August 5, 1963 - 250 Miles - Purse $9,875

  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 to darkness. 

The 1963 Nashville 400 is memorable for the horrific crash on lap 194 involving the cars of Rex White, David Pearson and Tiny Lund (pictured at left).  White's 1963 Chevrolet crashed through the guard rail and subsequently through the billboards that circled the track.

Average Speed:  60.126 mph Time of Race:   2:54:38 Margin:      1 Lap
Pole Winner:        Richard Petty 78.878 mph Attendance:      12,875 Cautions:    n/a
Lap Leaders:       Petty 1-96, Lund 97
 
Driver Fin Str Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Jim Paschal 1 3 42 Petty Enterprises 63 Plymouth 350 2,500 running 1
Billy Wade 2 7 5 Cotton Owens 63 Dodge 349 1,350 running  
Joe Weatherly 3 5 8 Bud Moore 63 Pontiac 349 1,025 running  
Richard Petty 4 1 43 Petty Enterprises 63 Plymouth 348 675 running 96
Buck Baker 5 9 87 Buck Baker 63 Pontiac 348 475 running  
Stick Elliott 6 11 18 Toy Bolton 63 Pontiac 346 450 running  
Ned Jarrett 7 8 11 Burton-Robinson  - Charles Robinson 63 Ford 344 425 running  
Cale Yarborough 8 13 19 Herman Beam 62 Ford 335 375 running  
Jimmy Pardue 9 10 54 Pete Stewart 63 Ford 334 325 running  
Larry Thomas 10 12 36 Wade Younts 62 Dodge 309 300 running  
  Wendell Scott 11 20 34 Wendell Scott 62 Chevrolet 309 270 running  
  Jimmy Griggs 12 14 45 Jimmy Griggs 63 Mercury 304 240 running  
Neil Castles 13 15 86 Buck Baker 62 Chrysler 286 245 Blown Engine  
  Bobby Isaac 14 16 99 Bondy Long 63 Ford 257 200 Blew Tire - crashed  
Tiny Lund 15 6 32 Dave Kent 62 Ford 194 170 Blew Tire - crashed 1
David Pearson 16 19 6 Cotton Owens 63 Dodge 194 150 Blew Tire - crashed  
Rex White 17 2 4 Louis Clements  - Rex White 63 Mercury 194 230 Blew Tire - crashed  
Fred Lorenzen 18 4 28 LaFayette Ford  -  Holman-Moody 63 Ford 158 170 Blown Engine  
Ed Livingston 19 21 68 Ed Livingston 62 Ford 27 100 handling  
  Chuck Huckabee 20 17 63 Curtis Crider 62 Mercury 2 100 Blown engine  
G.C. Spencer 21 18 03 G.C. Spencer 62 Chevrolet 1 100 Burned Piston