1967 Wilkes 400

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1967 Wilkes 400
Race details[1]
Race 46 of 49 in the 1967 NASCAR Grand National Series season
North Wilkesboro Speedway
North Wilkesboro Speedway
Date October 1, 1967 (1967-October-01)
Official name Wilkes 400
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 Mild with temperatures approaching 75.9 °F (24.4 °C); wind speeds up to 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)
Average speed 94.837 miles per hour (152.625 km/h)
Attendance 9,800[2]
Pole position
Driver Bondy Long
Most laps led
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Laps 256
Winner
No. 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1967 Wilkes 400 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on October 1, 1967, at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro.

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]

This event was the site of Richard Petty's 75th victory in his NASCAR Cup Series career; making him acquire a 10-race win streak.[3] His racing team was Petty Enterprises (now a part of Richard Petty Motorsports) and the vehicle that Petty took to the finish line with him was a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere with the #43 as its racing number.[2]

Two hours, thirty-eight minutes, and ten seconds were needed for the race to reach its full conclusion.[2] Richard Petty managed to defeat Dick Hutcherson by more than two laps.[2] Other competitors included Canadian drivers Frog Fagan and Don Biederman along with LeeRoy Yarbrough (in his Ford), Cale Yarborough (in his Dodge), Wendell Scott (in his Dodge), and Elmo Langley (in his Ford).[2]

Notable speeds were 94.837 miles per hour (152.625 km/h) as the average speed and 104.312 miles per hour (167.874 km/h) as the pole position speed.[2] Three cautions were given out for twenty laps.[2] Total winnings for this race were $18,100 ($130,005.69 when considering inflation). Richard Petty received the majority of the bounty with $4,725 in winnings ($33,937.95 when considering inflation).[4]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Speed[5]
1 29 Dick Hutcherson '67 Ford 104.312
2 26 LeeRoy Yarbrough '67 Ford 104.215
3 14 Jim Paschal '67 Plymouth 104.022
4 17 David Pearson '67 Ford 103.830
5 43 Richard Petty '67 Plymouth 103.687
6 99 Paul Goldsmith '67 Plymouth 103.687
7 2 Bobby Allison '67 Chevrolet 103.496
8 40 Jerry Grant '67 Plymouth 103.022
9 48 James Hylton '65 Ford 102.834
10 6 Buddy Baker '67 Dodge 102.693

Failed to qualify: Buddy Arrington (#67), Max Ledbetter (#35), Earl Brooks (#76), E.J. Trivette (#19), Tom Raley (#54), George Poulos (#57)[5]

Finishing order[edit]

Timeline[edit]

  • Start of race: Dick Hutcherson began the event with the pole position
  • Lap 16: Frog Fagan became the last-place finisher due to engine issues
  • Lap 17: David Pearson's engine had a meltdown, forcing Pearson to exit the race
  • Lap 21: Jim Paschal took over the lead from Dick Hutcherson
  • Lap 30: Paul Goldsmith took over the lead from Jim Paschal
  • Lap 49: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Paul Goldsmith
  • Lap 107: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 143: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 181: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 215: Earl Brooks managed to lose his vehicle's rear end
  • Lap 235: G.C. Spencer managed to blow his car's engine
  • Lap 236: James Hylton managed to blow his car's engine
  • Lap 300: J.T. Putney managed to blow his car's engine
  • Lap 328: Doug Cooper managed to blow his car's engine
  • Finish: Richard Petty was officially declared the winner of the event

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1967 Wilkes 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "1967 Wilkes 400 information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Richard Petty's Situation". Save the Speedway. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  4. ^ "1967 Wilkes 400 information (third reference)". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  5. ^ a b "1967 Wilkes 400 qualifying information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
Preceded by
1967 Old Dominion 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1967
Succeeded by
1967 National 500
Preceded by
1967 Old Dominion 500
Richard Petty's Career Wins
1960-1984
Succeeded by
1968 untitled race at Montgomery Speedway