1979 World 600
|Race 13 of 31 in the 1979 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
Map of Charlotte Motor Speedway
|Date||May 27, 1979|
|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 75.9 °F (24.4 °C); wind speeds up to 18.1 miles per hour (29.1 km/h)|
|Average speed||136.674 miles per hour (219.955 km/h)|
|Driver||Neil Bonnett||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Darrell Waltrip||DiGard Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
Before the performance, a skydiver was brought in to bring thrills to the live audience; he would parachute into one of the turns. There was also an invocation service followed by the American national anthem. Vehicles that were entered into this race would have a wheelbase of 115 inches or 2.9 metres; bringing a form of stock car racing that emulates the production vehicles of the late-1970s. NASCAR's decision to reduce the wheelbase size to 110 inches or 2.8 metres would scale down the adrenaline level of the Cup Series races starting in 1981.
While Earnhardt seemed to be the natural choice to win the race due to the 122 laps that he led, Waltrip would mount an incredible racing strategy; causing him to lead at the most opportune times in the race. While Bobby Allison felt like a survivor after the race was over, Tighe Scott would see his opportunity for a "top ten" finished ruined with a tie rod issue on lap 372. Ron Hutcherson and Chuck Bown would fail to start the race due to various issues with their vehicle. There were 41 drivers on the starting grid; all of them born in the United States of America. The duration of this race was 263 minutes with a live audience of 136,000 in attendance for what would become a race loaded with lead changes. Chevrolet vehicles dominated the starting grid; as they were the dominant American manufacturer during the late-1970s.
Winnings for this event ranged from the winner's portion of $55,400 ($180,018.25 when adjusted for inflation) to the last-place takings of $1,165 ($3,785.58 when adjusted for inflation). NASCAR officials on-track handed out a grand total of $321,780 to everyone who qualified ($1,045,600.58 when adjusted for inflation).
Top twenty finishers
Standings after the race
1979 Mason-Dixon 500
|NASCAR Winston Cup Season
1979 Texas 400
|World 600 races