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1955 Southern 500

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NASCAR Grand National race number 35 of 45
Monday, September 5, 1955 at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
366 laps on a 1.375 mile paved track (503.250 miles)

Time of race: 5:25:25
Average speed: 92.281 mph
Pole speed: 110.682 mph
Cautions: 8 for 51 laps
Margin of victory: 1 lap +
Attendance: 50000
Lead changes: 10

Glossary    1955 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1955 standings

1 892   Herb Thomas Motoramic   (Herb Thomas)'55 Chevrolet3667480running76
2217   Jim Reed Jim Reed'55 Chevrolet3651550running0
3 616   Tim Flock Mercury Outboards   (Carl Kiekhaefer)'55 Chrysler3632500running45
4242   Gwyn Staley Hubert Westmoreland'55 Chevrolet3591300running0
53096   Larry Flynn W.R. Waldron'55 Ford3591175running0
6 289   Buck Baker Mercury Outboards   (Buck Baker)'55 Buick3591055running0
72693   Lou Spears J.T. Maness'55 Chevrolet354700running0
82770   Cotton Owens Lancaster Brothers'55 Chevrolet354600running0
9 425   Bill Widenhouse Sam McCuthen'55 Chevrolet353445wheel2
104104   Jimmy Massey Hubert Westmoreland'55 Chevrolet352400transmission0
112020   Banks Simpson Waldron & Co.   (Banks Simpson)'55 Buick352475running0
12 582   Joe Eubanks Oates Motor Co.   (Phil Oates)'55 Oldsmobile351550running0
134544   Marvin Panch Thomason Chevrolet   (Julian Petty)'55 Chevrolet351300running0
143354   Nace Mattingly Nace Mattingly'55 Ford349350running0
154488   Jimmie Lewallen Ernest Woods'55 Oldsmobile348335running0
16356   Ralph Liguori Wheatley Motors Inc.   (Al Wheatley)'55 Mercury348400running0
171384   Banjo Matthews Paper Hangers'55 Oldsmobile348245running0
183798   Dave Terrell Dave Terrell'55 Oldsmobile346165running0
192917   Russ Graham Earl Wright'55 Chevrolet346155running0
201851   Bill Champion Leland Colvin'55 Buick346195running0
212542   Lee Petty Petty Enterprises'55 Dodge343335running0
224668   Johnny Patterson Al Wheatley'55 Mercury342225running0
233446   Billy Myers Hubert Westmoreland'55 Chevrolet342115running0
244895   Lloyd Moore Julian Buesink'55 Ford342160running0
253235   Ray Platte Harry Parry'55 Chevrolet339100running0
263822   Bill Blair Bill Blair'55 Oldsmobile33290running0
274324   Bobby Waddell Jimmy Pardue'55 Chevrolet33175running0
283159   Blackie Pitt Brownie Pitt'55 Ford32975running0
295212   Jimmy Thompson '55 Plymouth328275running0
306949   Bob Welborn Bob Welborn'55 Chevrolet32775running0
316162   Curley Hatfield '55 Chevrolet31960running0
325050   Roy Bentley Marion Cox Garage   (Marion Cox)'55 Chevrolet31760running0
33 79   Joe Weatherly Schwam Motors   (Charlie Schwam)'55 Ford3171500crash141
341078   Jim Paschal Helzafire   (Ernest Woods)'55 Oldsmobile31760running0
355958   Bill Bowman Bill Bowman'54 Nash311260running0
361755   Junior Johnson B & L Motors   (Jim Lowe / Carl Beckham)'55 Oldsmobile30860running0
374730   Ned Jarrett Mellie Bernard'55 Pontiac305260running0
385761   Gene Bergin Malcolm Barlow'54 Dodge302160running0
39 98   Billy Carden Bishop Brothers'55 Buick29860running0
405578   Tojo Stephens '55 Chevrolet29160running0
416243   Possum Jones Steve Pierce'55 Chevrolet27660running0
424228   Eddie Skinner Frank Dodge'53 Oldsmobile25660running0
435171   Harold Kite The Racing Club'55 Oldsmobile25660running0
443610   Van Van Wey Ray Fletcher'55 Ford24760crash0
45 387   Speedy Thompson Mercury Outboards   (Bob Griffin)'54 Oldsmobile23580vapor lock0
462256   Fred Johnson B & L Motors   (Jim Lowe / Carl Beckham)'55 Cadillac231260tires0
475337   Doug Cox Claude Porter'55 Pontiac225150transmission0
486881   Gene Comstock Gene Comstock'54 Hudson220250running0
496694   Clarence DeZalia Clarence DeZalia'54 Ford21050rear end0
502377   Dick Allwine Earl Wright'55 Chevrolet20250crash0
511136   Fonty Flock Mercury Outboards   (Carl Kiekhaefer)'55 Chrysler1901040crash84
521640   Gene Simpson Gene Simpson'55 Buick18850transmission0
531934   Dick Beaty Ike Kiser'55 Ford18450crash0
546732   Jim Thompson '53 Hudson184150crash0
554023   Don Duckworth Woodruff Motors'55 Chevrolet14750crash0
564918   Arden Mounts Mounts Hudson Sales   (Arden Mounts)'54 Hudson143100crash0
572815   Jimmy Roland R.C. Rollings'55 Chevrolet13750rear end0
581599   Curtis Turner Schwam Motors   (Charlie Schwam)'55 Ford133190tie rod14
595476   Elmo Langley Elmo Langley'55 Dodge79100oil pressure0
601491   Donald Thomas Herb Thomas'55 Buick7850steering0
613914   Slick Smith Mercury Outboards   (Frank Christian)'55 Chevrolet7750gasket0
62123   Dick Rathmann John Ditz'55 Chrysler50130transmission0
636021   Bud Rackley '54 Oldsmobile4450connect0
646541   Tommy Thompson Julian Buesink'55 Ford4150fuel pump0
655819   Gordon Smith Gordon Smith'55 Chevrolet3950rod bearing0
66 1M-1   Fireball Roberts Fish Carburetor   (Bob Fish)'55 Buick30140crash4
676333   Pop McGinnis Owen Cox'55 Chevrolet1850crash0
6856460   Ed Cole Clarence DeZalia'55 Plymouth12150rod bearing0
696411   George Parrish George Parrish'53 Studebaker11250overheating0

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
Jack Smith1Chevrolet
Ted Wright01Chevrolet
Maurice Thompson39Maurice ThompsonOldsmobile
Harvey Eakin47Harvey EakinNash
Homer Newland48Dodge
Leland Sewell51Bill AylorFord

Lap leader breakdown:
# Of
  Fireball Roberts144
  Tim Flock5106
  Fonty Flock119484
  Tim Flock9510915
  Curtis Turner11012314
  Tim Flock12414724
  Bill Widenhouse1481492
  Joe Weatherly150278129
  Herb Thomas27930628
  Joe Weatherly30731812
  Herb Thomas31936648