1976 World 600

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1976 World 600
Race details
Race 13 of 30 in the 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Map of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Map of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date May 30, 1976 (1976-May-30)
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 79 °F (26 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)[1]
Average speed 137.352 miles per hour (221.047 km/h)
Pole position
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing
Laps 230
No. 21
David Pearson
Wood Brothers Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier

The 1976 World 600 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on May 30, 1976, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the American community of Concord, North Carolina.[2]


Four hundred laps took place on a paved track spanning 1.500 miles (2.414 km).[2] It took four hours and twenty-two minutes for David Pearson to defeat Richard Petty under the race's final yellow flag in front of 103,000 live audience members.[2] Pearson would earn the pole position with a speed of 159.132 miles per hour (256.098 km/h) while the race's average speed would be 137.352 miles per hour (221.047 km/h).[2] Seven cautions were given out for 38 laps (including the 400th lap of the race).[2] His next pole position run would be at the 1976 National 500; which took place in the fall of that year.[3] Terry Ryan was the last-place finisher in the race due to a hub problem on lap 11 that occurred in his Chevrolet vehicle.[2]

Bobby Isaac retired from the NASCAR Cup Series after this race. Janet Guthrie would make her debut here.[4] There were 40 American-born drivers in the grid; 39 of them were male and one of them was a female competitor.[2]

Individual race earnings for each driver ranged from the winner's share of $49,990 ($207,180.78 when adjusted for inflation) to the meager last-place finisher's earnings of $885 ($3,667.83 when adjusted for inflation). The total prize purse sanctioned by NASCAR for this event was an then-incredible $225,025 ($932,603.61 when adjusted for inflation).[5]

Top twenty finishers[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Benny Parsons 1996
2 Cale Yarborough 1982
3 Richard Petty 1898
4 Bobby Allison 1816
5 Lennie Pond 1730


  1. ^ "1976 World 600 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "1976 World 600 race information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  3. ^ "David Pearson's pole position accomplishment". Scene Daily. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Janet Guthrie's NASCAR debut". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  5. ^ "1976 World 600 prize winnings information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
Preceded by
1976 Mason-Dixon 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Season
Succeeded by
1976 Riverside 400
Preceded by
World 600 races
Succeeded by