1977 NAPA National 500
|Race 27 of 30 in the 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
|Date||October 9, 1977|
|Official name||NAPA National 600|
|Location||Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina|
Permanent racing facility|
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
|Distance||334 laps, 500 mi (865 km)|
|Weather||Mild with temperatures of 78.1 °F (25.6 °C); wind speeds of 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)|
|Average speed||142.780 miles per hour (229.782 km/h)|
|Driver||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Benny Parsons||DeWitt Racing|
|No. 72||Benny Parsons||DeWitt Racing|
|Television in the United States|
Al Michaels |
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.
There were 41 drivers who competed at this event; Benny Parsons defeated Cale Yarborough by 19.2 seconds in front of 79,400 live audience members. Parsons had the most dominant Winston Cup victory, in terms of percentage of laps led. There were 18 lead changes and four cautions; making this event last three hours and thirty minutes. Bruce Hill received the last-place finish due to engine difficulties on lap 15 of this 334-lap race. David Pearson would bring in the pole position with a qualifying speed of 160.982 miles per hour (259.075 km/h) while the average racing speed was 142.780 miles per hour (229.782 km/h).
On the day of the race, 0.3 inches of precipitation were recorded around the speedway.
His next pole position would come at the 1978 World 600 where he would get his 10th consecutive pole position start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Pearson's final pole position at Charlotte Motor Speedway would come at the 1978 NAPA National 500 - setting a record that future NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon has yet to break. Other notable drivers at this event included: Bill Elliott, Janet Guthrie, Neil Bonnett, A. J. Foyt, Dick Brooks, Darrell Waltrip, and Buddy Baker. Tom Sneva would make his NASCAR debut at this racing event. Dale Earnhardt would start his only race in 1977 under the employment of Mr. Henley Gray.
Individual earnings for each driver ranged from the winner's share of $41,075 ($169,826 when adjusted for inflation) to the last-place finisher's share of $820 ($3,390 when adjusted for inflation). The total prize purse for this event was $223,530 ($924,194 when adjusted for inflation).
|1||21||David Pearson||Mercury||160.982||33.544||Wood Brothers|
|2||11||Cale Yarborough||Chevrolet||159.848||33.782||Junior Johnson|
|3||1||Donnie Allison||Chevrolet||159.848||33.782||Hoss Ellington|
|4||15||Buddy Baker||Ford||159.773||33.798||Bud Moore|
|5||43||Richard Petty||Dodge||159.363||33.885||Petty Enterprises|
|6||88||Darrell Waltrip||Chevrolet||158.810||34.003||DiGard Racing|
|7||5||Neil Bonnett||Dodge||158.753||34.015||Jim Stacy|
|8||72||Benny Parsons||Chevrolet||158.735||34.019||L.G. DeWitt|
|9||51||A.J. Foyt||Chevrolet||158.158||34.143||A.J. Foyt|
|10||92||Skip Manning||Chevrolet||158.094||34.157||Billy Hagan|
Section reference: 
- Benny Parsons†
- Cale Yarborough
- David Pearson
- Buddy Baker
- Darrell Waltrip
- Dick Brooks†
- A.J. Foyt
- Neil Bonnett†
- Janet Guthrie
- Bill Elliott
- Ron Hutcherson
- Coo Coo Marlin†
- Dick May†
- James Hylton†
- J.D. McDuffie†
- Richard Childress
- Buddy Arrington
- G.C. Spencer†
- D.K. Ulrich
- Peter Knab
- Tommy Gale†
- Ed Negre†
- Dave Marcis*
- Ricky Rudd
- Tighe Scott*
- Bobby Allison*
- Tom Sneva*
- Jimmy Means*
- Dick Trickle*
- Lennie Pond*
- Butch Hartman*†
- Richard Petty*
- Frank Warren*
- Sam Sommers*
- Skip Manning*
- Donnie Allison*
- Cecil Gordon*†
- Dale Earnhardt*†
- Roland Wlodyka*
- Jim Raptis*
- Bruce Hill*
* Driver failed to finish race
† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased
Standings after the raceEdit
- "Weather information for the 1977 NAPA National 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- "1977 NAPA National 500 racing information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- "Charlotte NASCAR Climatology" (PDF). SERCC. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
- "David Pearson's pole position accomplishment". Scene Daily. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
- "1977 NAPA National 500 racing information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-12-06.
- "1977 NAPA National 500 qualifying information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
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