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1971 World 600

The 1971 World 600, the 12th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on May 30, 1971, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. While it was an underappreciated race for the spectators at that time, it marked the return of Chevrolet to NASCAR.[3]

1971 World 600
Race details[1]
Race 21 of 48 in the 1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Official poster for the 1971 World 600
Official poster for the 1971 World 600
Date May 30, 1971 (1971-May-30)
Official name World 600
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.410 km)
Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (965 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 66 °F (19 °C); wind speeds up to 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)
Average speed 140.422 miles per hour (225.987 km/h)
Attendance 78,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Richard Howard
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Allison Holman Moody
Laps 303
Winner
No. 12 Bobby Allison Holman Moody
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

Chevrolet would go on to have an assured future with the sport; dominating NASCAR during the subsequent decades. America saw Chevrolet as the most popular car in America and wanted the racing teams to develop a Chevrolet that would compete with the other makes during that era.[3]

Contents

SummaryEdit

There were 40 drivers in this 400-lap race; Walter Ballard received the last place finish of the race due to a crash on the eleventh lap.[2][4] The race took more than four hours to complete.[2][4] There were 13 lead changes and three caution period for 24 laps.[2][4] Charlotte Motor Speedway had just gone bankrupt a year earlier and the district judge assigned ownership of the floundering track to Mr. Richard Howard; who owned a furniture store in the area.[5] He came up with the idea of having two pace cars advertise his furniture at this race and at the 1971 National 500.[5] As a result, the speedway's fortune managed to recover themselves and it still hosts Cup Series races to this very day.

Bobby Allison defeated Donnie Allison by almost 34 seconds in front of an audience of 78000 spectators.[2][4] Charlie Glotzbach received the pole position with a speed of 157.788 miles per hour (253.935 km/h) while the average race speed was 140.422 miles per hour (225.987 km/h).[2][4] The other finishers in the top ten were: Pete Hamilton, Richard Petty, Fred Lorenzen, Buddy Baker, Benny Parsons, Friday Hassler (the fastest Chevrolet driver), Dave Marcis and Dick Brooks.[2][4]

Speedy Thompson made his swan song of his NASCAR Cup Series career at this race while Larry Smith would begin his NASCAR career during this race.[4] Kevin Terris, an unsung hero of NASCAR tried to qualify for this race in a Plymouth Road Runner.[6] Speed was not on his side that day and he failed to qualify.[6]

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer
1 3 Charlie Glotzbach '71 Chevrolet
2 12 Bobby Allison '69 Mercury
3 71 Bobby Isaac '71 Dodge
4 99 Fred Lorenzen '71 Plymouth
5 43 Richard Petty '71 Plymouth
6 6 Pete Hamilton '71 Plymouth
7 22 Dick Brooks '70 Dodge
8 11 Buddy Baker '71 Dodge
9 91 Speedy Thompson '71 Chevrolet
10 31 Jim Vandiver '70 Dodge
11 14 Jim Paschal '71 Chevrolet
12 2 Dave Marcis '69 Dodge
13 21 Donnie Allison '69 Mercury
14 33 David Pearson '71 Pontiac
15 72 Benny Parsons '69 Mercury

Timeline[2]Edit

  • Start of race: Bobby Allison emerged from the starting grid ahead of the pack as the green flag was waved
  • Lap 6: Charlie Glotzbach took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 11: Walter Ballard had a terminal crash
  • Lap 17: Dave Marcis took over the lead from Charlie Glotzbach, Charlie Roberts' engine suddenly stopped working
  • Lap 24: James Hylton took over the lead from Dave Marcis
  • Lap 25: Bobby Allison took over the lead from James Hylton
  • Lap 60: G.C. Spencer's engine suddenly stopped working
  • Lap 77: Buddy Baker took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 79: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Buddy Baker
  • Lap 92: Charlie Glotzbach took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 94: An oil leak occurred in David Pearson's vehicle
  • Lap 98: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Charlie Glotzbach
  • Lap 137: Charlie Glotzbach took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 160: Bobby Isaac's radiation suddenly acted strangely
  • Lap 175: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Charlie Glotzbach
  • Lap 195: Charlie Glotzbach took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 211: Raymond Williams' engine suddenly stopped working
  • Lap 227: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Charlie Glotzbach
  • Lap 234: Charlie Glotzbach had a terminal crash
  • Lap 330: Richard D. Brown had a terminal crash
  • Finish: Bobby Allison was officially declared the winner of the event

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1971 World 600 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h 1971 World 600 at Racing Reference
  3. ^ a b An unheralded World 600 that boosted two NASCAR icons at Scene Daily
  4. ^ a b c d e f g 1971 World 600 results at Race Database
  5. ^ a b Change of Pace at Mopar Action
  6. ^ a b Qualifying attempt of Kevin Terris at AeroWarriors.com
Preceded by
1971 Kingsport 300
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1971
Succeeded by
1971 Mason-Dixon 500
Preceded by
1970
World 600 races
1971
Succeeded by
1972