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The 1964 Textile 250 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on November 10, 1963, at Concord Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

1964 Textile 250
Race details[1][2]
Race 1 of 62 in the 1964 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Date November 10, 1963; 55 years ago (1963-11-10)
Official name Textile 250
Location Concord Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
0.500 mi (0.805 km)
Distance 250 laps, 125.0 mi (201.1 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching of 72 °F (22 °C); wind speeds of 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)
Average speed 56.897 miles per hour (91.567 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Owens Racing
Most laps led
Driver Ned Jarrett Burton-Robinson
Laps 114
Winner
No. 11 Ned Jarrett Burton-Robinson
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

250 laps were done on a dirt track spanning 125 miles (201 km) in total distance.[2] Despite being held during the 1963 calendar year, this race was considered to be the first race in the 1964 Grand National season. The silly season between the 1963 and 1964 seasons was only seven days unlike the twelve weeks that the drivers enjoy today.

Contents

QualifyingEdit

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer Owner
1 5 David Pearson '63 Dodge Cotton Owens
2 3 Junior Johnson '63 Chevrolet Ray Fox
3 11 Ned Jarrett '63 Ford Charles Robinson
4 42 Richard Petty '63 Plymouth Petty Enterprises
5 48 Jack Smith '63 Plymouth Jack Smith
6 8 Joe Weatherly '63 Pontiac Bud Moore
7 32 Tiny Lund '63 Ford Dave Kent
8 6 Billy Wade '63 Dodge Cotton Owens
9 75 G.C. Spencer '62 Pontiac Paul Clayton
10 14 Darel Dieringer '63 Ford Pete Stewart
11 96 Jimmy Massey '62 Chevrolet Hubert Westmoreland
12 41 Maurice Petty '63 Plymouth Petty Enterprises
13 67 Jimmy Pardue '62 Pontiac unknown
14 09 Larry Manning '62 Chevrolet Bob Adams
15 23 Bill Widenhouse '62 Plymouth Leland Colvin
16 20 Jack Anderson '63 Ford Jack Anderson
17 83 Worth McMillion '62 Pontiac Worth McMillion
18 16 Larry Thomas '62 Dodge Wade Yonts
19 34 Wendell Scott '62 Chevrolet Wendell Scott
20 02 Doug Cooper '62 Pontiac Bob Cooper
21 87 Buck Baker '63 Pontiac Buck Baker
22 62 Curtis Crider '63 Mercury Curtis Crider
23 9 Roy Tyner '62 Chevrolet Roy Tyner
24 18 Toy Bolton '61 Pontiac Toy Bolton
25 86 Neil Castles '62 Chrysler Buck Baker
26 68 Ed Livingston '61 Ford Ed Livingston

SummaryEdit

After 2 hours, 11 minutes, and 49 seconds of intense racing action, a winner was decided.[2] Ned Jarrett (Dale Jarrett's father) defeated his opponent Joe Weatherly in twelve seconds.[2] Speeds were relatively slow by today's standards; the average speed was 56.897 miles (91.567 km) per hour while the pole position speed was 69.257 miles (111.458 km) per hour. Petty Enterprises was called "Petty Engineering Co." during the early-1960s and the car owner for the No. 41, 42, and 43 cars during the 1964 season was Lee Petty.[2] A balanced combination of corporate multi-car teams and individual owners were recorded on the race log for this event.[3] Despite the word International being added to the race track; there were no foreign competitors to this race.[4]

The typical American passenger vehicle of the 21st century can legally drive up to 90 miles (140 km) on some rural roads. This would make today's passenger vehicles faster than the stock cars of this era (which were supposed to represent advancements in automobile technology). However, many safety features adopted in these early stock cars would be used in passenger vehicles that were made years and even decades later. 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.

While the race was underway, the track came apart and certain parts of the track were covered with dust. Notable racers that didn't finish in the top ten included: Buck Baker, Bill Widenhouse, Roy Tyner, Wendell Scott, Junior Johnson, Neil Castles and Jimmy Massey (who would retire from the NASCAR Cup Series after this race).[2] Toy Bolton would make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in this race. While this would be his only race of the 1964 season, he would return for the 1966 season. Three thousand people attended this live racing event as of the start of the race.[2] Due to the low-level interest of the sport outside the North Carolina region during this era, the event was completely untelevised. The fastest finishing positions for each manufacturer were: Ford (1st), Pontiac (2nd), Plymouth (3rd), Dodge (4th), Chevrolet (8th), Mercury (9th), and Chrysler (24th).[2]

Scoring was done for the 1964 NASCAR Grand National Series using a "base" number, that is the 25th position was the base since anyone finishing lower than 25th received the same number of points as 25th position. By the conclusion of the 1964 NASCAR Grand National Series season, a total of 16 different points schemes were used.

