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1969 National 500

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Official name  National 500
1969 National 500
Date  October 12, 1969 (1969-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  Temperatures reaching up to 82 °F (28 °C); wind speeds up to 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)

The 1969 National 500 was a NASCAR Grand National Series stock car race that was held on October 12, 1969, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. This race is still being held in today's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as the 'Bank of America 500'.


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.


It took three hours and forty-two minutes to complete the race. Nine cautions were given out for fifty laps but Donnie Allison defeated Bobby Allison by sixteen seconds. Fifty thousand people attended this live race to see speeds averaging 131.271 miles per hour (211.260 km/h) and Cale Yarborough earning his pole position by qualifying with a speed of 162.162 miles per hour (260.974 km/h). While most of the drivers were under the banner of a multi-car team during this era, there were still a good amount of drivers who were either independent owner-drivers or were employed by independent-minded vehicle owners. There was a consolation race for the drivers who failed to qualify, only three cars finished that race; the winner was J.C. Spradley who participated in a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle.

Other notable drivers in this race include: A.J. Foyt, Coo Coo Marlin, Cale Yarborough, J.D. McDuffie, Wendell Scott, and Richard Petty. This would become the forty-eighth racing officially sanctioned by NASCAR out of the 54 that would be raced in 1969. The 1969 NASCAR Grand National season would later mark its conclusion with the 1969 Texas 500 race on December 7, 1969, with David Pearson emerging as the eventual champion for the year. Pearson would later become recognized for winning races more consistently than Richard Petty but having an abbreviated racing career compared to him.

Had Pearson been able to participate in the number of races as Petty, he might have beaten Richard Petty's record of 200 career race wins. The winner's purse was considered to be $20,280 ($132,445.70 when considering inflation). Jim Lineberger would make his only NASCAR Cup Series appearance this event while Bob Cooper and Wayne Gillette would gracefully bow out of professional stock car racing after the completion of this race.

Finishing order

* Driver failed to finish race


  • Start of race: Donnie Allison officially began the race with the pole position
  • Lap 9: Caution due to Buddy Young's accident on turn 2, ended on lap 13
  • Lap 25: Caution due to engine problems, ended on lap 31
  • Lap 32: Buddy Baker took over the lead from Dave Marcis
  • Lap 55: Bob Cooper managed to lose the rear end of his vehicle
  • Lap 64: Jim Vandiver just couldn't steer his vehicle properly anymore
  • Lap 69: Bill Dennis managed to destroy his vehicle's engine by racing at excessively high speeds
  • Lap 81: Bobby Isaac's engine couldn't handle the pressures of high-speed racing anymore
  • Lap 88: A wheel bearing came off A.J. Foyt's vehicle, giving him a miserable 40th-place finish
  • Lap 90: Coo Coo Marlin's race engine no longer worked properly
  • Lap 94: LeeRoy Yarbrough's engine had seen better laps around this time
  • Lap 95: Richard Brickhouse's engine became as useless as a brick, eliminating him from the race
  • Lap 98: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Buddy Baker
  • Lap 104: Caution due to engine problems, ended on lap 106
  • Lap 109: The rear end of Buddy Young's vehicle came off in a relatively unsafe manner
  • Lap 114: Caution due to debris, ended on lap 118
  • Lap 126: Caution due to Jim Lineberger's accident on turn 2, ended on lap 131
  • Lap 131: Jim Lineberger had a terminal crash
  • Lap 175: Sonny Hutchins' engine stopped working around this time
  • Lap 191: G.C. Spencer blew his vehicle's engine while racing at high speeds
  • Lap 195: Caution due to engine problems, ended on lap 199
  • Lap 201: Earl Brooks' vehicle developed engine problems
  • Lap 205: Caution due to Roy Tyner's oil spill on turn 1, ended on lap 211
  • Lap 217: Dave Marcis blew his vehicle's engine while racing at high speeds
  • Lap 240: Caution due to engine problems, ended on lap 243
  • Lap 247: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Donnie Allison
  • Lap 260: Caution due to engine problems, ended on lap 267
  • Lap 277: J.D. McDuffie had problems dealing with his vehicle's clutch
  • Lap 285: Donnie Allison took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 315: John Sears had problems with his vehicle's engine
  • Finish: Donnie Allison was officially declared the winner of the event
  • References

    1969 National 500 Wikipedia

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