1966 Southern 500

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1966 Southern 500
Race details
Race 42 of 59 in the 1966 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Darlington Raceway
Darlington Raceway
Date September 5, 1966 (1966-September-05)
Location Darlington Raceway (Darlington, South Carolina, USA)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.375 mi (2.212 km)
Distance 364 laps, 500.5 mi (805.4 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 89.1 °F (31.7 °C); wind speeds up to 10.1 miles per hour (16.3 km/h)[1]
Average speed 114.830 miles per hour (184.801 km/h)
Pole position
Driver LeeRoy Yarbrough Jon Thorne
Most laps led
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Laps 131
Winner
No. 16
Darel Dieringer
Bud Moore
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1966 Southern 500 was a NASCAR Grand National Series race held on September 5, 1966, at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina, United States.[2]

Summary[edit]

A field of 44 drivers competed for a total purse of $67,960 ($493,982.07 in today's money).[3]

LeeRoy Yarbrough won the pole position with a qualifying speed of 140.058 miles per hour (225.402 km/h). Darel Dieringer won the race from Richard Petty in front of an audience of 28,000 people. There were 28 lead changes and 8 cautions for 80 laps, and the race lasted four hours and twenty-one minutes.[2] This race was scheduled for 364 laps on a paved oval track spanning 1.375 miles (2.213 km), for a total distance of 500.5 miles (805.5 km).[2] The average race speed was 114.830 miles per hour (184.801 km/h).[2][3]

Junior Johnson was disqualified just prior to the race for cheating.[citation needed] Bob Derrington and Eddie MacDonald made their final NASCAR appearances.[4]

Finishing order[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1966 Southern 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "1966 Southern 500". Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "1966 Official Race Results: Southern 500". NASCAR Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "1966 Southern 500". Race-Database.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
Preceded by
1966 Myers Brothers 250
NASCAR Grand National Series season
1966
Succeeded by
1966 Buddy Shuman 250
Preceded by
1965
Southern 500 races
1966
Succeeded by
1967