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1976 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400

The 1976 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on June 20, 1976, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.

1976 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400
Race details[1]
Race 15 of 30 in the 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Michigan International Speedway
Layout of Michigan International Speedway
Date June 20, 1976 (1976-June-20)
Official name Cam 2 Motor Oil 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 up to 80.1 °F (26.7 °C); wind speeds up to 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)
Average speed 141.149 miles per hour (227.157 km/h)
Attendance 46,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Petty Enterprises
Most laps led
Driver Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Laps 129
Winner
No. 43 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

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. 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

Michigan International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2 miles (3.2 km) long.[3] Opened in 1968, the track's turns are banked at eighteen degrees, while the 3,600-foot-long front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at twelve degrees.[3] The back stretch, has a five degree banking and is 2,242 feet long.[3]

SummaryEdit

David Pearson managed to defeat Cale Yarborough by three car lengths in front of an audience of 46,000 members.[2][4] There were 17 lead changes and three cautions were done in 20 laps out of the 200 laps of regulation racing.[2] It took two hours and fifty minutes for the checkered flag to end the race.[2][4] While Richard Petty earned the pole position with a speed of 158.569 miles per hour (255.192 km/h), the average speed of the race was 141.148 miles per hour (227.156 km/h).[2][4][5] Joe Frasson "earned" his last-place finish due to an engine problem on lap 2.[2] All 36 of the drivers on the racing grid were American-born males.[2] The field was dominated by Chevrolet vehicles because they were cheaper to operate in the 1970s as opposed to Ford and Mercury vehicles.[2][4][5]

Cale Yarborough would re-take the points lead after this race[2][4] and eventually become the 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion. David Pearson would also consider the 1976 NASCAR Cup Series season to be his "personal playground" with fast and consistent results throughout the year.

The grand total of this race's prize purse would be $105,355 ($443,415.17 when considering inflation).[5]

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer
1 43 Richard Petty Dodge
2 2 Bobby Allison Mercury
3 15 Buddy Baker Ford
4 71 Dave Marcis Dodge
5 72 Benny Parsons Chevrolet
6 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet
7 54 Lennie Pond Chevrolet
8 21 David Pearson Mercury
9 52 Jimmy Means Chevrolet
10 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet
11 24 Cecil Gordon Chevrolet
12 48 James Hylton Chevrolet
13 90 Dick Brooks Ford
14 60 Jackie Rogers Chevrolet
15 81 Terry Ryan Chevrolet

Top ten finishersEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Points
1 8 21 David Pearson Mercury 200 180
2 6 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet 200 180
3 2 2 Bobby Allison Mercury 200 170
4 1 43 Richard Petty Dodge 200 165
5 3 15 Buddy Baker Ford 199 160
6 13 90 Dick Brooks Ford 197 150
7 7 54 Lennie Pond Chevrolet 196 146
8 16 05 David Sisco Chevrolet 196 142
9 14 60 Jackie Rogers Chevrolet 194 143
10 11 24 Cecil Gordon Chevrolet 193 134

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1   Cale Yarborough 2318 0
2   Benny Parsons 2267 -51
3   Richard Petty 2201 -117
4   Bobby Allison 2161 -157
5   Lennie Pond 1964 -354
6   Dave Marcis 1905 -413
7   Richard Childress 1867 -451
8   Buddy Baker 1823 -495
9   David Pearson 1743 -575
10   Darrell Waltrip 1740 -578

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1976 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "1976 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 racing information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  3. ^ a b c "Michigan International Speedway". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "1976 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 racing information". Race Database. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  5. ^ a b c "1976 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 racing information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
Preceded by
1975
Motor State 400/Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 races
1976
Succeeded by
1977
Preceded by
1976 Riverside 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Season
1976
Succeeded by
1976 Firecracker 400