1970 National 500

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1970 National 500
Race details[1]
Race 44 of 48 in the 1970 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date October 11, 1970 (1970-October-11)
Official name National 500
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 334 laps, 500 mi (804 km)
Weather Warm with temperatures approaching 82.9 °F (28.3 °C); wind speeds up to 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)
Average speed 123.246 miles per hour (198.345 km/h)
Attendance 50,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Nichels Engineering
Most laps led
Driver LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson & Associates
Laps 112
Winner
No. 12 LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson & Associates
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Jim McKay
Chris Economaki

The 1970 National 500 was a NASCAR Grand National Series stock car race that was held on October 11, 1970, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

Summary[edit]

Out of the 44 drivers attempting to qualify for this race, only 40 of them qualified for the starting grid.[2] Drivers that did not qualify were Buck Baker, George Eaton, Raymond Williams and Dick Polling.[2] Cale Yarborough was credited with the last-place finish on lap 10 due to a crash with the wall.[2] Fifty thousand racing fans would see 23 different lead changes and eight cautions for a period of 63 laps.[2] An unusually lengthy race for the early 1970s, the 1970 National 500 lasted a grueling four hours and three minutes.[2]

LeeRoy Yarbrough would defeat Bobby Allison under the yellow flag.[2] This would become Yarbrough's final win in the NASCAR Cup Series.[3] Charlie Glotzbach would qualify for the pole position in this race by driving speeds up to 157.273 miles per hour (253.106 km/h) during the solo sessions.[2] Other notable drivers at this race were David Pearson, Coo Coo Marlin, Frank Warren, Richard Petty and J.D. McDuffie.[2]

A lot of the drivers did not finish the race because of crashes on the track.[2] The race car drivers still had to commute to the races using the same stock cars that competed in a typical weekend's race through a policy of homologation (and under their own power). This policy was in effect until roughly 1975. By 1980, NASCAR had completely stopped tracking the year model of all the vehicles and most teams did not take stock cars to the track under their own power anymore.

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Speed[4] Qualifying time[4]
1 99 Charlie Glotzbach '69 Dodge 157.273 34.335
2 43 Richard Petty '70 Plymouth 156.521 34.500
3 6 Buddy Baker '69 Dodge 156.499 34.505
4 3 Fred Lorenzen '69 Dodge 154.883 34.865
5 98 LeeRoy Yarbrough '69 Mercury 154.789 34.886
6 40 Pete Hamilton '70 Plymouth 154.714 34.903
7 17 David Pearson '69 Ford 154.523 34.944
8 21 Cale Yarborough '69 Mercury 153.876 35.093
9 71 Bobby Isaac '69 Dodge 152.797 35.341
10 22 Bobby Allison '69 Dodge 152.771 35.347

Top ten finishers[edit]

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Winnings Laps led
1 5 98 LeeRoy Yarbrough Mercury 334 $23,700 112
2 10 22 Bobby Allison Dodge 334 $10,950 22
3 4 3 Fred Lorenzen Dodge 333 $6,400 3
4 15 72 Benny Parsons Ford 329 $3,955 0
5 9 71 Bobby Isaac Dodge 323 $3,330 2
6 18 64 Elmo Langley Mercury 321 $2,265 0
7 19 10 Bill Champion Ford 320 $2,065 0
8 20 5 Buddy Arrington Dodge 319 $1,965 0
9 36 46 Roy Mayne Chevrolet 317 $1,955 0
10 22 39 Friday Hassler Chevrolet 315 $1,765 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1970 National 500 at The Old Farmer's Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k 1970 National 500 racing information at Racing-Reference
  3. ^ 1970 National 500 racing information at Race-Database
  4. ^ a b Qualifying information at Racing Reference
Preceded by
1970 Wilkes 400
NASCAR Grand National Series season
1969
Succeeded by
1970 Old Dominion 500
Preceded by
1969
National 500 races
1970
Succeeded by
1971