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1976 Volunteer 400

The 1976 Volunteer 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) racing event that took place on August 29, 1976, at Bristol International Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.

1976 Volunteer 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 21 of 30 in the 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Bristol Motor Speedway
Layout of Bristol Motor Speedway
Date August 29, 1976 (1976-August-29)
Official name Volunteer 400
Location Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.533 mi (0.857 km)
Distance 400 laps, 166.5 mi (328.8 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 84.9 °F (29.4 °C) with 0.51 inches (13 mm) of rain reported within 24 hours of the race; wind speeds up to 10.9 miles per hour (17.5 km/h)
Average speed 99.175 miles per hour (159.607 km/h)
Attendance 12,000[3]
Pole position
Driver DiGard Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Laps 373
Winner
No. 11 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

Contents

SummaryEdit

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 any more.

This racing event took two hours and eighteen minutes to complete in front of an audience of twelve thousand stock car racing fans.[3] Two cautions were handed out by NASCAR officials on the track for thirteen laps.[3] Cale Yarborough defeated Richard Petty by more than two laps.[3][2] Other notable drivers included Darrell Waltrip, Benny Parsons, Richard Childress, J.D. McDuffie, and Elmo Langley.[3][2] Frank Warren was the lowest finishing driver to complete the entire race without any mechanical problems.[3][2] Clyde Lynn would retire after this event. Notable speeds at the race were: 99.175 miles per hour (159.607 km/h) as the average speed and 110.300 miles per hour (177.511 km/h) as the pole position speed achieved by Darrell Waltrip in qualifying.[3]

The points leader after this event would be Cale Yarborough.[2] He would go on to become the NASCAR Cup Series champion at the end of the season.[4] All the drivers competed for the prize purse which added up to $61,105 ($257,177.01 when adjusted for inflation).[5] Yarborough earned the largest share of the pie with $10,025 ($42,192.94 when adjusted for inflation) while last-place finisher Joe Frasson walked away with a meager $400 ($1,683.51 when adjusted for inflation).[5]

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Speed[6]
1 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 110.307
2 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet 110.123
3 15 Buddy Baker Ford 109.401
4 72 Benny Parsons Chevrolet 109.314
5 90 Dick Brooks Ford 109.308
6 54 Lennie Pond Chevrolet 109.305
7 71 Dave Marcis Dodge 108.991
8 2 Bobby Allison Mercury 108.757
9 43 Richard Petty Dodge 108.217
10 30 Terry Bivins Chevrolet 107.749

Finishing orderEdit

  1. Cale Yarborough (No. 11)
  2. Richard Petty (No. 43)
  3. Darrell Waltrip (No. 88)
  4. Benny Parsons† (No. 72)
  5. Buddy Baker† (No. 15)
  6. Bobby Allison (No. 2)
  7. Dick Brooks† (No. 90)
  8. Lennie Pond (No. 54)
  9. Bobby Wawak† (No. 36)
  10. Richard Childress (No. 3)
  11. D.K. Ulrich (No. 40)
  12. Terry Bivins (No. 30)
  13. James Hylton (No. 48)
  14. David Sisco (No. 05)
  15. Henley Gray (No. 19)
  16. Dick May† (No. 25)
  17. Buddy Arrington (No. 67)
  18. Skip Manning (No. 92)
  19. Jimmy Means (No. 52)
  20. Frank Warren (No. 79)
  21. Cecil Gordon*† (No. 24)
  22. Dave Marcis* (No. 71)
  23. J.D. McDuffie*† (No. 70)
  24. Clyde Lynn*† (No. 10)
  25. Elmo Langley*† (No. 64)
  26. Walter Ballard* (No. 45)
  27. Gary Myers* (No. 04)
  28. Dean Dalton* (No. 7)
  29. Ed Negre* (No. 8)
  30. Joe Frasson*† (No. 18)

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

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[3] Differential
1   Cale Yarborough 3211 0
2   Benny Parsons 3112 -99
3   Richard Petty 3106 -105
4   Bobby Allison 2982 -229
5   Dave Marcis 2749 -462
6   Lennie Pond 2741 -470
7   Richard Childress 2611 -600
8   Buddy Baker 2575 -636
9   Frank Warren 2364 -847
10   J.D. McDuffie 2357 -854

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1976 Volunteer 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "1976 Volunter 400 racing results (second reference)". Driver Averages. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "1976 Volunteer 400 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  4. ^ "1976 NASCAR Cup Series Championship points results". Driver Averages. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  5. ^ a b "1976 Volunteer 400 racing information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  6. ^ "1976 Volunteer 400 qualifying results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
Preceded by
1976 Champion Spark Plug 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Season
1976
Succeeded by
1976 Southern 500