1975 Los Angeles Times 500

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1975 Los Angeles Times 500
Race details[1]
Race 30 of 30 in the 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Date November 23, 1975 (1975-November-23)
Official name Los Angeles Times 500
Location Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, California
Course Permanent racing facility
2.500 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804 km)
Weather Warm with temperatures approaching 82 °F (28 °C); wind speeds up to 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)
Average speed 140.712 miles per hour (226.454 km/h)
Attendance 50,106[2]
Pole position
Driver Bud Moore Engineering
Most laps led
Driver Buddy Baker Bud Moore Engineering
Laps 148
Winner
No. 15 Buddy Baker Bud Moore Engineering
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1975 Los Angeles Times 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on November 23, 1975, at Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California.[2][3]

Summary[edit]

Two hundred laps were completed in three hours and thirty-three minutes on a paved track spanning 2.500 miles (4.023 km).[2][3] More than 50,000 live spectators would show up to see Buddy Baker defeat David Pearson by 29.4 seconds in the #15 Norris Industries Ford machine.[2][4] Only one caution was handed out by NASCAR officials for nine laps.[2][3] While Pearson would earn the pole position with a speed of 153.525 miles per hour (247.075 km/h), the average race of the speed would only be 140.712 miles per hour (226.454 km/h).[2][3] The total prize purse that handed out for this race was $140,775 ($626,566.28 when adjusted for inflation); Baker would receive $35,300 of it ($157,114.47 when adjusted for inflation) while Negre would walk away with a meager $1,050 ($4,673.38 when adjusted for inflation).[3]

Out of the 40-driver grid, 39 of them were American-born while Roy Smith was a Canadian. Cecil Gordon had engine problems that put him out of the race on lap 141; which nearly destroyed his vehicle.[2] A tie-rod end had backed out and was just hanging on by just a thread or two.

Ed Negre would be the last-place finisher due to an engine problem on the second lap.[2][3] Carl Adams would retire from NASCAR after this race along with Jim Boyd, Don Hall and John Martin.[5] Richard Petty would clinch his sixth NASCAR championship; defeating Dave Marcis in the championship standings by more than 700 points.[6]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer
1 21 David Pearson '73 Mercury
2 15 Buddy Baker '75 Ford
3 71 Dave Marcis '74 Dodge
4 16 Bobby Allison '75 AMC Matador
5 28 A.J. Foyt '75 Chevrolet
6 43 Richard Petty '74 Dodge
7 11 Cale Yarborough '75 Chevrolet
8 38 Jimmy Insolo '75 Chevrolet
9 72 Benny Parsons '75 Chevrolet
10 90 Dick Brooks '73 Ford
11 47 Bruce Hill '75 Chevrolet
12 54 Lennie Pond '75 Chevrolet
13 98 Richie Panch '75 Mercury
14 96W Ray Elder '74 Dodge
15 68 Sonny Easley '73 Ford

Finishing order[edit]

  1. Buddy Baker (No. 15)
  2. David Pearson (No. 21)
  3. Dave Marcis (No. 71)
  4. Cale Yarborough (No. 11)
  5. Bobby Allison (No. 16)
  6. Lennie Pond (No. 54)
  7. Jimmy Insolo (No. 38)
  8. Dick Brooks† (No. 90)
  9. James Hylton (No. 48)
  10. Richard Childress (No. 96)
  11. Don Hall (No. 01)
  12. David Sisco (No. 05)
  13. D.K. Ulrich (No. 40)
  14. A. J. Foyt* (No. 28)
  15. Don Huffman (No. 63)
  16. Richard Petty* (No. 43)
  17. Frank Warren* (No. 79)
  18. Hugh Pearson* (No. 76)
  19. Cecil Gordon*† (No. 24)
  20. Walter Ballard* (No. 30)
  21. J.D. McDuffie*† (No. 70)
  22. Elmo Langley*† (No. 64)
  23. Tom Williams* (No. 39)
  24. John Kieper* (No. 98W)
  25. Ray Elder*† (No. 96W)
  26. Bruce Hill* (No. 47)
  27. Jim Boyd* (No. 31)
  28. Carl Adams* (No. 65)
  29. Roy Smith*† (No. 29)
  30. John Martin* (No. 2)
  31. Hershel McGriff* (No. 26)
  32. Jim Thirkettle* (No. 5)
  33. Bill Schmitt* (No. 73)
  34. Benny Parsons*† (No. 72)
  35. Chuch Wahl* (No. 37)
  36. Richie Panch*† (No. 98)
  37. Don Puskarich* (No. 10)
  38. Chuck Bown* (No. 03)
  39. Sonny Easley*† (No. 68)
  40. Ed Negre* (No. 8)

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

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1 1rightarrow.png Richard Petty 4783 0
2 1rightarrow.png Dave Marcis 4061 -722
3 1rightarrow.png James Hylton 3914 -869
4 1rightarrow.png Benny Parsons 3820 -963
5 1rightarrow.png Richard Childress 3818 -965
6 1rightarrow.png Cecil Gordon 3702 -1081
7 1rightarrow.png Darrell Waltrip 3462 -1303
8 Increase Elmo Langley 3399 -1321
9 Decrease Cale Yarborough 3295 -1384
10 Increase Dick Brooks 3182 -1601

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1975 Los Angeles Times 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i 1975 Los Angeles Times 500 information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ a b c d e f 1975 Los Angeles Times 500 racing information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  4. ^ Tracks of Yesterday, Ontario Motor Speedway at Insider Racing News
  5. ^ Retirement information at Race Database
  6. ^ Richard Petty's Championship Ride at HowStuffWorks.com
Preceded by
1975 Dixie 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1975-76
Succeeded by
1976 Winston Western 500
Preceded by
1974
Los Angeles Times 500 races
1975
Succeeded by
1976