Jim Paschal captured his third straight
Grand National event at the Fairgrounds. He would capture
25 victories during his 23 year career. Paschal's victory streak
would be tied by Cale Yarborough in 1979 and surpassed by
Darrell Waltrip in 1983.
The 1963 Nashville 400 is best know for the horrifying crash
that occurred on lap 194 of the event.
Richard Petty had dominated the early
stages of the race until being passed by Tiny Lund's Ford
on lap 96. When Lund's engine blew on lap 194, he
was knocked into the track's backstretch billboards by the
Cotton Owen Dodge of David Pearson. Rex White was also
caught-up in the accident with his 1963 Mercury. Lund's
gas tank erupted and soon the backstretch was ablaze with fire.
The race was red-flagged but resume
after the track surface was cleared of debris. However,
after completing only seven laps, the race was once again black
flagged for rain.
The race was stopped at 350 laps due