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1971 Delaware 500

The 1971 Delaware 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series) race that took place on October 17, 1971 at Dover Downs International Speedway (now called Dover International Speedway).[1][2]


All the racing action took place in the American community of Dover, Delaware with five hundred laps completed on a paved oval track spanning 1.000 mile (1.609 km).[1][2] It took four hours and three minutes (243 minutes) for the race to reach its full conclusion;

Richard Petty defeated Charlie Glotzbach by more than one lap in front of eighteen thousand people.[1][2] Notable speeds for the race were: 123.254 miles per hour (198.358 km/h) for the average speed (which was a record during that era)[3] and 132.811 miles per hour (213.739 km/h) for the pole position speed.[1][2] Total winnings for this race were $59,965 ($349,196.35 in today's money).[4]

Bobby Allison dominated the early portion of the race. However, they found faulty lug nuts after pitting with two laps in the lead (which cost him an almost-guaranteed victory in that race).

Finishing order

  1. Richard Petty
  2. Charlie Glotzbach (highest finishing Chevrolet entry)
  3. Bobby Isaac(highest finishing Dodge entry)
  4. Bobby Allison
  5. Bill Dennis
  6. David Ray Boggs
  7. Richard D. Brown
  8. Elmo Langley
  9. Walter Ballard (highest winning Ford entry)
  10. James Hylton
  11. Cecil Gordon
  12. Paul Tyler
  13. Frank Warren
  14. Raymond Williams
  15. Ed Negre
  16. Henley Gray
  17. John Soares, Jr.
  18. Jabe Thomas*
  19. Dick May
  20. Wendell Scott*†
  21. John Sears
  22. Neil Castles*
  23. Tommy Gale*†
  24. Ken Meisenhelder*
  25. Bill Shirey*
  26. J.D. McDuffie*†
  27. Bill Champion*†
  28. Maynard Troyer*
  29. Benny Parsons*†
  30. Richard Childress*
  31. Fred Lorenzen*
  32. Earl Brooks*†
  33. Friday Hassler*†
  34. G.C. Spencer*†
  35. Larry Baumel*
  36. James Cox*
  37. Charlie Roberts*
  38. Bill Seifert*
  39. Dub Simpson*
  40. Dean Dalton*

* Driver failed to finish race
† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased


Preceded by
1971 National 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Races
Succeeded by
1971 American 500
Preceded by
1971 Sandlapper 200
Richard Petty's Career Wins
Succeeded by
1971 American 500
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