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1976 Volunteer 400

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Official name  Volunteer 400
1976 Volunteer 400
Date  August 29, 1976 (1976-August-29)
Location  Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee
Course  Permanent racing facility 0.533 mi (0.857 km)
Distance  400 laps, 166.5 mi (328.8 km)
Weather  Temperatures reaching up to 84.9 °F (29.4 °C) with 0.51 inches (13 mm) of rain reported within 24 hours of the race; wind speeds up to 10.9 miles per hour (17.5 km/h)

The 1976 Volunteer 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) racing event that took place on August 29, 1976, at Bristol International Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.



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 any more.

This racing event took two hours and eighteen minutes to complete in front of an audience of twelve thousand stock car racing fans. Two cautions were handed out by NASCAR officials on the track for thirteen laps. Cale Yarborough defeated Richard Petty by more than two laps. Other notable drivers included Darrell Waltrip, Benny Parsons, Richard Childress, J.D. McDuffie, and Elmo Langley. Frank Warren was the lowest finishing driver to complete the entire race without any mechanical problems. Clyde Lynn would retire after this event. Notable speeds at the race were: 99.175 miles per hour (159.607 km/h) as the average speed and 110.300 miles per hour (177.511 km/h) as the pole position speed achieved by Darrell Waltrip in qualifying.

The points leader after this event would be Cale Yarborough. He would go on to become the NASCAR Cup Series champion at the end of the season. All the drivers competed for the prize purse which added up to $61,105 ($257,177.01 when adjusted for inflation). Yarborough earned the largest share of the pie with $10,025 ($42,192.94 when adjusted for inflation) while last-place finisher Joe Frasson walked away with a meager $400 ($1,683.51 when adjusted for inflation).

Finishing order

† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased
* Driver failed to finish race


1976 Volunteer 400 Wikipedia

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