1967 NASCAR Grand National Recap

By 1967, the car makers were back in the NASCAR Grand National chase in full force. At Daytona, more than 80 cars filed into the big speedway, and all factory teams were on hand with the exception of General Motors. A record crowd of 94,250 paid to attend the Daytona 500, which was won in 1967 by Mario Andretti. The excitement at Daytona set the tone for the rest of the thrilling season. In this article, you can follow all the highlights, see photos, and peruse the standings to get a full picture of the 1967 NASCAR Grand National tour.

February 24, 1967

Fred Lorenzen scores his 26th career victory in the 100-mile qualifying race at Daytona. Lorenzen drives the 100 miles without making a pit stop. LeeRoy Yarbrough wins the other Twin 100-miler.

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 Curtis Turner became the first driver to surpass 180 mph in the 1967 Daytona 500 time trials.
Curtis Turner became the first driver to surpass 180 mph on an official qualifying run in Daytona 500 time trials. Turner's #13 Smokey Yunick Chevelle was clocked at 180.831 mph, earning the pole position. It was a controversial achievement for two reasons. First, it meant an unsponsored GM car had beaten the Ford and Chrysler factory entries. Second, the car was roughly 7/8 scale. Anengine failure in the final 100 miles put Turner out of the Daytona 500. See more pictures of NASCAR.

February 26, 1967: Daytona 500

USAC star Mario Andretti leads the final 33 laps and wins the Daytona 500. It is Andretti's first NASCAR Grand National win.

April 2, 1967: Atlanta 500

Cale Yarborough dominates the Atlanta 500, leading 301 of the 334 laps to record his first career win on a superspeedway. Curtis Turner, driving the Smokey Yunick Chevrolet, escapes injury in a wild practice crash.

Formula One champion Jimmy Clark made one NASCAR Grand National start in his career: the 1967 American 500.
Formula One champion Jimmy Clark made one NASCAR Grand National start in his career. Driving a Holman-Moody Ford in the October 29 American 500 at Rockingham, Clark started midpack and completed 144 laps before the engine let go. Having been accustomed to shorter races, Clark had fellow F-1 driver Jochen Rindt standing by as a relief driver. The early engine failure prevented Rindt from getting into the car.

April 16, 1967: Gwyn Staley Memorial 400

Darel Dieringer wins the Gwyn Staley Memorial 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Dieringer starts on the pole in Junior Johnson's Ford and is never threatened.

May 13, 1967: Rebel 400

Richard Petty guides his Plymouth to victory in the Darlington Rebel 400, finishing a lap ahead of David Pearson. It is Petty's 55th career NASCAR Grand National win, putting him first on the all-time victory list. Ford star Fred Lorenzen retires before the race, giving up his seat in the Holman-Moody Ford to Pearson.

 Number 97 Henley Gray, #40 Jerry Grant and #11 Mario Andretti race in the 1967 Daytona 500.
Number 97 Henley Gray takes the low groove in the Daytona 500 as #40 Jerry Grant and #11 Mario Andretti fade high to make a pass. Andretti drove his Holman-Moody Ford to a convincing ­victory in NASCAR's crown jewel event. Grant finished fifth, while Gray took 17th.

June 18, 1967: Carolina 500

Richard Petty romps to victory in the Carolina 500 at Rockingham for his 11th win of the season. The win pushes Petty atop the NASCAR points standings for the first time.

August 12, 1967

Richard Petty hustles his Plymouth to another win in the 250-lapper at Bowman Gray Stadium. The triumph is Petty's 19th of the season, breaking Tim Flock's record of 18 wins during the 1955 campaign.

 Mario Andretti breezes down the short chute at Daytona Inter­national Speedway during the 1967 Daytona 500.
Mario Andretti breezes down the short chute at Daytona Inter­national Speedway during the Daytona 500. Andretti led 112 of the 200 laps and racked up a win in only his seventh career NASCAR Grand National start. Andretti never came close to ­winning another NASCAR event.

October 1, 1967: Wilkes 400

With several of the top racing officials from Ford Motor Co. looking on, Richard Petty continues his phenomenal winning streak by taking the Wilkes 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Petty scores his record-shattering 10th consecutive victory, a feat that might never be topped.

October 15, 1967: Charlotte National 500

Buddy Baker grabs his first career NASCAR Grand National win in the Charlotte National 500, halting Richard Petty's 10-race winning streak. It is Baker's 215th start.

