1984 World 600
|Race 12 of 30 in the 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
Layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway
|Date||May 27, 1984|
|Official name||World 600|
|Location||Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
|Distance||400 laps, 600 mi (965 km)|
|Weather||Hot with temperatures approaching 87.1 °F (30.6 °C); wind coming at speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)|
|Average speed||129.707 miles per hour (208.743 km/h)|
|Driver||Mach 1 Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Bobby Allison||DiGard Motorsports|
|No. 22||Bobby Allison||DiGard Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
The 1984 World 600, the 25th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on May 27, 1984. A souvenir magazine from this race would set back a person exactly $4 in American cash ($9.22 when adjusted for inflation).
Charlotte Motor Speedway is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina, 13 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. The complex features a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious World 600 on Memorial Day weekend and the Miller High Life 500. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams located in the Charlotte area. The track is now owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) with Marcus G. Smith (son of Bruton Smith) as track president.
Trevor Boys was the driver that was not an American-born driver. Notable drivers that competed in this race included: Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Bill Elliott, Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough, and Rusty Wallace. Harry Gant would get the pole position for this race with an outstanding speed of 162.496 miles per hour (261.512 km/h). Nearly 150000 fans would end up seeing Bobby Allison defeat Dale Earnhardt after five caution periods for 48 laps. The entire race lasted more than four and a half hours; with 22 different changes in the first-place position.
Kyle Petty and his father Richard also competed at this race. The younger Petty charged from 41st starting position to seventh in the races first 100 miles but dropped out on lap 193 due to a blown engine. Senator Jesse Helms was a genuine fan of Richard Petty and had the opportunity to meet him during the event. He was a leader of a conservative movement who equated Christianity with morality and atheism with immorality, the implementation of a minimum wage, integration of African-Americans into the general American society, equality for women along with a national health insurance program for America. Besides being a member of the Moral Majority, Senator Helms helped to get Christian right-wingers to appreciate NASCAR and to become NASCAR traditionalists themselves.
Top ten finishers
Standings after the race
- "1984 World 600 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- "1984 World 600 racing information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- "1984 World 600 racing information". Race Database. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- "Richard Petty Meets Senator Jesse Helms". Google Books. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
- "Jesse Helms". The Daily Telegraph. London. July 6, 2008. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
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