November 2nd of any year is/was getting late in the racing season, but there were and are still races on which we can base a History Minute. Today, our travels take us to Jefferson, GA, to a track known as Jeffco Speedway. Jeffco was a half-mile paved track and the event on this date in 1969 was known as the "Jeffco 200". A great deal of imaginative marketing went into the naming of the event.
There were 27 entries in the 200 lap/100 mile event. David Pearson in his blue and gold number 17 Holman-Moody Ford would claim the pole with a speed of 89.565 mph. Bobby Isaac in the K&K Dodge, 71, would start second, Richard Petty, driving a Ford, 43, would roll off third LeeRoy Yarbrough in his Junior Johnson Ford fourth, and Neil Castles in his independent Dodge fifth.
Some 7,000 fans watched Pearson lead the first 62 laps before the red K&K Dodge driven by Bobby Isaac roared into the lead. Bobby would lead the remainder of the laps, fighting off repeated bids by Pearson to retake the lead. It was the 16th win of the year for Isaac out of the 52 races thus far run in the 1969 season. Bobby said after the race "Our Dodge has been running real good on the short tracks. If we stay out of trouble and steer away from mistakes, we usually win".
Second place finishing David Pearson would wrap up the season points championship at this race. This made him a 3 time champ. His remarks after the race left little doubt he would NOT defend the title. He said "It's quite a relief to win the championship a third time. It is demanding and nerve-wrecking (his word). I don't intend on going through this again."
Of the 27 starters, 21 finished. Isaac's winning average speed was 85.106, slowed only once by caution for 4 laps when James Hylton crashed on lap 98.
1. Bobby Isaac, K&K Insurance Dodge, winning $1,350.00
2. David Pearson, Holman-Moody Ford, winning $950.00
3. Richard Petty, Petty Enterprises Ford, winning $500.00 (2 laps down)
4. LeeRoy Yarbrough, Junior Johnson Ford, winning $350.00 (4 laps down)
5. Neil Castles, Castles Dodge, winning $325.00 (9 laps down)
6. Elmo Langley
7. Friday Hassler
8. Bill Champion
9, Henley Gray
10. Jabe Thomas
11.E. J. Trivette
12. Cecil Gordon
13. J.D. McDuffie
14. Wendell Scott
17. Bill Seifert
18. Ben Arnold
19. Larry Baumel
20. John Sears
21. Pete Hazelwood
22. Dave Marcis
23. Frank Warren
24. James Hylton
25. Roy Tyner
26. Mack Sellers
Honor the past, embrace the present, dream for the future.
updated by @tim-leeming: 12/05/16 04:00:58PM