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1969 World 600

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Official name  World 600
1969 World 600
Date  May 25, 1969 (1969-May-25)
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  Warm with temperatures approaching 84 °F (29 °C); wind speeds up to 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)

The 1969 World 600, the 10th running of the event, was a NASCAR Grand National Series event that took place on May 25, 1969, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

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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.

Background

The race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) asphalt quad-oval in Concord, North Carolina. The track, which opened in 1960, was built by Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner.

Summary

Four hundred laps were accomplished on a paved oval track spanning 1.5 miles (2.4 km). After nearly four hours and thirty minutes of racing, LeeRoy Yarbrough managed to defeat Donnie Allison by two laps in front of 75000 live spectators. Five cautions would be given out for 45 laps along with 13 lead changes amongst eight different competing drivers. One of the most spectactular feats of this race would be when LeeRoy Yarbrough would lead the race from lap 162 through lap 400; putting on a very strong performance to win the race.

There were 44 drivers in the race; each of them would be racing for a racing purse that had a grand total of $132,100 ($862,725.68 when considering inflation). Ed Negre would get the last-place finish in Don Tarr's 1967 Chevrolet due to a transmission problem on the second lap. Allison would gain the pole position with a speed of 159.296 miles per hour (256.362 km/h) while the average race speed was 134.631 miles per hour (216.668 km/h). Pearson's car rode the guardrail on his lap 13 crash. His car came back on the inside of the racetrack but while riding the guardrail Pearson hit a flag pole, which served as a landmark for the speedway.

Dave Marcis would have a long career ahead of him after leading the laps in this race. However, this would be the final race for Gerald Chamberlain and Larry Hess.

Timeline

  • Start of race: Cale Yarborough had the pole position to begin the event
  • Lap 2: Ed Negre's vehicle developed transmission problems
  • Lap 4: LeeRoy Yarbrough took over the lead from Cale Yarborough; John Keeney had a terminal crash
  • Lap 13: David Pearson had a terminal crash
  • Lap 15: The radiator on Bobby Allison's vehicle developed serious issues
  • Lap 30: Paul Goldsmith took over the lead from LeeRoy Yarborough
  • Lap 34: The sway bar on Henley Gray's video became dangerously loose
  • Lap 38: James Hylton took over the lead from Paul Goldsmith
  • Lap 40: Paul Goldsmith took over the lead from James Hylton
  • Lap 42: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from Paul Goldsmith
  • Lap 48: Dave Marcis took over the lead from Bobby Isaac; the carburetor on Richard Brickhouse's vehicle suddenly caught on fire
  • Lap 54: Richard Petty took over the lead from Dave Marcis
  • Lap 57: The wiring on Gerald Chamberlain's vehicle suddenly became a problem
  • Lap 81: Dub Simpson managed to lose the rear end of his vehicle
  • Lap 104: LeeRoy Yarbrough took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 106: Richard Petty took over the lead from LeeRoy Yarbrough
  • Lap 108: Wendell Scott managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 110: Roy Mayne managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 122: Larry Hess managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 135: Bill Champion managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 139: Frank Warren managed to overheat his racing vehicle
  • Lap 150: John Sears managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 151: LeeRoy Yarbrough took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 153: Neil Castles had a terminal crash
  • Lap 158: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from LeeRoy Yarbrough
  • Lap 162: LeeRoy Yarbrough took over the lead from Bobby Isaac
  • Lap 272: Dave Marcis managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 303: Sam McQuagg managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 307: An incident involving a vehicle's hub forced Cale Yarborough out of the race
  • Lap 308: Buddy Arrington managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 336: Richard Petty managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 347: Buddy Baker managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 367: Friday Hassler managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 374: Bobby Isaac managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Finish: LeeRoy Yarbrough was the official winner of the event
  • References

    1969 World 600 Wikipedia


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