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1960 World 600

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Official name  World 600
1960 World 600
Date  June 19, 1960 (1960-June-19)
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 89.1 °F (31.7 °C); wind speeds up to 13.8 miles per hour (22.2 km/h)

The 1960 World 600 was the inaugural running of the World 600, a NASCAR Grand National Series event. It was run on June 19, 1960 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. It was NASCAR's first 600-mile race and it was the longest NASCAR race distance in terms of miles. Joe Lee Johnson was the winner of the inaugural race.

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Background

Charlotte Motor Speedway is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina, thirteen miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. The track is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) asphalt quad-oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the World 600 and the National 400. The speedway broke ground in 1958 with Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner as the architects. Charlotte Motor Speedway is now operated by Speedway Motorsports.

Summary

The race was postponed for three weeks because of construction delays. During the race, Don O'Dell's Pontiac smashed the driver's door of Lenny Page's Chevy. Lenny Page, who was lucky to even survive the crash due to the safety systems at that time, was near death afterwards, but reporter Chris Economaki rushed to the scene and aided Page with CPR until safety crews arrived. He was later credited with saving Lenny's life.

The transition to purposely-built racers began in the early 1960s and occurred gradually over that decade. Changes made to the sport by the late 1960s brought an end to the "strictly stock" vehicles of the 1950s; most of the cars were trailered to events or hauled in by trucks.

Ed Markstellar and George Tet would make their professional stock car debuts in this race while Jim Austin, Arnold Gardner and Gene Marmor would make their grand finale.

Johnny Wolford would do his only NASCAR Cup Series race here.

Rex White would take away the championship lead from Richard Petty with his sixth-place finish as opposed to Petty finishing in 55th place due to a disqualification.

Timeline

  • Start of race: Fireball Roberts officially started with race with the pole position
  • Lap 66: Tom Pistone took over the lead from Fireball Roberts
  • Lap 74: Junior Johnson took over the lead from Tom Pistone
  • Lap 79: Curtis Turner took over the lead from Junior Johnson
  • Lap 95: Jack Smith took over the lead from Curtis Turner
  • Lap 97: Fireball Roberts took over the lead from Jack Smith
  • Lap 141: Jack Smith took over the lead from Fireball Roberts
  • Lap 144: Fireball Roberts took over the lead from Jack Smith
  • Lap 149: Curtis Turner took over the lead from Fireball Roberts
  • Lap 154: Tom Pistone took over the lead from Curtis Turner
  • Lap 160: Jack Smith took over the lead from Tom Pistone
  • Lap 333: Transmission problems would sideline Jimmy Massey on this lap
  • Lap 341: Problems with his vehicle's frame would take Marvin Panch out of the race
  • Lap 352: Jack Smith would experience problems with his vehicle's fuel tank
  • Lap 353: Joe Lee Johnson took over the lead from Jack Smith
  • Lap 365: Charley Griffith blew his vehicle's engine while driving at high speeds
  • Finish: Joe Lee Johnson was officially declared the winner of the event
  • Race Statistics

  • Time of race: 5:34:06
  • Average Speed: 107.735 miles per hour (173.383 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 133.904 miles per hour (215.498 km/h)
  • Cautions: 8 for 45 laps
  • Margin of Victory: 4 laps +
  • Lead changes: 11
  • References

    1960 World 600 Wikipedia


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