1977 Wilkes 400

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1977 Wilkes 400
Race details
Race 26 of 30 in the 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season


Date October 2, 1977 (1977-October-02)
Location North Wilkesboro Speedway (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina)
Course Permanent racing facility
0.625 mi (1.005 km)
Distance 400 laps, 250 mi (402 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 86 °F (30 °C); wind speeds up to 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)[1]
Average speed 86.713 miles per hour (139.551 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Most laps led
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Laps 199
Winner
No. 43
Darrell Waltrip
DiGard Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1977 Wilkes 400 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that was held on October 2, 1977, at North Wilkesboro Speedway in the American community of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Summary[edit]

Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Benny Parsons, and Cale Yarborough would constantly compete for the lead in this 400-lap event. After two hours and fifty-nine minutes of racing, Darrell Waltrip would defeat Cale Yarborough by slightly more than seven seconds in front of a live audience of eleven thousand people. There were 26 drivers on the starting grid; all of them were American-born. Junior Miller withdrew from the race on lap 5 and would become the last-place finisher in the race. The sponsorship grid was made up of mostly regional sponsors with some national-level sponsors like the motor oil company STP and the world-famous sports drink Gatorade.[2]

Petty ended up in 24th place due to a crash on lap 240; he was the pole position starter by virtue of driving up to 108.35 miles per hour (174.37 km/h) during his solo qualifying run. The winner of the race would drive at speeds averaging up to 86.713 miles per hour (139.551 km/h) in the actual event.[2] This would become Waltrip's fifth win of the 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season.[3] However, he would not become a credible challenger for the Winston Cup Championship until the 1980s.

Monetary awards for this event ranged from $12,500 ($48,647.72 in today's money) to a meager $390 ($1,517.81 in today's money). The total prize purse for this racing event was $64,055 ($249,290.38 in today's money).[4]

Top ten finishers[edit]

  1. 88-Darrell Waltrip
  2. 11-Cale Yarborough
  3. 5-Neil Bonnett
  4. 12-Bobby Allison
  5. 72-Benny Parsons
  6. 3-Richard Childress
  7. 22-Ricky Rudd
  8. 90-Dick Brooks
  9. 15-Buddy Baker
  10. 67-Buddy Arrington

References[edit]

Preceded by
1977 Old Dominion 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1977
Succeeded by
1977 NAPA National 500
Preceded by
1976
Wilkes 400 races
1977
Succeeded by
1978