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1953 Southern 500


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NASCAR Grand National race number 30 of 37
Monday, September 7, 1953 at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
364 laps on a 1.375 mile paved track (500.5 miles)

Time of race: 5:23:19
Average Speed: 92.881 mph
Pole Speed: 107.983 mph
Cautions: 4 for 17 laps
Margin of Victory: 3 laps +
Attendance: 37,000
Lead changes: 35

Glossary    1953 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1953 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1 787   Buck Baker Griffin Motors   (Bob Griffin)'53 Oldsmobile3646,285running151
5 492   Herb Thomas FABULOUS   (Herb Thomas)'53 Hudson3541,550engine124
2 114   Fonty Flock Red Vogt Special   (Frank Christian)'53 Hudson3613,040running48
45 611   Fireball Roberts Leland Colvin'53 Oldsmobile198340a frame41
31044   Curtis Turner Griffin Motors   (Frank Christian)'53 Oldsmobile3591,500running0
41349   Dick Meyer Dick Meyer'53 Dodge3551,000running0
61680   Jim Paschal George Hutchens'53 Dodge354800running0
71946   Speedy Thompson Bob Pronger'53 Oldsmobile351750running0
8 529   Donald Thomas Herb Thomas'53 Hudson350700running0
92200   Dick Passwater Dick Passwater'53 Oldsmobile350630running0
10 991   Tim Flock Ted Chester'53 Hudson349520running0
114442   Lee Petty Petty Enterprises'53 Dodge344450running0
122467   Elton Hildreth Hildreth Motors   (Elton Hildreth)'53 Nash343400running0
13216   Jimmie Lewallen Pete Mann'53 Oldsmobile340350running0
14 889   Buddy Shuman B.A. Pless'53 Hudson338345running0
153221   Neil Roberts Neil Roberts'53 Chrysler335300running0
162522   George Osborne George Osborne'53 Hudson331275running0
17297   Lloyd Hulette Lloyd Hulette'53 Buick328250running0
18308   Gene Comstock Gene Comstock'53 Hudson324225running0
193371   Fred Dove Fred Dove'51 Ford324200running0
205018   Bobby Myers  '53 Oldsmobile321190running0
215555   Bub King Bub King'53 Packard309175running0
223460   Tyre Rakestraw Billy's Body Shop   (Tyre Rakestraw)'53 Chevrolet308160running0
234751   Gober Sosebee Cherokee Garage   (Gober Sosebee)'52 Oldsmobile301150running0
243950   Bob Weatherly Bob Weatherly'52 Plymouth289140running0
253797   Lacy Jackson Lacy Jackson'52 Hudson288130crash0
264830   Johnny Bridgers Johnny Bridgers'51 Ford279120running0
274010   Chet Williams Chet Williams'51 Ford277110running0
281506   Marvin Panch Marvin Panch'53 Dodge275110overheating0
2950    Elmer Cooper  '53 Nash271110running0
302208   Arden Mounts Gene Comstock'53 Hudson262110radiator0
31129   Jim Reed  '53 Hudson260110engine0
323899   Matt Gowan Gowan's Auto Parts   (Matt Gowan)'53 Plymouth250110running0
33452   Bill Blair Bill Blair'53 Oldsmobile250110radiator0
342023   Mike Magill Michael Jarema'53 Lincoln244110crash0
355425   Bill Norton  '52 Oldsmobile241110running0
361447   Otis Martin Otis Martin'53 Plymouth238110running0
372873   Bill Widenhouse  '53 Nash234110running0
382675   Junior Johnson Junior Johnson'53 Oldsmobile222110crash0
394416   Weldon Adams Adams Racing   (Weldon Adams)'51 Ford217110engine0
403574   J.L. Justice J.L. Justice'52 Ford217110overheating0
4156    Bob Hunter  '53 Oldsmobile210105running0
42 3120   Dick Rathman IT'S A HUDSON   (Walt Chapman)'53 Hudson208155hub0
43424   Slick Smith Griffin Motors   (Bob Griffin)'53 Oldsmobile200105gas tank0
443177   Dick Allwine Dick Curry'53 Chevrolet198105fuel line0
461913   Emory Lewis Ernest Woods'53 Oldsmobile195105engine0
475319   Clyde Minter Clyde Minter'53 Mercury190105oil pressure0
484945   Ben Dixon  '52 Hudson187105overheating0
4957    Lonnie Bragg  '52 Oldsmobile149105engine0
503688   Laird Bruner Laird Bruner'53 Oldsmobile142105transmission0
5158    Joe Guide Sally Guide'52 Hudson111100oil pressure0
521858   Johnny Patterson H.B. Ranier'53 Hudson98120crash0
535148   Slim Rominger Slim Rominger'49 Lincoln69100fuel pump0
541145   Ralph Liguori Al Wheatley'53 Lincoln68100crash0
552784   Gayle Warren Gayle Warren'53 Studebaker57100gas line0
56 282   Joe Eubanks Oates Motor Co.   (Phil Oates)'52 Hudson40100spindle0
574333   Pop McGinnis Irving Frye'52 Hudson31100engine0
5846    Merritt Brown  '53 Studebaker20100transmission0
595279   Ned Jarrett Ned Jarrett'50 Oldsmobile8100oil line0