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NASCAR Grand National race number 33 of 52
Sunday, July 9, 1961 at Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA
167 laps on a 1.500 mile paved track (250.500 miles)

Time of race: 2:07:18
Average speed: 118.067 mph
Pole speed: 136.088 mph
Cautions: 1 for 12 laps
Margin of victory: 1 lap +
Attendance: 18000
Lead changes: n/a

Glossary    1961 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1961 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLed
1 528   Fred Lorenzen Courtesy Ford   (Holman-Moody Racing)'61 Ford1677085running52
2 747   Bob Welborn Jack Smith'61 Pontiac1663580running26
33943   Richard Petty Petty Enterprises'61 Plymouth1642275running0
42185   Emanuel Zervakis Monroe Shook'61 Chevrolet1631475running0
51246   Jack Smith Trotter Pontiac / Rodgers & Co.   (Jack Smith)'61 Pontiac1611310running2
61987   Buck Baker Buck Baker'61 Chrysler1601150running0
72396   Friday Hassler J.L. Cheatham'60 Chevrolet1591025running0
82086   Buddy Baker Buck Baker'61 Chrysler159925running0
93048   G.C. Spencer G.C. Spencer'60 Chevrolet158850running0
10114   Rex White White-Clements   (Rex White)'61 Chevrolet157900running0
11 86   Ralph Earnhardt Cotton Owens'61 Pontiac157750running0
12 122   Fireball Roberts Smokey Yunick'61 Pontiac1551025running51
131882   Marvin Porter Henry Dunbar'61 Ford154625running0
141611   Ned Jarrett B.G. Holloway'61 Chevrolet153550engine0
15155   Woodie Wilson Leroy Faucett'61 Pontiac153550running0
16261   Paul Lewis Jess Potter'61 Chevrolet152450running0
173374   L.D. Austin L.D. Austin'61 Chevrolet152450running0
182419   Herman Beam Herman Beam'60 Ford151450running0
193838   Roy Tyner Bunnell Motors   (Matt DeMatthews)'61 Ford150450running0
203593   Lee Reitzel Lee Reitzel'60 Ford149450running0
212999   George Alsobrook Joe Jones'61 Ford148300rocker arm0
222830   Gene White Fred Clark'60 Chevrolet147300running0
234177   Hank Tillman '60 Ford146300running0
243462   Curtis Crider Curtis Crider'61 Mercury145300running0
253639   Tommy Wells '60 Chevrolet143300running0
264069   Johnny Allen B.G. Holloway'61 Chevrolet140300engine0
27312   Frank Graham '60 Ford140300running0
28 38   Joe Weatherly Bud Moore'61 Pontiac133490engine28
293771   Bob Barron Bob Barron'60 Dodge123300rear end0
304275   Tiny Lund J.D. Braswell'61 Pontiac115300fuel pump0
31 927   Junior Johnson Holly Farms   (Rex Lovette)'61 Pontiac1095timing1
323264   Eddie Pagan '60 Ford89 rear end0
33 694   Banjo Matthews Banjo Matthews'61 Ford82 axle0
341715   Jim Bennett Beau Morgan'61 Ford74 head gasket0
351372   Bobby Johns Shorty Johns'61 Ford66 engine0
362223   Doug Yates Raeford Johnson'61 Plymouth48 engine0
37 429   Nelson Stacy Holt-Stacy   (Dudley Farrell)'61 Ford3660engine7
382554   Jimmy Pardue Jimmy Pardue'60 Chevrolet28 piston0
392710   T.C. Hunt Fred Wheat'61 Dodge20 con rod0
40 23   David Pearson Daytona Kennel   (John Masoni)'61 Pontiac375crash0
411024   Roscoe Thompson James Turner'60 Pontiac1 crash0
421489   Herb Tillman Joe Lee Johnson'61 Chevrolet1 crash0

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Jim Paschal14Julian PettyPontiac
Larry Frank76LaFayette MotorsDick WrightFord
Tubby Gonzales80Tubby GonzalesFord

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
111  
21312   #3,5,24,29,69,89 accident turn 3 
14167154  
  Percent of race run under caution: 7.2%             Average green flag run: 77.5 laps