Open main menu

The 1964 Volunteer 500 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on July 26, 1964, at Bristol International Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.

1964 Volunteer 500
Race details[1][2]
Race 42 of 62 in the 1964 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Layout of Bristol Motor Speedway
Layout of Bristol Motor Speedway
Date July 26, 1964 (1964-July-26)
Official name Volunteer 500
Location Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.533 mi (0.857 km)
Distance 500 laps, 266.5 mi (428.8 km)
Weather Very hot with temperatures of 87.1 °F (30.6 °C); wind speeds of 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)
Average speed 78.004 miles per hour (125.535 km/h)
Attendance 25,500[3]
Pole position
Driver Petty Enterprises
Most laps led
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Laps 442
Winner
No. 28 Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

Buddy Baker won the Saturday qualifying race to earn 25th starting position, but was replaced by Jimmy Helms in the 500 lap feature.

Contents

SummaryEdit

There was a racing grid of 36 drivers who were all born in the United States of America.[3] Fred Lorenzen defeated Richard Petty in front of 25,500 people in order to win the top prize of $4,185 USD ($33,808 when adjusted for inflation). Petty was considered to be on pace to win the race until his rear end failed on the last lap; forcing him to accept a second-place finish.[2][3] Five lead changes were made and the caution flag was waved only once for 14 laps.[2][3] Darrell Bryant received the last place finish and a measly $275 paycheck ($2,222 when adjusted for inflation) for a fuel pressure issue on lap 1 that forced him out of the race.[2][3] Petty would receive the pole position for his qualifying speed of 82.910 miles per hour (133.431 km/h) while the average speed of the race would be 78.044 miles per hour (125.600 km/h).[3] Bristol was a flatter track during the 1960s and the banking was more shallow.

Darrell Bryant and Doug Wilson would make their NASCAR debuts here.[4] Johnny Nave would exit the NASCAR Cup Series after this race.[4] Fourteen notable crew chiefs participated in the event; including Herman Beam, Glen Wood, Banjo Matthews, Herb Nab and Jimmy Helms.[5]

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.

QualifyingEdit

Grid[3] No. Driver Manufacturer Owner
1 43 Richard Petty '64 Plymouth Petty Enterprises
2 25 Paul Goldsmith '64 Plymouth Ray Nichels
3 1 Billy Wade '64 Mercury Bud Moore
4 21 Marvin Panch '64 Ford Wood Brothers
5 11 Ned Jarrett '64 Ford Bondy Long
6 6 David Pearson '64 Dodge Cotton Owens
7 27 Junior Johnson '64 Ford Banjo Matthews
8 28 Fred Lorenzen '64 Ford Holman-Moody Racing
9 26 Bobby Isaac '64 Dodge Ray Nichels
10 16 Darel Dieringer '64 Mercury Bud Moore
11 41 Jim Paschal '64 Plymouth Petty Enterprises
12 3 Buck Baker '64 Dodge Ray Fox
13 03 LeeRoy Yarbrough '64 Dodge Ray Fox
14 5 Earl Balmer '64 Dodge Cotton Owens
15 19 Larry Thomas '64 Ford Herman Beam
16 82 Bunkie Blackburn '64 Pontiac Casper Hensley
17 54 Jimmy Pardue '64 Plymouth Charles Robinson
18 78 Buddy Arrington '63 Dodge Buddy Arrington
19 34 Wendell Scott '63 Ford Wendell Scott
20 09 Roy Mayne '62 Chevrolet Bob Adams

Top ten finishersEdit

Pos[3] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Winnings Laps led Time/Status
1 8 28 Fred Lorenzen '64 Ford 500 $4,185 1 3:12:12
2 1 43 Richard Petty '64 Plymouth 499 $2,730 442 Missing rear end
3 11 41 Jim Paschal '64 Plymouth 499 $1,500 0 +1 lap
4 13 03 LeeRoy Yarbrough '64 Dodge 489 $1,260 0 +11 laps
5 15 19 Larry Thomas '64 Ford 482 $975 0 +18 laps
6 17 54 Jimmy Pardue '64 Plymouth 479 $825 0 +21 laps
7 4 21 Marvin Panch '64 Ford 463 $775 0 Missing rear end
8 20 09 Roy Mayne '62 Chevrolet 461 $650 0 +39 laps
9 18 78 Buddy Arrington '63 Dodge 455 $550 0 Missing rear end
10 22 46 J.T. Putney '62 Chevrolet 449 $500 0 +51 laps

TimelineEdit

Section reference: [3]

  • Start of race: Paul Goldsmith started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 1: Fuel pressure issues forced Darrell Bryant off the track
  • Lap 2: Johnny Nave managed to overheat his vehicle, Jimmy Helms's vehicle had fuel pressure issues
  • Lap 4: Curtis Crider's vehicle had clutch issues, Roy Tyner's vehicle had a faulty valve
  • Lap 9: Doug Cooper had problems handling his vehicle, transmission issues ended E.J. Trivette's day on the track
  • Lap 10: Earl Brooks had problems dealing with his vehicle's transmission
  • Lap 13: Richard Petty takes over the lead from Paul Goldsmith
  • Lap 15: Oil pressure issues forced Jack Anderson out of the race
  • Lap 41: Wendell Scott's day at the track would end due to oil pressure issues
  • Lap 42: Darel Dieringer had engine problems, ending his racing weekend too soon
  • Lap 62: Ned Jarrett managed to overheat his vehicle while racing
  • Lap 70: Problems with the engine made Bunkie Blackburn end his racing weekend a bit too early
  • Lap 74: Bobby Isaac managed to ruin his vehicle's transmission while he was racing
  • Lap 77: Engine issues forced Billy Wade out of the race
  • Lap 145: Caution due to oil on track, green flag racing resumed on lap 158
  • Lap 148: Paul Goldsmith's transmission problems ended his day on the track
  • Lap 284: Doug Wilson managed to lose the rear end of the vehicle, was sidelined due to safety reasons
  • Lap 306: Junior Johnson takes over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 309: Buck Baker managed to overheat his vehicle, which ended his shot at winning the race
  • Lap 351: Richard Petty takes over the lead from Junior Johnson
  • Lap 352: Junior Johnson's day on the track would be finished due to a blown engine
  • Lap 363: David Pearson managed to lose the rear end of his vehicle, was called off the track due to safety reasons
  • Lap 420: Earl Balmer wasn't able to finish because the rear end of his vehicle gave out
  • Lap 455: Buddy Arrington lost the rear end of his racing vehicle
  • Lap 463: Marvin Panch lost the rear end of his vehicle while he was racing
  • Lap 499: Richard Petty managed to destroy the rear end of his vehicle, forcing him to accept a respectable second-place finish
  • Lap 500: Fred Lorenzen takes over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Finish: Fred Lorenzen was officially declared the winner of the event

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1964 Volunteer 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  2. ^ a b c d "1964 Volunteer 500 racing results". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "1964 Volunteer 500 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-07-11.
  4. ^ a b "1964 Volunteer 500 racing results". Race Database. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  5. ^ "1964 Volunteer 500 crew chief information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
Preceded by
1964 Pennsylvania 200
NASCAR Grand National Series Season
1964
Succeeded by
1964 Nashville 400