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1956 Southern 500


Race 44 of 56


Darlington
364 laps
Time of race: 5:15:33
Average speed of winner: 95.167 mph
Margin of victory: 2 laps
Lead changes: 14 among 7 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 68 laps
Lap leaders: Baker pole, Panch 1, Thompson 2-3, Panch 4-7, Thompson 8-19, Flock 20-32, Turner 33-35, Flock 36-38, Turner 39-95, Panch 96-100, Paschal 101-132, Roberts 133-166, Turner 167-168, Panch 169-201, Turner 202-364

Race notes: Debut for Gene Bergin, Ray Hendrick, and Roz Howard. Finale for Roy Bentley, Wade Fields, Russ Graham, Pat Grogan, Arden Mounts, and Dink Widenhouse. Only start for Bill Brown, Tom Lupo, and Judge Rider.

Video links: Highlights (Part 1), Highlights (Part 2), Highlights (Part 3)



FinishStartDriverCar #SponsorCarOwnerCrew ChiefQualifying SpeedLapsX LedLaps LedStatusMoneyPoints
111Curtis Turner99'56 FordSchwam3644225running117500
21Speedy Thompson57'56 ChryslerKiekhaeferKiekhaefer118.683362214running50000
32Marvin Panch8'56 FordDePaolo359443running33700
423Jim Reed7'56 ChevroletJim Reed35900running18500
54Paul Goldsmith3'56 ChevroletYunickYunick35800running13000
617Jim Paschal26'56 MercuryStroppe358132running18500
73Bill Amick97'56 FordDePaolo35700running10200
816Joe Weatherly9'56 FordSchwam35200running9000
930Bobby Johns47'56 ChevroletFitzgibbons34900running7000
1020Pat Kirkwood93'56 PontiacHoward Moore34700running5500
1128Rex White10'56 ChevroletMax Welborn34500running4000
1215Tim Flock86'56 FordJohn Foster345216running4900
1322Roz Howard61'56 ChevroletRoz Howard34300running2500
1425Johnny Patterson38'56 ChevroletH.B. Ranier34300running2250
1535Junior Johnson32'56 Chevrolet34200running2000
1614Billy Myers14'56 MercuryGuy Wilson34100running3000
1768Lee Petty35'56 FordFred FrazierPetty34000running1750
1839Harold Hardesty80'56 OldsmobileBeryl Jackson33900running3500
1942Elmo Langley81'56 Chevrolet33800running1400
2046Shorty York43'56 Ford33600running1300
2119Bill Champion31'56 FordWhitford Brothers33600running1200
2265Possum Jones69'56 ChevroletWarren Lee33600running1100
2357Emanuel Zervakis11'56 Chevrolet33400running1000
2454Tiny Lund16'56 ChevroletHolzmueller33100running1000
2545Johnny Allen64'56 PlymouthSpook Crawford33000running3000
266Buck Baker87'56 ChryslerKiekhaeferKiekhaefer119.65933000running2250
2753Jack Smith91Elridge Motors'56 Chevrolet32900running750
2836Billy Carden19'56 FordSchwam32900running750
2924Bill Blair75'56 MercuryHayworth32700running1250
3033Sherman Utsman63'56 ChevroletRobert McReynolds32700running750
3164Lou Spears65'56 Plymouth32200running1500
3250Brownie King60'56 Chevrolet32000running500
339Joe Eubanks82'56 FordSatcher31700gasket500
3466Allen Adkins48'56 FordHolcomb31500running500
3543Tom Lupo89Granger Motors'56 Ford31300running500
3629Gene Bergin21'56 DodgeBarlow30800running2500
3731Ralph Liguori88'56 OldsmobileErnest Woods30000axle1500
387Frank Mundy27'56 DodgeKiekhaeferKiekhaefer27600engine1800
3940Harvey Henderson66'56 Ford26600running500
4061Dick Beaty34'56 FordBeaty26400accident500
4167Judge Rider84'56 FordLawson and Netti25800running500
4252Wade Fields23'56 Ford24400running500
4356Bill Brown54'55 BuickLeland Colvin23500accident2500
4453Larry Flynn73'56 BuickB.B. Morris22200accident1500
4562Johnny Dodson83'56 ChevroletDodson20400wheel500
4663Blackie Pitt59'56 PlymouthBrownie Pitt20200rear end1000
4751Pat Grogan6'56 MercuryGrogan20200gas tank500
4847Clyde Palmer30'56 Plymouth17700heating500
495Herb Thomas92'56 ChevroletHerb Thomas17300accident500
5018Parnelli Jones1'56 FordMiletich16900accident700
5113Fireball Roberts22'56 FordDePaolo166134accident1600
5244Ray Hendrick44'56 Chevrolet16300engine500
5310Bill Widenhouse52'56 Ford15900engine500
5427Dink Widenhouse29'56 Ford15800accident500
5548Roy Bentley50'56 FordMarion Cox14600accident500
5658Ken Love24'56 FordRichard Gallup13400running500
578Ralph Moody12'56 FordDePaolo11900accident700
5812Fonty Flock15'56 MercuryStroppe11700spindle800
5932Danny Letner98'56 DodgeHarbison11300accident1000
6037Don Oldenberg40'56 Plymouth10000gas tank500
6134Bobby Myers76'56 MercuryStroppe9100gas tank500
6221Bob Duell95'56 FordBuesink9000rear end500
6360Nace Mattingly51'56 FordMattingly7300engine500
6441Pee Wee Jones5'56 Dodge6000throttle500
6526Gwyn Staley2'56 ChevroletWestmoreland5700accident500
6649Doug Yates25'56 ChevroletLeland Colvin5400accident500
6770Peck Peckham72'55 Chevrolet2700gasket500
6838Russ Graham17'56 ChevroletEarl Wright2600accident500
6969Jesse James Taylor13'56 FordJesse James Taylor2500engine500
7050Arden Mounts18'56 PontiacMounts1200piston500