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1961 Southern 500


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NASCAR Grand National race number 42 of 52
Monday, September 4, 1961 at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
364 laps on a 1.375 mile paved track (500.5 miles)

Time of race: 4:54:45
Average Speed: 117.787 mph
Pole Speed: 128.68 mph
Cautions: 6 for 21 laps
Margin of Victory: 2.64 sec
Attendance: 80,000
Lead changes: 19

Glossary    1961 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1961 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1 329   Nelson Stacy Ron?s Ford Sales / Holt-Stacy   (Dudley Farrell)'61 Ford36418,430running72
2 122   Fireball Roberts Smokey Yunick'61 Pontiac36410,670running180
3 93   David Pearson Daytona Kennel   (John Masoni)'61 Pontiac3635,060running6
4 744   Jim Paschal Julian Petty'61 Pontiac3592,625running0
52085   Emanuel Zervakis Monroe Shook'61 Chevrolet3592,450running0
63311   Ned Jarrett B.G. Holloway'61 Chevrolet3541,500running0
72614   Johnny Allen Joe Lee Johnson'61 Chevrolet3481,195running0
81824   Roscoe Thompson James Turner'60 Pontiac3471,195running0
9 66   Ralph Earnhardt Cotton Owens'61 Pontiac346875engine0
103647   Rex White Jack Smith'61 Pontiac345925running0
111272   Bobby Johns Shorty Johns'61 Ford344750running0
121666   Bill Morgan Cafe Burgundy   (Ratus Walters)'61 Ford342700running0
133230   Elmo Langley Fred Clark'60 Chevrolet341500running0
141427   Junior Johnson Holly Farms   (Rex Lovette)'61 Pontiac337450running0
152459   Tiny Lund B.G. Holloway'61 Pontiac323650crash0
164074   L.D. Austin L.D. Austin'61 Chevrolet321350running0
173554   Jimmy Pardue Jimmy Pardue'60 Chevrolet316300running0
183962   Curtis Crider Curtis Crider'61 Mercury312750running0
192319   Herman Beam Herman Beam'60 Ford312250running0
201746   Larry Frank Jack Smith'61 Pontiac273480spindle0
212590   Dave Mader Dave Mader'61 Chevrolet262280timing0
22 48   Joe Weatherly Bud Moore'61 Pontiac229370rf hub13
23317   Jim Reed Jim Reed'61 Chevrolet228200brakes0
241586   Buddy Baker Buck Baker'61 Chrysler221700bearings0
253410   T.C. Hunt Fred Wheat'61 Dodge206700rear end0
26 543   Richard Petty Petty Enterprises'61 Plymouth2011,110engine41
271187   Buck Baker Buck Baker'61 Chrysler190220con rod0
28212   Tommy Irwin Tom Daniels'61 Chevrolet164200rocker arm0
29 228   Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody'61 Ford158950throttle52
301952   Cale Yarborough Julian Buesink'61 Ford135200engine0
31 842   Marvin Panch Petty Enterprises'61 Plymouth94200carburetor0
322882   Marvin Porter Henry Dunbar'61 Ford85200crash0
33291   Paul Lewis Jess Potter'61 Chevrolet81200crash0
34305   Woodie Wilson Leroy Faucett'61 Pontiac79200crash0
353868   Ed Livingston Curtis Crider'61 Ford79200head gasket0
361094   Banjo Matthews Banjo Matthews'61 Ford65430engine0
372232   Joe Caspolich J.L. Cheatham'61 Ford50200rear end0
382780   Darel Dieringer Tubby Gonzales'61 Ford45300rear end0
39139   Bunkie Blackburn Wildcat Williams'61 Ford34200head gasket0
403796   Friday Hassler J.L. Cheatham'60 Chevrolet22200brakes0
414399   George Alsobrook Joe Jones'61 Ford2200handling0
424175   Red Hollingsworth J.D. Braswell'60 Chevrolet2200handling0
434293   Lee Reitzel Lee Reitzel'60 Ford2200handling0

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Fireball Roberts11515
  Fred Lorenzen166348
  Fireball Roberts647916
  Richard Petty80823
  David Pearson83864
  Fred Lorenzen87904
  Joe Weatherly9110313
  Fireball Roberts1041129
  Nelson Stacy11312311
  Fireball Roberts1241318
  Richard Petty13216938
  Nelson Stacy17018213
  Fireball Roberts18322543
  Nelson Stacy22624015
  Fireball Roberts24125818
  David Pearson2592602
  Fireball Roberts26127616
  Nelson Stacy27730226
  Fireball Roberts30335755
  Nelson Stacy3583647