Today In NASCAR History

October 15, 2012

1961: Joe Weatherly leads only the final five laps, pouncing on a victory in the National 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his seventh win of the season. After Junior Johnson retired with a broken wheel while leading just 11 laps from the finish, Weatherly slipped by Bob Welborn in the 263rd of 267 laps and held off runner-up Richard Petty by 1 1/2 car-lengths at the checkered flag. Welborn, Weatherly’s teammate in Bud Moore-owned Pontiacs, held on for third place as the last car on the lead lap.