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1977 World 600

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Official name  World 600
1977 World 600
Date  May 29, 1977 (1977-May-29)
Location  Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course  Permanent racing facility 1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance  400 laps, 600 mi (965 km)
Weather  Temperatures reaching up to 84.9 °F (29.4 °C); wind speeds up to 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)

The 1977 World 600, the 18th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on May 29, 1977, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

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Jim Stacy would become the owner of Krauskopf's old NASCAR team after this event; with the famed red #71 Dodge getting repainted into the white #5. Neil Bonnett, however, would stay on the team as a driver. 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.

Summary

Forty drivers competed here including Benny Parsons, Lennie Pond, Buddy Baker, Darrell Waltrip, and Neil Bonnett. After four hours and twenty-one minutes of racing action, Richard Petty defeated polesitter David Pearson by 30.8 seconds in front of an audience of 115000 people. There were 25 lead changes done in this race in addition to six cautions for 31 laps. While the qualifying top speed was 161.435 miles per hour (259.804 km/h), the average speed of the race was actually 136.676 miles per hour (219.959 km/h). Last-place finisher Ramo Stott would acquire engine trouble on lap 3 of the 400-lap race. The duration of the race was from 12:30 P.M. to 4:41 P.M.; allowing fans to drive to nearby restaurants for supper.

Drivers who failed to qualify for this race were Rick Newsom and Bruce Jacobi.

Ricky Rudd would lead the first laps of his NASCAR Cup Series career during this race. Nord Krauskopf would retire as a NASCAR owner after this race; he would sell his team to Jim Stacy and focus running on his insurance business (K&K Insurance) with his wife Theodora.

Pearson's next pole position start would be at the 1977 running of the National 500 (now Bank of America 500); which took place that October.

Timeline

  • Start of race: David Pearson had an advantage over the rest of the starting grid as the green flag was waved
  • Lap 3: Oil pressure issues forced Ramo Stott to become the last-place finisher
  • Lap 63: Bobby Allison had to leave the race due to engine problems
  • Lap 64: Henley Grey had a terminal crash
  • Lap 87: Engine troubles eliminated Bobby Gale from the event
  • Lap 168: Dave Marcis would be sideline due to a faulty vehicle engine
  • Lap 185: Ed Negre's vehicle developed engine problems
  • Lap 186: A faulty oil pump eliminated D.K. Ulrich from the race
  • Lap 219: Engine problems managed to knock Donnie Allison out of contention
  • Lap 240: David Sisco would see his race day end prematurely due to a nasty engine
  • Lap 266: Harry Gant's engine misbehaved on this lap, forcing his exit due to safety reasons
  • Lap 271: The axle on Terry Ryan's vehicle became unsafe, causing him to go DNF with a 29th-place finish
  • Lap 300: James Hylton's engine started acted nasty, causing him not to finish in the top-10
  • Lap 333: Harold Miller's vehicle developed nasty clutch issues, making him the final DNF of the event
  • Finish: Richard Petty was officially declared the winner of the event
  • References

    1977 World 600 Wikipedia


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