1969 Myers Brothers 250

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1969 Myers Brothers 250
Race details[1][2]
Race 39 of 54 in the 1969 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Date August 22, 1969; 48 years ago (1969-08-22)
Official name Myers Brothers 250
Location Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
0.250 mi (0.421 km)
Distance 250 laps, 62.5 mi (100.5 km)
Weather Mild with temperatures reaching a maximum of 77 °F (25 °C); maximum sustained wind speeds of 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)
Average speed 47.458 miles per hour (76.376 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Petty Enterprises
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Isaac K&K Insurance Racing
Laps 241
Winner
No. 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1969 Myers Brothers 250 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on August 22, 1969, at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Background[edit]

Bowman Gray Stadium is a NASCAR sanctioned 14-mile (0.40 km) asphalt flat oval short track and longstanding football stadium located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is one of stock car racing's most legendary venues, and is referred to as "NASCAR's longest-running weekly race track". Bowman Gray Stadium is part of the Winston-Salem Sports and Entertainment Complex and is home of the Winston-Salem State University Rams football team.[3] It was also the home of the Wake Forest University football team from 1956 until Groves Stadium (later BB&T Field) opened in 1968.

Bowman Gray Stadium would become a popular venue for high school football in the 1970s and 1980s.

Summary[edit]

This race was the site of Richard Petty's 100th career victory in the NASCAR Cup Series driving the 1969 model year #43 Ford sponsored by Petty Enterprises. Two hundred and fifty laps were completed on a paved oval track spanning .250 miles (0.402 km) for a grand total of 62.5 miles (100.6 km).[2] The race took one hour and nineteen seconds for Richard Petty to defeat Bobby Isaac by four seconds in front a live audience of 10,500 people. The race was decided when Petty ran out of gas heading toward the pits and Isaac ran out of gas just after he passed by the pits. The time Isaac lost coasting all the way around was the difference between winning and losing.[2]

Notable speeds were: 47.458 miles per hour (76.376 km/h) as the average and 54.523 miles per hour (87.746 km/h) per hour as the pole position speed.[2] Three cautions were given for seventeen laps.[2] Out of the twenty-four cars, eleven had to drop out of the race before it finished.[2] Total winnings for this race were $6,975 in American dollars ($46,546.42 when adjusted for inflation).[2] All twenty-four drivers were born in the United States of America.[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.

Qualifying[edit]

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer
1 43 Richard Petty '69 Ford
2 71 Bobby Isaac '69 Dodge
3 17 David Pearson '69 Ford
4 48 James Hylton '68 Dodge
5 4 John Sears '67 Ford
6 64 Elmo Langley '68 Ford
7 06 Neil Castles '69 Dodge
8 61 Hoss Ellington '69 Ford
9 10 Bill Champion '68 Ford
10 08 E.J. Trivette '69 Chevrolet
11 34 Wendell Scott '67 Ford
12 47 Cecil Gordon '68 Ford
13 45 Bill Seifert '69 Ford
14 8 Ed Negre '67 Plymouth
15 09 Wayne Gillette '67 Chevrolet
16 26 Earl Brooks '67 Ford
17 76 Ben Arnold '68 Ford
18 12 Pete Hazelwood '68 Ford
19 70 J.D. McDuffie '67 Buick
20 04 Ken Meisenhelder '67 Oldsmobile
21 25 Jabe Thomas '69 Plymouth
22 19 Henley Gray '68 Ford
23 23 James Cox '67 Ford
24 33 Wayne Smith '68 Chevrolet

Finishing order[edit]

Section reference: [2]

  1. Richard Petty (No. 43)
  2. Bobby Isaac† (No. 71)
  3. David Pearson (No. 17)
  4. Elmo Langley† (No. 64)
  5. James Hylton (No. 48)
  6. John Sears† (No. 4)
  7. Neil Castles (No. 06)
  8. J. D. McDuffie† (No. 70)
  9. Wendell Scott† (No. 34)
  10. E.J. Trivette (No. 08)
  11. Ken Meisenhelder (No. 04)
  12. Ben Arnold (No. 76)
  13. Bill Champion*† (No. 10)
  14. Henley Gray* (No. 19)
  15. Peter Hazelwood* (No. 12)
  16. Ed Negre* (No. 8)
  17. Bill Seifert* (No. 45)
  18. James Cox* (No. 23)
  19. Wayne Smith* (No. 33)
  20. Cecil Gordon*† (No. 47)
  21. Earl Brooks* (No. 26)
  22. Wayne Gillette* (No. 09)
  23. Hoss Ellington*† (No. 61)

* Driver failed to finish race
† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased

Timeline[edit]

Section reference: [2]

  • Start of race: Bobby Isaac started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 2: Hoss Ellington quit the race for reasons unknown
  • Lap 4: Wayne Gillette quit the race for reasons unknown
  • Lap 16: Earl Brooks quit the race for reasons unknown
  • Lap 24: Cecil Gordon quit the race for reasons unknown
  • Lap 25: Wayne Smith accidentally blew his engine, forcing him to exit the race early
  • Lap 26: An oil leak forced James Cox to abandon the race, finishing in 19th place
  • Lap 29: Bill Seifert quit the race for reasons unknown
  • Lap 82: Ed Negre had to withdraw from the race due to transmission issues
  • Lap 91: Pete Hazelwood quit the race for reasons unknown
  • Lap 93: Henley Grey noticed that his brakes stopped working on his racing vehicle
  • Lap 153: The brakes on Bill Champion's vehicle stopped working
  • Lap 242: Richard Petty took over the leader from Bobby Isaac
  • Finish: Richard Petty was officially declared the winner of the event

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1969 Myers Brothers 250 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1969 Myers Brothers 250 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  3. ^ Zona, Chris; Trevin Goodwin (2007). 2007 Rams Football (PDF). Winston-Salem State Athletics. p. 30. 
Preceded by
1969 South Boston 100
NASCAR Grand National Series Season
1969
Succeeded by
1969 Western North Carolina 500
Preceded by
1969 Smoky Mountain 200
Richard Petty's Career Wins
1960-1984
Succeeded by
1969 Old Dominion 500