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The 1984 World 600, the 25th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on May 27, 1984. A souvenir program from this race cost $4 ($9.65 when adjusted for inflation).

1984 World 600
Race details[1]
Race 12 of 30 in the 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date May 27, 1984 (1984-May-27)
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 Very hot with temperatures of 87.1 °F (30.6 °C); wind speeds of 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)
Average speed 129.707 miles per hour (208.743 km/h)
Attendance 149,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Mach 1 Racing
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports
Laps 156
Winner
No. 22 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Mizlou
Announcers Ken Squier
Phil Parsons

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Charlotte Motor Speedway was designed and built by Bruton Smith and partner and driver Curtis Turner in 1959. The first World 600 NASCAR race was held at the 1.5 mi (2.4 km) speedway on June 19, 1960. On December 8, 1961, the speedway filed bankruptcy notice. Judge J.B. Craven of US District Court for Western North Carolina reorganized it under Chapter 10 of the Bankruptcy Act; Judge Craven appointed Robert "Red" Robinson as the track's trustee until March 1962. At that point, a committee of major stockholders in the speedway was assembled, headed by A.C. Goines and furniture store owner Richard Howard. Goines, Howard, and Robinson worked to secure loans and other monies to keep the speedway afloat.[3]

By April 1963 some $750,000 was paid to twenty secured creditors and the track emerged from bankruptcy; Judge Craven appointed Goines as speedway president and Howard as assistant general manager of the speedway, handling its day-to-day operations. By 1964 Howard become the track's general manager, and on June 1, 1967, the speedway's mortgage was paid in full; a public burning of the mortgage was held at the speedway two weeks later.[4]

Smith departed from the speedway in 1962 to pursue other business interests, primarily in banking and auto dealerships from his new home of Rockford, IL. He became quite successful and began buying out shares of stock in the speedway. By 1974 Smith was more heavily involved in the speedway, to where Richard Howard by 1975 stated, "I haven't been running the speedway. It's being run from Illinois."[5] In 1975 Smith had become the majority stockholder, regaining control of its day-to-day operations. Smith hired H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler as general manager in October 1975, and on January 29, 1976, Richard Howard resigned as president and GM of the speedway.

SummaryEdit

There were 42 drivers on the grid; Benny Parsons received the last-place finish due to an ignition issue on the sixth lap out of the 400. Racing legend David Pearson was the lowest earner in this race, making $800 for his ninth-place finish. The next lowest earner was Doug Heveron, who was paid $1,275 for being 248 laps behind in 40th.[2][6]

Trevor Boys was the only driver not American-born.[2] Notable drivers that competed included: Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Bill Elliott, Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough, and Rusty Wallace.[2][6] Harry Gant would earn the pole position for this race with a speed of 162.496 miles per hour (261.512 km/h).[2][6] Nearly 150000 fans would see Bobby Allison defeat Dale Earnhardt after five caution periods for 48 laps; marking the last win for the G-body Buick Regal in a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race.[2][6] The entire race lasted more than four and a half hours.[2][6] Twenty-two different changes in the first-place position were observed during the race.[2][6]

Kyle Petty and his father Richard also competed at this race. The younger Petty charged from 41st starting position to seventh in the races first 100 miles but dropped out on lap 193 due to a blown engine.[2][6] Senator Jesse Helms was a genuine fan of Richard Petty and had the opportunity to meet him during the event.[7]

Allison would end up in a slump and not win another race until the 1986 Winston 500 at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Alabama.

Top ten finishersEdit

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps led Points Time/Status
1 16 22 Bobby Allison Buick 400 156 185 4:38:34
2 19 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet 400 91 175 +17 seconds
3 18 47 Ron Bouchard Buick 399 0 165 +1 lap
4 1 33 Harry Gant Chevrolet 399 1 165 +1 lap
5 13 5 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet 399 0 155 +1 lap
6 17 1 Lake Speed Chevrolet 398 0 150 +2 laps
7 6 21 Buddy Baker Ford 398 0 146 +2 laps
8 3 84 Jody Ridley Chevrolet 398 0 142 +2 laps
9 5 16 David Pearson Chevrolet 397 0 138 +3 laps
10 21 27 Tim Richmond Pontiac 396 0 134 +4 laps

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1   Darrell Waltrip 1777 0
2   Dale Earnhardt 1735 -42
3   Ricky Rudd 1730 -47
4   Terry Labonte 1712 -65
5   Bill Elliott 1675 -102
6   Harry Gant 1638 -139
7   Richard Petty 1607 -170
8   Ron Bouchard 1580 -197
9   Bobby Allison 1569 -208
10   Neil Bonnett 1554 -223

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1984 World 600 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1984 World 600 racing information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  3. ^ Charlotte Observer timeline on Charlotte Motor Speedway Archived November 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Benyo, Richard (1977) SUPERSPEEDWAY: The Story Of NASCAR Grand National Racing Mason/Charter ISBN 0-88405-391-1 pp.71-6
  5. ^ Benyo, SUPERSPEEDWAY, p. 76
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "1984 World 600 racing information". Race Database. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  7. ^ "Richard Petty Meets Senator Jesse Helms". Google Books. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
Preceded by
1984 Budweiser 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series races
1984
Succeeded by
1984 Budweiser 400
Preceded by
1983
World 600 races
1984
Succeeded by
none