1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400

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1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400
Race details
Race 15 of 30 in the 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Map of the track
Map of the track
Date June 19, 1977 (1977-June-19)
Location Michigan International Speedway (Brooklyn, Michigan, USA)
Course Permanent racing facility
2.000 mi (3.218 km)
Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (643 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 86 °F (30 °C); wind speeds up to 16.9 miles per hour (27.2 km/h)[1]
Average speed 135.033 miles per hour (217.315 km/h)
Pole position
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing
Most laps led
Driver Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Laps 106
Winner
No. 11
Cale Yarborough
Junior Johnson & Associates
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that was held on June 19, 1977, at Michigan International Speedway in the American community of Brooklyn, Michigan.

Summary[edit]

36 qualifying drivers filled up the grid for this 200-lap event; all of them were born in the United States of America.[2] Bill Seifert would return after a five-year absence from NASCAR in order to bedazzle the spectators; a 12th place finish ended being "in the cards" for him.

Ferrel Harris was credited with the last-place finish due to difficulties with his engine on the ninth lap. Donnie Allison would be the highest place finisher not to finish the race; he acquired a similar problem on lap 176. Cale Yarborough would defeat NASCAR racing legend Richard Petty by a mere ten seconds. More than 61,000 fans would see nearly three hours of professional stock car racing. Most of the vehicles in the running either belong to the Ford or Chevrolet manufacturers. Benny Parsons, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, and future NASCAR on FOX personality Darrell Waltrip would duel amongst each other for the lead early on in the race. Winnings for each driver varied from a then-incredible $20,625 for the race winner ($78,867.69 when adjusted for inflation) to a humble $1,300 for the last-place finisher ($5,059.36 when adjusted for inflation).[2] The total prize purse of this race was $123,005 in American dollars ($478,713.03 when adjusted for inflation).[3]

Janet Guthrie was the lone female competitor in this male-dominated racing event. Richard Childress, then a driver/owner, competed in this race and finished in 35th place (after starting out in 8th place).[2] Roland Wlodyka would make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in this race.[4] After this race, Bill Elliott would start to dominate the racing that took place at Michigan International Speedway. Elliott's debut at this Irish Hills race track in addition to his 15th place finish quickly taught him how to excel on that particular track.

Finishing order[edit]

* Driver failed to finish race

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c 1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ 1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 racing information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  4. ^ 1977 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 racing information at Race Database
Preceded by
1976
Cam 2 Motor Oil 400/Gabriel 400 races
1977
Succeeded by
1978
Preceded by
1977 NAPA 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1977
Succeeded by
1977 Firecracker 400