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1956 Southern 500


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NASCAR Grand National race number 44 of 56
Monday, September 3, 1956 at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
364 laps on a 1.375 mile paved track (500.5 miles)

Time of race: 5:15:33
Average Speed: 95.167 mph
Pole Speed: 119.659 mph
Cautions: 7 for 68 laps
Margin of Victory: 2 laps +
Attendance: 70,000
Lead changes: 13

Glossary    1956 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1956 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
346648   Allen Adkins Don Holcomb'56 Ford31550running0
254564   Johnny Allen Spook Crawford'56 Plymouth330300running0
7 397   Bill Amick DePaolo Engineering   (Pete DePaolo)'56 Ford3571,020running0
26 687   Buck Baker Mercury Outboards   (Carl Kiekhaefer)'56 Chrysler330225running0
406134   Dick Beaty Ike Kiser'56 Ford26450crash0
554850   Roy Bentley Marion Cox'56 Ford14650crash0
362921   Gene Bergin Malcolm Barlow'56 Dodge308250running0
292475   Bill Blair Temple Motors   (Frank Hayworth)'56 Mercury327125running0
435654   Bill Brown City of Whiteville, N.C.   (Leland Colvin)'55 Buick235250crash0
283619   Billy Carden Schwam Motors   (Charlie Schwam)'56 Ford32975running0
211931   Bill Champion Whitford Brothers   (John Whitford)'56 Ford336120running0
456283   Johnny Dodson Johnny Dodson'56 Chevrolet20450wheel0
622195   Bob Duell Police Special   (Julian Buesink)'56 Ford9050rear end0
33 982   Joe Eubanks Satcher Motors   (James Satcher)'56 Ford31750gasket0
425223   Wade Fields  '56 Ford24450running0
581215   Fonty Flock Bill Stroppe'56 Mercury11780spindle0
121586   Tim Flock John Foster Motors   (John Foster)'56 Ford345490running19
445573   Larry Flynn Williamson Motors   (B.B. Morris)'56 Buick222150crash0
5 43   Paul Goldsmith Smokey's Best Damn Garage   (Smokey Yunick)'56 Chevrolet3581,300running0
683817   Russ Graham Earl Wright'56 Chevrolet2650crash0
47516   Pat Grogan Pat Grogan'56 Mercury20250gas tank0
183980   Harold Hardesty Beryl Jackson'56 Oldsmobile339350running0
394066   Harvey Henderson Harvey Henderson'56 Ford26650running0
524444   Ray Hendrick  '56 Chevrolet16350engine0
132261   Roz Howard Roz Howard'56 Chevrolet343250running0
93047   Bobby Johns J.M. Fitzgibbons'56 Chevrolet349700running0
153532   Junior Johnson Smokey Yunick'56 Chevrolet342200running0
50181   Parnelli Jones Torrance Motors   (Vel Miletich)'56 Ford16970crash0
64415   Pee Wee Jones Joe Blair'56 Dodge6050throttle0
226569   Possum Jones Warren Lee'56 Chevrolet336110running0
325060   Brownie King Brownie King'56 Chevrolet32050running0
102093   Pat Kirkwood Howard Moore'56 Pontiac347550running0
194281   Elmo Langley Elmo Langley'56 Chevrolet338140running0
593298   Danny Letner Tom Harbison'56 Dodge113100crash0
373188   Ralph Liguori Ernest Woods'56 Oldsmobile300150axle0
565824   Ken Love Richard Gallup'56 Ford13450running0
245416   Tiny Lund Gus Holzmueller'56 Chevrolet331100running0
354389   Tom Lupo Granger Motors'56 Ford31350running0
636051   Nace Mattingly Nace Mattingly'56 Ford7350engine0
57 812   Ralph Moody DePaolo Engineering   (Pete DePaolo)'56 Ford11970crash0
705918   Arden Mounts Arden Mounts'56 Pontiac1250piston0
38 727   Frank Mundy Mercury Outboards   (Carl Kiekhaefer)'56 Dodge276180engine0
161414   Billy Myers Bill Stroppe'56 Mercury341300running0
613476   Bobby Myers Bill Stroppe'56 Mercury9150gas tank0
603740   Don Oldenberg Don Oldenberg'56 Plymouth10050gas tank0
484730   Clyde Palmer Jack Chatenay'56 Plymouth17750overheating0
3 28   Marvin Panch Hunter Ford   (Pete DePaolo)'56 Ford3593,370running40
61726   Jim Paschal Bill Stroppe'56 Mercury3581,850running31
142538   Johnny Patterson H.B. Ranier'56 Chevrolet343225running0
677072   Peck Peckham Peck Peckham'55 Chevrolet2750gasket0
176835   Lee Petty Mullen Special   (Fred Frazier)'56 Ford340175running0
466359   Blackie Pitt Brownie Pitt'56 Plymouth202100rear end0
4237   Jim Reed Jim Reed'56 Chevrolet3591,850running0
416784   Judge Rider Lawson & Netti'56 Ford25850running0
511322   Fireball Roberts DePaolo Engineering   (Pete DePaolo)'56 Ford166160crash35
275391   Jack Smith Elridge Motors   (Ted Chester)'56 Chevrolet32975running0
316465   Lou Spears Matt Gowens'56 Plymouth322150running0
65262   Gwyn Staley Alamance Motors   (Hubert Westmoreland)'56 Chevrolet5750crash0
696913   Jesse James Taylor Jesse James Taylor'56 Ford2550engine0
49 592   Herb Thomas Herb Thomas'56 Chevrolet17350crash0
2 157   Speedy Thompson Mercury Outboards   (Carl Kiekhaefer)'56 Chrysler3625,000running15
11199   Curtis Turner Schwam Motors   (Charlie Schwam)'56 Ford36411,750running224
303363   Sherman Utsman Robert McReynolds'56 Chevrolet32775running0
8169   Joe Weatherly Schwam Motors   (Charlie Schwam)'56 Ford352900running0
112810   Rex White Max Welborn'56 Chevrolet345400running0
531052   Bill Widenhouse Beatty Motors   (Bob Widenhouse)'56 Ford15950engine0
542729   Dink Widenhouse Dink Widenhouse'56 Ford15850crash0
664925   Doug Yates Air Lift   (Leland Colvin)'56 Chevrolet5450crash0
204643   Shorty York  '56 Ford336130running0
235711   Emanuel Zervakis Emanuel Zervakis'56 Chevrolet334100running0

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Bryce BeckBryce BeckChrysler
Bobby BoydBobby BoydPlymouth
Pete Yow03Pete YowFord
Joe Blair5Joe BlairDodge
Rat Garner17Rat GarnerFord
Everett Brashear39Walter MasonChevrolet
Lee Petty42Petty EnterprisesDodge
Matt Gowan64Matt GowanPlymouth
Jud Larson69Dick SchofieldChevrolet
William Pike74William PikePontiac

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Marvin Panch111
  Speedy Thompson21615
  Tim Flock173216
  Marvin Panch33331
  Curtis Turner34352
  Tim Flock36383
  Curtis Turner399557
  Marvin Panch961005
  Jim Paschal10113131
  Fireball Roberts13216635
  Curtis Turner1671682
  Marvin Panch16920133
  Curtis Turner202364163