1970 National 500

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1970 National 500
Race details
Race 44 of 48 in the 1970 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date October 11, 1970 (1970-October-11)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, North Carolina)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 334 laps, 500 mi (804 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 82.9 °F (28.3 °C); wind speeds up to 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)[1]
Average speed 123.246 miles per hour (198.345 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Charlie Glotzbach Nichels Engineering
Most laps led
Driver LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson & Associates
Laps 112
Winner
No. 12
LeeRoy Yarbrough
Junior Johnson & Associates
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Jim McKay
Chris Economaki

The 1970 National 500 is a NASCAR Grand National Series racing event that took place on October 11, 1970, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the American community of Concord, North Carolina.

Summary[edit]

Out of the 44 drivers attempting to qualify for this race, only 40 of them qualified for the starting grid.[2] Drivers that did not qualify were Buck Baker, George Eaton, Raymond Williams and Dick Polling.[2] Cale Yarborough was credited with the last-place finish on lap 10 due to a crash with the wall.[2] Fifty thousand racing fans would see 23 different lead changes and eight cautions for a period of 63 laps.[2] It would take more than four hours to resolve 334 laps.[2]

LeeRoy Yarbrough would defeat Bobby Allison under the yellow flag.[2] This would become Yarbrough's final win in the NASCAR Cup Series.[3] Charlie Glotzbach would qualify for the pole position in this race by driving speeds up to 157.273 miles per hour (253.106 km/h) during the solo sessions.[2] Other notable drivers at this race were David Pearson, Coo Coo Marlin, Frank Warren, Richard Petty and J.D. McDuffie.[2]

A lot of the drivers did not finish the race because of crashes on the track.[2]

Top ten finishers[edit]

  1. 98-LeeRoy Yarbrough
  2. 22-Bobby Allison
  3. 3-Fred Lorenzen, 1 lap down
  4. 72-Benny Parsons, 5 laps down
  5. 71-Bobby Isaac, 11 laps down
  6. 64-Elmo Langley, 13 laps down
  7. 10-Bill Champion, 14 laps down
  8. 5-Buddy Arrington, 15 laps down
  9. 46-Roy Mayne, 17 laps down
  10. 39-Friday Hassler, 19 laps down

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1970 National 500 at The Old Farmer's Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i 1970 National 500 racing information at Racing-Reference
  3. ^ 1970 National 500 racing information at Race-Database
Preceded by
1970 Wilkes 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1969
Succeeded by
1970 Old Dominion 500
Preceded by
1969
National 500 races
1970
Succeeded by
1971