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1961 Firecracker 250


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NASCAR Grand National race number 32 of 52
Tuesday, July 4, 1961 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
100 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (250.0 miles)

Time of race: 1:37:13
Average Speed: 154.294 mph
Pole Speed: 157.15 mph
Cautions: none
Margin of Victory: 2 cl
Attendance: 18,370
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1961 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1961 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1 23   David Pearson Daytona Kennel   (John Masoni)'61 Pontiac1008,450running11
2 728   Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody'61 Ford1004,275running18
31046   Jack Smith Jack Smith'61 Pontiac992,700running0
4 620   Marvin Panch Smokey Yunick'60 Pontiac991,525running0
5 122   Fireball Roberts Smokey Yunick'61 Pontiac981,525running59
6 38   Joe Weatherly Bud Moore'61 Pontiac981,250running6
71329   Nelson Stacy Holt-Stacy   (Dudley Farrell)'61 Ford98800running0
81124   Roscoe Thompson James Turner'60 Pontiac97825running0
91476   Larry Frank LaFayette Motors   (Dick Wright)'61 Ford97675running0
10 86   Ralph Earnhardt Cotton Owens'61 Pontiac96700running0
111215   Jim Bennett Beau Morgan'61 Ford96500running0
121711   Ned Jarrett B.G. Holloway'61 Chevrolet96350running0
131969   Johnny Allen B.G. Holloway'61 Chevrolet96320running0
142189   Herb Tillman Joe Lee Johnson'61 Chevrolet95300running0
15 572   Bobby Johns Shorty Johns'61 Ford94420head gasket3
161582   Marvin Porter Henry Dunbar'61 Ford94295running0
17 927   Junior Johnson Holly Farms   (Rex Lovette)'61 Pontiac93300running0
18165   Woodie Wilson Leroy Faucett'61 Pontiac92275running0
192754   Jimmy Pardue Jimmy Pardue'60 Chevrolet92250running0
202875   Tiny Lund J.D. Braswell'61 Pontiac91250running0
212319   Herman Beam Herman Beam'60 Ford91250running0
22 494   Banjo Matthews Banjo Matthews'61 Ford82600engine3
23264   Rex White White-Clements   (Rex White)'61 Chevrolet63350con rod0
242562   Curtis Crider Curtis Crider'61 Mercury52250flagged0
253033   Reb Wickersham Reb Wickersham'60 Oldsmobile49250flagged0
261899   George Alsobrook Joe Jones'61 Ford27150con rod0
272086   Buddy Baker Buck Baker'61 Chrysler15150engine0
282238   Roy Tyner Matt DeMatthews'61 Ford8150engine0
292485   Emanuel Zervakis Monroe Shook'61 Ford4150camshaft0
302987   Buck Baker Buck Baker'61 Chrysler2150transmission0

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Fireball Roberts155
  Joe Weatherly672
  Fireball Roberts8125
  Joe Weatherly13164
  Fireball Roberts174226
  David Pearson43453
  Banjo Matthews46483
  Bobby Johns49513
  Fireball Roberts52587
  David Pearson59646
  Fireball Roberts658016
  Fred Lorenzen819818
  David Pearson991002