1960 Atlanta 500
|Race 44 of 44 in the 1960 NASCAR Grand National Series season|
Atlanta Motor Speedway
|Date||October 30, 1960|
|Location||Atlanta International Raceway (Hampton, Georgia)|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.400 km)
|Distance||334 laps, 501.0 mi (804 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching a maximum of 69.1 °F (20.6 °C); wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)|
|Average speed||108.408 miles per hour (174.466 km/h)|
|Driver||Fireball Roberts||John Hines|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Bobby Johns||Cotton Owens|
|Television in the United States|
The 1960 Atlanta 500 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Sprint Cup Series, also formerly known as the Winston Cup Series and the Winston Cup Grand National Series) event that took place on October 30, 1960, at Atlanta International Raceway which was in the Atlanta suburb of Hampton, Georgia.
The race car drivers still had to commute to the races using the same stock cars that competed in a typical weekend's race through a policy of homologation (and under their own power). This policy was in effect until roughly 1975. 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 any more.
Thirty thousand spectators would attend this live spectacle where Bobby Johns (in his 1960 Pontiac Catalina) would defeat Johnny Allen (in his 1960 Chevrolet Bel Air). The race itself took four hours and thirty-six minutes to fully resolve 334 laps; with speeds averaging 108.408 miles per hour (174.466 km/h). Fireball Roberts would qualify for the pole position with a speed of 134.596 miles per hour (216.611 km/h). The other top ten finishers were: Jim Paschal, Speedy Thompson, Rex White (officially declared the Grand National Champion that year), Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Joe Weatherly, Bob Welborn, and Fred Lorenzen.
Bill Gazaway would receive the last-place finish for his collision involving the rear end of his 1960 Oldsmobile vehicle on the first lap of the race; making for the shortest NASCAR career in its history. LeeRoy Yarbrough would make his first NASCAR career start here; finishing in 33rd due to a crash on lap 60. The record for the shortest NASCAR career would be broken in 1990 by Rich Vogler. He qualified for a 1990 race at Pocono, but he died the night before the race. He was given a 40th place finish and a "Did Not Start", which means he completed zero laps.
The fewest amount of lead changes were committed here; this record would be officially tied with the 1961 Dixie 400 the following year.
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