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1976 American 500

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Official name  American 500
1976 American 500
Date  October 24, 1976 (1976-October-24)
Location  North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham, North Carolina
Course  Permanent racing facility 1.017 mi (1.636 km)
Distance  492 laps, 500 mi (804 km)
Weather  Mild with temperatures reaching a maximum of 72 °F (22 °C); wind speeds approaching 4.9 miles per hour (7.9 km/h)

The 1976 American 500 was the 28th official race (out of 30) in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season.

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

Summary

This racing event took place on October 24, 1976, at North Carolina Motor Speedway at Rockingham, North Carolina. In order to resolve itself, the race took four hours, fifteen minutes, and one second. Six cautions were given out for a duration of 35 laps.

As a result, Richard Petty would eventually defeat Lennie Pond by more than a lap. Thirty-two thousand and five hundred live spectators attended this event. David Pearson gained the pole position qualifying at a speed of 139.117 miles per hour (223.887 km/h) but eventually finished in sixth place. Henley Gray was officially recorded as the last-place finisher due to an engine issue on the first lap. Richard Petty's teenage son Kyle would attend his father's victory celebrations; getting ready for his NASCAR career.

The average speed of the race was 117.718 miles per hour (189.449 km/h). Jack Donohue was the only Canadian competitor out of the 36-car grid.

Timeline

  • Start: David Pearson was leading the racing grid as the first official lap commenced
  • Lap 2: Bruce Hill blew his engine while driving at high speeds
  • Lap 5: Gary Myers blew his engine while driving at high speeds
  • Lap 32: Dave Marcis took over the lead from David Pearson
  • Lap 76: Bobby Wawak managed to overheat his vehicle
  • Lap 85: Lennie Pond took over the lead from Dave Marcis
  • Lap 88: Travis Tiller blew his engine while driving at high speeds
  • Lap 96: Dave Marcis took over the lead from Lennie Pond
  • Lap 117: Benny Parsons blew his engine while driving at high speeds
  • Lap 127: Dick May blew his engine while driving at high speeds
  • Lap 171: The rear end of James Hylton's vehicle came off in an unsafe manner
  • Lap 180: Lennie Pond took over the lead from Dave Marcis
  • Lap 191: Dave Marcis took over the lead from Lennie Pond
  • Lap 208: Lennie Pond took over the lead from Dave Marcis
  • Lap 216: Donnie Allison took over the lead from Lennie Pond
  • Lap 217: Lennie Pond took over the lead from Donnie Allison
  • Lap 227: Richard Petty took over the lead from Lennie Pond
  • Lap 264: Lennie Pond took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 299: The throttle on Buddy Baker's vehicle was acting badly enough to knock him out of the race
  • Lap 322: Richard Petty took over the lead from Lennie Pond
  • Lap 324: Lennie Pond took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 329: Richard Petty took over the lead from Lennie Pond
  • Lap 363: Richard Childress blew his engine while driving at high speeds
  • Lap 389: J.D. McDuffie blew his engine while driving at high speeds
  • Lap 413: Lennie Pond took over the lead from Richard Petty, Dave Marcis blew his engine while driving at high speeds
  • Lap 423: Richard Petty took over the lead from Lennie Pond
  • Lap 486: Donnie Allison's fuel pump was beginning to cause problems for him
  • Finish: Richard Petty was officially declared the winner of the event
  • References

    1976 American 500 Wikipedia


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