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1970 Greenville 200

The 1970 Greenville 200 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on June 27, 1970, at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, South Carolina.

1970 Greenville 200
Race details[1]
Race 23 of 48 in the 1970 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Date June 27, 1970; 47 years ago (1970-06-27)
Official name Greenville 200
Location Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Course Permanent racing facility
0.500 mi (0.804 km)
Distance 200 laps, 100 mi (160 km)
Weather Very hot with temperatures approaching 82 °F (28 °C); average wind speed of 5.18 miles per hour (8.34 km/h)
Average speed 75.345 miles per hour (121.256 km/h)
Attendance 7,000[2]
Pole position
Driver K&K Insurance Racing
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Isaac K&K Insurance Racing
Laps 190
No. 71 Bobby Isaac K&K Insurance Racing
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

From 1949 to 1972, Richard and Lee Petty were the most dominant drivers on any circuit in NASCAR. David Pearson was easily the third most dominant NASCAR driver. Buck Baker and Rex White were considered to be the middle-of-the road competitors in NASCAR from 1949 to 1972. Fonty and Tim Flock along with Herb Thomas, Joe Weatherly, Ned Jarrett and Bobby Isaac were considered to be below-average performers during the early years of NASCAR.



Seven thousand racing fans were in attendance to see Bobby Isaac defeat Bobby Allison by ½ of a lap.[2] The pole position was earned by the eventual race winner with a qualifying speed of 82.372 miles per hour (132.565 km/h) while the average speed of the race was 74.345 miles per hour (119.647 km/h).[2] It took one hour and thirty-three seconds for the race to reach its conclusion. All twenty-nine competitors were born in the United States of America with no foreign-born drivers unlike today.[2] Five notable crew chiefs were recorded as participating in the event; including Lee Gordon, Dale Inman and Harry Hyde.[3]

Carburetors were still in wide use in both passenger automobiles and with the NASCAR vehicles during the early 1970s; requiring plenty of physically-intensive labor from the people who would maintain the vehicles between races.[4]

Notable drivers in the field included: Richard Petty, Benny Parsons, Elmo Langley (died of a heart attack after driving the pace car at an exhibition race in Japan), Roy Tyner (murdered in his vehicle), and J.D. McDuffie (killed after colliding with turn 5 at the 1991 Budweiser At The Glen race at Watkins Glen International).[2] The winner's purse was considered to be $1,500 ($9,452.44 when adjusted for inflation).[2]

The race car drivers still had to commute to the races using the same stock cars that competed in a typical weekend's race through a policy of homologation (and under their own power). This policy was in effect until roughly 1975. By 1980, NASCAR had completely stopped tracking the year model of all the vehicles and most teams did not take stock cars to the track under their own power anymore.


Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer
1 71 Bobby Isaac '70 Dodge
2 43 Richard Petty '70 Plymouth
3 22 Bobby Allison '69 Dodge
4 32 Dick Brooks '69 Plymouth
5 72 Benny Parsons '69 Ford
6 06 Neil Castles '69 Dodge
7 22 Gordon Johncock '69 Plymouth
8 48 James Hylton '69 Ford
9 26 Earl Brooks '69 Ford
10 8 Ed Negre '69 Ford
11 79 Frank Warren '69 Plymouth
12 34 Wendell Scott '69 Ford
13 76 Ben Arnold '68 Ford
14 25 Jabe Thomas '69 Plymouth
15 24 Cecil Gordon '68 Ford
16 4 John Sears '68 Ford
17 64 Elmo Langley '68 Ford
18 45 Bill Seifert '69 Ford
19 10 Bill Champion '68 Ford
20 74 Bill Shirey '69 Plymouth

Finishing orderEdit

Section reference: [2]

  1. Bobby Isaac† (No. 71)
  2. Bobby Allison (No. 22)
  3. Dick Brooks† (No. 32)
  4. James Hylton (No. 48)
  5. Benny Parsons† (No. 72)
  6. Elmo Langley† (No. 64)
  7. Jabe Thomas† (No. 25)
  8. Bill Champion† (No. 10)
  9. Ed Negre (No. 8)
  10. Ken Meisenhelder (No. 04)
  11. Wendell Scott† (No. 34)
  12. J.D. McDuffie† (No.70)
  13. Ben Arnold (No. 76)
  14. Neil Castles* (No. 06)
  15. Bill Seifert (No. 45)
  16. Lee Gordon (No. 97)
  17. Johnny Halford* (No. 57)
  18. Roy Tyner† (No. 92)
  19. Richard Petty* (No. 43)
  20. Dave Marcis (No. 30)
  21. Raymond Williams* (No. 47)
  22. Frank Warren* (No. 79)
  23. Henley Gray* (No. 19)
  24. John Sears*† (No. 4)
  25. Earl Brooks* (No. 26)
  26. Cecil Gordon*† (No. 24)
  27. Pete Hazelwood* (No. 12)
  28. Bill Shirey* (No. 74)
  29. John Jennings* (No. 82)

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


Section reference: [2]

  • Start of race: Bobby Isaac started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 3: John Jennings managed to overheat his vehicle
  • Lap 10: Bill Shirey managed to overheat his vehicle
  • Lap 23: Oil pressure issues managed to put Pete Hazelwood out to pasture for the day
  • Lap 34: Transmission issues forced Cecil Gordon to quit racing for the rest of the day
  • Lap 37: Earl Brooks managed to abuse his brakes, forcing him to exit the race too soon
  • Lap 40: Steering issues got the best of John Sears
  • Lap 46: Henley Gray managed to overheat his vehicle
  • Lap 63: Raymond Williams managed to overheat his vehicle; Frank Warren managed to lose the rear end of his vehicle
  • Lap 124: Richard Petty takes over the lead from Bobby Isaac
  • Lap 125: Bobby Allison takes over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 134: Bobby Isaac takes over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 137: Richard Petty had a terminal crash, causing him not to finish the race
  • Lap 163: Johnny Halford developed problems with his oil pressure, forcing him out of the race
  • Lap 175: The rear end of Neil Castles' vehicle fell off, ending his day on the track
  • Finish: Bobby Isaac was officially declared the winner of the event


  1. ^ "1970 Greenville 200 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "1970 Greenville 200 information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  3. ^ 1970 Greenville 200 crew chief information at Racing Reference
  4. ^ Maintaining a vehicle for the 1970 Greenville 200. Google Books. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
Preceded by
1970 Kingsport 100
NASCAR Grand National races
Succeeded by
1970 Firecracker 400