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1956 Darlington Southern 500
Qualifying and Results

September 3, 1956 at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC           Grand National race number 44 of 56
364 laps on a 1.375 mile paved track (500.5 miles)             
Time of race: 5:15:33           Attendance: 70,000
Pole Speed:
119.659 mph      Average Speed: 95.167 mph   
Cautions: 7 for 68 laps     Margin of Victory: 2 laps +

Fin

St

#

Driver

Sponsor / Owner

Car

Laps

Money

Status

Led

1

11

99

Curtis Turner

Schwam Motors   (Charlie Schwam )

'56 Ford

364

11,750

running

225

2

1

57

Speedy Thompson

Carl Kiekhaefer

'56 Chrysler

362

5,000

running

14

3

2

8

Marvin Panch

Pete DePaolo

'56 Ford

359

3,370

running

39

4

23

7

Jim Reed

Jim Reed

'56 Chevrolet

359

1,850

running

 

5

4

3

Paul Goldsmith

Smokey Yunick

'56 Chevrolet

358

1,300

running

 

6

17

26

Jim Paschal

Bill Stroppe

'56 Mercury

358

1,850

running

32

7

3

97

Bill Amick

DePaolo Engineering   (Pete DePaolo )

'56 Ford

357

1,020

running

 

8

16

9

Joe Weatherly

Schwam Motors   (Charlie Schwam )

'56 Ford

352

900

running

 

9

30

47

Bobby Johns

J.M. Fitzgibbons

'56 Chevrolet

349

700

running

 

10

20

93

Pat Kirkwood

Howard Moore

'56 Pontiac

347

550

running

 

11

28

10

Rex White

Max Welborn

'56 Chevrolet

345

400

running

 

12

15

86

Tim Flock

John Foster Motors   (John Foster )

'56 Ford

345

490

running

16

13

22

61

Roz Howard

Roz Howard

'56 Chevrolet

343

250

running

 

14

25

38

Johnny Patterson

H.B. Ranier

'56 Chevrolet

343

225

running

 

15

35

32

Junior Johnson

 

'56 Chevrolet

342

200

running

 

16

14

14

Billy Myers

Bill Stroppe

'56 Mercury

341

300

running

 

17

68

35

Lee Petty

Fred Frazier

'56 Ford

340

175

running

 

18

39

80

Harold Hardesty

Beryl Jackson

'56 Oldsmobile

339

350

running

 

19

42

81

Elmo Langley

Elmo Langley

'56 Chevrolet

338

140

running

 

20

46

43

Shorty York

 

'56 Ford

336

130

running

 

21

19

31

Bill Champion

Whitford Brothers   (John Whitford )

'56 Ford

336

120

running

 

22

65

69

Possum Jones

Warren Lee

'56 Chevrolet

336

110

running

 

23

57

11

Emanuel Zervakis

Emanuel Zervakis

'56 Chevrolet

334

100

running

 

24

54

16

Tiny Lund

Gus Holzmueller

'56 Chevrolet

331

100

running

 

25

45

64

Johnny Allen

Spook Crawford

'56 Plymouth

330

300

running

 

26

6

87

Buck Baker

Carl Kiekhaefer

'56 Chrysler

330

225

running

 

27

53

91

Jack Smith

Elridge Motors   (Ted Chester )

'56 Chevrolet

329

75

running

 

28

36

19

Billy Carden

Schwam Motors   (Charlie Schwam )

'56 Ford

329

75

running

 

29

24

75

Bill Blair

Temple Motors   (Frank Hayworth )

'56 Mercury

327

125

running

 

30

33

63

Sherman Utsman

Robert McReynolds

'56 Chevrolet

327

75

running

 

31

64

65

Lou Spears

 

'56 Plymouth

322

150

running

 

32

50

60

Brownie King

Brownie King

'56 Chevrolet

320

50

running

 

33

9

82

Joe Eubanks

Satcher Motors   (James Satcher )

