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1977 NAPA National 500

The 1977 NAPA National 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that was held on October 9, 1977, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the American community of Concord, North Carolina.

1977 NAPA National 500
Race details[1][2]
Race 27 of 30 in the 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date October 9, 1977 (1977-October-09)
Official name NAPA National 600
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 334 laps, 500 mi (865 km)
Weather Mild with temperatures approaching 78.1 °F (25.6 °C); wind speeds up to 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)
Average speed 142.780 miles per hour (229.782 km/h)
Attendance 79,400[2]
Pole position
Driver Wood Brothers Racing
Most laps led
Driver Benny Parsons DeWitt Racing
Laps 250
Winner
No. 72 Benny Parsons DeWitt Racing
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Jim McKay
Chris Economaki

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

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.[2] There were 18 lead changes and four cautions; making this event last three hours and thirty minutes.[2] Bruce Hill received the last-place finish due to engine difficulties on lap 15 of this 334-lap race.[2] 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).[2]

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.[3] 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.[3] Other notable drivers at this event included: Bill Elliott, Janet Guthrie, Neil Bonnett, A. J. Foyt, Dick Brooks, Darrell Waltrip, and Buddy Baker.[2] 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 ($162,337.60 when adjusted for inflation) to the last-place finisher's share of $820 ($3,240.82 when adjusted for inflation). The total prize purse for this event was $223,530 ($883,440.64 when adjusted for inflation).[4]

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Speed[5] Qualifying time[5]
1 21 David Pearson Mercury 160.982 33.544
2 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet 159.848 33.782
3 1 Donnie Allison Chevrolet 159.848 33.782
4 15 Buddy Baker Ford 159.773 33.798
5 43 Richard Petty Dodge 159.363 33.885
6 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 158.810 34.003
7 5 Neil Bonnett Dodge 158.753 34.015
8 72 Benny Parsons Chevrolet 158.735 34.019
9 51 A.J. Foyt Chevrolet 158.158 34.143
10 92 Skip Manning Chevrolet 158.094 34.157

Finishing orderEdit

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1   Cale Yarborough 4505 0
2   Benny Parsons 4127 -378
3   Richard Petty 4109 -396
4   Darrell Waltrip 4067 -438
5   Buddy Baker 3579 -926
6   Dick Brooks 3380 -1125
7   James Hylton 3124 -1381
8   Richard Childress 3120 -1385
9   Cecil Gordon 3030 -1475
10   Bobby Allison 3028 -1477

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weather information for the 1977 NAPA National 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "1977 NAPA National 500 racing information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  3. ^ a b "David Pearson's pole position accomplishment". Scene Daily. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  4. ^ "1977 NAPA National 500 racing information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  5. ^ a b "1977 NAPA National 500 qualifying information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
Preceded by
1977 Wilkes 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Season
1977
Succeeded by
1977 American 500
Preceded by
1976
National 500/NAPA National 500 races
1977
Succeeded by
1978