 Darel Dieringer and Richard Petty lead the charge in the April 23, 1967 Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Darel Dieringer and Richard Petty lead the charge into the first turn on the opening lap of the April 23 Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Dieringer was eliminated in a crash four laps later. Cale Yarborough's #21 Wood Brothers Ford led most of the race, but a late-race gallop netted Petty the victory.

October 29, 1967: American 500

Bobby Allison, driving the retired Fred Lorenzen's Ford, wins the American 500 at Rockingham. Allison gives Ford its first NASCAR Grand National win in nearly three months. Formula One driver Jimmy Clark finishes 30th in his first NASCAR start.

November 5, 1967

Bobby Allison prevails in a bumper-grinding shootout with Richard Petty to win the season finale at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway. Petty wraps up the NASCAR Grand National championship by 6,028 points over runner-up James Hylton.

For a comprehensive list of standings from the 1967 NASCAR Grand National tour, see the next page.

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1967 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Richard Petty rewrote the record book in 1967, winning 27 races in 46 starts. The newly crowned "king" of stock car racing also won 10 races in a row. The 27 wins and 10-race streak set records that may never be matched.

1967 NASCAR Grand National Champion Richard Petty
1967 NASCAR Grand National Champion Richard Petty

Despite his thorough domination, Petty didn't grab the points lead until his 11th win of the season at Rocking­ham in late June. Winless James Hylton held the lead for six months based on consistency. Petty hit stride in the second half of the season, and sprinted to a 6,028-point cushion over Hylton by the time the 49-race season ended in November. Dick Hutcherson finished third in points in his final season as a driver. Up-and-coming driver Bobby Allison placed fourth.

Petty became the all-time NASCAR victory leader, passing his father Lee by winning the May 13 400-miler at Darlington. It was the 55th triumph of Petty's career. The chart below includes the standings of Richard Petty and the other top 50 NASCAR drivers of 1967.

1967 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Richard Petty
42,472 27 $150,196.10
2
James Hylton 36,444 0
49,731.50
3
Dick Hutcherson 33,658 2
85,159.28
4
Bobby Allison 30,812 6 58,249.64
5
John Sears 29,078 0
28,936.74
6
Jim Paschal 27,624 4
60,122.28
7
David Pearson 26,302 2
72,650.00
8
Neil Castles 23,218 0
20,682.32
9
Elmo Langley 22,286 0
23,897.52
10
Wendell Scott 20,700 0
19,509.76
11
Paul Goldsmith 20,402 0
38,731.14
12
Darel Dieringer 20,194 1
34,709.24
13
Clyde Lynn 20,016 0
19,519.24
14
Bobby Isaac 19,698 0
24,474.24
15
Buddy Baker 18,600 1
46,949.24
16
Donnie Allison 18,298 0
17,613.15
17
Henley Gray 17,502 0
15,986.16
18
J.T. Putney 16,752 0
15,686.16
19
Tiny Lund 16,292 0
17,331.16
20
Cale Yarborough 16,228 2
57,911.16
21
G.C. Spencer 15,240 0
20,225.00
22
Bill Seifert 14,676 0
11,905.00
23
Charlie Glotzbach 11,444 0
14,790.00
24
Frank Warren 9,992 0
9,185.00
25
Earl Brooks 9,952 0
8,610.00
26
Buddy Arrington 9,768 0
7,720.00
27
Buck Baker 9,450 0
7,560.00
28
Wayne Smith 9,372 0
10,225.00
29
Fred Lorenzen
9,268 1
17,875.00
30
Roy Mayne 9,262 0
8,830.00
31
Bobby Wawak 9,078 0
8,070.00
32
Friday Hassler 8,820 0
10,265.00
33
Paul Lewis 8,492 0
8,620.00
34
Sonny Hutchins 8,448 0
6,385.00
35
Paul "Bud" Moore 7,812 0
7,200.00
36
Sam McQuagg 7,400 0
9,845.00
37
LeeRoy Yarbrough 7,012 1
15,325.00
38
Don Biederman 5,850 0
5,935.00
39
Ramo Stott 5,676 0
3,335.00
40
George Davis 5,434 0
4,400.00
41
Jack Harden 5,254 0
4,450.00
42
Paul Dean Holt 5,006 0
4,220.00
43
Roy Tyner 4,936 0
8,170.00
44
Bill Champion 4,040 0
6,205.00
45
Dick Johnson 3,954 0
5,070.00
46
George Poulos 3,780 0
3,040.00
47
Bill Dennis 3,730 0
2,335.00
48
Doug Cooper 3,666 0
5,665.00
49
Ed Negre 3,578 0
3,805.00
50
H.B. Bailey 3,482 0
3,850.00

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