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1983 World 600

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Official name  World 600
1983 World 600
Date  May 29, 1983 (1983-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  Partly cloudy with a high around 80.1 °F (26.7 °C); wind out of the ESE at 7.48 miles per hour (12.04 km/h)

The 1983 World 600, the 24th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on May 29, 1983, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, North Carolina, US).

Contents

This event took four hours, fifteen minutes, and fifty-one seconds to complete. Five cautions were waved for twenty-eight laps. Neil Bonnett defeated Richard Petty by a margin of 0.8 seconds in front of 137,000 people. Notable speeds for this race were: 140.707 miles per hour (226.446 km/h) as the average speed and 162.841 miles per hour (262.067 km/h) as the pole position speed. Bonnett had previously won the 1982 running of the same event and would repeat his success as result of winning this race. However, he would never win another World 600 race after this one ever again in his NASCAR career. Canadian driver Trevor Boys started in 33rd and finished in 20th during this race in his #48 Chevrolet machine. Total winnings for this race were $407,190 in American dollars ($979,133.45 when adjusted for inflation).

Other notable racers included: Mark Martin (in his #01 Chevrolet), Ricky Rudd (in his #3 Chevrolet), Terry Labonte (in his #44 Chevrolet), and Cale Yarborough (in his #28 Chevrolet). Margaret Claud Padgett was the designated Miss Winston for this race in addition to every NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event held from 1981 to 1985.

Background

The race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) quad-oval track located thirteen miles from Charlotte, North Carolina in Concord. The track sanctioned NASCAR Winston Cup Series events biannually during the 1983 season, with the other race being the Miller High Life 500. The track opened for the 1960 World 600, and was built by Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner.

Finishers

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

References

1983 World 600 Wikipedia


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