Ned Jarrett walked away from the event with the winner's purse of $1,350 ($10,906 when adjusted for inflation).[2] John Ervin was the winning crew chief for this racing event; he would go on to win 28 races during the 1964 and 1965 NASCAR Cup Series seasons.[5][6] Other notable crew chiefs in the race were Jimmy Helms, Frank McMillion, Dale Inman, Wendell Scott, Ralph Gray, Skip Adams, and Bob Cooper.[7]

The last finisher to get a monetary award was Darel Dieringer who received $50 ($404 when adjusted for inflation) for finishing in 22nd place (out of twenty-six competitors).[2] After combining all the prize winnings for the drivers, the total winnings purse for this race was $6,010 ($48,551 when adjusted for inflation).[8]

TimelineEdit

Section reference:[2]

  • Start of race: David Pearson started the race with the pole position; Jimmy Massey had the leave the race due to a terminal crash
  • Lap 13: Ed Livingstone overheated his vehicle, ending his day on the track
  • Lap 27: Neil Castles' vehicle had a problematic engine, forcing him out of the race
  • Lap 40: Ned Jarrett takes over the lead from David Pearson
  • Lap 48: Toy Bolton saw his vehicle's rear end become unusable, causing him to leave the race early
  • Lap 109: Junior Johnson overheated his vehicle, forcing him to retire from the race
  • Lap 111: The rear end of Jimmy Pardue's vehicle became unusable
  • Lap 134: Joe Weatherly takes over the lead from Ned Jarrett
  • Lap 136: Richard Petty takes over the lead from Joe Weatherly
  • Lap 149: Joe Weatherly takes over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 153: Bill Widenhose's vehicle had a problematic engine, making him exit the race prematurely
  • Lap 185: Problems with Billy Wade's oil pressure caused him to exit the race before it finished
  • Lap 205: Fuel tank problems would sink Buck Baker's chances of finishing the event
  • Lap 231: Ned Jarrett takes over the lead from Joe Weatherly, Weatherly would never lead a NASCAR Cup Series race after the conclusion of this event
  • Finish: Ned Jarrett was officially declared the winner of the event

Finishing orderEdit

Section reference:[2]

  1. Ned Jarrett (No. 11)
  2. Joe Weatherly (No. 08)
  3. Richard Petty (No. 42)
  4. David Pearson (No. 5)
  5. Maurice Petty (No. 41)
  6. Jack Anderson (No. 20)
  7. Larry Thomas (No. 16)
  8. Larry Manning (No. 09)
  9. Curtis Crider (No. 62)
  10. Tiny Lund (No. 32)
  11. Doug Cooper (No. 02)
  12. Buck Baker* (No. 87)
  13. Roy Tyner (No. 9)
  14. Worth McMillion (No. 83)
  15. Billy Wade* (No. 6)
  16. Bill Widenhouse* (No. 23)
  17. Wendell Scott* (No. 34)
  18. Jimmy Pardue* (No. 67)
  19. Junior Johnson* (No. 3)
  20. G.C. Spencer* (No. 67)
  21. Jack Smith* (No. 48)
  22. Darel Dieringer* (No. 14)
  23. Toy Bolton* (No. 18)
  24. Neil Castles* (No. 86)
  25. Ed Livingston* (No. 68)
  26. Jimmy Massey* (No. 96)

* Driver failed to finish race

Preceded by
1963 Golden State 400
NASCAR Grand National Races
1963-64
Succeeded by
1964 untitled race at Augusta International Raceway

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1964 Textile 250 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "1964 Textile 250 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
  3. ^ "1964 Textile 250 team information". Driver Averages. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  4. ^ "Silent Speedways of the Carolinas". Google Books. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  5. ^ "1964 Textile 250 winning crew chief information". Race Database. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  6. ^ "Crew chief career information for John Ervin". Race Database. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  7. ^ "1964 Textile 250 crew chiefs information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  8. ^ "1964 Textile 250 racing information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-11-07.