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Summary::1968 Hickory 250

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Summary The "250" portion of the event's name referred to the number of laps that were scheduled to be performed that day; the race lasted only {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} overall.<ref name="1968h250"/> It took one hour, fifteen minutes, and thirty-two seconds for the race to reach its conclusion; Richard Petty defeated David Pearson by 0.5 laps in front of ten thousand people.<ref name="1968h250"/><ref name="ultimateracinghistory"/> Two cautions were waved for nineteen laps.<ref name="1968h250"/><ref name="ultimateracinghistory"/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Notable speeds in this race were: {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} as the average speed achieved by David Pearson<ref name="ultimateracinghistory"/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} as the pole position speed.<ref name="1968h250"/>

For the race, the temperatures reached a maximum of {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} with wind speeds reaching {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}, providing a relatively cool climate for the drivers and for the fans.<ref name="almanac">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Precipitation was relatively absent during the day of the race, although rain and/or melted snow was reported at the nearest airport on that day.<ref name="almanac"/> For people who were driving to the race track that day, visibility on the road was a vivid {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}.<ref name="almanac"/> Total winnings for the race were $4,940 ($33,502.18 when adjusted for inflation); with the winner receiving $1,200 ($8,138.18 when adjusted for inflation). Most of the vehicles that raced in this event had the Ford Motor Company as their manufacturer.<ref name="1968h250"/>

The race car drivers still had to commute to the races using the same stock cars that competed in a typical weekend's race through a policy of homologation (and under their own power). This policy was in effect until roughly 1975. By 1980, NASCAR had completely stopped tracking the year model of all the vehicles and most teams did not take stock cars to the track under their own power any more.

Finishers

  1. Richard Petty
  2. David Pearson (highest finishing Ford vehicle)
  3. Bobby Isaac(highest finishing Dodge vehicle)
  4. Friday Hassler(highest finishing Chevrolet vehicle)
  5. James Hylton*
  6. John Sears†
  7. Jack Ingram
  8. Roy Tyner
  9. Bill Seifert
  10. Elmo Langley
  11. Clyde Lynn
  12. Henley Gray
  13. G.C. Spencer*†
  14. Jabe Thomas
  15. Neil Castles*
  16. Buck Baker*†
  17. Wayne Smith*
  18. Bob Cooper*
  19. Wendell Scott*†
  20. Paul Dean Holt*
  21. Bill Vanderhoff* (only Pontiac entry in the race)
  22. Jim Vandiver* (retired with a drive shaft problem<ref name="ultimateracinghistory"/>)

* Driver failed to finish race
† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased


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