1968 World 600

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1968 World 600
Race details
Race 21 of 54 in the 1968 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date May 26, 1968 (1968-May-26)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, North Carolina)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 255 laps, 378 mi (442.89 km)
Scheduled Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (703 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 68 °F (20 °C); wind speeds up to 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)[1]
Average speed 104.207 miles per hour (167.705 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Donnie Allison Banjo Matthews
Most laps led
Driver Buddy Baker Ray Fox
Laps 98
No. 3
Buddy Baker
Ray Fox
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1968 World 600 is a NASCAR Grand National Series racing event that took place on May 26, 1968, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the American community of Concord, North Carolina.


This race was shortened to 255 laps due to rain after being able to race for three hours and four minutes in front of a live audience of 60,000 people. Buddy Baker would defeat Donny Allison under the race's sixth (and final caution flag). Cale Yarborough would become the last-place finisher due to an automobile crash on lap 45. All the competitors (except for Canadian Frog Fagan) was born in the United States of America. Bobby Allison suffered an engine problem on the 229th lap of the race; forcing him to retire in a respectable 28th place.[2]

Donnie Allison won the pole position by driving speeds up to 159.223 miles per hour or 256.245 kilometres per hour during solo qualifying runs while actual race speeds would reach 104.207 miles per hour or 167.705 kilometres per hour. Both of Nord Krauskopf's teams would finish in the "top ten" during this race. The top ten finishers included Buddy Baker, Donny Allison, LeeRoy Yarbrough, David Pearson, Bobby Isaac, Charlie Glotzbach, Tiny Lund, James Hylton, Curtis Turner, and Sam McQuagg.[2]

Darel Dieringer would be a part of the race's second crash on lap 212; giving him a 32nd place finish.[2] Earl Balmer, Paul Lewis, and Phil Wendt would retire from NASCAR after this racing event.[3]


  1. ^ Weather information for the 1968 World 600 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c Racing information for the 1968 World 600 at Racing Reference
  3. ^ Retirements from NASCAR at Race Database
Preceded by
1968 Tidewater 250
NASCAR Grand National Season
Succeeded by
1968 Asheville 300
Preceded by
World 600 races
Succeeded by