1974 Dixie 500

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1974 Dixie 500
Race details
Race 19 of 30 in the 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Atlanta International Speedway, until 1996
Atlanta International Speedway, until 1996
Date July 28, 1974 (1974-July-28)
Location Atlanta International Raceway (Hampton, Georgia)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.522 mi (2.449 km)
Distance 328 laps, 499.2 mi (803.3 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 88 °F (31 °C); wind speeds up to 10.1 miles per hour (16.3 km/h)[1]
Average speed 131.651 miles per hour (211.872 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers
Laps 114
No. 43
Richard Petty
Petty Enterprises
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1974 Dixie 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event held on July 28, 1974, at Atlanta International Raceway in the American community of Hampton, Georgia.

Souvenir magazines for this event was generally handed out to people at a rate of $2 USD per copy ($9.56 when adjusted for inflation). Only manual transmission vehicles were allowed to participate in this race; a policy that NASCAR has retained to the present day.


There were 36 drivers in this 328-lap racing event; Dan Daughtry was the unfortunate last-place finish due to troubles with his engine on lap 10. Cale Yarborough earned the pole position for driving speeds up to 156.75 miles per hour (252.26 km/h) during solo qualifying sessions. Earl Ross, a Canadian NASCAR driver, was the only foreigner on the starting grid. Donnie Allison, Buddy Baker and Richard Petty would dominate the opening laps of this event.[2]

Speeds at this event reached up to 131.651 miles per hour (211.872 km/h) throughout the entire three hour and forty-two minute spectacle. The green flag was officially waved at approximately 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time while the checkered flag was waved at approximately 4:42 PM EDST. Buddy Baker, David Pearson, and Richard Petty would dominate the final laps of the race. In the end, Richard Petty went on to defeat David Pearson by exactly 21 seconds. 38,000 live spectators would see other notable drivers such as Elmo Langley, J.D. McDuffie, James Hylton, Donnie Allison and Bill Champion.[2]

Individual winnings ranged from the winner's share of $19,350 ($92,532.69 when adjusted for inflation) to a meager $875 for the last-place finisher ($4,184.29 when adjusted for inflation). The total prize purse for this racing event was $101,295 ($484,397.88 when adjusted for inflation).[3]

Top ten finishers[edit]

  1. Richard Petty – #43
  2. David Pearson – #21
  3. Buddy Baker – #15
  4. Darrell Waltrip – #95
  5. Lennie Pond – #54
  6. Dave Marcis – #2
  7. Joe Frasson – #18
  8. Benny Parsons – #72
  9. Coo Coo Marlin – #14
  10. Cecil Gordon – #24


  1. ^ Weather information for the 1974 Dixie 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b 1974 Dixie 500 racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ 1974 Dixie 500 racing information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
Preceded by
Dixie 500 races
Succeeded by
Preceded by
1974 Motor State 360
Richard Petty's Career Wins
Succeeded by
1974 Purlator 500