1968 National 500
|Race 47 of 49 in the 1968 NASCAR Grand National Series season|
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
|Date||October 12, 1968|
|Official name||National 500|
|Location||Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina|
Permanent racing facility|
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
|Distance||334 laps, 501 mi (804 km)|
|Weather||Mild with temperatures approaching 72 °F (22 °C); wind speeds up to 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)|
|Average speed||135.234 miles per hour (217.638 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||David Pearson||Holman Moody|
|No. 6||Charlie Glotzbach||Cotton Owens|
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.
The race was held on a dry circuit; with no precipitation recorded around the speedway.
There were 45 American-born drivers on the racing grid for this event. Bud Moore scored the last-place finish of the race because he wanted to discontinue the race after only six laps. It took more than three and a half hours to complete the 334 advertised laps.
Dub Simpson, David Mote, Ken Meisenhelder and Walson Gardner failed to qualify while Eddie Yarboro withdrew from the race at the last moment. Notable crew chiefs who actively participated in the race were Junior Johnson, Harry Hyde, Dale Inman, Banjo Matthews, Jake Elder, and Cotton Owens. Charlie Glotzbach defeated legendary driver Paul Goldsmith (a 1956 Southern 500 competitor) by a time of only seven seconds. More than 38000 audience members would see 26 different changes; nine of the best drivers would compete for the first place spot for the race. Six cautions would be waved by NASCAR officials for a total distance of 49 laps.
Buddy Baker, considered at the time to be one of the notable names in stock car racing, blew his engine and span around the paved oval track in flames. Country musician Marty Robbins would improve on his 22nd place start with a 12th-place finish with driving a 1967 Dodge Charger.
The total prize purse of the race was $90,988 ($655,548.95 when adjusted for inflation); the winner received $19,280 of it ($138,908.25 when adjusted for inflation).
Carl Parsons (a mechanic of the team from Detroit, Michigan) drove the car #11 in qualifying but A.J. Foyt drove the car in the race.
- Weather information for the 1968 National 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
- 1968 National 500 racing information at Racing Reference. Accessed 2012-03-04. Archived 2012-03-06.
- "Charlotte NASCAR Climatology" (PDF). SERCC. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
- 1968 National 500 racing information at Race-Database.com. Accessed 2012-03-04. Archived 2012-03-06.
- Qualifying information at Racing Reference
- 1968 National 500 crew chiefs information at Racing Reference
- Baker Feels He Is Ready for "400" Test at Google News Archives
- Marty Robbins' stats for the 1968 National 500 at MartyRobbins.net
- 1968 National 500 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Accessed 2012-03-04. Archived 2012-03-06.
1968 Augusta 200
| NASCAR Grand National Season
1968 American 500
| National 500 races