| Old Dominion 500|
| September 29, 1974 (1974-September-29)|
Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia
Permanent racing facility
0.525 mi (0.844 km)
500 laps, 262.5 mi (442.4 km)
Temperatures reaching a high of 84.9 °F (29.4 °C); wind speeds up to 11.8 miles per hour (19.0 km/h)
The 1974 Old Dominion 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place on September 29, 1974, at Martinsville Speedway (Martinsville, Virginia, USA).
The race car drivers still had to commute to the races using the same stock cars that competed in a typical weekend's race through a policy of homologation (and under their own power). This policy was in effect until roughly 1975. By 1980, NASCAR had completely stopped tracking the year model of all the vehicles and most teams did not take stock cars to the track under their own power anymore.
1974 Old Dominion 500 Wikipedia
Today, the race is a part of the TUMS Fast Relief 500 annual series of Martinsville races that occur in the autumn for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The race lasted three hours, fifty-eight minutes, and three seconds. Ten cautions were enacted by NASCAR for seventy-nine laps. The event had an attendance of 33,000 people.
Canadian Earl Ross (driving for Junior Johnson) defeated his American opponent Buddy Baker by more than one lap. Pole speed was 84.119 miles (135.376 km) per hour while the average speed was 66.232 miles (106.590 km) per hour. Notable drivers at this race included Richard Petty, Elmo Langley, Cale Yarborough, Benny Parsons, Coo Coo Marlin (father of Sterling Marlin), and Richard Childress (future owner of Richard Childress Racing).
There was a thirty driver grid (twenty-nine Americans and one Canadian) compared to the forty-three driver grid of today. The winner received $14,550 ($70,658.81 when considering inflation) while starting in eleventh place.
Until Juan Pablo Montoya's most recent victory at Watkins Glen driving the #42 Chevrolet Impala at the 2010 running of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen race, Canadian Earl Ross' victory in this race was the most recent Cup race won by a foreign driver. The most active Canadian driver in the Monster Energy Cup Series today is Patrick Carpentier who participates as a road course ringer at the Watkins Glen, Infineon and the Montreal Nationwide Series race. Ross was also the first rookie to win a NASCAR Cup Series race; this record would not be broken until Dale Earnhardt won the 1979 Southeastern 500.
Improvements in tire and engine technology in the early 1970s had made NASCAR Cup Series vehicles overpowered compared to the limited space that Martinsville Speedway had for breathing space. Further technological advancements by 2013 have caused further concern for driver safety at Martinsville; indicating that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series may have to use restrictor plates in Martinsville if tire/engine technology keeps its current pace of development.
* Driver failed to finish raceStart: Sonny Hutchins was leading the starting grid as the green flag was waved
Lap 22: Caution due to Paul Radford's engine problems, ended on lap 35
Lap 40: Caution due to a two-car accident, ended on lap 43
Lap 80: Jimmy Hensley took over the lead from Sonny Hutchins
Lap 89: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Jimmy Hensley
Lap 91: Caution due to Walter Ballard's engine problems, ended on lap 98
Lap 92: Buddy Baker took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
Lap 93: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Buddy Baker
Lap 108: Caution due to Richard Childress' engine problems, ended on lap 117
Lap 137: Caution due to Coo Coo Marlin's accident, ended on lap 141
Lap 138: Lennie Pond took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
Lap 148: Benny Parsons took over the lead from Lennie Pond
Lap 181: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Benny Parson
Lap 182: Caution due to Ray Hendrick's accident, ended on lap 189
Lap 183: Buddy Baker took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
Lap 184: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Buddy Baker
Lap 256: Caution due to J.D. McDuffie's accident, ended on lap 265
Lap 346: Caution due to Elmo Langley's accident, ended on lap 352
Lap 366: Caution due to Tony Bettenhausen Jr's accident, ended on lap 371
Lap 415: Lennie Pond had a terminal crash
Lap 421: Cale Yarborough's vehicle had some engine problems which caused him to exit the event
Lap 422: Earl Ross took over the lead from Cale Yarborough, Lennie Pond was involved in an accident on turn 4
Lap 431: Satch Worley's vehicle had a driveshaft issue that forced him out of the race
Finish: Earl Ross was officially declared the winner of the event
† Driver is deceased