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The 1975 National 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place on October 5, 1975, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.[2][3][4]

1975 National 500
Race details
Race 25 of 30 in the 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
The official race program from the 1975 running of the National 500 (now Bank of America Roval 400).
The official race program from the 1975 running of the National 500 (now Bank of America Roval 400).
Date October 5, 1975 (1975-October-05)
Official name National 500
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 334 laps, 500 mi (804 km)
Weather Temperatures of 72.0 °F (22.2 °C); wind speeds of 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)[1]
Average speed 132.209 miles per hour (212.770 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Wood Brothers
Most laps led
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Laps 168
Winner
No. 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Chris Economaki

The event was complimented by a Late Model Sportsman event that counted for points in the NASCAR-sanctioned World Service Life 300 (prior to 1982, drivers could drive as many Late Model Sportsman races combined on the short tracks and superspeedways) that, after NASCAR changed the format of the series in 1982, is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series after it became a touring format. Both of those races took place on the same race track.

ABC Sports provided delayed coverage of the race, one week later.

Race reportEdit

It took three hours and forty-seven seconds for the race from its 12:30 P.M. scheduled green flag time. The race ended at approximately 4:07 P.M.

After failing to finish the race at Martinsville, Richard Petty defeated David Pearson by 0.26 seconds for the 176th win of his career.[2][4] Richard Petty's championship lead over Benny Parsons would give him an 878 point advantage for the title; which was the largest points lead that anyone has ever accumulated in the Latford system used by NASCAR during the mid-1970s.[2][4] Bruce Hill was the most dominant rookie during the 1975 season; charging to a 27th-place finish.[2][4]

Pearson would win the pole position with a speed of 161.701 miles per hour (260.233 km/h) during qualifying;[2] his next pole position start would be at the 1976 World 600.[5] More than 61,000 spectators would attend with seven cautions for 53 laps.[2][3] The average speed was 132.209 miles per hour (212.770 km/h); over 334 laps on the oval track spanning 1.500 miles (2.414 km).[2][3] There were 42 drivers on the grid;[4] all of them were born in the United States of America.[2][3] Coo Coo Marlin was the last-place finisher due to an engine problem on lap 8 in his 1975 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna automobile.[2][4] Charlie Glotzbach led one lap early in this race before a transmission failure sidelined his one-off entry in the #3 Kmart Chevrolet. It was the last lap he ever led in Cup competition.[2][4]

Darel Dieringer would make his final NASCAR appearance in this race; finishing in seventh place in the process.[4]

Notable crew chiefs who in the race included Tim Brewer, Jake Elder, Travis Carter, Harry Hyde, Dale Inman, Tom Vandiver, and Bud Moore.[6]

QualifyingEdit

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer
1 21 David Pearson '73 Mercury
2 71 Dave Marcis '74 Dodge
3 28 A.J. Foyt '75 Chevrolet
4 88 Darrell Waltrip '75 Chevrolet
5 15 Buddy Baker '75 Ford
6 72 Benny Parsons '75 Chevrolet
7 11 Cale Yarborough '75 Chevrolet
8 16 Bobby Allison '75 AMC Matador
9 43 Richard Petty '74 Dodge
10 83 Johnny Rutherford '75 Chevrolet
11 54 Lennie Pond '75 Chevrolet
12 90 Dick Brooks '73 Ford
13 3 Charlie Glotzbach '75 Chevrolet
14 35 Darel Dieringer '73 Ford
15 27 Donnie Allison '75 Chevrolet

TimelineEdit

Section reference: [2]

  • Start: David Pearson was leading as the green flag was waved
  • Lap 8: Coo Coo Marlin had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 10: A four-car accident on turn four caused the first caution until lap 20
  • Lap 15: Neil Castles had ignition problems
  • Lap 35: Skip Manning stalled his vehicle heading into turn one
  • Lap 40: Bobby Isaac had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 73: A two-car accident on turn two created the third caution, which lasted until lap 76
  • Lap 108: Donnie Allison had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 114: G.C. Spencer had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 123: Bobby Allison had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 157: Jackie Rogers would spin his vehicle while heading into turn one
  • Lap 183: Bruce Hill had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 187: Dave Marcis had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 218: Richie Panch would be involved in an accident on turn four
  • Lap 238: Jim Vandiver noticed that his vehicle had ignition problems
  • Lap 248: Lennie Pond had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 264: A.J. Foyt had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 276: Jabe Thomas had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 282: Cale Yarborough had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 284: Bob Burcham had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 285: Cale Yarborough spun his vehicle through turn three
  • Lap 290: Buddy Arrington had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 295: David Sisco had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 298: Bob Burcham spun his vehicle through turn one
  • Lap 310: Hershel McGriff had ignition problems
  • Finish: Richard Petty was declared the winner of the event

Finishing orderEdit

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1   Richard Petty 4166 0
2   Benny Parsons 3288 -878
3   Dave Marcis 3287 -879
4   James Hylton 3268 -898
5   Richard Childress 3233 -933
6   Cecil Gordon 3083 -1083
7   Darrell Waltrip 2990 -1176
8   Elmo Langley 2838 -1328
9   Cale Yarborough 2772 -1394
10   Buddy Baker 2695 -1471

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1975 National 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "1975 National 500 race information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  3. ^ a b c d "1975 National 500 race information (second reference)". Database Racing. Retrieved 2011-04-04.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "1975 National 500 race information (third reference)". Driver Averages. Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  5. ^ a b "David Pearson's pole position accomplishment". Scene Daily. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  6. ^ "1975 National 500 crew chiefs information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
Preceded by
1975 Old Dominion 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1975
Succeeded by
1975 Capital City 500
Preceded by
1975 Wilkes 400
Richard Petty's Career Wins
1960–1984
Succeeded by
1975 Volunteer 500
Preceded by
1974
National 500 races
1975
Succeeded by
1976