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1968 National 500

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Official name  National 500
1968 National 500
Date  October 12, 1968 (1968-October-12)
Location  Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course  Permanent racing facility 1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance  334 laps, 501 mi (804 km)
Weather  Mild with temperatures approaching 72 °F (22 °C); wind speeds up to 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)

The 1968 National 500 was a NASCAR Grand National Series stock car race that was held on October 20, 1968, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

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.


There were 45 American-born drivers on the racing grid for this event. Bud Moore scored the last-place finish of the race because he wanted to discontinue the race after only six laps. It took more than three and a half hours to complete the 334 advertised laps. Charlie Glotzbach defeated legendary driver Paul Goldsmith (a 1956 Southern 500 competitor) by a time of only seven seconds. More than 38000 audience members would see 26 different changes; nine of the best drivers would compete for the first place spot for the race. Six cautions would be waved by NASCAR officials for a total distance of 49 laps.

The other drivers in the top ten included: David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough, Donnie Allison, Pete Hamilton, Darel Dieringer, Bobby Isaac, and A.J. Foyt. Roy Trantham, Bill Vanderhoff, and Lennie Waldo would retire from the NASCAR Cup Series after this race. Buddy Baker, considered at the time to be one of the notable names in stock car racing, blew his engine and span around the paved oval track in flames. Country musician Marty Robbins would improve on his 22nd place start with a 12th-place finish with driving a 1967 Dodge Charger.

The total prize purse of the race was $90,988 ($626,641.76 when adjusted for inflation); the winner received $19,280 of it ($132,782.93 when adjusted for inflation). Carl Parsons (a mechanic of the team from Detroit, Michigan) drove the car #11 in qualifying but A.J. Foyt drove the car in the race.


1968 National 500 Wikipedia

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