OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS

SOUTHERN 500

Herb Thomas won the 1954 NASCAR Grand National Series Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

TRACK

  • NAME: Darlington Raceway
  • LOCATION: Darlington
  • LENGTH: 1.375 Miles
  • SURFACE: Pavement
  • PURSE: $27,405

RACE

  • NUMBER: 31
  • NAME: Southern 500
  • DATE: 09-06-1954
  • LAPS / MILES: 364 / 501
  • CAUTIONS / LAPS: 2 / 4

WINNER

  • NAME: Herb Thomas
  • CAR MAKE: 1954 Hudson
  • AVG SPEED: 95.026
  • START POSITION: 23rd
  • LEAD CHANGES: 12
Finish Start # Driver Make Sponsor Points Laps Led Status Money
1 23 92 Herb Thomas Hudson Herb Thomas 0 364 43 Running 6,830
2 17 44 Curtis Turner Oldsmobile Elmer Brooks 0 364 266 Running 6,245
3 24 98 Marvin Panch Dodge Beryl Jackson 0 362 0 Running 2,155
4 27 58 Johnny Patterson Mercury H.B. Ranier 0 360 0 Running 1,165
5 34 88 Jim Paschal Oldsmobile Ernest Woods 0 357 0 Running 975
6 7 40 John Soares Dodge Charles Vance 0 348 0 Running 855
7 2 25 Fireball Roberts Oldsmobile Leland Colvin 0 343 0 Running 730
8 25 7 Gwyn Staley Cadillac Paul Whiteman 0 342 0 Running 670
9 40 13 Joel Million Oldsmobile Ernest Woods 0 339 0 Running 600
10 38 12 Speedy Thompson Buick Buckshot Morris 0 337 0 Running 550
11 21 18 Arden Mounts Hudson Gene Comstock 0 335 0 Running 500
12 41 53 Elmo Langley Oldsmobile Elmo Langley 0 335 0 Running 450
13 9 8 Gene Comstock Hudson Gene Comstock 0 334 0 Running 400
14 4 28 Eddie Skinner Oldsmobile Frank Dodge 0 332 0 Running 350
15 14 82 Joe Eubanks Hudson Oates Motor Co. 0 330 0 Running 325
16 50 1 Elton Hildreth Nash Hildreth Motors 0 327 0 Running 300
17 28 17 Bill Widenhouse Mercury Bob Widenhouse 0 326 0 Running 275
18 31 47 Harvey Eakin Nash Harvey Eakin 0 321 0 Running 250
19 6 97 Bill Amick Oldsmobile Frank Christian 0 317 9 Running 225
20 11 64 Charlie Cregar Plymouth James Gess 0 313 8 Running 280
21 19 32 Art Watts Hudson -- 0 312 0 Running 175
22 12 11 George Parrish Studebaker George Parrish 0 299 0 Running 160
23 29 21 Laird Bruner Oldsmobile Carmen Amica 0 294 0 Rear end 150
24 35 27 Jim Gillette Plymouth -- 0 293 0 Running 140
25 42 48 Otis Martin Chrysler Otis Martin 0 290 0 Running 130
26 32 85 Walt Harvey Ford -- 0 284 0 Running 120
27 37 16 Buck Mason Plymouth -- 0 283 0 Running 110
28 30 70 Charles Brinkley Hudson -- 0 268 0 Engine 100
29 43 20 Van Van Wey Ford Van Van Wey 0 260 0 Crash 120
30 15 6 Ralph Liguori Dodge Ralph Liguori 0 253 0 Running 120
31 10 93 Ted Chamberlain Chrysler Ted Chamberlain 0 252 0 Running 75
32 48 55 Frank Stutts Ford -- 0 250 0 Running 75
33 5 26 Dave Terrell Dodge Dave Terrell 0 231 0 Rear end 75
34 16 83 Cotton Owens Hudson -- 0 228 0 Engine 75
35 22 33 Pop McGinnis Hudson Irving Frye 0 221 4 Fuel 115
36 44 71 Dean Pelton Ford -- 0 216 0 Gasket 75
37 47 15 Joe Sheppard Ford -- 0 215 0 Running 75
38 13 42 Lee Petty Chrysler Petty Enterprises 0 173 0 Coil 75
39 39 23 Erick Erickson Buick Erick Erickson 0 131 0 Rear end 75
40 8 4 Ken Fisher Hudson Ken Fisher 0 118 0 Radiator 75
41 18 5 Jimmie Lewallen Mercury Joe Blair 0 110 0 Crash 75
42 20 29 Dink Widenhouse Oldsmobile Dink Widenhouse 0 101 0 Vapor lock 75
43 26 10 Blackie Pitt Oldsmobile Gary Drake 0 98 0 Piston 75
44 1 87 Buck Baker Oldsmobile Griffin Motors 0 66 34 Engine 465
45 3 14 Hershel McGriff Oldsmobile Frank Christian 0 37 0 Engine 95
46 49 20 John McGinley Hudson Walt Chapman 0 36 0 Bearing 75
47 46 43 Danny Letner Hudson Joe Bearscheck 0 26 0 Engine 75
48 33 90 Bob Welborn Dodge George Hutchens 0 14 0 Piston 75
49 45 79 Hassell Reid Plymouth -- 0 11 0 Piston 75
50 36 75 Jimmy Thompson Oldsmobile -- 0 4 0 Fuel tank 75