1974 World 600

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1974 World 600
Race details
Race 13 of 30 in the 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date May 26, 1974 (1974-May-26)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, North Carolina)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (965 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 81 °F (27 °C); wind speeds up to 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)[1]
Average speed 135.720 miles per hour (218.420 km/h)
Pole position
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers
Laps 161
No. 21
David Pearson
Wood Brothers
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1974 World 600 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series) event that took place on May 26, 1974, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, USA.[2][3]


The race was shortened by 40 laps due to the energy crisis of that year. The lead changed 37 times among David Pearson, Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Buddy Baker, and Donnie Allison. Allison and Baker fell out with engine failures while Yarborough spun out early in the race, raced back to the front, then crashed out in the final 20 laps.

It took three hours and fifty-eight minutes for the race to be fully complete.[2][3] Eight cautions were flown out by NASCAR for 48 laps.[2] The average speed of the race was 135.72 miles per hour (218.42 km/h).[2][3] Pearson defeated Petty by 0.6 seconds in front of eighty-four thousand people.[2][3] Sam McQuagg would make his final start in this race before retiring from NASCAR.[4] He would later become a commercial pilot for the W. C. Bradly Co. in Columbus, Georgia and would eventually die of cancer in 2009.[4]

Individual earnings for each driver ranged from the winner's share of $26,400 ($126,246.15 when adjusted for inflation) to the last-place finisher's share of $1,075 ($5,140.71 when adjusted for inflation). NASCAR allocated a grand total of $167,305 ($800,061.09 when adjusted for inflation) to be spent on winnings for every qualifying driver for this event.[5]

Finishing order[edit]

Note: Each driver would get an additional 40 laps due to the then-current energy crisis (which officially ended in 1980).[3]

† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased
* Driver failed to finish race


  1. ^ "1974 World 600 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "1974 World 600 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "1974 World 600 racing results (second reference)". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  4. ^ a b "NASCAR Driver of the Day: Sam McQuagg". NASCAR Driver of the Day. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  5. ^ "1974 World 600 winnings information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
Preceded by
1974 Mason-Dixon 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series races
Succeeded by
1974 Tuborg 400
Preceded by
World 600 races
Succeeded by