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1956 Virginia 500

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NASCAR Grand National race number 18 of 56
Sunday, May 20, 1956 at Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA
500 laps on a 0.500 mile paved track (250.000 miles)

Time of race: 4:06:07
Average speed: 60.824 mph
Pole speed: 66.103 mph
Cautions: 7 for 20 laps
Margin of victory: .5 lap
Attendance: 20000
Lead changes: 5

Glossary    1956 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1956 standings

1 1502   Buck Baker Carl Kiekhaefer'56 Dodge5003100running125
2 2500   Speedy Thompson Carl Kiekhaefer'56 Dodge5001500running259
3 542   Lee Petty Petty Enterprises'56 Dodge4971025running0
4 83   Paul Goldsmith Smokey Yunick'56 Chevrolet496750running0
5 92   Gwyn Staley Hubert Westmoreland'56 Chevrolet491600running0
6 7X   Rex White Max Welborn'56 Chevrolet483450running0
719418   Sherman Utsman '56 Chevrolet477350running0
81314   Billy Myers Bill Stroppe'56 Mercury475300running0
92191   Jack Smith Ted Chester'56 Chevrolet475200running0
101512   Ralph Moody Southeastern Dealers   (Pete DePaolo)'56 Ford467175running0
113319   Harvey Henderson Harvey Henderson'56 Ford464150running0
122255   Tiny Lund A.L. Bumgarner'56 Pontiac463100running0
13 67A   Bobby Johns Shorty Johns'56 Chevrolet458100running0
1434240   Rat Garner Rat Garner'56 Ford441100rf hub0
15121   Bobby Myers '55 Chevrolet436100rf hub0
161822   Fireball Roberts DePaolo Engineering   (Pete DePaolo)'56 Ford43575running0
173016   Ray Chaike Gus Holzmueller'56 Chevrolet43075running0
18259   Pee Wee Jones '56 Ford41975running0
1932211   George Cork '55 Plymouth40575running0
20 392   Herb Thomas Herb Thomas'56 Chevrolet37775engine116
2129209   Pete Stewart Pete Stewart'56 Plymouth35660rr axle0
222818   Arden Mounts Arden Mounts'56 Pontiac33860running0
2310285   Don Carr Jim Stephens'56 Pontiac30460lug bolt0
2414150   Fred Lorenzen Fred Lorenzen'56 Chevrolet29360running0
25 475   Jim Paschal C U Later Alligator   (Frank Hayworth)'56 Mercury29360bearing0
263159   Blackie Pitt Brownie Pitt'56 Buick25260rf hub0
27 7286   Cotton Owens Jim Stephens'56 Pontiac24360rf hub0
282432   Ted Cannady Ted Cannady'56 Chevrolet15660transmission0
2923204   Darvin Randahl Darvin Randahl'56 Ford14960piston0
301611   Tim Flock Mauri Rose Engineering   (Mauri Rose)'56 Chevrolet6960crash0
3126264   Johnny Allen Spook Crawford'55 Plymouth3760transmission0
323535   Joe Bill O'Dell Joe Gilliam'55 Rambler3760crash0
332095   Bob Duell Julian Buesink'56 Ford2960crash0
3427195   Jim Rhoades Jim Rhoades'55 Packard2560tire0
35176   Ralph Liguori Ralph Liguori'56 Dodge860piston0

Lap leader breakdown:
# Of
  Speedy Thompson1215215
  Buck Baker2162216
  Herb Thomas222337116
  Speedy Thompson33838144
  Buck Baker382500119