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The 1969 World 600, the 10th running of the event, was a NASCAR Grand National Series event that took place on May 25, 1969, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

1969 World 600
Race details[1][2]
Race 21 of 54 in the 1969 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date May 25, 1969 (1969-May-25)
Official name World 600
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 334 laps, 501 mi (804 km)
Weather Very hot with temperatures of 84 °F (29 °C); wind speeds of 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)
Average speed 134.361 miles per hour (216.233 km/h)
Attendance 75,000[3]
Pole position
Driver Banjo Matthews
Most laps led
Driver LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson
Laps 274
Winner
No. 98 LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) asphalt quad-oval in Concord, North Carolina. The track, which opened in 1960, was built by Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner.

QualifyingEdit

Grid[3] No. Driver Manufacturer Owner
1 27 Donnie Allison '69 Ford Banjo Matthews
2 98 LeeRoy Yarbrough '69 Mercury Junior Johnson
3 17 David Pearson '69 Ford Holman-Moody Racing
4 21 Cale Yarborough '69 Mercury Wood Brothers
5 43 Richard Petty '69 Ford Petty Enterprises
6 22 Bobby Allison '69 Dodge Mario Rossi
7 6 Buddy Baker '69 Dodge Cotton Owens
8 30 Dave Marcis '69 Dodge Milt Lunda
9 99 Paul Goldsmith '69 Dodge Ray Nichels
10 71 Bobby Isaac '69 Dodge Nord Krauskopf
11 48 James Hylton '69 Dodge James Hylton
12 3 Neil Castles '69 Dodge Ray Fox
13 14 Sam McQuagg '69 Plymouth Bill Ellis
14 39 Friday Hassler '67 Chevrolet Friday Hassler
15 67 Buddy Arrington '69 Dodge Buddy Arrington
16 64 Elmo Langley '68 Ford Elmo Langley
17 32 Dick Brooks '69 Plymouth Dick Brooks
18 10 Bill Champion '68 Ford Bill Champion
19 08 E.J. Trivette '69 Chevrolet E.C. Reid
20 61 Hoss Ellington '67 Mercury Hoss Ellington

SummaryEdit

Four hundred laps were raced on the paved oval track spanning 1.5 miles (2.4 km).[3] After nearly four hours and thirty minutes of racing, LeeRoy Yarbrough defeated Donnie Allison by two laps[4] in front of 75000 spectators. The 16-lap difference between 2nd place finisher Donnie Allison and 3rd place finisher James Hylton was another notable feature of this event.[3] Five cautions would be waved for 45 laps along with 13 lead changes among eight different drivers.[2][3][4] LeeRoy Yarbrough would lead the race from lap 162 through lap 400; putting on a very strong performance to win the race.

There were 44 drivers in the race; racing for a total of $132,100 ($902,524 when considering inflation).[5] Ed Negre would get the last-place finish in Don Tarr's 1967 Chevrolet due to a transmission problem on the second lap. Don Tarr scored his best career finish of 6th place.[2][3][4] Allison would gain the pole position with a speed of 159.296 miles per hour (256.362 km/h) while the average race speed was 134.631 miles per hour (216.668 km/h).[3][4] Pearson's car rode the guardrail on a lap 13 crash.[3] His car came back on the inside of the racetrack but while riding the guardrail Pearson hit a flag pole.

Dave Marcis would have a long career ahead of him after leading the laps in this race. However, this would be the final race for Gerald Chamberlain and Larry Hess.[4]

Eleven notable crew chiefs: Cotton Owens, Dick Hutcherson, Glen Wood, Banjo Matthews, Jim Vandiver, Dale Inman and Harry Hyde.[6]

TimelineEdit

Section reference:[3]

  • Start of race: Cale Yarborough had the pole position to begin the event
  • Lap 2: Ed Negre's vehicle developed transmission problems
  • Lap 4: LeeRoy Yarbrough took over the lead from Cale Yarborough; John Keeney had a terminal crash
  • Lap 13: David Pearson had a terminal crash
  • Lap 15: The radiator on Bobby Allison's vehicle developed serious issues
  • Lap 30: Paul Goldsmith took over the lead from LeeRoy Yarborough
  • Lap 34: The sway bar on Henley Gray's video became dangerously loose
  • Lap 38: James Hylton took over the lead from Paul Goldsmith
  • Lap 40: Paul Goldsmith took over the lead from James Hylton
  • Lap 42: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from Paul Goldsmith
  • Lap 48: Dave Marcis took over the lead from Bobby Isaac; the carburetor on Richard Brickhouse's vehicle suddenly caught on fire
  • Lap 54: Richard Petty took over the lead from Dave Marcis
  • Lap 57: The wiring on Gerald Chamberlain's vehicle suddenly became a problem
  • Lap 81: Dub Simpson managed to lose the rear end of his vehicle
  • Lap 104: LeeRoy Yarbrough took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 106: Richard Petty took over the lead from LeeRoy Yarbrough
  • Lap 108: Wendell Scott managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 110: Roy Mayne managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 122: Larry Hess managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 135: Bill Champion managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 139: Frank Warren managed to overheat his racing vehicle
  • Lap 150: John Sears managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 151: LeeRoy Yarbrough took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 153: Neil Castles had a terminal crash
  • Lap 158: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from LeeRoy Yarbrough
  • Lap 162: LeeRoy Yarbrough took over the lead from Bobby Isaac
  • Lap 272: Dave Marcis managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 303: Sam McQuagg managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 307: An incident involving a vehicle's hub forced Cale Yarborough out of the race
  • Lap 308: Buddy Arrington managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 336: Richard Petty managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 347: Buddy Baker managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 367: Friday Hassler managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 374: Bobby Isaac managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Finish: LeeRoy Yarbrough was the official winner of the event

Finishing orderEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1969 World 600 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c 1969 World 600 at Database Racing
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 1969 World 600 at Racing Reference
  4. ^ a b c d e 1969 World 600 at Race Database
  5. ^ 1969 World 600 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  6. ^ 1969 World 600 crew chief information at Racing Reference
Preceded by
1969 Tidewater 375
NASCAR Grand National Series season
1969
Succeeded by
1969 Macon 300
Preceded by
1968
World 600 races
1969
Succeeded by
1970