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The 1974 Southeastern 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that was held on March 17, 1974, at Bristol International Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.

1974 Southeastern 500
Race details[1]
Race 5 of 30 in the 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Bristol Motor Speedway
Layout of Bristol Motor Speedway
Date March 17, 1974 (1974-March-17)
Official name Southeastern 500
Location Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.500 mi (0.800 km)
Distance 500 laps, 250.0 mi (400.0 km)
Weather Cold with temperatures of 55.9 °F (13.3 °C); wind speeds of 18.1 miles per hour (29.1 km/h)
Average speed 64.533 miles per hour (103.856 km/h)
Attendance 18,000[2]
Pole position
Driver DiGard Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Cale Yarborough Howard & Egerton Racing
Laps 367
Winner
No. 11 Cale Yarborough Howard & Egerton Racing
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

Only manual transmission vehicles were allowed to participate in this race; a policy that NASCAR has retained to the present day.

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BackgroundEdit

Bristol Motor Speedway is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961. Despite its short length, Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, which include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads, and stadium-like seating. It has also been named one of the loudest NASCAR tracks.[3]

SummaryEdit

There were 30 American-born drivers on the grid; the distance of the race was 500 laps. Jabe Thomas was credited as the last-place finisher due to problems with his oil pan on lap 63 of the race. The first 50 laps of the race were not scored due to the fuel crisis that took place during this year. Donnie Allison, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Isaac, Benny Parsons, and Bobby Allison would be the respective leaders for certain parts of the race. After three hours and forty-two minutes of racing, Cale Yarborough defeated Bobby Isaac by one lap in front of a live audience of eighteen thousand people. Yarborough would be the only driver on the lead lap by the end of the race. With a strong second-place run with Issac at the wheel, this was the last race for car owner Banjo Matthew and his famous #27 team.[2]

Most of the drivers in the race either used Chevrolet or Ford vehicles for their official racing vehicle; Chevrolet swept the entire top-ten for this race. The total purse of this race was $45,075 ($228,994.38 when adjusted for inflation). Donnie Allison achieved the pole position for this race by driving up to 107.785 miles per hour (173.463 km/h) during solo qualifying runs. Yarborough's average speed for the entire racing event was 64.533 miles per hour (103.856 km/h).[4]

The model years of the vehicles ranged from 1972 to 1974; complying with the homologation policies set forth by NASCAR during this era. Engine issues and accidents were the main reasons for the DNFs found in this racing event. Joe Mihalic would have the best finish of his NASCAR Winston Cup Series career at this race.[5]

QualifyingEdit

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer
1 88 Donnie Allison '74 Chevrolet
2 12 Bobby Allison '74 Chevrolet
3 11 Cale Yarborough '74 Chevrolet
4 48 James Hylton '74 Chevrolet
5 72 Benny Parson '74 Chevrolet
6 27 Bobby Isaac '74 Chevrolet
7 24 Cecil Gordon '74 Chevrolet
8 02 L.D. Ottinger '74 Chevrolet
9 43 Richard Petty '74 Dodge
10 15 George Follmer '73 Ford
11 7 Dean Dalton '74 Chevrolet
12 60 Joe Mihalic '74 Chevrolet
13 54 Lennie Pond '74 Chevrolet
14 68 Alton Jones '73 Chevrolet
15 30 Walter Ballard '73 Chevrolet
16 96 Richard Childress '73 Chevrolet
17 05 David Sisco '72 Chevrolet
18 90 Richie Panch '74 Ford
19 79 Frank Warren '74 Dodge
20 64 Elmo Langley '73 Ford
21 67 Buddy Arrington '72 Plymouth
22 70 J.D. McDuffie '72 Chevrolet
23 9 Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. '72 Chevrolet
24 8 Ed Negre '73 Dodge
25 75 Bobby Fleming '72 Chevrolet
26 2 Dave Marcis '73 Dodge
27 14 Coo Coo Marlin '73 Chevrolet
28 10 Bill Champion '72 Ford
29 46 Travis Tiller '73 Dodge
30 25 Jabe Thomas '73 Dodge

Top ten finishersEdit

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Money Laps Laps led Time/Status
1 3 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet $8,655 500 367 3:42:50
2 6 27 Bobby Isaac Chevrolet $4,030 499 2 +1 lap
3 5 72 Benny Parsons Chevrolet $4,905 498 6 +2 laps
4 2 12 Bobby Allison Chevrolet $3,355 497 73 +3 laps
5 1 88 Donnie Allison Chevrolet $1,980 491 2 +9 laps
6 7 24 Cecil Gordon Chevrolet $1,080 488 0 +12 laps
7 12 60 Joe Mihalic Chevrolet $1,010 485 0 +15 laps
8 4 48 James Hylton Chevrolet $955 471 0 +29 laps
9 14 68 Alton Jones Chevrolet $845 469 0 +31 laps
10 27 14 Coo Coo Marlin Chevrolet $605 457 0 +53 laps

TimelineEdit

Section reference: [2]

  • Laps 1-50: Not officially scored due to oil crisis
  • Lap 51: Donnie Allison started out with the lead
  • Lap 53: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Donnie Allison
  • Lap 110: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
  • Lap 112: Benny Parsons took over the lead from Bobby Isaac
  • Lap 118: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from Benny Parson
  • Lap 191: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Bobby Isaac
  • Finish: Cale Yarborough was officially declared the winner

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1974 Southeastern 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e 1974 Southeastern 500 racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ Gragg, Joe (August 25, 2011). "It's Official: Bristol Is The Loudest NASCAR Track". WCYB.com. Retrieved June 3, 2012.[dead link]
  4. ^ 1974 Southeastern 500 racing information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  5. ^ 1974 Southeastern 500 racing information at Race Database
Preceded by
1974 Carolina 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1974
Succeeded by
1974 Atlanta 500