1975 Los Angeles Times 500

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1975 Los Angeles Times 500
Race details
Race 30 of 30 in the 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
A topo view of what the Ontario Motor Speedway looked like
A topo view of what the Ontario Motor Speedway looked like
Date November 23, 1975; 39 years ago (1975-11-23)
Location Ontario Motor Speedway (Ontario, California, U.S.A.)
Course Permanent racing facility
2.500 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 82 °F (28 °C); wind speeds up to 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)[1]
Average speed 140.712 miles per hour (226.454 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Buddy Baker Bud Moore Engineering
Most laps led
Driver Buddy Baker Bud Moore Engineering
Laps 148
No. 15
Buddy Baker
Bud Moore Engineering
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1975 Los Angeles Times 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on November 23, 1975, at Ontario Motor Speedway in the American community of Ontario, California.[2][3]

Two hundred laps were completed in three hours and thirty-three minutes on a paved track spanning 2.500 miles (4.023 km).[2][3] More than 50,000 live spectators would show up to see Buddy Baker defeat David Pearson by 29.4 seconds in the #15 Norris Industries Ford machine.[2][4] Only one caution was handed out by NASCAR officials for nine laps.[2][3] While Pearson would earn the pole position with a speed of 153.525 miles per hour (247.075 km/h), the average race of the speed would only be 140.712 miles per hour (226.454 km/h).[2][3] The total prize purse that handed out for this race was $140,775 ($616,989.75 when adjusted for inflation); Baker would receive $35,300 of it ($154,713.11 when adjusted for inflation) while Negre would walk away with a meager $1,050 ($4,601.95 when adjusted for inflation).[3]

Out of the 40-driver grid, 39 of them were American-born while Roy Smith was a Canadian.[2] Ed Negre would be the last-place finisher due to an engine problem on the second lap.[2][3] Carl Adams would retire from NASCAR after this race along with Jim Boyd, Don Hall and John Martin.[5] Richard Petty would clinch his sixth NASCAR championship; defeating Dave Marcis in the championship standings by more than 700 points.[6]

Finishing order[edit]

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

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Richard Petty 4783
2 Dave Marcis 4061
3 James Hylton 3914
4 Benny Parsons 3820
5 Richard Childress 3818


  1. ^ Weather information for the 1975 Los Angeles Times 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h 1975 Los Angeles Times 500 information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ a b c d e f 1975 Los Angeles Times 500 racing information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  4. ^ Tracks of Yesterday, Ontario Motor Speedway at Insider Racing News
  5. ^ Retirement information at Race Database
  6. ^ Richard Petty's Championship Ride at HowStuffWorks.com
Preceded by
1975 Dixie 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1976 Winston Western 500
Preceded by
Los Angeles Times 500 races
Succeeded by