1975 Winston 500

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1975 Winston 500
Race details[1]
Race 10 of 30 in the 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
Date May 4, 1975 (1975-May-04)
Official name Winston 500
Location Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega, Alabama
Course Permanent racing facility
2.660 mi (4.280 km)
Distance 188 laps, 500.1 mi (804.8 km)
Weather Warm with temperatures of 80.1 °F (26.7 °C); wind speeds of 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)
Average speed 144.948 miles per hour (233.271 km/h)
Attendance 65,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Bud Moore Engineering
Most laps led
Driver Buddy Baker Bud Moore Engineering
Laps 99
No. 15 Buddy Baker Bud Moore Engineering
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier

The 1975 Winston 500 was an automobile race at the Alabama International Motor Speedway held on May 4, 1975.

The tenth race of 30 in the 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National season, it started 50 cars and ran 500.1 miles. It was the sixth annual late-April/early May running at Talladega and the fifth under Winston cigarettes sponsorship. 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.


Talladega Superspeedway, originally known as Alabama International Motor Superspeedway (AIMS), is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base in the small city of Lincoln. The track is a Tri-oval and was constructed by International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family, in the 1960s. Talladega is most known for its steep banking and the unique location of the start/finish line - located just past the exit to pit road. The track currently hosts the NASCAR series such as the Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. Talladega Superspeedway is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66 miles (4.28 km), and the track at its peak had a seating capacity of 175,000 spectators.[3]


The pole was won by Buddy Baker, driving the 1975 Ford Torino of Bud Moore. Buddy Baker's win the first for Ford in NASCAR's "Modern Era." It snapped a long losing streak for the brand dating back to Bobby Allison's win at Middle Georgia Raceway back in November 1971.[2] His primary challengers were Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Richard Petty, Dick Brooks, Dave Marcis, and Darrell Waltrip. The race lead changed 51 times among 11 drivers and was slowed by five cautions for 45 laps. There were several accidents.

Donnie Allison blew his engine while leading Lap 12 and a two-car crash ensued; among those involved were Daytona 500 winner Benny Parsons. Later Marty Robbins was involved in a fiery crash with Ramo Stott and James Hylton. The worst accident happened to Richard Petty. On Lap 141 while leading his left-front wheel bearing caught fire. He pitted while his young brother-in-law Randy Owens was fitting a hose to a pressurized water tank; the tank exploded high into the air and landed several yards from Petty, killing Owens.[2] Another unusual event was Darrell Waltrip finishing in the top five despite being put out with engine problems on lap 182.

Baker crowded off a last-lap bid by Pearson for the win, his first since 1973 and the first for team owner Bud Moore since 1966.[2] The winner of the race won $28,275 ($131,653 when adjusted for inflation) while the last-place driver walked away with $905 ($4,214 when adjusted for inflation).[4]

Top ten finishers[edit]

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps led Points Time/Status
1 1 15 Buddy Baker '75 Ford 188 99 185 3:26:59
2 4 21 David Pearson '73 Mercury 188 27 175 +1 car length
3 7 90 Dick Brooks '73 Ford 188 6 170 Lead lap under green flag
4 22 17 Darrell Waltrip '75 Chevrolet 182 6 165 Engine failure
5 24 14 Coo Coo Marlin '75 Chevrolet 182 8 160 +6 laps
6 15 95 Harry Jefferson '73 Ford 181 0 150 +7 laps
7 23 41 Grant Adcox '75 Chevrolet 181 0 146 +7 laps
8 38 37 Bruce Jacobi '75 Chevrolet 180 0 142 +8 laps
9 14 60 Joe Mihalic '75 Chevrolet 179 0 138 +9 laps
10 18 96 Richard Childress '75 Chevrolet 177 0 134 +13 laps

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 1rightarrow.png Richard Petty 1598
2 Increase Dave Marcis 1359
3 1rightarrow.png James Hylton 1301
4 Decrease Benny Parsons 1296
5 Increase Darrell Waltrip 1279
6 Decrease Cecil Gordon 1276
7 Decrease Richard Childress 1264
8 1rightarrow.png Dick Brooks 1225
9 Increase David Pearson 1124
10 Increase Buddy Baker 1123


  1. ^ Weather information for the 1975 Winston 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f Complete racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ "Track Facts". talladegasuperspeedway.com. Talladega Superspeedway. November 1, 2012. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  4. ^ Prize winners' information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
Preceded by
1975 Virginia 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Season
Succeeded by
1975 Music City USA 420
Preceded by
1974 Winston 500
Talladega spring race
Succeeded by
1976 Winston 500