OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS

SOUTHERN 500

Buck Baker won the 1953 NASCAR Grand National Series Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

TRACK

  • NAME: Darlington Raceway
  • LOCATION: Darlington
  • LENGTH: 1.375 Miles
  • SURFACE: Pavement
  • PURSE: $24,430

RACE

  • NUMBER: 30
  • NAME: Southern 500
  • DATE: 09-07-1953
  • LAPS / MILES: 364 / 501
  • CAUTIONS / LAPS: 4 / 17

WINNER

  • NAME: Buck Baker
  • CAR MAKE: 1953 Oldsmobile
  • AVG SPEED: 92.881
  • START POSITION: 7th
  • LEAD CHANGES: 35
Finish Start # Driver Make Sponsor Points Laps Led Status Money
1 7 87 Buck Baker Oldsmobile Griffin Motors 0 364 151 Running 6,285
2 1 14 Fonty Flock Hudson Red Vogt Special 0 361 48 Running 3,040
3 10 44 Curtis Turner Oldsmobile Griffin Motors 0 359 0 Running 1,500
4 13 49 Dick Meyer Dodge Dick Meyer 0 355 0 Running 1,000
5 4 92 Herb Thomas Hudson FABULOUS 0 354 124 Engine 1,550
6 16 80 Jim Paschal Dodge George Hutchens 0 354 0 Running 800
7 19 46 Speedy Thompson Oldsmobile Bob Pronger 0 351 0 Running 750
8 5 56 Donald Thomas Hudson Herb Thomas 0 350 0 Running 700
9 22 00 Dick Passwater Oldsmobile Dick Passwater 0 350 0 Running 630
10 9 91 Tim Flock Hudson Ted Chester 0 349 0 Running 520
11 44 42 Lee Petty Dodge Petty Enterprises 0 344 0 Running 450
12 24 67 Elton Hildreth Nash Hildreth Motors 0 343 0 Running 400
13 21 6 Jimmie Lewallen Oldsmobile Pete Mann 0 340 0 Running 350
14 8 89 Buddy Shuman Hudson B.A. Pless 0 338 0 Running 345
15 32 21 Neil Roberts Chrysler Neil Roberts 0 335 0 Running 300
16 25 22 George Osborne Hudson George Osborne 0 331 0 Running 275
17 29 7 Lloyd Hulette Buick Lloyd Hulette 0 328 0 Running 250
18 30 8 Gene Comstock Hudson Gene Comstock 0 324 0 Running 225
19 33 71 Fred Dove Ford Fred Dove 0 324 0 Running 200
20 50 18 Bobby Myers Oldsmobile -- 0 321 0 Running 190
21 55 55 Bub King Packard Bub King 0 309 0 Running 175
22 34 60 Tyre Rakestraw Chevrolet Billy's Body Shop 0 308 0 Running 160
23 47 51 Gober Sosebee Oldsmobile Cherokee Garage 0 301 0 Running 150
24 39 50 Bob Weatherly Plymouth Bob Weatherly 0 289 0 Running 140
25 37 97 Lacy Jackson Hudson Lacy Jackson 0 288 0 Crash 130
26 48 30 Johnny Bridgers Ford Johnny Bridgers 0 279 0 Running 120
27 40 10 Chet Williams Ford Chet Williams 0 277 0 Running 110
28 15 06 Marvin Panch Dodge Marvin Panch 0 275 0 Overheating 110
29 50 -- Elmer Cooper Nash -- 0 271 0 Running 110
30 22 08 Arden Mounts Hudson Gene Comstock 0 262 0 Radiator 110
31 12 9 Jim Reed Hudson -- 0 260 0 Engine 110
32 38 99 Matt Gowan Plymouth Gowan's Auto Parts 0 250 0 Running 110
33 45 2 Bill Blair Oldsmobile Bill Blair 0 250 0 Radiator 110
34 20 23 Mike Magill Lincoln Michael Jarema 0 244 0 Crash 110
35 54 25 Bill Norton Oldsmobile -- 0 241 0 Running 110
36 14 47 Otis Martin Plymouth Otis Martin 0 238 0 Running 110
37 28 73 Bill Widenhouse Nash -- 0 234 0 Running 110
38 26 75 Junior Johnson Oldsmobile Junior Johnson 0 222 0 Crash 110
39 44 16 Weldon Adams Ford Adams Racing 0 217 0 Engine 110
40 35 74 J.L. Justice Ford J.L. Justice 0 217 0 Overheating 110
41 56 -- Bob Hunter Oldsmobile -- 0 210 0 Running 105
42 3 120 Dick Rathman Hudson IT'S A HUDSON 0 208 0 Hub 155
43 42 4 Slick Smith Oldsmobile Griffin Motors 0 200 0 Gas tank 105
44 31 77 Dick Allwine Chevrolet Dick Curry 0 198 0 Fuel line 105
45 6 11 Fireball Roberts Oldsmobile Leland Colvin 0 198 41 A frame 340
46 19 13 Emory Lewis Oldsmobile Ernest Woods 0 195 0 Engine 105
47 53 19 Clyde Minter Mercury Clyde Minter 0 190 0 Oil pressure 105
48 49 45 Ben Dixon Hudson -- 0 187 0 Overheating 105
49 57 -- Lonnie Bragg Oldsmobile -- 0 149 0 Engine 105
50 36 88 Laird Bruner Oldsmobile Laird Bruner 0 142 0 Transmission 105
51 58 -- Joe Guide Hudson Sally Guide 0 111 0 Oil pressure 100
52 18 58 Johnny Patterson Hudson H.B. Ranier 0 98 0 Crash 120
53 51 48 Slim Rominger Lincoln Slim Rominger 0 69 0 Fuel pump 100
54 11 45 Ralph Liguori Lincoln Al Wheatley 0 68 0 Crash 100
55 27 84 Gayle Warren Studebaker Gayle Warren 0 57 0 Gas line 100
56 2 82 Joe Eubanks Hudson Oates Motor Co. 0 40 0 Spindle 100
57 43 33 Pop McGinnis Hudson Irving Frye 0 31 0 Engine 100
58 46 -- Merritt Brown Studebaker -- 0 20 0 Transmission 100
59 52 79 Ned Jarrett Oldsmobile Ned Jarrett 0 8 0 Oil line 100