1963 South Boston 400 (April)

The 1963 South Boston 400 was a NASCAR Grand National Series event that was held on April 14, 1963, at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia.

1963 South Boston 400
Race details[1]
Race 17 of 55 in the 1963 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Date April 14, 1963; 61 years ago (1963-04-14)
Official name South Boston 400
Location South Boston Speedway, South Boston, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.375 mi (0.816 km)
Distance 400 laps, 150.0 mi (229.7 km)
Weather Cold with temperatures of 60.1 °F (15.6 °C); wind speeds of 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)
Average speed 75.229 miles per hour (121.069 km/h)
Attendance 5,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Charles Robinson
Most laps led
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Laps 325
No. 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

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.

Race report


Ned Jarrett and Richard Petty would be the only lap leaders for this race; with Petty leading the most laps. There were 400 laps in this one-hour-and-fifty-nine-minute race. Last-place finisher Joe Weatherly had to withdraw from the race on lap 48 due to troubles with his vehicle's rear end. Only him, Jimmy Pardue, Neil Castles, Billy Wade and Larry Thomas failed to finish the race out of this grid of 16 American-born drivers.[2]

Jim Paschal was defeated by his Petty Enterprises teammate Richard Petty by two laps in front a live audience of five thousand people. Ned Jarrett qualified for the pole position while driving speeds up to 78.72 miles per hour (126.69 km/h). The average speed of the actual racing event was 75.229 miles per hour (121.069 km/h). Most of the drivers on the starting grid used Chevrolet as their manufacturer while Plymouth and Dodge took up a sizeable amount of the grid; model years for the vehicles varied from 1961 to 1963, as allowances were made for older vehicles before NASCAR become modernized.[2]

Larry Manning scores his first of two career top five finishes.[2]

Winnings for this race varied from $1,500 for the winner ($14,928.26 when considering inflation) and $380 for the last-place driver ($3,781.83 when considering inflation); with the total prize purse consisting of $6,095 ($60,658.5 when considering inflation).[2][3] Earl Brooks would make first "top five" finish here out of the three that he performed during his professional stock car racing career.[4]

Notable crew chiefs for this race include Crawford Clements, Franklin McMillion, Johnny Divers, and Herman Beam.[5]


Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer Owner
1 11 Ned Jarrett '63 Ford Charles Robinson
2 43 Richard Petty '63 Plymouth Petty Enterprises
3 41 Jim Paschal '62 Plymouth Petty Enterprises
4 5 Billy Wade '62 Dodge Cotton Owens
5 6 David Pearson '63 Dodge Cotton Owens
6 87 Buck Baker '62 Chrysler Buck Baker
7 19 Herman Beam '62 Ford Herman Beam
8 54 Jimmy Pardue '63 Ford Pete Stewart
9 09 Larry Manning '62 Chevrolet Bob Adams
10 86 Neil Castles '62 Chrysler Buck Baker
11 83 Joe Weatherly '62 Pontiac Worth McMillion
12 34 Wendell Scott '62 Chevrolet Wendell Scott
13 62 Curtis Crider '62 Mercury Curtis Crider
14 0 E.J. Trivette '62 Chevrolet Bill Church
15 49 Larry Thomas '63 Dodge J.C. Parker
16 134 Earl Brooks '61 Chevrolet Wendell Scott

Finishing order


Section reference: [2]

  1. Richard Petty (No. 43)
  2. Jim Paschal (No. 41)
  3. Ned Jarrett (No. 11)
  4. Larry Manning (No. 09)
  5. Earl Brooks (No. 134)
  6. Herman Beam (No. 19)
  7. Wendell Scott (No. 34)
  8. David Pearson (No. 6)
  9. Buck Baker (No. 87)
  10. E.J. Trivette (No. 0)
  11. Curtis Crider (No. 62)
  12. Larry Thomas* (No. 49)
  13. Billy Wade* (No. 5)
  14. Neil Castles* (No. 86)
  15. Jimmy Pardue* (No. 54)
  16. Joe Weatherly* (No. 83)

* Driver failed to finish race



Section reference: [2]

  • Start of race: Ned Jarrett started the race with the pole position.
  • Lap 48: Joe Weatherly had problems with his vehicle's rear end, forcing him to withdraw from the race.
  • Lap 64: Jimmy Pardue's would see his vehicle's rear end become problematic, forcing him to exit from the event.
  • Lap 145: Neil Castles would end up having a defective engine, causing him to leave the race prematurely.
  • Lap 210: Billy Wade's vehicle would develop engine problems, sparking his early exodus from the event.
  • Lap 254: Larry Thomas would have problems with his vehicle's rear end, forcing him to leave the race early.
  • Finish: Richard Petty won the race.


  1. ^ Weather information for the 1963 South Boston 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h 1963 South Boston 400 racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ NASCAR Race Results for the 1963 South Boston 400 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  4. ^ 1963 South Boston 400 racing information at Race Database
  5. ^ Crew chief information at Racing Reference
Preceded by NASCAR Grand National Series Season
Succeeded by
1963 untitled race at Bowman-Gray Stadium
Preceded by
South Boston 400 races
April 1963
Succeeded by