1976 National 500
|Race 27 of 30 in the 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
This is a souvenir magazine from the 1976 running of the National 500.
|Date||October 10, 1976|
|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||Temperature reaching a maximum of 64.9 °F (18.3 °C); wind speeds up to 10.1 miles per hour (16.3 km/h)|
|Average speed||141.226 miles per hour (227.281 km/h)|
|Driver||David Pearson||Wood Brothers|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Buddy Baker||Bud Moore|
|Television in the United States|
A souvenir magazine was offered to the spectators at a cost of $3 USD per copy ($12.43 in today's money). Another race took place the previous day known as the World Service Life 300; a companion race that accompanied the National 500 during the course of the 1970s.
Forty American-born drivers competed at this race; the winner received $22,435 out of the total prize purse ($92,980.61 in today's money). Last-place finisher Al Holbert received only $855 for his engine problem of lap 7 out of the scheduled 334 laps of the race ($3,543.5 in today's money). Janet Guthrie was the only female competitor in this three hour and thirty-two minute race. After three cautions for eighteen laps and 26 lead changes, Donnie Allison defeated Cale Yarborough in front of 74500 other people. David Pearson qualified for the pole position with a top speed of 161.223 miles per hour (259.463 km/h) while the average racing speed was 141.226 miles per hour (227.281 km/h). His next pole position achievement would be at the 1977 World 600.
Buck Baker would make his last NASCAR start here before retiring with a 34th place finish in the books. He would go on to tutor an adolescent Jeff Gordon; who would go on to become one of the best NASCAR drivers in the "modern" era of NASCAR. Hoss Ellington would make his first win as a NASCAR owner while bending the rules so that both his vehicles could compete. Gordon Johncock would also retire from NASCAR after this race.
Top twenty finishers
- 1976 National 500 weather information at The Old Farmers' Almanac
- 1976 National 500 racing information at Racing Reference
- "David Pearson's pole position accomplishment". Scene Daily. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
- "2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame: Buck Baker at a glance". That's Racin'. Archived from the original on 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "Hoss Ellington at the 1976 National 500". Google Books. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
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