|Augusta International Speedway- Road Circuit Facts
The "Augusta 510" was run on November 17, 1963 with a noon start time and a 5:00 PM end
time. The race actually covered 417 miles because of the time limit.
This event was the second race of the 1964 season for the Grand National Division of
NASCAR which was later to become the Winston Cup Division and then Nextel Cup.
The preceding race was held at Concord, NC and the following race was held at Jacksonville,
Glenn "Fireball" Roberts was the winner of the "Augusta 510" and he would die later that
season as the result of burns suffered at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He was driving a 1963
Ford and this would be his last win.
The "Augusta 510" was the second race of the 1964 season. Six of the top seven finishers:
Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, Dave MacDonald, Joe Weatherly, Billy Wade, Larry Thomas and
Jimmy Pardue would lose their lives before the next racing season. The seventh driver was
The pole sitter was Fred Lorenzen with a speed of 89.545. He would only run 12 laps before
Weldon Adams would finish last after completing only 2 laps.
Wendell Scott would finish 18th. He would win the next event in Jacksonville becoming the
only African American to win a major NASCAR race. His feat has not been duplicated in 43
36 cars started the race and 16 cars finished.
The event lasted for four hours and fifty minutes and the average speed was 86.32 miles per
There were 10 lead changes during the event and Richard Petty led the most laps (56).
The total purse for the event was $50,620.
The expected turnout was to be 75,000 fans. Only 15,000 actually attended.
On March 1, 1964 the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) held a 52 lap event
on the road course.
Dave MacDonald won that event in a King Cobra, Jim Hall was second in a Chaparral 2A and
Bob Holbert was third in another King Cobra. Dave would lose his life a few weeks later at
the Indy 500.
The track itself is a 3 mile long banked road course with 21 total turns. The width of the track
is 45 feet.
The track elevation change is 120 feet with the highest point being at pit exit and the lowest
point on the "backstretch" where the spring fed infield lakes drain into Spirit Creek just
outside the track. Joe Weatherly called this part of the track "Alligator Hollow".
The track had a 15,000 square foot garage area (50' x 300') with two restrooms and showers.
There were seven main grandstands located along the pit lane.
The control tower was located between the fourth and fifth grandstand.
Five days after the NASCAR event President Kennedy would be shot in Dallas.
Augusta International Speedway - One Half Mile Oval Facts
Located in Augusta, Georgia the Augusta International Speedway hosted the Grand National
Series, now Nextel Cup Series, from 1962 to 1969. During that time span they ran 12 races
with 8 different winners.
On June 19, 1962 Joe Weatherly started on the pole with a lap of 63.069 mph. Joe drove his
Bud Moore owned Pontiac to a 1-lap victory over Ned Jarrett. Augusta International
Speedway back in 1962 was a .500 dirt mile oval. The race was 200 laps and saw only 16 cars
start the race.
Less than a month later Joe did a repeat by winning on July 17, 1962 over Richard Petty. Fred
Lorenzen took home the win on September 13, 1962 over Richard Petty.
In 1963 a crowd of 4,000 in attendance saw Ned Jarrett take his Burton Robinson #11 Ford to
victory lane over Richard Petty on April 4, 1963.
The 1964 season saw major changes as the track was paved with asphalt. The largest crowd
ever (14,000) saw the largest field ever (30) take the green flag on November 1, 1964. The
race also received the title "Jaycee 300" as the race was increased to 300 laps over the
previous 200. Darel Dieringer went on to win the event.
On August 15, 1965 Dick Hutcherson won the 200 lap event with a 2.75 second lead over
David Pearson. On November 14, 1965 Richard Petty took home a victory in the "Georgia
November 13, 1966 saw Richard Petty win at the .500 oval with an average speed of 84.112.
On May 3, 1968 Bobby Isaac won the "Dixie 250" over Buddy Baker in his K & K Insurance
Dodge. Later that year on October 5, 1968 David Pearson won over Bobby Allison in his
Holman-Moody owned Ford.
On March 16, 1969 David Pearson won the first of two events at the track during this last
season of racing. He won over Richard Petty with Bobby Isaac finishing third after starting
on the pole with a record lap of 86.901 mph. On October 19, 1969 a field of 29 cars took the
green flag at the track for the very last time. The 4,500 that attended the race only saw two
lead changes between Bobby Isaac and Richard Petty. The entire race went caution free! The
race time was only 1:16:12 and the average speed was 78.74 mph. Bobby Isaac won for the
2nd time at the track.
This 1/2 mile oval might be gone but its memories will live forever at the Augusta
International Raceway Preservation Society's Memorial Plaza located at the former three mile
road race circuit which is still with us and being developed into Diamond Lakes Regional
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