1976 National 500

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1976 National 500
Race details[1][2]
Race 27 of 30 in the 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
This is a souvenir magazine from the 1976 running of the National 500.
This is a souvenir magazine from the 1976 running of the National 500.
Date October 10, 1976 (1976-October-10)
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 Temperature reaching a maximum of 64.9 °F (18.3 °C); wind speeds up to 10.1 miles per hour (16.3 km/h)
Average speed 141.226 miles per hour (227.281 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Wood Brothers
Most laps led
Driver Buddy Baker Bud Moore
Laps 104
Winner
No. 1 Donnie Allison Hoss Ellington
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Chris Economaki

The 1976 National 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on October 10, 1976, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the American community of Concord, North Carolina.

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.

Summary[edit]

A souvenir magazine was offered to the spectators at a cost of $3 USD per copy ($12.63 when adjusted for inflation). Another race took place the previous day known as the World Service Life 300; a companion race that accompanied the National 500 during the course of the 1970s.

Forty American-born drivers competed at this race; the winner received $22,435 out of the total prize purse ($94,423.80 when adjusted for inflation). Last-place finisher Al Holbert received only $855 for his engine problem of lap 7 out of the scheduled 334 laps of the race ($3,598.50 in when adjusted for inflation). Janet Guthrie was the only female competitor in this three-hour-and-thirty-two-minute race. After three cautions for eighteen laps and 26 lead changes, Donnie Allison defeated Cale Yarborough in front of 74500 other people. David Pearson qualified for the pole position with a top speed of 161.223 miles per hour (259.463 km/h) while the average racing speed was 141.226 miles per hour (227.281 km/h). His next pole position achievement would be at the 1977 World 600.[3]

Buck Baker would make his last NASCAR start here before retiring with a 34th-place finish in the books. He would go on to tutor an adolescent Jeff Gordon; who would go on to become one of the best NASCAR drivers in the "modern" era of NASCAR.[4] Hoss Ellington would make his first win as a NASCAR owner while bending the rules so that both his vehicles could compete.[5] Gordon Johncock would also retire from NASCAR after this race.

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Speed[6]
1 21 David Pearson Mercury 161.223
2 15 Buddy Baker Ford 159.915
3 43 Richard Petty Dodge 159.726
4 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet 159.297
5 2 Bobby Allison Mercury 158.898
6 27 Sam Sommers Chevrolet 158.744
7 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 158.493
8 71 Dave Marcis Dodge 157.141
9 17 Gordon Johncock Dodge 157.109
10 54 Lennie Pond Chevrolet 156.849

Top twenty finishers[edit]

  1. 1-Donnie Allison
  2. 11-Cale Yarborough
  3. 2-Bobby Allison
  4. 15-Buddy Baker
  5. 72-Benny Parsons, 1 lap behind
  6. 21-David Pearson, 3 laps behind
  7. 54-Lennie Pond, 5 laps behind
  8. 43-Richard Petty, 6 laps behind
  9. 90-Dick Brooks, 6 laps behind
  10. 36-Bobby Wawak, 8 laps behind
  11. 88-Darrell Waltrip, 9 laps behind
  12. 67-Buddy Arrington, 11 laps behind
  13. 92-Skip Manning, 12 laps behind
  14. 41-Grant Adcox, 13 laps behind
  15. 3-Richard Childress, 13 laps behind
  16. 22-Ricky Rudd, 14 laps behind
  17. 49-G.C. Spencer, 16 laps behind
  18. 48-James Hylton, 17 laps behind
  19. 05-David Sisco, 17 laps behind
  20. 33-Earl Brooks, 18 laps behind

Timeline[edit]

  • Start: David Pearson was leading the other drivers to the green flag to start the first official lap
  • Lap 7: Al Holbert managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 41: A valve stopped working on Gordon Johncock's vehicle
  • Lap 59: A.J. Foyt quit the race despite his vehicle not suffering from any mechanical issues
  • Lap 70: A valve stopped working on Ed Negre's vehicle
  • Lap 80: The clutch stopped functioning on Sam Sommers' vehicle
  • Lap 126: Neil Bonnett managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 144: Bruce Hill managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 148: A valve stopped working on Sonny Easley's vehicle
  • Lap 189: A valve stopped working on Coo Coo Marlin's vehicle
  • Lap 208: Johnny Rutherford managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 250: D.K. Ulrich managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 262: A valve stopped working on Dave Marcis' vehicle
  • Lap 268: The rear end of Cecil Gordon's vehicle was forcibly removed in an unsafe manner
  • Finish: Donnie Allison was officially declared the winner of the event

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1 Cale Yarborough 4225 0
2 Richard Petty 4098 -127
3 Benny Parsons 3914 -311
4 Bobby Allison 3788 -437
5 Dave Marcis 3506 -719
6 Lennie Pond 3494 -731
7 Buddy Baker 3460 -765
8 Richard Childress 3203 -1022
9 Darrell Waltrip 3151 -1074
10 Increase Dick Brooks 3069 -1156

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1976 National 500 weather information at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b 1976 National 500 racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ "David Pearson's pole position accomplishment". Scene Daily. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  4. ^ "2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame: Buck Baker at a glance". That's Racin'. Archived from the original on 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ Hoss Ellington at the 1976 National 500. Google Books. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  6. ^ Qualifying information for the 1976 National 500 at Racing Reference
Preceded by
1976 Wilkes 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Season
1976
Succeeded by
1976 American 500
Preceded by
1975
National 500/NAPA National 500 races
1976
Succeeded by
1977