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1971 Yankee 400

The 1971 Yankee 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place at the Michigan International Speedway on August 15, 1971.[2] The entire purse that the racers competed for in this event was $51,015 ($308,269.77 when adjusted for inflation).[3] Maynard Troyer's only finish in the "top five" was recorded at this event.[4]

1971 Yankee 400
Race details[1]
Race 36 of 48 in the 1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Michigan International Speedway
Layout of Michigan International Speedway
Date August 15, 1971 (1971-August-15)
Official name Yankee 400
Location Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
Course Permanent racing facility
2.000 mi (3.218 km)
Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (643 km)
Weather Warm with temperatures approaching 80.1 °F (26.7 °C); wind speeds up to 10.1 miles per hour (16.3 km/h)
Average speed 149.862 miles per hour (241.180 km/h)
Attendance 26,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Owens Racing
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Allison Holman Moody
Laps 155
No. 12 Bobby Allison Holman Moody
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

During this era, Michigan International Speedway was a Mercury-dominated track. It was also a track that suited a smooth driver or a driver that could change his driving tactics for Michigan International Speedway.



Michigan International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2 miles (3.2 km) long.[5] Groundbreaking took place on September 28, 1967. Over 2.5 million cubic yards (1.9×10^6 m3) of dirt were moved to form the D-shaped oval. The track opened in 1968 with a total capacity of 25,000 seats. The track was originally built and owned by Lawrence H. LoPatin, a Detroit-area land developer who built the speedway at an estimated cost of $4–6 million.[6] Financing was arranged by Thomas W Itin. Its first race took place on Sunday, October 13, 1968, with the running of the USAC 250 mile Championship Car Race won by Ronnie Bucknum.


There were 26,000 fans on attendance for this two-hour-and-forty-minute race in the American community of Brooklyn, Michigan[2] (compared to the 103,000 fans who attended the 2009 Carfax 400). There were two cautions for twelve laps and the victory margin was three seconds.[2] Average speed was 149.862 miles (241.180 km) per hour while the pole speed was 161.901 miles (260.554 km) per hour.[2] All forty competitors in this race were born in the United States of America.[2] 197 laps were undertaken on a paved oval track spanning 2.040 miles (3.283 km).[2]

Manufacturers involved in this race included Mercury, Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet, and Plymouth.[2] Pontiac failed to provide a racing vehicle in this series[2] and only American manufacturers were allowed to race during this era after seeing foreign models dominate the 1950s and most of the 1960s.

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 6 Pete Hamilton '71 Plymouth
2 12 Bobby Allison '69 Mercury
3 71 Bobby Isaac '71 Dodge
4 3 Charlie Glotzbach '71 Chevrolet
5 11 Buddy Baker '71 Dodge
6 43 Richard Petty '71 Plymouth
7 24 Cecil Gordon '69 Mercury
8 72 Benny Parsons '69 Mercury
9 25 Jabe Thomas '70 Plymouth
10 60 Maynard Troyer '69 Mercury
11 79 Frank Warren '69 Dodge
12 64 Elmo Langley '69 Mercury
13 39 Friday Hassler '70 Chevrolet
14 88 Ron Keselowski '70 Dodge
15 4 John Sears '69 Dodge

Finishing orderEdit


  1. ^ "1971 Yankee 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1971 Yankee 400 racing information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  3. ^ "1971 NASCAR Race Schedule - Total Prize Winnings". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  4. ^ "Maynard Troyer's only "top five" finish". Pony Site. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  5. ^ "Michigan International Speedway". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  6. ^ "Track History". Michigan International Speedway. Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. 
Preceded by
1971 West Virginia 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Season
Succeeded by
1971 Talladega 500