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The 1969 Georgia 500 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on November 9, 1969, at Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron, Georgia. An earlier race was run on November 1968 with the same name and year number.

1969 Georgia 500
Race details[1]
Race 53 of 54 in the 1969 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Date November 9, 1969; 49 years ago (1969-11-09)
Official name Georgia 500
Location Middle Georgia Raceway, Byron, Georgia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.548 mi (0.882 km)
Distance 500 laps, 227 mi (441 km)
Weather Temperatures of 73 °F (23 °C); wind speeds of 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)
Average speed 81.079 miles per hour (130.484 km/h)
Attendance 10,000[2]
Pole position
Driver K&K Insurance Racing
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Holman Moody
Laps 218
Winner
No. 22 Bobby Allison Mario Rossi
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; most of the cars were trailered to events or hauled in by trucks.

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SummaryEdit

It took two hours and thirty-seven minutes to thoroughly complete 500 laps worth of racing.[2]

LeeRoy Yarbrough quit for reasons unknown after just 64 laps; causing him to become the last-place finisher. Don Tarr's vehicle would develop problems with its water pump; relegating it to the garage on lap 126.[2] Larry Baumel became the lowest-finishing driver who did not quit the race.[2]

James Cox also quit the race, but only after competing in 131 laps.[2] Don Biederman's vehicle developed issues with its clutch on lap 130 while the rear end of Dick Brooks' vehicle forced him to retire from the race on lap 210.[2] A problematic axle would end Roy Mayne's day on the track on lap 221.[2] Engine problems would claim Friday Hassler's vehicle on lap 236 and Johnny Halford's vehicle on lap 256.[2]

A problematic clutch would take Elmo Langley out of the metaphorical equation on lap 288 while engine issues forced Ed Negre to retire on lap 291.[2] E.J. Trivette would notice the rear end of his vehicle missing on lap 314 while Pete Hazelwood was black-flagged out the race on lap 366.[2] Neil Castles would be forced to depart from the race due to engine troubles on lap 381.[2]

Richard Petty had an engine problem and secure himself a sixth-place finish while Earl Brooks ended up more than 100 laps behind the lead lap drivers.[2]

A NASCAR-following audience of ten thousand strong supporters ended up seeing Bobby Allison besting David Pearson by a distance of five stock car lengths. While David Pearson, Bobby Isaac and Richard Petty dominated the first 100 laps, the final 100 laps were monopolized by David Pearson and Bobby Allison.[2] Six notable crew chiefs were recorded as participating in the event; including Dick Hutcherson, Dale Inman and Harry Hyde.[3]

Don Biederman was the only Canadian in a field of 29 mostly American-born drivers. Bobby Isaac's pole position speed of 94.148 miles per hour (151.517 km/h) exceeded the average race speed of 81.079 miles per hour (130.484 km/h) by an incredible amount of time.[2] Individual post-race earnings for each driver ranged from the winner's share of $3,050 ($20,838 when considering inflation) to the last-place finisher's share of $350 ($2,391 when considering inflation). The total prize purse that was offered by the organizers was $19,075 ($130,323 when considering inflation).[4]

QualifyingEdit

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer Owner
1 71 Bobby Isaac '69 Dodge Nord Krauskopf
2 98 LeeRoy Yarbrough '69 Ford Junior Johnson
3 17 David Pearson '69 Ford Holman-Moody
4 43 Richard Petty '69 Ford Petty Enterprises
5 22 Bobby Allison '69 Dodge Mario Rossi
6 48 James Hylton '69 Dodge James Hylton
7 39 Friday Hassler '67 Chevrolet Friday Hassler
8 32 Dick Brooks '69 Plymouth Dick Brooks
9 06 Neil Castles '67 Plymouth Neil Castles
10 4 John Sears '67 Ford L.G. DeWitt

Finishing orderEdit

Section reference: [2]

  1. Bobby Allison (No. 22)
  2. David Pearson† (No. 17)
  3. Bobby Isaac† (No. 71)
  4. John Sears† (No. 4)
  5. Bill Champion† (No. 10)
  6. Richard Petty* (No. 43)
  7. Cecil Gordon† (No. 47)
  8. Ben Arnold (No. 76)
  9. Henley Gray (No. 19)
  10. James Hylton (No. 48)
  11. Bill Seifert (No. 45)
  12. Don Patton (No. 89)
  13. Jabe Thomas (No. 25)
  14. Wendell Scott† (No. 34)
  15. Earl Brooks† (No. 26)
  16. Neil Castles* (No. 06)
  17. Pete Hazelwood* (No. 12)
  18. E.J. Trivette* (No. 08)
  19. Ed Negre* (No. 8)
  20. Elmo Langley*† (No. 64)
  21. Johnny Halford* (No. 57)
  22. Friday Hassler*† (No. 39)
  23. Roy Mayne* (No. 82)
  24. Dick Brooks*† (No. 32)
  25. Don Biederman*† (No. 70)
  26. James Cox* (No. 23)
  27. Don Tarr* (No. 0)
  28. Larry Baumel* (No. 68)
  29. LeeRoy Yarbrough*† (No. 98)

† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased
* Driver failed to finish race

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1969 Georgia 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Racing information for the 1969 Georgia 500 at Racing Reference
  3. ^ Crew chief information at Racing Reference
  4. ^ Racing information for the 1969 Georgia 500 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
Preceded by
1969 Jeffco 200
NASCAR Grand National Series Season
1969
Succeeded by
1969 Texas 500
Preceded by
November 1968
Georgia 500 races
1969
Succeeded by
1970