1967 Greenville 200

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1967 Greenville 200
Race details[1]
Race 8 of 49 in the 1967 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Date March 25, 1967; 50 years ago (1967-03-25)
Official name Greenville 200
Location Greenville-Pickens Speedway (Greenville, South Carolina)
Course Permanent racing facility
0.500 mi (0.804 km)
Distance 200 laps, 100 mi (160 km)
Weather Mild with temperatures approaching 75 °F (24 °C); wind speeds up to 10.1 miles per hour (16.3 km/h)
Average speed 61.824 miles per hour (99.496 km/h)
Attendance 8,300[2]
Pole position
Driver Bondy Long
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Cotton Owens
Laps 198
Winner
No. 6 David Pearson Cotton Owens
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1967 Greenville 200 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on March 25, 1967, at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, South Carolina.[2]

The transition to purpose-built racecars began in the early 1960s and occurred gradually over that decade. 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 trailered to events or hauled in by trucks.

Summary[edit]

Two hundred laps were done on a dirt oval track spanning 0.5 miles (0.80 km) for 100 miles (160 km) of racing action.[3]

This was the eighth race in the year out of the 49 raced during the 1967 NASCAR Cup Series season.[2] It took one hour and thirty-seven minutes to resolve two hundred laps of racing.[2] As a result, David Pearson managed to defeat Jim Paschal by three laps.[2] Dick Hutcherson earned the pole position with a speed of 70.313 miles per hour (113.158 km/h).[2] Eight thousand and three hundred fans would watch this race with notable drivers like Richard Petty (finished 19th), Wendell Scott (who finished 10th), and Elmo Langley (who finished 6th).[2] Larry Hess was the last-place finishing driver due to an engine issue on lap 5.[2][4] Running out of gas and crashes were the main issues of this race.[2]

Bill Vanderhoff would make his NASCAR Grand National Series debut in this race.

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer
1 29 Dick Hutcherson '67 Ford
2 6 David Pearson '66 Dodge
3 64 Elmo Langley '66 Ford
4 4 John Sears '66 Ford
5 14 Jim Paschal '65 Plymouth
6 43 Richard Petty '67 Plymouth
7 47 Buddy Baker '66 Chevrolet
8 2 Bobby Allison '65 Chevrolet
9 48 James Hylton '65 Dodge
10 10 Dick Johnson '65 Ford

Timeline[edit]

  • Start of race: David Pearson started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 5: Larry Hess' engine stopped working properly, making him the last-place driver
  • Lap 59: The rear end of Bobby Allison's vehicle became problematic, ending his day on the track
  • Lap 65: Bill Ervin had a terminal crash, forcing him to withdraw from the race
  • Lap 75: Richard Petty takes over the lead from David Pearson
  • Lap 77: David Pearson takes over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 95: Richard Petty had a terminal crash, forcing him to withdraw from the race
  • Lap 114: Bill Vanderhoff ran out of gas, ending his day on the track
  • Lap 186: Dick Hutcherson's steering wheel stopped working properly, forcing him out of the race
  • Lap 197: Jim Paschal ran out of gas, making him finish in second place
  • Finish: David Pearson was officially declared the winner of the event

Finishing order[edit]

  1. David Pearson (No. 6)
  2. Jim Paschal* (No. 14)
  3. John Sears (No. 4)
  4. Buddy Baker (No. 47)
  5. James Hylton (No. 48)
  6. Elmo Langley (No. 64)
  7. Dick Hutcherson* (No. 29)
  8. Neil Castles (No. 09)
  9. Curly Mills (No. 76)
  10. Wendell Scott (No. 34)
  11. Clyde Lynn (No. 20)
  12. Dick Johnson (No. 10)
  13. Henley Gray (No. 97)
  14. Bill Seifert (No. 45)
  15. Earl Brooks (No. 75)
  16. Larry Miller (No. 32)
  17. George Poulous (No. 58)
  18. Bill Vanderhoff* (No. 00)
  19. Richard Petty* (No. 43)
  20. Bill Irvin* (No. 31)
  21. Bobby Allison* (No. 2)
  22. Harold Stockton* (No. 35)
  23. Larry Hess* (No. 44)

* Driver failed to finish race

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1967 Greenville 200 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "1967 Greenville 200 information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  3. ^ "1967 Greenville 200 information (second reference)". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  4. ^ "1967 Greenville 200 information (about the last-place finisher)". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
Preceded by
1967 Southeastern 500
NASCAR Grand National Series Season
1967
Succeeded by
1967 untitled race at Bowman-Gray Stadium