Friday, August 7, 2020

1960 – Beauchamp wins as rain halts 200-miler

Johnny Beauchamp accepts his trophy for winning the rain-shortened 200-miler at Nashville. 

Nashville, Tenn. (August 7, 1960) – Only a car length separated winner Johnny Beauchamp and runner-up Rex White in a scheduled 200-mile late model stock car race at the Nashville Fairgrounds on Sunday.

The race was halted by rain after 166.5 miles (333 laps).

Buck Baker was third and Lee Petty of Randleman, N.C., finished fourth in a 1960 Plymouth. The first three finishers piloted 1960 Chevrolets.

Beauchamp, hailing from Harlan, Iowa, collected $3,666, including lap money. He covered the distance in 2 hours and 55 minutes for an average speed of 56.82 miles per hour.

White, from Spartanburg, S.C., picked up $2,390, while Baker, also of Spartanburg, took home $1,225.

White had earlier smashed the track record in qualifying, with a lap of 74.81 miles per hour.

The race was slowed by a number of caution flags, after crack-ups, but there were no serious injuries.

Rounding out the top 10 finishers were Joe Lee Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn., Dick Petty of Randleman, N.C., Jim Paschal of High Point, N.C., Doug Yates of Chapel Hill, N.C., Roz Howard of Atlanta and G.S. Spencer of Inman, S.C.

Results –

1. Johnny Beauchamp
2. Rex White
3. Buck Baker
4. Lee Petty
5. Joe Lee Johnson
6. Dick Petty
7. Jim Paschal
8. Doug Yates
9. Roz Howard
10.G.C. Spencer
11.Tom Pistone
12.Herman Beam
13.James Norton
14.Bob Reuther
15.Curtis Crider
16.Paul Lewis
17.Chuck Tombs
18.Neil Castles
19.Wilbur Rakestraw
20.Ned Jarrett
21.Jimmy Pardue
22.Roy Tyner

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