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1974 Southeastern 500

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Official name  Southeastern 500
1974 Southeastern 500
Date  March 17, 1974 (1974-March-17)
Location  Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee
Course  Permanent racing facility 0.500 mi (0.800 km)
Distance  500 laps, 250.0 mi (400.0 km)
Weather  Cold with temperatures approaching 55.9 °F (13.3 °C); wind speeds up to 18.1 miles per hour (29.1 km/h)

The 1974 Southeastern 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that was held on March 17, 1974, at Bristol International Speedway in the American community of Bristol, Tennessee.


Only manual transmission vehicles were allowed to participate in this race; a policy that NASCAR has retained to the present day.


There were 30 American-born drivers on the grid; the distance of the race was 500 laps. Jabe Thomas was credited as the last-place finisher due to problems with his oil pan on lap 63 of the race. The first 50 laps of the race were not scored due to the fuel crisis that took place during this year. Donnie Allison, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Isaac, Benny Parsons, and Bobby Allison would be the respective leaders for certain parts of the race. After three hours and forty-two minutes of racing, Cale Yarborough defeated Bobby Isaac by one lap in front of a live audience of eighteen thousand people. Yarborough would be the only driver on the lead lap by the end of the race.

Most of the drivers in the race either used Chevrolet or Ford vehicles for their official racing vehicle. The total purse of this race was $45,075 ($218,896.61 when adjusted for inflation). Donnie Allison achieved the pole position for this race by driving up to 107.785 miles per hour (173.463 km/h) during solo qualifying runs. Yarborough's average speed for the entire racing event was 64.533 miles per hour (103.856 km/h).

The model years of the vehicles ranged from 1972 to 1974; complying with the homologation policies set forth by NASCAR during this era. Engine issues and accidents were the main reasons for the DNFs found in this racing event. Banjo Matthews was a crew chief for Bobby Isaac in addition to being his employer.


  • Laps 1-50: Not officially scored due to oil crisis
  • Lap 51: Donnie Allison started out with the lead
  • Lap 53: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Donnie Allison
  • Lap 110: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
  • Lap 112: Benny Parsons took over the lead from Bobby Isaac
  • Lap 118: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from Benny Parson
  • Lap 191: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Bobby Isaac
  • Finish: Cale Yarborough was officially declared the winner
  • References

    1974 Southeastern 500 Wikipedia