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1977 Talladega 500

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Official name  Talladega 500
1977 Talladega 500
Date  August 7, 1977 (1977-August-07)
Location  Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega, Alabama
Course  Permanent racing facility 2.660 mi (4.280 km)
Distance  188 laps, 500.1 mi (804.8 km)
Weather  Hot with temperatures approaching 100.9 °F (38.3 °C); wind speeds up to 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)

The 1977 Talladega 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place on August 7, 1977, at Talladega Superspeedway in the American community of Talladega, Alabama.


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.


Talladega Superspeedway, originally known as Alabama International Motor Superspeedway (AIMS), is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base in the small city of Lincoln. The track is a Tri-oval and was constructed by International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family, in the 1960s. Talladega is most known for its steep banking and the unique location of the start/finish line - located just past the exit to pit road. The track currently hosts the NASCAR series such as the Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. Talladega Superspeedway is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66 miles (4.28 km), and the track at its peak had a seating capacity of 175,000 spectators.


Roger Penske withdrew his entry following fines to DiGard Racing, Bud Moore Engineering, the Junior Johnson team, the M.C. Anderson team, and Hoss Ellington's team; the fines came when NASCAR chief Bill Gazaway announced that an unnamed team was caught with an illegal fuel cell and an official watched members of the above-mentioned teams at garage pay phones calling for legal fuel cells. Hank Williams, Jr. served as the honorary starter of this race; joining a list of celebrities that came before and after him like Bart Starr and Will Ferrell.

188 laps were accomplished on a paved oval spanning 2.66 miles (4.28 km); the race was completed in three hours and four minutes; the lead changed hands 49 times among ten drivers. Donnie Allison (who would lead 92 laps overall) needed relief help after drinking a soda during a pitstop and falling ill soon after. Darrell Waltrip relieved Allison and defeated Cale Yarborough by less than a lap under the caution flag. Notable speeds were: 162.524 miles per hour (261.557 km/h) for the winner's speed and 192.684 miles per hour (310.095 km/h) for the pole position qualifying speed. Sixty-five thousand people would attend this live race from the opening ceremonies to the final yellow flag (which marked its official finish).

Most of the entries were manufactured by Chevrolet. There were 39 male participants and one female participant (Ms. Janet Guthrie). Unfortunately, Ms. Guthrie suffered an engine problem on lap 61 and did not finish the race. One of the most unusual facts of the race is that Marty Robbins (who was also a country music star) did not qualify in his own vehicle; Freddy Fryar did that for him.

Finishing order

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


1977 Talladega 500 Wikipedia

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