'56 Ford

317

50

gasket

 

34

66

48

Allen Adkins

Don Holcomb

'56 Ford

315

50

running

 

35

43

89

Tom Lupo

Granger Motors

'56 Ford

313

50

running

 

36

29

21

Gene Bergin

Malcolm Barlow

'56 Dodge

308

250

running

 

37

31

88

Ralph Liguori

Ernest Woods

'56 Oldsmobile

300

150

axle

 

38

7

27

Frank Mundy

Carl Kiekhaefer

'56 Dodge

276

180

engine

 

39

40

66

Harvey Henderson

Harvey Henderson

'56 Ford

266

50

running

 

40

61

34

Dick Beaty

Ike Kiser

'56 Ford

264

50

crash

 

41

67

84

Judge Rider

Lawson & Netti

'56 Ford

258

50

running

 

42

52

23

Wade Fields

 

'56 Ford

244

50

running

 

43

56

54

Bill Brown

Leland Colvin

'55 Buick

235

250

crash

 

44

53

73

Larry Flynn

Williamson Motors   (B.B. Morris )

'56 Buick

222

150

crash

 

45

62

83

Johnny Dodson

Johnny Dodson

'56 Chevrolet

204

50

wheel

 

46

63

59

Blackie Pitt

Brownie Pitt

'56 Plymouth

202

100

rear end

 

47

51

6

Pat Grogan

Pat Grogan

'56 Mercury

202

50

gas tank

 

48

47

30

Clyde Palmer

Jack Chatenay

'56 Plymouth

177

50

overheating

 

49

5

92

Herb Thomas

Herb Thomas

'56 Chevrolet

173

50

crash

 

50

18

1

Parnelli Jones

Torrance Motors   (Vel Miletich )

'56 Ford

169

70

crash

 

51

13

22

Fireball Roberts

DePaolo Engineering   (Pete DePaolo )

'56 Ford

166

160

crash

34

52

44

44

Ray Hendrick

 

'56 Chevrolet

163

50

engine

 

53

10

52

Bill Widenhouse

Bob Widenhouse

'56 Ford

159

50

engine

 

54

27

29

Dink Widenhouse

Dink Widenhouse

'56 Ford

158

50

crash

 

55

48

50

Roy Bentley

Marion Cox

'56 Ford

146

50

crash

 

56

58

24

Ken Love

Richard Gallup

'56 Ford

134

50

running

 

57

8

12

Ralph Moody

DePaolo Engineering   (Pete DePaolo )

'56 Ford

119

70

crash

 

58

12

15

Fonty Flock

Bill Stroppe

'56 Mercury

117

80

spindle

 

59

32

98

Danny Letner

Tom Harbison

'56 Dodge

113

100

crash

 

60

37

40

Don Oldenberg

Don Oldenberg

'56 Plymouth

100

50

gas tank

 

61

34

76

Bobby Myers

Bill Stroppe

'56 Mercury

91

50

gas tank

 

62

21

95

Bob Duell

Julian Buesink

'56 Ford

90

50

rear end

 

63

60

51

Nace Mattingly

Nace Mattingly

'56 Ford

73

50

engine

 

64

41

5

Pee Wee Jones

 

'56 Dodge

60

50

throttle

 

65

26

2

Gwyn Staley

Hubert Westmoreland

'56 Chevrolet

57

50

crash

 

66

49

25

Doug Yates

Leland Colvin

'56 Chevrolet

54

50

crash

 

67

70

72

Peck Peckham

Peck Peckham

'55 Chevrolet

27

50

gasket

 

68

38

17

Russ Graham

Earl Wright

'56 Chevrolet

26

50

crash

 

69

69

13

Jesse James Taylor

Jesse James Taylor

'56 Ford

25

50

engine

 

70

50

18

Arden Mounts

Arden Mounts

'56 Pontiac

12

50

piston

 


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