1964 Savannah 200
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|Race 20 of 62 in the 1964 NASCAR Grand National Series season|
|Date||May 1, 1964|
|Official name||Savannah 200|
|Location||Savannah Speedway, Savannah, Georgia|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
0.500 mi (0.804 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 100 mi (160 km)|
|Weather||Mild with temperatures approaching 72.3 °F (22.4 °C); wind speeds up to 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)|
|Average speed||70.326 miles per hour (113.179 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jimmy Pardue||Charles Robinson|
|No. 45||LeeRoy Yarbrough||Louis Weathersbee|
|Television in the United States|
Andy Buffington's top-10 finish would eventually become his swan song. Over half the field eventually got into the NASCAR Hall of Fame; making this a glorified All-Star Race. Short fields were common in those days because the money was tight for race car drivers, owners and manufacturers alike.
There were 12 American-born drivers on the grid; Ned Jarrett was credited with the last-place finish due to an engine problem on lap 127 of 200. Jimmy Pardue traded the lead with LeeRoy Yarbrough before he defeated Marvin Panch by one lap. Lug bolts forced Cale Yarborough to end the race on lap 185; though he finished in fifth place. It took nearly 90 minutes for the drivers to complete all 200 laps at speeds averaging up to 70.326 miles per hour (113.179 km/h). Pardue qualified for the pole position by achieving a top speed of 73.111 miles per hour (117.661 km/h) during the solo qualifying sessions. Monetary prizes after this race ranged from $1,000 ($7,629.83 when adjusted for inflation) to $150 ($1,144.47 when adjusted for inflation). The combined purse of the entire race was $3,790 ($28,917.05 when adjusted for inflation).
Andy Buffington made his only start in the racing event, while Yarbrough acquired his first NASCAR Cup Series win. More than half of the racing grid has been nominated to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. An untitled 1964 NASCAR Cup Series racing event at Rambi Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina ultimately became the final race to host less than 15 drivers on the starting grid.
The transition to purposely-built racers occurred gradually begain in the early 1960s. Changes made to the sport by the late 1960s brought an end to the "strictly stock" vehicles of the 1950s; most of the cars were trailored to events or hauled in by trucks.
† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased
* signifies that the driver failed to finish the race
- Start of race: Jimmy Pardue started the race with the pole position
- Lap 127: Ned Jarrett's vehicle had an engine problem, forcing him out of the race
- Lap 137: Jimmy Pardue developed problems with his vehicle's rear end, causing him to leave the race early
- Lap 138: LeeRoy Yarbrough took over the lead from Jimmy Pardue
- Lap 176: David Pearson excused himself from the event because of a problem with his vehicle's rear end
- Lap 185: The lug bolts on Cale Yarborough's vehicle became loose, forcing him to withdraw from the race
- Finish: LeeRoy Yarbrough was officially declared the winner of the event
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