1961 was the only year the twin qualifying races were used to set the lineup for the 600. As with the qualifying races used for Daytona 500 from 1959 through the early 1970s, the 1961 Charlotte qualifiers counted as regular wins. Petty's victory was his fifth career and first superspeedway win.
|Source: Motor Race Programme Covers|
|Photo and article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire|