Skip to content
Links for this race (some data may be unavailable):

Race Results

Qualifying Results

Loop Data Stats

Pit Stops

Video Links (0)

Crew Chiefs

1961 Wilkes 200

Previous race results / Next race results                     Previous at this track / Next at this track


NASCAR Grand National race number 48 of 52
Sunday, October 1, 1961 at North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro, NC
320 laps on a 0.625 mile paved track (200.000 miles)

Time of race: 2:21:43
Average speed: 84.675 mph
Pole speed: 94.54 mph
Cautions: 4 for 23 laps
Margin of victory: 1 lap +
Attendance: 9000
Lead changes: 3

Glossary    1961 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1961 standings

1 34   Rex White White-Clements   (Rex White)'61 Chevrolet3203105running201
2 618   Fireball Roberts Stephens Pontiac   (Bud Moore)'61 Pontiac3191125running0
31342   Richard Petty Petty Enterprises'61 Plymouth316850running0
4 127   Junior Johnson Holly Farms   (Rex Lovette)'61 Pontiac3151265running118
51011   Ned Jarrett B.G. Holloway'61 Chevrolet315575running0
61485   Emanuel Zervakis Monroe Shook'61 Chevrolet312450running0
72454   Jimmy Pardue Jimmy Pardue'59 Chevrolet312400running0
8 58   Joe Weatherly Stephens Pontiac   (Bud Moore)'61 Pontiac311355running1
91864   Bill Morton Bill Morton'60 Chevrolet300300running0
102023   Doug Yates Raeford Johnson'61 Plymouth299225running0
11 82   Tommy Irwin Tom Daniels'61 Chevrolet296200crash0
121936   Larry Thomas Wade Younts'60 Chevrolet294175running0
132134   Wendell Scott Wendell Scott'60 Chevrolet293150running0
142262   Curtis Crider Curtis Crider'61 Mercury293140running0
151719   Herman Beam Herman Beam'60 Ford291125running0
162620   Paul Lewis '60 Chevrolet262110running0
172774   L.D. Austin L.D. Austin'61 Chevrolet253100overheating0
181217   Fred Harb Fred Harb'61 Ford241100engine0
192371   Bob Barron Bob Barron'60 Dodge218100running0
20 221   Banjo Matthews Wood Brothers'61 Ford202100rear end0
21 444   Jim Paschal Julian Petty'61 Pontiac20075driveshaft0
221514   Johnny Allen Joe Lee Johnson'61 Chevrolet19875crash0
231648   G.C. Spencer G.C. Spencer'60 Chevrolet19475crash0
24 746   Jack Smith Jack Smith'61 Pontiac19075piston0
25116   Cotton Owens Cotton Owens'61 Pontiac18975oil pressure0
262825   John Hamby John Hamby'61 Dodge12050transmission0
27 986   Buck Baker Liquid Basket   (Buck Baker)'61 Chrysler2850engine0
282997   Harry Leake Harry Leake'60 Chevrolet2650engine0
292559   Ken Rush B.G. Holloway'61 Pontiac850engine0
303012   Joe Jones Bill Lloyd'59 Ford250handling0

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
Bob Presnell5Bobby WaddellChevrolet
Fred Lorenzen28Holman-MoodyFord
Nelson Stacy29Dudley FarrellFord
Dale Jett70Dale JettOldsmobile

Lap leader breakdown:
# Of
  Junior Johnson17979
  Joe Weatherly80801
  Junior Johnson8111939
  Rex White12020081