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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 of 79 °F (26 °C); wind speeds of 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

Contents

SummaryEdit

The five drivers that dominated the 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season were David Pearson (average finish of 7th place), Cale Yarborough (average finish of 8th place), Richard Petty (average finish of 9th place), Benny Parsons (average finish of 10th place), and Bobby Allison (average finish 12th place).

Four hundred laps took place 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 spectators. [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); he would clinch his third career World 600 win at this event along with his final win ever at Charlotte.[2] Dale Earnhardt ran a #30 Army Special Chevrolet scheme at this event.[2] Terry Ryan was the last-place finisher due to a hub problem on lap 11. [2] Wisconsin short track ace Dick Trickle did a one-off in a second car, the #99 Ford, for the Junie Donlavey team, blew an engine and retired before halfway.[2] Seven cautions slowed the race for 38 laps (including the 400th lap of the race).[2]

David Pearson's next pole position would be at the 1976 National 500; which took place in the fall of that year.[3]

Bobby Isaac retired from the NASCAR Cup Series after this race. Ironic that Bobby's career ended in the World 600, as his debut came fifteen years earlier when, as a favor, he started and parked Junior Johnson's car in the qualifying race for this historic event.

Janet Guthrie would make her debut here.[4] She was invited to attempt this race by Humpy Wheeler after failing to qualify for the 1976 Indianapolis 500. Guthrie finished her first stock car race in 15th place and drove well over 500 miles in the process, silencing some of the era's critics who thought women wouldn't be able to go the distance in long oval races.[2]

Notable crew chiefs who participated in this race included Junie Donlavey, Jake Elder, Harry Hyde, Dale Inman, and Bud Moore.[5]

Race earnings for each driver ranged from the winner's share of $49,990 ($220,102 when adjusted for inflation) to the last-place finisher's earnings of $885 ($3,897 when adjusted for inflation). The total prize purse sanctioned by NASCAR for this event was $225,025 ($990,768 when adjusted for inflation).[6]

QualifyingEdit

Grid[2] 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
21 67 Buddy Arrington Dodge
22 92 Skip Manning Chevrolet
23 27 Sam Sommers Chevrolet
24 60 Jackie Rogers Chevrolet
25 30 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet
26 9 Bill Elliott Ford
27 68 Janet Guthrie Chevrolet
28 8 Ed Negre Dodge
29 70 J.D. McDuffie Chevrolet
30 50 Darrell Bryant Chevrolet
31 81 Terry Ryan Chevrolet
32 05 David Sisco Chevrolet
33 26 Bobby Wawak Chevrolet
34 6 Bobby Isaac Chevrolet
35 52 Jimmy Means Chevrolet
36 25 Dick May Chevrolet
37 7 D.K. Ulrich Chevrolet
38 95 Gary Myers Chevrolet
39 29 Walter Ballard Chevrolet
40 91 Bob Burcham Chevrolet

Top twenty finishersEdit

Pos[2] No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps led Time/Status
1 21 David Pearson Mercury 400 230 4:22:06
2 43 Richard Petty Dodge 400 56 Lead lap under caution
3 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet 399 108 +1 lap
4 2 Bobby Allison Mercury 397 0 +3 laps
5 72 Benny Parsons Chevrolet 396 1 +4 laps
6 28 Donnie Allison Chevrolet 396 0 +4 laps
7 90 Dick Brooks Ford 391 0 Terminal vehicle damage
8 54 Lennie Pond Chevrolet 391 0 +9 laps
9 18 Harry Gant Chevrolet 387 0 +13 laps
10 05 David Cisco Chevrolet 386 0 +14 laps
11 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 384 0 +16 laps
12 41 Grant Adcox Chevrolet 383 0 Terminal vehicle damage
13 48 James Hylton Chevrolet 383 0 +17 laps
14 67 Buddy Arrington Dodge 379 0 +21 laps
15 68 Janet Guthrie Ford 379 0 +21 laps
16 7 D.K. Ulrich Chevrolet 378 0 +22 laps
17 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet 373 0 +26 laps
18 79 Frank Warren Dodge 371 0 +28 laps
19 50 Darrell Bryant Chevrolet 371 0 +28 laps
20 19 Cecil Gordon Chevrolet 365 0 +35 laps

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 h i j k l "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 crew chiefs information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  6. ^ "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