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1959 Southern 500

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NASCAR Grand National race number 36 of 44
Monday, September 7, 1959 at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
364 laps on a 1.375 mile paved track (500.5 miles)

Time of race: 4:28:30
Average Speed: 111.836 mph
Pole Speed: 123.734 mph
Cautions: 2 for 12 laps
Margin of Victory: 2 laps +
Attendance: 78,000
Lead changes: 11

Glossary    1959 NASCAR Grand National results   /   1959 standings

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Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
45 210   Elmo Langley Cafe Burgundy   (Ratus Walters)'59 Buick41180engine0
1147   Jim Reed Jim Reed's Garage   (Jim Reed)'57 Chevrolet36417,250running152
32272   Bobby Johns Shorty Johns'57 Chevrolet3624,760running57
62388   Jim Paschal Lynton Tyson'59 Chevrolet3561,460running0
82076   Larry Frank Carolina Plating   (Larry Frank)'57 Chevrolet3501,025running0
91587   Buck Baker Lynton Tyson'59 Chevrolet347875running0
14 322   Speedy Thompson Ogden-Ridgeway   (W.J. Ridgeway)'59 Chevrolet333565spring2
163419   Herman Beam Herman Beam'57 Chevrolet328250running0
17 44   Rex White Rex White'59 Chevrolet326310driveshaft0
213256   Bud Crothers Bud Crothers'57 Chevrolet318150running0
233134   G.C. Spencer G.C. Spencer'57 Chevrolet272150battery0
243013   Earl Balmer Tommy Thompson'59 Chevrolet234150piston0
281047   Jack Smith Open Nov. 22 Atlanta International Raceway   (Jack Smith)'59 Chevrolet218150axle0
305055   Johnny Patterson Bernard Friedland'57 Chevrolet180150axle0
324632   George Green Jess Potter'58 Chevrolet175150engine0
33359   Roy Tyner Roy Tyner'57 Chevrolet166150timing0
351149   Bob Welborn Bob Welborn'59 Chevrolet130200crash0
424944   Joe Lee Johnson Chester Barron'59 Chevrolet58150transmission0
443671   Dick Joslin Dick Joslin'57 Dodge46150head gasket0
112864   Shep Langdon Shep Langdon'58 Ford345600running0
122527   Bill Champion  '57 Ford343500running0
183966   L.D. Austin L.D. Austin'57 Ford326225running0
224735   Al White Salad Bowl Restaurant   (Al White)'58 Ford286150running0
252726   Dick Blackwell Tommy Irwin'57 Ford225150crash0
262420   Tiny Lund Spook Crawford'58 Ford221150clutch0
273330   Cale Yarborough Bob Weatherly'58 Ford219150tires0
292198   Marvin Panch Tom Vernon'59 Ford194150camshaft0
34385   Bob Duell Julian Buesink'59 Ford151150pistons0
374191   Neil Castles  '57 Ford92150running0
394383   Lennie Page Lennie Page'57 Ford71150engine0
404095   Buddy Baker Julian Buesink'59 Ford64150engine0
474815   Marvin Porter Marvin Porter'57 Ford19150head gasket0
484582   Elmo Henderson Don Every'58 Ford16150engine0
494486   Larry Flynn Larry Flynn'58 Ford11150rear end0
503714   Carl Burris  '57 Ford2150engine0
13122   Joe Caspolich City of Florence   (Paper Hangers)'59 Oldsmobile342470running0
4 643   Richard Petty Petty Enterprises'59 Plymouth3612,830running7
20 942   Lee Petty Petty Enterprises'59 Plymouth319300running0
414223   Bob Perry Bob Perry'59 Plymouth63150engine0
7 13   Fireball Roberts Jim Stephens'59 Pontiac3542,330running42
152916   Charlie Cregar Happy Steigel'59 Pontiac331300running0
462661   Joe Eubanks W.H. Watson'58 Pontiac26190pistons0
2 573   Bob Burdick Roy Burdick'59 T-Bird3627,760running25
51636   Tommy Irwin Tommy Irwin'59 T-Bird3582,010running0
101841   Jimmy Thompson Delta Auto Sales   (Doc White)'59 T-Bird346805running0
19196   Cotton Owens Thunder Chicken   (W.H. Watson)'59 T-Bird320600running24
31 793   Banjo Matthews T-Bird Power Products   (Banjo Matthews)'59 T-Bird1781,915crash55
361759   Tom Pistone Rupert Safety Belt   (Carl Rupert)'59 T-Bird119325engine0
381392   Possum Jones Gerald Duke'59 T-Bird74295brakes0
43 812   Joe Weatherly Coca-Cola   (Doc White)'59 T-Bird54210oil pressure0

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
WDJunior Johnson11
WDBilly Cash89Lynton TysonChevrolet

Lap leader breakdown:
# Of
  Speedy Thompson122
  Fireball Roberts34442
  Banjo Matthews456117
  Cotton Owens628524
  Bobby Johns86927
  Richard Petty93997
  Banjo Matthews10013738
  Bobby Johns13818750
  Jim Reed18823851
  Bob Burdick23926325
  Jim Reed264364101