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1953 Southern 500


Race 30 of 37


Darlington
364 laps
Time of race: 5:23:19
Average speed of winner: 92.881 mph
Margin of victory: 3 laps
Lead changes: 35 among 4 leaders
Cautions: 4 for 17 laps
Lap leaders: exact lead changes unknown but Baker led 151 laps, H. Thomas led 124, F. Flock led 48, and F. Roberts led 41, and Baker led laps 355-364

Race notes: Debut for Laird Bruner, Matt Gowan, Junior Johnson, Emory Lewis, George Osborne, and Slim Rominger. Finale for Johnny Bridgers, Merritt Brown, Ben Dixon, J.L. Justice, Mike Magill, Dick Meyer, Bill Norton, Dick Passwater, Neil Roberts, Gayle Warren, and Chet Williams. Only start for Lonnie Bragg, Elmer Cooper, Lloyd Hulette, Bob Hunter, Lacy Jackson, Tyre Rakestraw, and Bob Weatherly.

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FinishStartDriverCar #SponsorCarOwnerCrew ChiefQualifying SpeedLapsX LedLaps LedStatusMoneyPoints
17Buck Baker87'53 Oldsmobile 88Bob GriffinHagler3642151running62850
21Fonty Flock14'53 HudsonFrank Christian107.983361148running30400
310Curtis Turner44'53 Oldsmobile 88Frank Christian35900running15000
413Dick Meyer49'53 DodgeDick Meyer35500running10000
54Herb Thomas92'53 HudsonHerb ThomasYunick3541124engine15500
616Jim Paschal80'53 DodgeHutchens35400running8000
719Speedy Thompson46'53 Oldsmobile 88Buckshot Morris35100running7500
85Donald Thomas29'53 Hudson Hornet35000running7000
922Dick Passwater00'53 Oldsmobile 88Passwater35000running6300
109Tim Flock91'53 HudsonChester34900running5200
1144Lee Petty42'53 DodgePettyPetty34400running4500
1224Elton Hildreth67'53 NashHildreth34300running4000
1321Jimmie Lewallen6'53 Oldsmobile 8834000running3500
148Buddy Shuman89'53 Hudson HornetPless33800running3450
1532Neil Roberts21'53 Chrysler33500running3000
1625George Osborne22'53 Hudson Hornet33100running2750
1729Lloyd Hulette7'53 BuickHulette32800running2500
1830Gene Comstock8'53 HudsonComstock32400running2250
1933Fred Dove71'51 Ford 632400running2000
2050Bobby Myers18'53 Oldsmobile 8832100running1900
2155Bub King55'53 PackardBub King30900running1750
2234Tyre Rakestraw60'53 Chevrolet30800running1600
2347Gober Sosebee51Cherokee Garage'52 OldsmobileSosebee30100running1500
2439Bob Weatherly50'52 Plymouth28900running1400
2537Lacy Jackson97'52 Hudson Hornet28800accident1300
2648Johnny Bridgers30'51 Ford27900running1200
2740Chet Williams10'51 Ford27700running1100
2815Marvin Panch06'53 Dodge27500heating1100
2950Elmer Cooper'53 Nash Rambler27100running1100
3022Arden Mounts08'53 Hudson HornetMounts26200radiator1100
3112Jim Reed9'53 Hudson Hornet26000engine1100
3238Matt Gowan99Gowan's Auto'53 PlymouthMatt Gowan25000running1100
3345Bill Blair2'53 Oldsmobile 88Bill Blair25000radiator1100
3420Mike Magill23'53 Lincoln24400accident1100
3554Bill Norton25'52 Oldsmobile 8824100running1100
3614Otis Martin47'53 Plymouth23800running1100
3728Bill Widenhouse73'53 Nash Ambassador23400running1100
3826Junior Johnson75'53 Oldsmobile Holiday22200accident1100
3944Weldon Adams16'51 FordWeldon Adams21700engine1100
4035J.L. Justice74'52 Ford21700heating1100
4156Bob Hunter'53 Oldsmobile 8821000running1050
423Dick Rathman120'53 HudsonWalt Chapman20800hub1550
4342Slick Smith4'53 Oldsmobile 88Frank Christian20000gas tank1050
4431Dick Allwine77'53 ChevroletDick Curry19800fuel line1050
456Fireball Roberts11'53 Oldsmobile 88Saverance198141a-frame3400
4619Emory Lewis13'53 Oldsmobile 88Ernest Woods19500engine1050
4753Clyde Minter19'53 Mercury19000oil pressure1050
4849Ben Dixon45'52 Hudson Hornet18700heating1050
4957Lonnie Bragg'52 Oldsmobile 8814900engine1050
5036Laird Bruner88'53 Oldsmobile 8814200transmission1050
5158Joe Guide'52 HudsonSally Guide11100oil pressure1000
5218Johnny Patterson58'53 HudsonAkers9800accident1200
5351Slim Rominger48'49 Lincoln6900fuel pump1000
5411Ralph Liguori45'53 LincolnWheatley6800accident1000
5527Gayle Warren84'53 Studebaker5700gas line1000
562Joe Eubanks82'52 HudsonOates4000spindle1000
5743Pop McGinnis33'52 HudsonFrye3100engine1000
5846Merritt Brown'53 Studebaker2000transmission1000
5952Ned Jarrett79'50 Oldsmobile 88Jarrett800oil line1000

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