 Ford Fred Harb
14 9 Roy Tyner '60 Ford Roy Tyner
15 0 Bobby Waddell '59 Dodge Bobby Waddell
16 1 Paul Lewis '61 Chevrolet Jess Potter
17 35 George Green '59 Plymouth M.J. Black
18 62 Curtis Crider '59 Plymouth Curtis Crider
19 19 Herman Beam '60 Ford Herman Beam
20 71 Bob Barron '60 Dodge Bob Barron
21 30 Doug Cox '59 Ford T-Bird Doug Cox

Finishing orderEdit

Section reference:[2]

  1. Emanuel Zervakis (No. 85)
  2. Richard Petty (No. 43)
  3. Rex White (No. 4)
  4. G.C. Spencer (No. 48)
  5. Buck Baker (No. 86)
  6. Jimmy Pardue (No. 54)
  7. Fred Harb (No. 17)
  8. George Green (No. 35)
  9. Bobby Waddell (No. 0)
  10. David Pearson (No. 67)
  11. Curtis Crider (No. 62)
  12. Doug Cox (No. 30)
  13. Herman Beam (No. 19)
  14. Ned Jarrett (No. 11)
  15. Roy Tyner (No. 9)
  16. Junior Johnson (No. 27)
  17. Tommy Irwin (No. 2)
  18. Bob Barron (No. 71)
  19. Jack Smith (No. 47)
  20. Paul Lewis (No. 1)
  21. Doug Yates (No. 23)

TimelineEdit

Section reference:[2]

  • Start of race: Junior Johnson started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 8: Doug Yates had troubles with his driveshaft, making him the last-place finisher
  • Lap 33: Paul Lewis suffered a terminal crash, forcing him to leave the event prematurely
  • Lap 49: Jack Smith's engine blew in his racing vehicle
  • Lap 54: Bob Barron's vehicle had a faulty clutch
  • Lap 68: Tommy Irwin's problematic steering caused him to exit the race prematurely
  • Lap 69: Junior Johnson developed fuel pump problems on this lap, ending his day on the track
  • Lap 70: Rex White takes over the lead from Junior Johnson
  • Lap 99: Roy Tyner had to leave the race due to transmission issues
  • Lap 100: Ned Jarrett managed to overheat his vehicle, causing his early departure from the race
  • Lap 149: Axle problems forced Herman Bean to drop out of the race
  • Lap 176: Emanuel Zervakis takes over the lead from Rex White
  • Lap 181: David Pearson ran out of gasoline, causing him to exit the race
  • Finish: Emanuel Zervakis was officially declared the winner of the event

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1961 Greenville 200 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i 1961 Greenville 200 racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ 1961 Greenville 200 racing information at Race-Database
  4. ^ 1961 Greenville 200 crew chiefs information at Racing Reference
Preceded by
1961 Atlanta 500
NASCAR Grand National races
1961
Succeeded by
1961 untitled race at Orange Speedway