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1975 National 500

The 1975 National 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on October 5, 1975, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.[2][3][4] A race called the World Service Life 300 was organized by a different stock car association the day before this race. Both of those races took place on the same race track.

1975 National 500
Race details
Race 25 of 30 in the 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
This is the official race program from the 1975 running of the National 500 (now Bank of America 500).
This is the official race program from the 1975 running of the National 500 (now Bank of America 500).
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 reaching a maximum of 72.0 °F (22.2 °C)[1]
Wind speeds up to 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)[1]
No precipitation within 24 hours of the race[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
No. 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Chris Economaki

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.



An official program was handed out to the spectators at a cost of $2 USD per copy ($9.10 when considering inflation). It took three hours and forty-seven seconds for the race to resolve itself from its 12:30 P.M. scheduled green flag time; Richard Petty defeated David Pearson by 0.26 seconds for the 176th win of his 200-win career. Richard Petty's championship lead over Benny Parsons would give him an 878 points 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]

The race ended at approximately 4:07 P.M.; enough time for most families make the drive back to their hotel rooms or to their homes to prepare for supper.

Pearson would achieve the pole position with a speed of 161.701 miles per hour (260.233 km/h) during the qualifying runs;[2] his next pole position start would be at the 1976 World 600.[5] More than 61,000 spectators would attend this live racing event with seven cautions given out for 53 laps.[2][3] The average speed of the race was 132.209 miles per hour (212.770 km/h); done over 334 laps on an 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]


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


Section reference: [2]

  • Start: David Pearson was leading the other drivers as the green flag was waved
  • Lap 10: A four-car accident on turn four caused the first caution, which lasted until lap 20
  • Lap 35: Skip Manning managed to stall his vehicle heading into turn one
  • Lap 73: A two-car accident on turn two created the third caution, which lasted until lap 76
  • Lap 157: Jackie Rogers would spin his vehicle while heading into turn one
  • Lap 218: Richie Panch would be involved in an accident on turn four
  • Lap 285: Cale Yarborough spun his vehicle through turn three
  • Lap 298: Bob Burcham spun his vehicle through turn one
  • Finish: Richard Petty was officially 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


  1. ^ a b c "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 "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 "1975 National 500 race information (third reference)". Driver Averages. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  5. ^ a b "David Pearson's pole position accomplishment". Scene Daily. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
Preceded by
1975 Old Dominion 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1975 Capital City 500
Preceded by
1975 Wilkes 400
Richard Petty's Career Wins
Succeeded by
1975 Volunteer 500
Preceded by
National 500 races
Succeeded by