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1961 National 400


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NASCAR Grand National race number 49 of 52
Sunday, October 15, 1961 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
267 laps on a 1.500 mile paved track (400.5 miles)

Time of race: 3:20:20
Average Speed: 119.95 mph
Pole Speed: 138.577 mph
Cautions: 3 for 18 laps
Margin of Victory: 1.5 cl
Attendance: 35,821
Lead changes: 13

Glossary    1961 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1961 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1 68   Joe Weatherly Bud Moore'61 Pontiac2679,510running5
22243   Richard Petty Petty Enterprises'61 Plymouth2674,870running0
31418   Bob Welborn Bud Moore'61 Pontiac2673,275running51
4216   Cotton Owens Cotton Owens'61 Pontiac2662,275running0
5134   Rex White White-Clements   (Rex White)'61 Chevrolet2641,800running0
62942   Darel Dieringer Petty Enterprises'61 Plymouth2631,375running0
72485   Emanuel Zervakis Monroe Shook'61 Chevrolet2611,250running0
82514   Joe Lee Johnson Joe Lee Johnson'61 Chevrolet2581,125running0
91227   Junior Johnson Holly Farms   (Rex Lovette)'61 Pontiac2561,535wheel100
103030   J.C. Hendrix Fred Clark'60 Chevrolet254875running0
111021   Speedy Thompson Wood Brothers'61 Ford252825engine0
124015   Johnny Allen Beau Morgan'61 Ford249650running0
133474   L.D. Austin L.D. Austin'61 Chevrolet243600running0
14265   Woodie Wilson Leroy Faucett'61 Pontiac242600running0
153696   Tiny Lund J.L. Cheatham'60 Chevrolet234550running0
163219   Herman Beam Herman Beam'60 Ford233450running0
171987   Buck Baker Buck Baker'61 Chrysler232525running0
181511   Ned Jarrett B.G. Holloway'61 Chevrolet223550engine0
193154   Jimmy Pardue Jimmy Pardue'59 Chevrolet221450running0
203377   Joe Jones Joe Jones'60 Ford220450running0
21 13   David Pearson Daytona Kennel   (John Masoni)'61 Pontiac217470fuel pump4
224234   Wendell Scott Wendell Scott'60 Chevrolet191350running0
23431   George Green Jess Potter'61 Chevrolet175350running0
241832   Elmo Langley J.L. Cheatham'61 Ford169360engine0
253523   Doug Yates Raeford Johnson'61 Plymouth140350driveshaft0
26 520   Marvin Panch Smokey Yunick'60 Pontiac136600crash0
272382   Elmo Henderson  '61 Ford122310running0
282868   Ed Livingston Curtis Crider'60 Ford121310running0
29 222   Fireball Roberts Smokey Yunick'61 Pontiac1131,110crash107
302066   Bill Morgan Cafe Burgundy   (Ratus Walters)'61 Ford111300crash0
31 428   Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody'61 Ford104275head gasket0
32 872   Bobby Johns Shorty Johns'61 Ford55250crash0
33 394   Banjo Matthews Banjo Matthews'61 Ford54300engine0
342786   Herb Tillman Buck Baker'61 Chrysler45275rear end0
35119   Bunkie Blackburn Wildcat Williams'61 Ford42325crash0
364180   Tubby Gonzales Tubby Gonzales'61 Ford38250engine0
37 747   Jack Smith Jack Smith'61 Pontiac34550fuel pump0
383883   Sal Tovella Jack Meeks'61 Ford31250distributor0
393993   Lee Reitzel Lee Reitzel'60 Ford31250head gasket0
403762   Curtis Crider Curtis Crider'61 Mercury27250engine0
41 929   Nelson Stacy Holt-Stacy   (Dudley Farrell)'61 Ford27400overheating0
42162   Tommy Irwin Tom Daniels'61 Chevrolet20350rod0
431759   Ken Rush B.G. Holloway'61 Pontiac16275rocker arm0

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson133
  Fireball Roberts47370
  David Pearson74741
  Junior Johnson75762
  Fireball Roberts7711337
  Junior Johnson11413926
  Bob Welborn14017940
  Junior Johnson18019617
  Bob Welborn1971971
  Junior Johnson1981992
  Bob Welborn2002034
  Junior Johnson20425653
  Bob Welborn2572626
  Joe Weatherly2632675