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Northern 300

The Northern 300 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series stock car race held in 1958, 1959, and from 1967 to 1972 at Trenton Speedway in Trenton, New Jersey. The debut race in 1958 was 500 laps and 500 miles (804.7 km) in length, which was cut down to 150 laps, 150 miles (241.4 km) for 1959. The 1967 and 1968 races were both 300 laps, covering 300 miles (482.8 km). The track was lengthened from 1 mile to 1.5 miles for 1969, and the final four races were cut down from 300 to 200 laps, while still covering a 300 mile distance. A race in Trenton was on the 1973 schedule but was rained out after qualifying. NASCAR never rescheduled the race. A 1974 race was on the Winston Cup schedule before the season, but was replaced by the Purolator 500 at Pocono Raceway. Richard Petty was the only driver to win more than once at Trenton, winning three times.

Past winners

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1958 May 30 Fireball Roberts Frank Strickland Chevrolet 500 500 (804.672) 5:54:56 84.522 Report
1959 May 17 Tom Pistone Carl Rupert Ford 150 150 (241.401) 1:43:02 87.35 Report
1960

1966
Not held
1967 July 9 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 300 300 (482.803) 3:08:50 95.322 Report
1968 July 14 LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 300 300 (482.803) 3:22:04 89.079 Report
1969 July 13 David Pearson Holman-Moody Ford 200 300 (482.803) 2:28:45 121.008 Report
1970 July 12 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 200 300 (482.803) 2:29:06 120.724 Report
1971 July 18 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 200 300 (482.803) 2:29:34 120.347 Report
1972 July 16 Bobby Allison Richard Howard Chevrolet 200 300 (482.803) 2:57:41 114.03 Report

Multiple winners (drivers)

# Wins Driver Years Won
3 Richard Petty 1967, 1970, 1971

Multiple winners (teams)

# Wins Team Years Won
3 Petty Enterprises 1967, 1970, 1971

Manufacturer wins

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
3 Plymouth 1967, 1970, 1971
Ford 1959, 1968, 1969
2 Chevrolet 1958, 1972

References

  • Racing-Reference.info - Trenton Speedway Race Results



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