1968 Dixie 250
|Race 13 of 49 in the 1968 NASCAR Grand National Series season|
Augusta International Raceway layout
|Date||May 3, 1968|
|Official name||Dixie 250|
|Location||Augusta Speedway, Augusta, Georgia|
Permanent racing facility|
0.500 mi (0.804 km)
|Distance||300 laps, 125 mi (216 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures of 84.9 °F (29.4 °C) with wind speeds of 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)|
|Average speed||73.099 miles per hour (117.641 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Bobby Isaac||Nord Krauskopf|
|No. 71||Bobby Isaac||Nord Krauskopf|
|Television in the United States|
Two hundred and fifty laps were done on a paved oval track spanning 0.500 miles (0.805 km) for a grand total of 125.0 miles (201.2 km). The race took one hour, forty-two minutes, and thirty-six seconds to reach its full conclusion: Bobby Isaac defeated Buddy Baker by more than a lap; bringing home $1,100 as the winner's top prize ($7,925 when considering inflation).
Canadian driver Frog Fagan participated in this event as the only non-American driver. Four thousand and five hundred people went to see speeds averaging 73.099 miles per hour (117.641 km/h) with Bobby Isaac gaining the pole position with a speed of 83.877 miles per hour (134.987 km/h). Bobby Isaac would go on to earn three pole positions during the 1968 NASCAR Grand National Series season and 19 pole positions during the following season; making him a prototypical version of Ryan Newman with his blistering speeds that he would register during qualifying.
Total winnings for this event were $6,260 ($45,102 when considering inflation).
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.
|1||71||Bobby Isaac||'67 Dodge||Nord Krauskopf|
|2||55||LeeRoy Yarborough||'67 Ford||Lyle Stelter|
|3||12||Tom Pistone||'68 Mercury||Tom Pistone|
|4||43||Richard Petty||'68 Plymouth||Petty Enterprises|
|5||48||James Hylton||'67 Dodge||James Hylton|
|6||4||John Sears||'67 Ford||L.G. DeWitt|
|7||3||Buddy Baker||'67 Dodge||Ray Fox|
|8||79||Frank Warren||'67 Chevrolet||Harold Rhodes|
|9||94||Elmo Langley||'66 Ford||Elmo Langley / Henry Woodfield|
|10||06||Neil Castles||'67 Plymouth||Neil Castles|
- Start of race: Bobby Isaac started the race with the pole position
- Lap 17: Stan Meserve noticed that his vehicle had a problematic ignition
- Lap 20: Bill Cooper's engine developed problems
- Lap 30: Bill Seifett had a terminal crash, causing him to leave the event
- Lap 54: Henley Grey's vehicle managed to overheat, Frog Fagan's suspension developed problems that ended his day on the track
- Lap 86: The axle on Richard Petty's vehicle acted up, stopping his race for the weekend
- Lap 87: The rear end of Roy Tyner's vehicle fell off, forcing him to finish outside the top-15
- Lap 125: J.D. McDuffie's vehicle developed problems with its rear end
- Lap 131: Tom Pistone takes over the lead from Bobby Isaac
- Lap 139: Bobby Isaac takes over the lead from Tom Pistone
- Lap 158: LeeRoy Yarbrough's vehicle developed problems with its rear end
- Lap 170: John Sears' vehicle developed problems with its rear end
- Lap 175: Neil Castles' engine became problematic
- Lap 188: Elmo Langley's vehicle developed a problematic engine
- Lap 233: Frank Warren suffered a terminal crash, forcing him out of the race
- Finish: Bobby Isaac was officially declared the winner of the event
- Bobby Isaac (No. 71)
- Buddy Baker (No. 3)
- Tom Pistone (No. 12)
- James Hylton (No. 48)
- Buck Baker (No. 87)
- Clyde Lynn (No. 20)
- Frank Warren* (No. 79)
- Wendell Scott (No. 34)
- Jabe Thomas (No. 25)
- Bob Moore (No. 96)
- Paul Dean Holt (No. 01)
- Elmo Langley* (No. 64)
- Neil Castles* (No. 06)
- John Sears* (No. 4)
- LeeRoy Yarbrough* (No. 55)
- J.D. McDuffie* (No. 70)
- Roy Tyner* (No. 09)
- Richard Petty* (No. 43)
- Henley Gray* (No. 19)
- Frog Fagan* (No. 95)
- Bill Seifert* (No. 45)
- Bob Cooper* (No. 02)
- Stan Meserve* (No. 51)
* Driver failed to finish race
- "1968 Dixie 250 information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
- "1968 Dixie 250 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
- "1968 Dixie 250 race winner information". Jacobs USA. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- "1968 Dixie 250 information (winner's bounty)". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- "Bobby Isaac: The Original Rocketman". Lionel Racing. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
- "1968 Dixie 250 crew chiefs information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
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