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The 1969 Volunteer 500 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on July 20, 1969, at Bristol International Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee; which was rebuilt with more banking for this race.

1969 Volunteer 500
Race details[1]
Race 33 of 54 in the 1969 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Layout of Bristol Motor Speedway
Layout of Bristol Motor Speedway
Date July 20, 1969 (1969-July-20)
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 89.1 °F (31.7 °C); wind speeds of 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)
Average speed 79.737 miles per hour (128.324 km/h)
Attendance 32,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Wood Brothers
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Holman-Moody
Laps 316
Winner
No. 17 David Pearson Holman-Moody
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.

Contents

SummaryEdit

It took three hours, eight minutes, and seven seconds for the event to reach its conclusion.[2] David Pearson defeated Bobby Isaac by more than three laps in front of an audience of thirty-two thousand people. Roy Tyner finished 97 laps down and still recorded his only top-10 finish of the season; making this event one of attrition.[2]

Pearson drove his Ford Torino Talladega to one of his eleven victories of the 1969 NASCAR Cup Series season.[3] Speeds were: 79.737 miles per hour (128.324 km/h) as the average speed and 103.424 miles per hour (166.445 km/h) as the pole position speed.[2] Eight cautions were waved for 56 laps in this race for a total of 266.5 miles (428.9 km).[2] This race would bring Cecil Gordon's first finish in the top five.[2] Total winnings for this race were $27,685 ($189,147 when adjusted for inflation).[2]

This race's importance in the history book would be that the famous Apollo 11 moon landing would take place on the same day, with Neil Armstrong making his famous walk on the Moon. Henley Gray deliberately quit the race to get home in time to watch the moon landing on television; according to urban legend. As a result, he won $550 ($3,758 when adjusted for inflation) in prize money and finished only 206 out of the 500 laps of the race.[2]

Notable crew chiefs for this race were Herb Nab, Harry Hyde, Dale Inman, Banjo Matthews, Glen Wood, Dick Hutcherson, and Cotton Owens.[4]

QualifyingEdit

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer
1 21 Cale Yarborough '69 Mercury
2 43 Richard Petty '69 Ford
3 17 David Pearson '69 Ford
4 22 Bobby Allison '69 Dodge
5 6 Buddy Baker '69 Dodge
6 98 LeeRoy Yarbrough '69 Ford
7 71 Bobby Isaac '69 Dodge
8 30 Dave Marcis '69 Dodge
9 48 James Hylton '69 Dodge
10 4 John Sears '67 Ford
11 31 Buddy Young '67 Chevrolet
12 49 G.C. Spencer '67 Plymouth
13 32 Dick Brooks '69 Plymouth
14 76 Ben Arnold '68 Ford
15 06 Neil Castles '69 Dodge
16 09 Wayne Gillette '67 Chevrolet
17 64 Elmo Langley '68 Ford
18 15 Ed Hessert '69 Plymouth
19 10 Bill Champion '68 Ford
20 07 Coo Coo Marlin '69 Chevrolet
21 34 Wendell Scott '67 Ford
22 08 E.J. Trivette '69 Chevrolet
23 25 Jabe Thomas '68 Plymouth
24 47 Cecil Gordon '68 Ford
25 45 Bill Seifert '69 Ford
26 19 Henley Gray '69 Ford
27 26 Earl Brooks '67 Ford
28 93 Walson Gardener '67 Ford
29 57 Bobby Mausgrover '67 Dodge
30 9 Roy Tyner '69 Pontiac
31 70 J.D. McDuffie '67 Buick
32 27 Donnie Allison '69 Ford

Finishing orderEdit

Section reference:[2]

  1. David Pearson† (No. 17)
  2. Bobby Isaac† (No. 71)
  3. Donnie Allison (No. 27)
  4. James Hylton (No. 48)
  5. Cecil Gordon (No. 47)
  6. Ben Arnold (No. 76)
  7. Bill Seifert (No. 45)
  8. Bill Champion† (No. 10)
  9. J.D. McDuffie† (No. 70)
  10. Roy Tyner† (No. 9)
  11. LeeRoy Yarbrough*† (No. 98)
  12. Walson Gardener* (No. 63)
  13. Ed Hessert* (No. 15)
  14. Elmo Langley*† (No. 64)
  15. Henley Gray* (No. 19)
  16. John Sears*† (No. 4)
  17. Neil Castles* (No. 06)
  18. G.C. Spencer*† (No. 49)
  19. Wendell Scott*† (No. 34)
  20. Dave Marcis* (No. 30)
  21. E.J. Trivette* (No. 08)
  22. Buddy Young* (No. 31)
  23. Richard Petty* (No. 43)
  24. Cale Yarborough* (No. 21)
  25. Dick Brooks*† (No. 32)
  26. Bobby Allison* (No. 22)
  27. Buddy Baker*† (No. 6)
  28. Jabe Thomas* (No. 25)
  29. Wayne Gillette* (No. 09)
  30. Coo Coo Marlin*† (No. 07)
  31. Earl Brooks*† (No. 26)
  32. Bobby Mausgrover* (No. 57)

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

TimelineEdit

Section reference:[2]

  • Start: Cale Yarborough was leading the other drivers as the green flag was waved in the air
  • Lap 32: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
  • Lap 33: James Hylton took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 82: David Pearson took over the lead from James Hylton
  • Lap 94: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from David Pearson
  • Lap 97: Donnie Allison took over the lead from Bobby Isaac
  • Lap 183: David Pearson took over the lead from Donnie Allison
  • Lap 345: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from David Pearson
  • Lap 358: LeeRoy Yarbrough took over the lead from Bobby Isaac
  • Lap 359: David Pearson took over the lead from LeeRoy Yarbrough
  • Finish: David Pearson was officially declared the winner of the event

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1969 Volunteer 500 weather results". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1969 Volunteer 500 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  3. ^ The winning vehicle of the 1969 Volunteer 500. Google Books. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  4. ^ 1969 Volunteer 500 crew chiefs information at Racing Reference
Preceded by
1968
Volunteer 500 races
1968
Succeeded by
1970
Preceded by
1969 Maryland 300
NASCAR Grand National Season
1969
Succeeded by
1969 Nashville 400