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1976 World 600

The 1976 World 600, the 17th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on May 30, 1976, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

1976 World 600
Race details[1]
Race 13 of 30 in the 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date May 30, 1976 (1976-May-30)
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 approaching 79 °F (26 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)
Average speed 137.352 miles per hour (221.047 km/h)
Attendance 103,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Wood Brothers Racing
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing
Laps 230
Winner
No. 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier

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

Four hundred laps took place on a paved track spanning 1.500 miles (2.414 km).[2] It took four hours and twenty-two minutes for David Pearson to defeat Richard Petty under the race's final yellow flag in front of 103,000 live audience members.[2] Pearson would earn the pole position with a speed of 159.132 miles per hour (256.098 km/h) while the race's average speed would be 137.352 miles per hour (221.047 km/h).[2] Seven cautions were given out for 38 laps (including the 400th lap of the race).[2] His next pole position run would be at the 1976 National 500; which took place in the fall of that year.[3] Terry Ryan was the last-place finisher in the race due to a hub problem on lap 11 that occurred in his Chevrolet vehicle.[2]

Bobby Isaac retired from the NASCAR Cup Series after this race. Janet Guthrie would make her debut here.[4]

Individual race earnings for each driver ranged from the winner's share of $49,990 ($210,396.51 when adjusted for inflation) to the meager last-place finisher's earnings of $885 ($3,724.76 when adjusted for inflation). The total prize purse sanctioned by NASCAR for this event was a then-incredible $225,025 ($947,078.90 when adjusted for inflation).[5]

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer
1 21 David Pearson Mercury
2 43 Richard Petty Dodge
3 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet
4 2 Bobby Allison Mercury
5 71 Dave Marcis Dodge
6 15 Buddy Baker Ford
7 28 Donnie Allison Chevrolet
8 14 Charlie Glotzbach Chevrolet
9 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet
10 90 Dick Brooks Ford
11 18 Harry Gant Chevrolet
12 48 James Hylton Chevrolet
13 54 Lennie Pond Chevrolet
14 79 Frank Warren Dodge
15 99 Dick Trickle Ford
16 72 Benny Parsons Chevrolet
17 19 Cecil Gordon Chevrolet
18 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet
19 47 Bruce Hill Chevrolet
20 41 Grant Adcox Chevrolet

Top twenty finishersEdit

Pos No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Reason for DNF
1 21 David Pearson Mercury 400
2 43 Richard Petty Dodge 400
3 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet 399
4 2 Bobby Allison Mercury 397
5 72 Benny Parsons Chevrolet 396
6 28 Donnie Allison Chevrolet 396
7 90 Dick Brooks Ford 391 Crash
8 54 Lennie Pond Chevrolet 391
9 18 Harry Gant Chevrolet 387
10 05 David Cisco Chevrolet 386
11 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 384
12 41 Grant Adcox Chevrolet 383 Crash
13 48 James Hylton Chevrolet 383
14 67 Buddy Arrington Dodge 379
15 68 Janet Guthrie Ford 379
16 7 D.K. Ulrich Chevrolet 378
17 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet 373
18 79 Frank Warren Dodge 371
19 50 Darrell Bryant Chevrolet 371
20 19 Cecil Gordon Chevrolet 365

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1   Benny Parsons 1996 0
2   Cale Yarborough 1982 -14
3   Richard Petty 1898 -98
4   Bobby Allison 1816 -180
5   Lennie Pond 1730 -266
6   Dave Marcis 1693 -303
7   Richard Childress 1628 -368
8   Darrell Waltrip 1514 -482
9   Buddy Baker 1508 -488
10   Frank Warren 1480 -516

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1976 World 600 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "1976 World 600 race information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  3. ^ "David Pearson's pole position accomplishment". Scene Daily. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Janet Guthrie's NASCAR debut". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  5. ^ "1976 World 600 prize winnings information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
Preceded by
1976 Mason-Dixon 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Season
1976
Succeeded by
1976 Riverside 400
Preceded by
1975
World 600 races
1976
Succeeded by
1977