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
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
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.
Johnson was quoted as stating "This track is a little
Darlington, you're riding in trouble all the time with no chance
to let up."
White leads the field to the green flag at the start of the 1959
Johnson is interviewed after his victory