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1961 Atlanta 500


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NASCAR Grand National race number 9 of 52
Sunday, March 26, 1961 at Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA
334 laps on a 1.500 mile paved track (501.0 miles)

Time of race: 4:02:05
Average Speed: 123.92 mph
Pole Speed: 135.755 mph
Cautions: 2
Margin of Victory: under caution
Attendance: 43,000
Lead changes: 9

Glossary    1961 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1961 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1 753   Bob Burdick Roy Burdick'61 Pontiac33415,775running44
2 44   Rex White White-Clements   (Rex White)'61 Chevrolet3348,850running0
3136   Ralph Earnhardt Cotton Owens'61 Pontiac3344,850running0
41729   Nelson Stacy Holt-Stacy   (Dudley Farrell)'61 Ford3332,475running0
51811   Ned Jarrett B.G. Holloway'61 Chevrolet3321,775running0
6 13   Marvin Panch Daytona Kennel   (John Masoni)'61 Pontiac3293,035running127
72466   Reds Kagle Cafe Burgundy   (Ratus Walters)'60 Ford3261,125running0
81459   Tom Pistone B.G. Holloway'61 Pontiac3251,100running0
91985   Emanuel Zervakis Monroe Shook'61 Chevrolet322825running0
10212   Tommy Irwin Tom Daniels'60 Chevrolet315775fuel0
111254   Jimmy Pardue Jimmy Pardue'60 Chevrolet312700running0
12157   Jim Reed Jim Reed'61 Chevrolet309675rear end0
13 649   Bob Welborn Bob Welborn'61 Pontiac308550running0
143962   Curtis Crider Curtis Crider'60 Ford293450running0
154086   Buck Baker Buck Baker'61 Chrysler290400running0
161094   Banjo Matthews Banjo Matthews'61 Ford267755head gasket38
173616   Elmo Langley Happy Steigel'59 Pontiac233300lugs0
184339   Marshall Sargent Marshall Sargent'59 Pontiac233250rear end0
193378   Darel Dieringer Billie Ridgeway   (W.J. Ridgeway)'60 Ford231250crash0
20 921   Curtis Turner Wood Brothers'61 Ford216565head gasket29
211147   Jack Smith Jack Smith'61 Pontiac212225engine0
22 58   Joe Weatherly Bud Moore'61 Pontiac179275lugs0
233456   Jim Hendrickson Charles French'60 Chevrolet171200fuel pump0
242243   Richard Petty Petty Enterprises'60 Plymouth155200engine0
253768   Ed Livingston Curtis Crider'60 Ford151200bearings0
261623   Sal Tovella Bob Rose'61 Ford144250engine0
272327   Junior Johnson Holly Farms   (Rex Lovette)'61 Pontiac126300crash0
282589   Joe Lee Johnson Joe Lee Johnson'61 Chevrolet124250crash0
292772   Bobby Johns Shorty Johns'61 Ford124250crash0
302010   T.C. Hunt Fred Wheat'61 Dodge124225crash0
314614   Freddy Fryar Herb Adcox'61 Chevrolet116200engine0
32389   Roy Tyner Roy Tyner'60 Ford109200pulley0
33 328   Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody'61 Ford1061,320crash87
344299   Wilbur Rakestraw Joe Jones'61 Ford100200crash0
353296   Johnny Allen J.L. Cheatham'60 Chevrolet96200crash0
363519   Herman Beam Herman Beam'60 Ford94200crash0
373140   Bobby Allison Ralph Stark'60 Chevrolet94200crash0
38 876   Larry Frank Dick Wright'60 Ford90225engine0
394115   Tim Flock Beau Morgan'61 Ford82200steering0
403026   David Pearson David Pearson'61 Pontiac80200engine0
412930   Friday Hassler Fred Clark'60 Chevrolet53200driveshaft0
42 222   Fireball Roberts Smokey Yunick'61 Pontiac29860engine9
432865   Charlie Glotzbach Melvin Black'61 Pontiac23200engine0
442688   Harlan Richardson Jim White'61 Ford22225engine0
454464   Johnny Sudderth Spook Crawford'60 Ford22200rear end0
46451   Paul Lewis Jess Potter'61 Chevrolet1200engine0

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Gerald Duke92Gerald DukeT-Bird
Buddy Baker87Buck BakerChrysler
Tubby Gonzales80Tubby GonzalesFord
Red Hollingsworth5Red HollingsworthChevrolet
Dave Mader00Dave MaderChevrolet
Don O'Dell75J.D. BraswellPontiac
Jimmy Thompson55T-Bird
Roscoe Thompson24James TurnerPontiac
Reb Wickersham33Reb WickershamOldsmobile