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									1971 Motor Trend 500
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The 1971 Motor Trend 500 was the first official race in NASCAR's                                1971 Motor Trend 500
Winston Cup era (also known as the Winston Cup Grand National
                                                                                                               Race details
Series until approximately 1985) that took place on January 10, 1971. [2]           Race 1 of 48 in the 1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Drivers had to contend with 191 laps on a road course at Riverside
International Raceway in Riverside, California, USA that spanned a total
                                                                                  Date          February 1, 1971
distance of 2.620 miles (4.216 km). [2][3] Many people who followed
NASCAR during the 1960s and the 1970s found Riverside International               Location      Riverside International Raceway (Riverside,
                                                                                                California )
Raceway to be one of their favorite "road course" tracks.
                                                                                  Course        Permanent racing facility
Despite its connections to Big Tobacco, the Winston Cup era in                                  2.700 mi (4.345 km)
NASCAR ended up becoming the most popular among traditionalists                   Distance      400 laps, 502 mi (808 km)
and racing purists alike. Attendance for this racing event was estimated          Weather       Temperatures approaching 64 °F (18 °C);
at 23,000 people. It took four hours, fifty-seven minutes, and fifty-five                       wind speeds up to 8 miles per hour
seconds for the race to resolve itself from the first green flag to the                         (13 km/h) [1 ]
checkered flag. [2][3] No tickets were required to tour certain places of         Avg Speed     100.783 miles per hour
the track (particularly on the area of the track that was near the                              (162.195 km/h)

chicanes). NASCAR would tighten up their security in the later years;                                      Pole position
requiring patrons to have special passes to attend pit road prior to the          Driver        Richard Petty                   Petty Enterprises

race.                                                                                                      Most laps led
                                                                                  Driver        Ray Elder                       Fred Elder
Summary                                                                           Laps          67

Defending NASCAR Grand National West series champion Ray Elder                                                   Winner

won the race and Coca-Cola was the major sponsor of the #12 Dodge                 96            Ray Elder                       Fred Elder

entry that was driven by Bobby Allison.[2] The average speed was                                                Television

100.783 miles per hour (162.195 km/h) while the pole speed was                    Network       untelevised

107.084 miles per hour (172.335 km/h). [2] The other nine finishers in            Announcers none
the top ten were: Bobby Allison, Benny Parsons, Bobby Isaac, James
Hylton, Friday Hassler, Kevin Terris, Carl Joiner, Henley Gray, and Cecil Gordon. [2][3] Out of the forty drivers that started the
race, only twelve of them actually finished the race.[3] The top prize at this race was $18,715 ($107,399.8 in today's money)
and the prize for finishing last place (40th) was $1,015 ($5,824.78 in today's money).[2][3] All 40 vehicles that participated in
the race were basically either new or used vehicles purchased from automobile retailers open to the general public for less
than $2,500 ($14,346.75 in today's money).

Richard Petty competed in this race but failed to finish it; he would end up in 20th place after starting in the pole position. [3]
He was driving a Plymouth with the familiar #43 that he is famous for.[2] The majority of the drivers who failed to finish had
an engine problem. [2] At the end of the race, the margin between Elder and Bobby Allison was considered to be ten and a
half seconds. [2] Ray Elder would score the first of his two NASCAR cup victories here [2] (with his second victory taking place
at the 1972 Golden State 400[4] ). Other notable facts about the 1971 Motor Trend 500 is that the race was Ron Grable's only
start in the NASCAR Cup series and that G.T. Tallas finished the race with his career best of 11th place.[3]
Due to a then-struggling economy, both Ford and Chevrolet cut back on factory-manufacturing new vehicles for the 1971
NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. [5] NASCAR would also limit the aerodynamics of the vehicles to 305 cubic inches
starting in this race.[5]

References
   1. ^ "1971 Motor Trend 500 weather information"      . The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
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   2. ^                     "1971 Motor Trend 500 information"   . Racing Reference. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "1971 Motor Trend 500 information (second reference)" . Stat Sheet. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  4. ^ "Ray Elder's second victory" . Racing Reference. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  5. ^ a b "Summary of the 1971 Motor Trend 500"    . Muscle Car Films. Retrieved 2012-09-06.

                Preceded by               NASCAR Grand National/Winston Cup Races                     Succeeded by
            1970 Tidewater 300                                1970-71                               1971 Daytona 500

                                                                                                      Succeeded by
                Preceded by                           Motor Trend 500 races
                                                                                             becomes the Winston Western
          1970 Motor Trend 500                                1964-71
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