August 9, 1959- 150 Miles - Purse $11,450

  Chattanooga, Tennessee's Joe Lee Johnson took the 1959 Nashville 300 victory by three laps over Larry Frank.  It was the first NASCAR Grand National victory for Johnson. 

Rookie driver Buddy Baker finished in 30th after experiencing engine problems in his 1958 Chevrolet.  Baker would win the 1973 Nashville 420.

This would be the only victory by a car carrying the number 77 in NASCAR Grand National / Sprint Cup history

Richard Petty made the first of his 39 Fairgrounds starts at the race. He would capture nine victories at the track during his career.

Rex White captured his third straight pole at the Fairgrounds.

Rex White leads the field to the green flag at the start of the 1959 Nashville 300.

 
Average Speed:    63.334 mph Time of Race:      2:22:05 Margin:    Three laps
Pole Winner:         Rex White  74.044 mph Attendance:        10,000 Cautions:      n/a
Lap Leaders:         White 1-175, Petty 176-217, Johnson 218-300
 

Driver

Fin

Str

Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status
  Joe Lee Johnson 1 2 77 Honest Charley - Joe Lee Johnson '57 Chevrolet 300 2,912 running
  Larry Frank 2 4 76 Larry Frank - Carolina Plating '57 Chevrolet 297 1,453 running
Elmo Langley 3 12 10 Ratus Walters '59 Buick 297 1,125 running
Lee Petty 4 3 42 Petty Enterprises '59 Plymouth 297 900 running
  Tommy Irwin 5 10 36 Tommy Irwin '59 T-Bird 295 750 running
  Cotton Owens 6 16 9 Roy Tyner '57 Chevrolet 290 450 running
  Joe Weatherly 7 22 41 Delta Auto Sales  - Doc White '59 T-Bird 289 500 running
  Gene White 8 14 25 Gene White '57 Chevrolet 286 350 running
  Bob Reuther 9 11 12 Marvin Porter '58 Ford 284 250 running
  Bud Crothers 10 5 16 Bud Crothers '57 Chevrolet 283 225 running
Buck Baker 11 7 87 Lynton Tyson '59 Chevrolet 281 250 running
  G.C. Spencer 12 20 34 G.C. Spencer '57 Chevrolet 278 175 axle
  George Alsobrook 13 26 192 Joe Jones '57 Ford 277 150 running
  George Green 14 30 32 Jess Potter '57 Chevrolet 273 140 running
  Herman Beam 15 17 19 Herman Beam '57 Chevrolet 262 125 running
  L.D. Austin 16 25 74 L.D. Austin '57 Chevrolet 251 110 running
  Gerald Duke 17 19 92 Gerald Duke '59 T-Bird 249 125 running
Bob Welborn 18 6 49 Bob Welborn '59 Chevrolet 234 200 axle
  Harlan Richardson 19 13 22 Harlan Richardson '58 Ford 224 100 running
  Herb Lewis 20 9 189 Herb Lewis '58 Chevrolet 221 100 ball joint
  Benny Rakestraw 21 29 20 Spook Crawford '57 Mercury 213 75 running
  Jim Austin 22 21 97   '59 Ford 211 75 rear end
  Jimmy Mairs 23 15 110   '57 Ford 202 75 engine
  Rex White 24 1 4 Rex White '59 Chevrolet 176 510 rear end
Brownie King 25 24 31 Jess Potter '57 Chevrolet 84 75 fan belt
  Andy Hampton 26 23 13 Tommy Thompson '59 Chevrolet 76 50 bearing
  Tom Pistone 27 27 59 Rupert Safety Belt   - Carl Rupert '59 T-Bird 51 50 engine
  Tiny Lund 28 18 44 Julian Petty '59 Chevrolet 30 50 heating
  Richard Petty 29 8 43 Petty Enterprises '59 Plymouth 12 50 engine
Buddy Baker 30 28 89 Lynton Tyson '58 Chevrolet 10 50 engine