1977 Talladega 500

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1977 Talladega 500
Race details[1][2][3]
Race 19 of 30 in the 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
Date August 7, 1977 (1977-August-07)
Official name Talladega 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 Hot with temperatures of 100.9 °F (38.3 °C); wind speeds of 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)
Average speed 162.524 miles per hour (261.557 km/h)
Attendance 65,000[4]
Pole position
Driver DeWitt Racing
Time 49.698 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Donnie Allison Ellington Racing
Laps 92
No. 1 Donnie Allison Ellington Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier
Lee Petty

The 1977 Talladega 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place on August 7, 1977, at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama.


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.[5]


Roger Penske withdrew his entry following fines to DiGard Racing, Bud Moore Engineering, the Junior Johnson team, the M.C. Anderson team, and Hoss Ellington's team; the fines came when NASCAR chief Bill Gazaway announced that an unnamed team was caught with an illegal fuel cell and an official watched members of the above-mentioned teams at garage pay phones calling for legal fuel cells. Hank Williams, Jr. served as the honorary starter of this race; joining a list of celebrities that came before and after him like Bart Starr and Will Ferrell.[6]

Notable crew chiefs for this race included Tex Powell, Buddy Parrott, Jake Elder, Joey Arrington, Kirk Shelmerdine, Dale Inman, Harry Hyde, and Tim Brewer.[7]

The race covered 188 laps on the paved oval spanning 2.66 miles (4.28 km);[2] the race was completed in three hours and four minutes; the lead changed hands 49 times among ten drivers.[4] Donnie Allison (who would lead 92 laps overall) needed relief help after drinking a soda during a pitstop and falling ill soon after. Darrell Waltrip relieved Allison and defeated Cale Yarborough by less than a lap under the caution flag.[2][3][4] Speeds were: 162.524 miles per hour (261.557 km/h) for the winner's speed and 192.684 miles per hour (310.095 km/h) for the pole position speed.[4] Sixty-five thousand people would attended. The race ended under a yellow flag. [4]

Skip Manning would lead the only 13 laps in his Winston Cup Series career at this race.[4]

Most of the entries were Chevrolets. [2][4] There were 39 males and one female participant (Ms. Janet Guthrie).[2][3][4] Ms. Guthrie suffered an engine problem[2][3] on lap 61 and did not finish the race.[4] [Country music]] star Marty Robbins did not qualify in his own vehicle; Freddy Fryar did that for him.[8]


Grid[4] No. Driver Manufacturer Owner
1 72 Benny Parsons Chevrolet L.G. DeWitt
2 1 Donnie Allison Chevrolet Hoss Ellington
3 27 Sam Sommers Chevrolet M.C. Anderson
4 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet Junior Johnson
5 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet Richard Childress
6 92 Skip Manning Chevrolet Billy Hagan
7 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet DiGard
8 47 Bruce Hill Chevrolet Bruce Hill
9 68 Janet Guthrie Chevrolet Lynda Ferreri
10 14 Coo Coo Marlin Chevrolet H.B. Cunningham

Finishing order[edit]

Section reference: [4]

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

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[4] Differential
1 Increase Cale Yarborough 3125 0
2 Decrease Richard Petty 3093 -32
3 1rightarrow.png Benny Parsons 2819 -306
4 1rightarrow.png Darrell Waltrip 2772 -353
5 1rightarrow.png Buddy Baker 2583 -542
6 1rightarrow.png Dick Brooks 2348 -777
7 1rightarrow.png Cecil Gordon 2251 -874
8 Increase Bobby Allison 2181 -944
9 Decrease Richard Childress 2153 -972
10 1rightarrow.png James Hylton 2104 -1021


  1. ^ "1977 Talladega 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "1977 Talladega 500 information (second reference)". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  3. ^ a b c d "1977 Talladega 500 information (third reference)". Everything Stock Car. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "1977 Talladega 500 information (fourth reference)". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  5. ^ "Track Facts". talladegasuperspeedway.com. Talladega Superspeedway. November 1, 2012. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "1977 Talladega 500 honorary starter information". Talladega Superspeedway. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  7. ^ "1977 Talladega 500 crew chiefs information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  8. ^ "Quirky fact about NASCAR driver Marty Robbins". MartyRobbins.net. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  9. ^ "Marty Robbins' engine information". Cottonowens.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
Preceded by
1977 Coca-Cola 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1977 Champion Spark Plug 400
Preceded by
Talladega 500 races
Succeeded by