1969 World 600

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1969 World 500
Race details
Race 21 of 54 in the 1969 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date May 25, 1969 (1969-May-25)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, North Carolina)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 334 laps, 501 mi (804 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 84 °F (29 °C); wind speeds up to 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)[1]
Average speed 134.361 miles per hour (216.233 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Donnie Allison Banjo Matthews
Most laps led
Driver LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson
Laps 274
No. 98
LeeRoy Yarbrough
Junior Johnson
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1969 World 600 is a NASCAR Grand National Series race that took place on May 25, 1969, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, U.S.A..[2][3]


Four hundred laps were accomplished on a paved oval track spanning 1.5 miles (2.4 km).[2] After nearly four hours and thirty minutes of racing, LeeRoy Yarbrough managed to defeat Donnie Allison by two laps[4] in front of 75000 live spectators.[2] Five cautions would be given out for 45 laps along with 13 lead changes amongst eight different competing drivers.[2][3][4] One of the most spectactular feats of this race would be when LeeRoy Yarbrough would lead the race from lap 162 through lap 400; putting on a very strong performance to win the race.[4]

There were 44 drivers in the race; each of them would be racing for a racing purse that had a grand total of $132,100 ($849,539.66 when considering inflation).[5] Ed Negre would get the last-place finish in Don Tarr's 1967 Chevrolet due to a transmission problem on the second lap.[2][3][4] Allison would gain the pole position with a speed of 159.296 miles per hour (256.362 km/h) while the average race speed was 134.631 miles per hour (216.668 km/h).[2][4]

Dave Marcis would have a long career ahead of him after leading the laps in this race. However, this would be the final race for Gerald Chamberlain and Larry Hess.[4]

Top twenty finishers[edit]


  1. ^ Weather information for the 1969 World 600 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f 1969 World 600 at Racing Reference
  3. ^ a b c 1969 World 600 at Database Racing
  4. ^ a b c d e f 1969 World 600 at Race Database
  5. ^ 1969 World 600 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
Preceded by
1969 Tidewater 375
NASCAR Grand National Series season
Succeeded by
1969 Macon 300
Preceded by
World 600 races
Succeeded by