Richard Petty leads Bobby
Allison during the later stages of the race. (Photo: The
Roy Tyner battles with Chattanooga's Friday Hassler during the
early stages of the event. Both drivers would unfortunately be
sidelined with mechanical issues in the event.
led all 400 laps of the event in his 1966 Plymouth. It was
the second time that Petty accomplished that rare
achievement. Petty was able to cruise to a impressive five
lap victory in the race. This was Petty's fourth victory at the
Fairgrounds and the seventh of the season.
Bobby Allison's car was slowed late in the
race by a leaking head gasket.
Petty was the only factory supported car
in the race as the Cotton Owens Dodge of David Pearson remained
in South Carolina over a "deal" money dispute with track
James Hylton, Coo Coo Marlin, J.D. McDuffie and Bobby Allison
all made their initial appearances
at the track in the Nashville 400.
legend Marty Robbins made his only career Fairgrounds Speedway Grand National
start in the event.
Gray would record his career best finish of fourth in the race.
Hueytown, Alabama's Bobby
Allison climbs into his Chevrolet Chevelle prior to the
start of the race. The popular driver was overwhelmed
with fans after the race. "It's gratifying to receive
this much attention from the fans" stated Allison.
legend Marty Robbins congratulates Richard Petty on his
pole position run. The race would be Robbin's only
Grand National appearance at Nashville. (Photo: Jimmy
Ellis The Tennessean)
Speedway secretary Minnie Jo
Derryberry sells the first tickets to the event. (Photo:
Jack Corn The Tennessean)
Richard Petty's qualifying
run of 82.493 mph established a new Fairgrounds Speedway
record (Jimmy Ellis The Tennessean)