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1962 Myers Brothers 200

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The 1962 Myers Brothers 200 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on June 16, 1962, at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[2]

1962 Myers Brothers 200
Race details[1]
Race 25 of 53 in the 1962 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Date June 16, 1962 (1962-06-16)
Official name Myers Brothers 200
Location Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
0.250 mi (0.421 km)
Distance 200 laps, 50.0 mi (35.0 km)
Weather Very hot with temperatures of 81 °F (27 °C); wind speeds of 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)
Average speed 45.466 miles per hour (73.170 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Rex White
Most laps led
Driver Johnny Allen Fred Lovette
Laps 178
Winner
No. 58 Johnny Allen Fred Lovette
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

BackgroundEdit

Bowman Gray Stadium is a NASCAR sanctioned 14-mile (0.40 km) asphalt flat oval short track and longstanding football stadium located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is one of stock car racing's most legendary venues, and is referred to as "NASCAR's longest-running weekly race track". Bowman Gray Stadium is part of the Winston-Salem Sports and Entertainment Complex and is home of the Winston-Salem State University Rams football team.[3] It was also the home of the Wake Forest University football team from 1956 until Groves Stadium (later BB&T Field) opened in 1968.

Race reportEdit

The winner was Johnny Allen, who scored his first win by defeating Rex White by six seconds.[2] After the race, the total prize winnings given out to all the drivers were $3985 USD ($33,007 when adjusted for inflation).[2][4] Notable speeds for this race were: 45.466 miles (73.170 km) per hour for the race winner's speed and 48.179 miles (77.537 km) per hour for the pole position speed.[2]

This was only time anyone has won a NASCAR Cup Series race using the #58 as their racing number.[2]

Notable crew chiefs on attendance for this race were Herman Beam, Bud Allman and Bud Moore.[5]

The transition to purpose-built racecars began in the early 1960s and occurred gradually over that decade. Changes made to the sport by the late 1960s brought an end to the "strictly stock" vehicles of the 1950s.

QualifyingEdit

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer Owner
1 4 Rex White '62 Chevrolet Rex White
2 58 Johnny Allen '61 Pontiac Fred Lovette
3 54 Jimmy Pardue '62 Pontiac Jimmy Pardue
4 43 Richard Petty '62 Plymouth Petty Enterprises
5 47 Jack Smith '61 Pontiac Jack Smith
6 11 Ned Jarrett '62 Chevrolet B.G. Holloway
7 87 Buck Baker '61 Chrysler Buck Baker
8 2 Jim Paschal '62 Pontiac Cliff Stewart
9 36 Larry Thomas '62 Dodge Wade Younts
10 34 Wendell Scott '61 Chevrolet Wendell Scott
11 48 G.C. Spencer '60 Chevrolet G.C. Spencer
12 8 Joe Weatherly '61 Pontiac Bud Moore
13 97 Harry Leake '60 Chevrolet Lewis Osbourne
14 1 George Green '60 Chevrolet Jess Potter
15 19 Herman Beam '60 Ford Herman Beam
16 60 Tom Cox '60 Plymouth Ray Herlocker
17 17 Fred Harb '61 Ford Fred Harber
18 18 Stick Elliott '60 Ford Toy Bolton
19 62 Curtis Crider '60 Ford Curtis Crider

Finishing orderEdit

Section reference: [2]

  1. Johnny Allen (No. 58)
  2. Rex White (No. 4)
  3. Richard Petty (No. 43)
  4. Larry Thomas (No. 36)
  5. Joe Weatherly (No. 8)
  6. Wendell Scott (No. 34)
  7. Fred Harb (No. 17)
  8. Jimmy Pardue (No. 54)
  9. Harry Leake (No. 97)
  10. Jack Smith (No. 47)
  11. Ned Jarrett (No. 11)
  12. Curtis Crider (No. 62)
  13. Herman Beam (No. 19)
  14. G. C. Spencer* (No. 48)
  15. Jim Paschal* (No. 2)
  16. George Green* (No. 1)
  17. Stick Elliott* (No. 18)
  18. Buck Baker* (No. 67)
  19. Thomas Cox* (No. 60)

* Driver failed to finish race

TimelineEdit

Section reference: [2]

  • Start of race: Rex White started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 23: Johnny Allen managed to take over the lead from Rex White
  • Lap 51: Thomas Cox developed issues with his vehicle's brakes
  • Lap 112: Buck Baker's tires became problematic
  • Lap 122: A wheel bearing came loose off Stick Elliott's vehicle
  • Lap 145: A frame from George Green's vehicle became a safety hazard on the track
  • Lap 153: The rear end of Jim Paschal's vehicle managed to come off in an unsafe manner
  • Lap 172: G. C. Spencer's transmission developed major problems
  • Finish: Johnny Allen was officially declared the winner of the event

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1962 Myers Brothers 200 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2015-01-15.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "1962 Myers Brothers 200 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  3. ^ Zona, Chris; Trevin Goodwin (2007). 2007 Rams Football (PDF). Winston-Salem State Athletics. p. 30.
  4. ^ "1962 Myers Brothers 200 racing results (second reference)". Driver Averages. Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-08-13.
  5. ^ "1962 Myers Brothers 200 crew chief information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
Preceded by
1962 Atlanta 500
NASCAR Grand National Series season
1962
Succeeded by
1962 untitled race at Augusta Speedway