1977 Talladega 500

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1977 Talladega 500
Race details
Race 19 of 30 in the 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway
Date August 7, 1977 (1977-August-07)
Location Talladega Superspeedway (Talladega, Alabama)
Course Permanent racing facility
2.660 mi (4.280 km)
Distance 188 laps, 500.1 mi (804.8 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 100.9 °F (38.3 °C); wind speeds up to 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)[1]
Average speed 162.524 miles per hour (261.557 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Benny Parsons DeWitt Racing
Time 49.698 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Donnie Allison Ellington Racing
Laps 92
No. 1
Donnie Allison
Ellington Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier
Lee Petty

The 1977 Talladega 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place on August 7, 1977, at Talladega Superspeedway in the American community of Talladega, Alabama.[2][3][4]


Roger Penske withdrew his entry following fines to DiGard Racing, Bud Moore Engineering, the Junior Johnson team, the M.C. Anderson team, and Hoss Ellington's team; the fines came when NASCAR chief Bill Gazaway announced that an unnamed team was caught with an illegal fuel cell and an official watched members of the above-mentioned teams at garage pay phones calling for legal fuel cells. Hank Williams, Jr. served as the honorary starter of this race; joining a list of celebrities that came before and after him like Bart Starr and Will Ferrell.[5]

188 laps were accomplished on a paved oval spanning 2.66 miles (4.28 km);[2] the race was completed in three hours and four minutes; the lead changed hands 49 times among ten drivers.[4] Donnie Allison (who would lead 92 laps overall) needed relief help after drinking a soda during a pitstop and falling ill soon after. Darrell Waltrip relieved Allison and defeated Cale Yarborough by less than a lap under the caution flag.[2][3][4] Notable speeds were: 162.524 miles per hour (261.557 km/h) for the winner's speed and 192.684 miles per hour (310.095 km/h) for the pole position qualifying speed.[4] Sixty-five thousand people would attend this live race from the opening ceremonies to the final yellow flag (which marked its official finish).[4]

Most of the entries were manufactured by Chevrolet.[2][4] There were 39 male participants and one female participant (Ms. Janet Guthrie).[2][3][4] Unfortunately, Ms. Guthrie suffered an engine problem[2][3] on lap 61 and did not finish the race.[4] One of the most unusual facts of the race is that Marty Robbins (who was also a country music star) did not qualify in his own vehicle; Freddy Fryar did that for him.[6]

Finishing order[edit]

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

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[4]
1 Cale Yarborough 3125
2 Richard Petty 3093
3 Benny Parsons 2819
4 Darrell Waltrip 2772
5 Buddy Baker 2583


  1. ^ "1977 Talladega 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "1977 Talladega 500 information (second reference)". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  3. ^ a b c d "1977 Talladega 500 information (third reference)". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved 2010-12-07. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "1977 Talladega 500 information (fourth reference)". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  5. ^ "1977 Talladega 500 honorary starter information". Talladega Superspeedway. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Quirky fact about NASCAR driver Marty Robbins". MartyRobbins.net. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  7. ^ "Marty Robbins' engine information". Cottonowens.com. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
Preceded by
1977 Coca-Cola 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1977 Champion Spark Plug 400
Preceded by
Talladega 500 races
Succeeded by