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
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.


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


  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
Succeeded by
1970 Old Dominion 500
Preceded by
National 500 races
Succeeded by