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1954 Southern 500


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NASCAR Grand National race number 31 of 37
Monday, September 6, 1954 at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
364 laps on a 1.375 mile paved track (500.5 miles)

Time of race: 5:16:01
Average Speed: 95.026 mph
Pole Speed: 108.261 mph
Cautions: 2 for 4 laps
Margin of Victory: 26 sec
Attendance: 28,000
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1954 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1954 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
103812   Speedy Thompson Buckshot Morris'54 Buick337550running0
393923   Erick Erickson Erick Erickson'54 Buick13175rear end0
8257   Gwyn Staley Paul Whiteman'54 Cadillac342670running0
254248   Otis Martin Otis Martin'54 Chrysler290130running0
311093   Ted Chamberlain Chrysler Fire Power   (Ted Chamberlain)'53 Chrysler25275running0
381342   Lee Petty Bender Magnetic   (Petty Enterprises)'54 Chrysler17375coil0
32498   Marvin Panch Beryl Jackson'54 Dodge3622,155running0
6 740   John Soares Le French Co.   (Charles Vance)'54 Dodge348855running0
30156   Ralph Liguori Ralph Liguori'54 Dodge253120running0
33 526   Dave Terrell Dave Terrell'54 Dodge23175rear end0
483390   Bob Welborn George Hutchens'53 Dodge1475piston0
263285   Walt Harvey Walt Harvey'50 Ford284120running0
294320   Van Van Wey Pee Dee Motor Co.   (Van Van Wey)'54 Ford260120crash0
324855   Frank Stutts  '50 Ford25075running0
364471   Dean Pelton  '50 Ford21675gasket0
374715   Joe Sheppard  '54 Ford21575running0
12392   Herb Thomas Fabulous Hudson Hornet   (Herb Thomas)'54 Hudson3646,830running43
112118   Arden Mounts Gene Comstock'51 Hudson335500running0
13 98   Gene Comstock Gene Comstock'52 Hudson334400running0
151482   Joe Eubanks Oates Motor Co.   (Phil Oates)'51 Hudson330325running0
211932   Art Watts  '54 Hudson312175running0
283070   Charles Brinkley  '51 Hudson268100engine0
341683   Cotton Owens  '51 Hudson22875engine0
352233   Pop McGinnis Irving Frye'53 Hudson221115fuel4
40 84   Ken Fisher Ken Fisher'54 Hudson11875radiator0
464920   John McGinley Walt Chapman'53 Hudson3675bearing0
474643   Danny Letner Joe Bearscheck'51 Hudson2675engine0
42758   Johnny Patterson H.B. Ranier'54 Mercury3601,165running0
172817   Bill Widenhouse Bob Widenhouse'54 Mercury326275running0
41185   Jimmie Lewallen Joe Blair'54 Mercury11075crash0
16501   Elton Hildreth Hildreth Motors   (Elton Hildreth)'53 Nash327300running0
183147   Harvey Eakin Harvey Eakin'54 Nash321250running0
21744   Curtis Turner Elmer Brooks'52 Oldsmobile3646,245running266
53488   Jim Paschal Ernest Woods'54 Oldsmobile357975running0
7 225   Fireball Roberts Leland Colvin'53 Oldsmobile343730running0
94013   Joel Million Ernest Woods'53 Oldsmobile339600running0
124153   Elmo Langley Darlington 500   (Elmo Langley)'54 Oldsmobile335450running0
14 428   Eddie Skinner Frank Dodge'53 Oldsmobile332350running0
19 697   Bill Amick Frank Christian'54 Oldsmobile317225running9
232921   Laird Bruner Carmen Amica'54 Oldsmobile294150rear end0
422029   Dink Widenhouse Dink Widenhouse'53 Oldsmobile10175vapor lock0
432610   Blackie Pitt Gary Drake'54 Oldsmobile9875piston0
44 187   Buck Baker Griffin Motors   (Bob Griffin)'54 Oldsmobile66465engine34
45 314   Hershel McGriff Air Lift Special   (Frank Christian)'54 Oldsmobile3795engine0
503675   Jimmy Thompson  '52 Oldsmobile475fuel tank0
201164   Charlie Cregar James Gess'51 Plymouth313280running8
243527   Jim Gillette  '52 Plymouth293140running0
273716   Buck Mason  '51 Plymouth283110running0
494579   Hassell Reid  '49 Plymouth1175piston0
221211   George Parrish George Parrish'53 Studebaker299160running0

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Bill Blair2Bill BlairHudson
Parks Surratt00Park SarrattPlymouth
Bill Morgan77Hudson
Jim Graham72George BignottiFord
Fred Dove71Fred DovePlymouth
Ken Taylor62Ford
Gober Sosebee51Cherokee GarageGober SosebeeOldsmobile
Hank Carruthers50Packard
Clyde Minter19Ken PaceMercury
Donald Thomas9Herb ThomasHudson
Dick Rathman3PureJohn DitzHudson
Ross Morrison05Hudson

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Buck Baker13434
  Bill Amick35439
  Curtis Turner4412986
  Charlie Cregar1301378
  Pop McGinnis1381414
  Curtis Turner14219049
  Herb Thomas19120313
  Curtis Turner20429794
  Herb Thomas2983014
  Curtis Turner3023076
  Herb Thomas3083136
  Curtis Turner31434431
  Herb Thomas34536420