May 24, 1959 - 100 Miles - Purse $3,270

NASCAR Legend and Hall of Fame Member Rex White.  He would win the 1960 NASCAR Grand National title in 1959.

Car owner / crew chief Louis Clements and Rex White.  NASCAR legend James Hylton would serve as a mechanic on the team.

  Chevrolet driver Rex White captured the second NASCAR Grand National event held at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.  He led 40 laps of the 200 lap event.

For the first time in history, all cars which started would finish the race.

Junior Johnson led 12 laps before being passed by White on lap 196.  Johnson and his Ford held on to finish in second place. He gambled on going the distance without a pit stop but had to make a pit stop with five laps to go. This gave White the chance to take the lead and win the race.

Rex White captured his second consecutive NASCAR Grand National pole at Fairgrounds Speedway.  He would go on to win three consecutive pole positions at the track.  During his career, White would win an impressive five pole positions in six attempts (83%), which places him third in the all-time totals.

 

 

Lee Petty Lead the T-Bird of Tommy Irwin.  During the race, Irwin would dominate the field by leading 111 laps

The start of the 1959 Music City 200 
 

 
Average Speed:    71.006 mph Time of Race:      1:24:20 Margin:     n/a
Pole Winner:          Rex White  70.089 mph Attendance:         9,635 Cautions:  none
Lap Leader:           Lee Petty 1-37, Irwin 38-148, White 149-183, Johnson 184-195, White 196-200
 
Driver Fin Str Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
  Rex White 1 1 4 Rex White 59 Chevrolet 200 900 Running 40
  Junior Johnson 2 7 11 Paul Spaulding 57 Ford 200 525 Running 12
  Tommy Irwin 3 3 36 Tommy Irwin 59 T-Bird 199 350 Running 111
Buck Baker 4 5 87 Buck Baker 59 Chevrolet 198 250 Running 0
  Joe Lee Johnson 5 4 77 Joe Lee Johnson 57 Chevrolet 198 225 Running 0
Lee Petty 6 2 42 Petty Enterprises 59 Plymouth 196 200 Running 37
  Charley Griffith 7 8 18 Charley Griffith 57 Pontiac 193 165 Running 0
Cotton Owens 8 6 6 W.H. Watson 58 Pontiac 193 150 Running 0
  Bob Burdick 9 9 73 Roy Burdick 59 T-Bird 192 140 Running 0
  Herman Beam 10 11 19 Herman Beam 57 Chevrolet 179 130 Running 0
  G.C. Spencer 11 10 34 G.C. Spencer 57 Chevrolet 171 125 Running 0
  Tommy Thompson 12 12 13 Tommy Thompson 59 Chevrolet 160 110 Running 0