Jacksonville, Florida's Lee Roy Yarbrough (photo
at left) sat on the pole for the race in his 1970 Ford Torino owned by
Isaac (pictured at right in Victory Lane) captured his first and
only win at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. The Catawba,
North Carolina driver would go on to win the 1970 NASCAR Grand
The race was broadcast live by ABC on The
Wide World of Sports
and was hosted by Jim McKay and Chris Economaki.
This race marked the debut of the 5/8 mile -
35 degree banking configuration.
The Grand National series had raced the night before at Maryville TN in
a 200 lap event captured by Richard Petty.
Yarbrough blew a tire and crashed into the
retaining wall on lap 45 of the 400 lap race. This would be the
last pole captured by Yarbrough.