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1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400

The 1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that was held on June 19, 1977, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.

1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400
Race details[1]
Race 15 of 30 in the 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Michigan International Speedway
Layout of Michigan International Speedway
Date June 19, 1977 (1977-June-19)
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 Hot with temperatures approaching 86 °F (30 °C); wind speeds up to 16.9 miles per hour (27.2 km/h)
Average speed 135.033 miles per hour (217.315 km/h)
Attendance 61,200[2]
Pole position
Driver Wood Brothers Racing
Most laps led
Driver Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Laps 106
Winner
No. 11 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

Only manual transmission vehicles were allowed to participate in this race; a policy that NASCAR has retained to the present day.

Contents

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

36 qualifying drivers filled up the grid for this 200-lap event; all of them were born in the United States of America.[2] Bill Seifert would return after a five-year absence from NASCAR in order to bedazzle the spectators; a 12th-place finish ended being "in the cards" for him.

Ferrel Harris was credited with the last-place finish due to difficulties with his engine on the ninth lap. Donnie Allison would be the highest place finisher not to finish the race; he acquired a similar problem on lap 176. Cale Yarborough would defeat NASCAR racing legend Richard Petty by a mere ten seconds. More than 61,000 fans would see nearly three hours of professional stock car racing. Most of the vehicles in the running either belong to the Ford or Chevrolet manufacturers. Benny Parsons, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, and future NASCAR on FOX personality Darrell Waltrip would duel amongst each other for the lead early on in the race. Winnings for each driver varied from a then-incredible $20,625 for the race winner ($80,091.82 when adjusted for inflation) to a humble $1,300 for the last-place finisher ($5,137.89 when adjusted for inflation).[2] The total prize purse of this race was $123,005 in American dollars ($486,143.32 when adjusted for inflation).[4]

Janet Guthrie was the lone female competitor in this male-dominated racing event. Richard Childress, then a driver/owner, competed in this race and finished in 35th place (after starting out in 8th place).[2] Roland Wlodyka would make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in this race.[5] After this race, Bill Elliott would start to dominate the racing that took place at Michigan International Speedway. Elliott's debut at this Irish Hills race track in addition to his 15th-place finish quickly taught him how to excel on that particular track.

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer
1 21 David Pearson Mercury
2 72 Benny Parsons Chevrolet
3 43 Richard Petty Dodge
4 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet
5 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet
6 2 Dave Marcis Chevrolet
7 15 Buddy Baker Ford
8 1 Donnie Allison Chevrolet
9 27 Sam Sommers Chevrolet
10 90 Dick Brooks Ford
11 92 Skip Manning Chevrolet
12 68 Janet Guthrie Chevrolet
13 22 Ricky Rudd Chevrolet
14 9 Bill Elliott Ford
15 47 Bruce Hill Chevrolet

Finishing orderEdit

  1. Cale Yarborough (No. 11)
  2. Richard Petty (No. 43)
  3. Benny Parsons (No. 72)
  4. Dave Marcis (No. 2)
  5. David Pearson (No. 21)
  6. Buddy Baker (No. 15)
  7. Dick Brooks (No. 90)
  8. Sam Sommers (No. 27)
  9. Butch Hartman (No. 75)
  10. Bobby Allison (No. 12)
  11. James Hylton (No. 48)
  12. Bill Seifert (No. 03)
  13. Marty Robbins (No. 42)
  14. Jimmy Means (No. 52)
  15. Bill Elliott (No. 9)
  16. D.K. Ulrich (No. 40)
  17. Terry Ryan (No. 81)
  18. Bobby Wawak (No. 74)
  19. Buddy Arrington (No. 67)
  20. J.D. McDuffie (No. 70)
  21. Cecil Gordon (No. 24)
  22. Henley Gray (No. 19)
  23. Tommy Gale (No. 64)
  24. Donnie Allison* (No. 1)
  25. David Sisco (No. 16)
  26. Janet Guthrie (No. 68)
  27. Skip Manning* (No. 92)
  28. Ricky Rudd* (No. 22)
  29. Roland Wlodyka* (No. 91)
  30. Frank Warren* (No. 79)
  31. Tighe Scott* (No. 30)
  32. Bruce Hill* (No. 47)
  33. John Kennedy* (No. 40)
  34. Richard Childress* (No. 3)
  35. Darrell Waltrip* (No. 88)
  36. Ferrel Harris* (No. 25)

* Driver failed to finish race

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1   Cale Yarborough 2531 0
2   Richard Petty 2428 -103
3   Benny Parsons 2254 -277
4   Darrell Waltrip 2140 -391
5   Buddy Baker 2050 -481
6   Dick Brooks 1854 -677
7   Cecil Gordon 1803 -728
8   Richard Childress 1745 -786
9   Dave Marcis 1685 -846
10   James Hylton 1680 -851

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e 1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ a b c "Michigan International Speedway". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  4. ^ 1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 racing information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  5. ^ 1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 racing information at Race Database
Preceded by
1976
Cam 2 Motor Oil 400/Gabriel 400 races
1977
Succeeded by
1978
Preceded by
1977 NAPA 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1977
Succeeded by
1977 Firecracker 400