August 6, 1961 - (250 mile raced called at lap 403 because of rain) - Purse $10,534

Winner Jim Paschal and his Julian Petty owned Pontiac

Richard Petty dominated the race until being sidelined with engines problems on lap 362. 

Rex White would capture his fifth straight pole at the track.  He sat a record at the track that would not be broken by any other NASCAR driver

This would be the first and only win for Jim Paschal at the Fairgrounds Speedway.  He would capture 25 NASCAR Grand National Victories during his career. 

Rex White suffered a serious crash due to a blown tire on lap 175.  The pole sitter partially ran through one of the tracks backstretch billboards.

Nashville, Tennessee native Crash Bond made his only career NASCAR Grand National Start.  He would later be inducted into the track's Hall of Fame for his Late Model Sportsman accomplishments.

 

Track officials clean-up the damage left by the wrecked car of Rex White.  He suffered a blown tire on lap 15

(Photo: Harold Lowe, Jr.  The Tennessean)

Miss Nashville 500 Carole Steele, hold the trophy that drvers (from left) Rex White, Johnny Allen and Ned Jarrett will be competing for in the Nashville 500
(Photo:  Joe Rudis The Tennessean)

 
Average Speed:   56.455 mph Time of Race:        3:34:09 Margin:    Caution
Pole Winner:         Rex White 74.691 mph Attendance:          12,801 Cautions:  3 for 72 Laps
Lap Leaders:         Petty 1 -362, Paschal 363 - 403
 
DriverDDriver Fin Str Car Team / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Jim Paschal 1 10 44 Julian Petty 61 Pontiac 403 2,523 Running 41
Ned Jarrett 2 4 11 B.G. Holloway 61 Chevrolet 403 1,275 Running 0
  Johnny Allen 3 3 14 Joe Lee Johnson 61 Chevrolet 401 975 Running 0
Buck Baker 4 5 86 Buck Baker 61 Chrysler 401 675 Running 0
Emanuel Zervakis 5 8 85 Monroe Shook 61 Chevrolet 397 575 Running 0
  George Alsobrook 6 12 99 Joe Jones 61 Ford 397 450 Running 0
Jimmy Pardue 7 9 54 Jimmy Pardue 60 Chevrolet 397 400 Running 0
  G.C. Spencer 8 14 48 G.C. Spencer 60 Chevrolet 386 350 LR axle 0
Paul Lewis 9 15 1 Jess Potter 61 Chevrolet 383 300 Running 0
L.D. Austin 10 18 74 L.D. Austin 61 Chevrolet 381 225 Running 0
Herman Beam 11 17 19 Herman Beam 60 Ford 374 200 Running 0
  Bob Barron 12 22 71 Bob Barron 60 Dodge 367 175 Running 0
Crash Bond 13 20 61   60 Ford 367 150 Running 0
Richard Petty 14 2 43 Petty Enterprises 61 Plymouth 366 1,226 Blown Engine 362
Jack Smith 15 6 46 Jack Smith 61 Pontiac 363 125 Broke RF wheel - crash 0
Curtis Crider 16 21 62 Curtis Crider 61 Mercury 356 110 Running 0
Charlie Chapman 17 24 41 Charlie Chapman 60 Ford 344 100 Running 0
  Tommy Wells 18 16 39   60 Chevrolet 199 100 Oil leak 0
Junior Johnson 19 7 27 Holly Farms  - 
Rex Lovette
60 Pontiac 134 100 RF Wheel bolts 0
  Bob Presnell 20 23 5   59 Chevrolet 104 100 Steering 0
  Dave Mader 21 19 96 J.L. Cheatham 61 Chevrolet 50 75 RF Wheel bearing 0
Buddy Baker 22 11 87 Buck Baker 61 Chrysler 34 75 Rear end 0
Rex White 23 1 4 White-Clements
61 Chevrolet 15 175 Blown Tire - wreck 0
  Doug Yates 24 13 23 Raeford Johnson 61 Plymouth 1 75 Transmission 0