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1974 World 600

The 1974 World 600, the 15th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series event that was held on May 26, 1974, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

1974 World 600
Race details[1][2]
Race 13 of 30 in the 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date May 26, 1974 (1974-May-26)
Official name World 600
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (965 km)
Weather Warm with temperatures reaching up to 81 °F (27 °C); wind speeds up to 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)
Average speed 135.720 miles per hour (218.420 km/h)
Attendance 84,000[3]
Pole position
Driver Wood Brothers
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers
Laps 161
Winner
No. 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

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.

Contents

SummaryEdit

The race was shortened by 40 laps due to the energy crisis of that year. The lead changed 37 times among David Pearson, Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Buddy Baker, and Donnie Allison. Allison and Baker fell out with engine failures while Yarborough spun out early in the race, raced back to the front, then crashed out in the final 20 laps.

It took three hours and fifty-eight minutes for the race to be fully complete.[3][2] Eight cautions were flown out by NASCAR for 48 laps.[3] The average speed of the race was 135.72 miles per hour (218.42 km/h).[3][2] Pearson defeated Petty by 0.6 seconds in front of eighty-four thousand people.[3][2] Sam McQuagg would make his final start in this race before retiring from NASCAR.[4] He would later become a commercial pilot for the W. C. Bradly Co. in Columbus, Georgia and would eventually die of cancer in 2009.[4]

Individual earnings for each driver ranged from the winner's share of $26,400 ($128,205.67 when adjusted for inflation) to the last-place finisher's share of $1,075 ($5,220.50 when adjusted for inflation). NASCAR allocated a grand total of $167,305 ($812,479.14 when adjusted for inflation) to be spent on winnings for every qualifying driver for this event.[5]

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer
1 21 David Pearson '73 Mercury
2 43 Richard Petty '74 Dodge
3 15 Buddy Baker '73 Ford
4 11 Cale Yarborough '74 Chevrolet
5 90 Charlie Glotzbach '72 Ford
6 32 Dick Brooks '74 Dodge
7 72 Benny Parsons '74 Chevrolet
8 54 Lennie Pond '74 Chevrolet
9 52 Earl Ross '74 Chevrolet
10 06 Neil Castles '73 Dodge

Finishing orderEdit

Note: Each driver would get an additional 40 laps due to the then-current energy crisis (which officially ended in 1980).[2]

  1. David Pearson (No. 21)
  2. Richard Petty (No. 43)
  3. Bobby Allison (No. 12)
  4. Darrell Waltrip (No. 95)
  5. Earl Ross† (No. 52)
  6. Dave Marcis (No. 2)
  7. Dick Trickle† (No. 81)
  8. Jim Vandiver† (No. 31)
  9. David Sisco† (No. 05)
  10. J.D. McDuffie† (No. 70)
  11. Cale Yarborough* (No. 11)
  12. Walter Ballard (No. 30)
  13. Roy Mayne (No. 25)
  14. Harry Gant (No. 5)
  15. James Hylton* (No. 48)
  16. Neil Castles (No. 06)
  17. Frank Warren (No. 79)
  18. Dick Skillen (No. 78)
  19. Buddy Arrington* (No. 67)
  20. Lennie Pond*† (No. 54)
  21. Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.† (No. 9)
  22. Buddy Baker*† (No. 15)
  23. Richie Panch*† (No. 98)
  24. Bill Scott* (No. 1)
  25. G.C. Spencer*† (No. 49)
  26. Travis Tiller* (No. 46)
  27. Dick Brooks*† (No. 32)
  28. Cecil Gordon*† (No. 24)
  29. Dan Daughtry* (No. 35)
  30. Donnie Allison* (No. 88)
  31. Benny Parsons*† (No. 72)
  32. Sam McQuagg*† (No. 28)
  33. Bobby Isaac*† (No. 29)
  34. Richard Childress* (No. 96)
  35. Randy Tissot* (No. 74)
  36. Bob Burcham*† (No. 57)
  37. Charlie Glotzbach* (No. 90)
  38. Coo Coo Marlin*† (No. 14)
  39. Jackie Rogers* (No. 93)
  40. Joe Frasson*† (No. 18)

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1974 World 600 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "1974 World 600 racing results (second reference)". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "1974 World 600 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  4. ^ a b "NASCAR Driver of the Day: Sam McQuagg". NASCAR Driver of the Day. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  5. ^ "1974 World 600 winnings information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
Preceded by
1974 Mason-Dixon 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series races
1974
Succeeded by
1974 Tuborg 400
Preceded by
1973
World 600 races
1974
Succeeded by
1975