1983 World 600

The 1983 World 600, the 24th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on May 29, 1983, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, North Carolina, US).

1983 World 600
Race details[1][2]
Race 12 of 30 in the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date May 29, 1983 (1983-May-29)
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 Hot, humid, and partly cloudy with a high around 80.1 °F (26.7 °C); wind out of the ESE at 7.48 miles per hour (12.04 km/h)
Average speed 140.707 miles per hour (226.446 km/h)
Attendance 137,000[3]
Pole position
Driver Wood Brothers
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Allison DiGard
Laps 188
No. 75 Neil Bonnett RahMoc Enterprises
Television in the United States
Network Mizlou
Announcers Ken Squier
Phil Parsons

During the early 1980s, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series was plagued with top teams running big engines and finishing in third place to avoid inspection.


The race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) quad-oval track located thirteen miles from Charlotte, North Carolina in Concord. The track sanctioned NASCAR Winston Cup Series events biannually during the 1983 season, with the other race being the Miller High Life 500. The track opened for the 1960 World 600, and was built by Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner.


This event took four hours, fifteen minutes, and fifty-one seconds to complete.[3] Five cautions were waved for twenty-eight laps.[3] Neil Bonnett defeated Richard Petty[4] by a margin of 0.8 seconds in front of 137,000 people.[3] Notable speeds for this race were: 140.707 miles per hour (226.446 km/h) as the average speed and 162.841 miles per hour (262.067 km/h) as the pole position speed.[3] Bonnett had previously won the 1982 running of the same event and would repeat his success.[5] However, he would never win another World 600 race after this one. Canadian driver Trevor Boys started in 33rd and finished in 20th during this race in his #48 Chevrolet.[3] Total winnings for this race were $407,190 ($1,045,253 when adjusted for inflation).[2]

Jimmy Means was in the top 10 in points after this race. He was ahead in the point standings of NASCAR legends such as Ricky Rudd, Dave Marcis, Tim Richmond, Geoff Bodine, Kyle Petty, and Dale Earnhardt.[3] Bobby Allison and Bill Elliott had a great race going for the lead until they were both swept up in the Sterlin Marlin, Slick Johnson spin out.[3] There was some heavy rainfall after the race; which did not affect the race but dampened the spirits of the spectators who were going home after the race.

Other notable racers included: Mark Martin (in his #01 Chevrolet), Ricky Rudd (in his #3 Chevrolet), Terry Labonte (in his #44 Chevrolet), and Cale Yarborough (in his #28 Chevrolet).[3][2] Margaret Claud Padgett was the designated Miss Winston for this race in addition to every NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event held from 1981 to 1985.[6]

Drivers that failed to qualify were: Ronnie Thomas (#41), Lennie Pond, Jody Ridley (#84) and Rick Baldwin (#04).[7]


† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased
* Driver failed to finish race

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[3] Differential
1 Bobby Allison 1881 0
2 Darrell Waltrip 1696 -185
3 Neil Bonnett 1681 -200
4 Bill Elliott 1675 -206
5 Harry Gant 1665 -216
6 Darrell Waltrip 1658 -223
7 Joe Ruttman 1647 -234
8 Terry Labonte 1421 -460
9 Dick Brooks 1416 -465
10 Jimmy Means 1381 -500


  1. ^ "1983 World 600 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  2. ^ a b c "1983 World 600 racing results (third reference)". Driver Averages. Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "1983 World 600 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  4. ^ "Neil Bonnett's Victory at the 1983 World 600". NeilBonnett.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  5. ^ "Neil Bonnett's Story". Neil Bonnett.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  6. ^ "Margaret Claud Padgett information". Miss Winston. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2011-05-02.
  7. ^ "Qualifying information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  8. ^ "1983 World 600 racing results (winner only)". Charlotte Motor Speedway. Archived from the original on 2011-01-30. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
Preceded by
1983 Valleydale 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series races
Succeeded by
1983 Budweiser 400
Preceded by
World 600 races
Succeeded by