The start of the race was delayed an hour and 15
minutes as crews repaired
a pothole that developed in turn two. As the race
progressed, the pothole began to resurface much to the dismay of
the drivers. At the time, the track had 35 degree banking.
The steepness of the banking required that the roller be
secured by a heavy-duty wrecker(Ted Marchman photo)
(pictured at right with car owners Richard Howard
and Junior Johnson in Victory Lane) captured his
first Winston Cup Grand National victory at the Fairgrounds in a controversial
win over Richard Petty. Petty ran an officials
"stop" paddle after making a pit stop on lap 344.
A visibly angry Petty pounded on the wheel of his
1975 STP Plymouth while NASCAR officials held him for a one
Local favorite Darrell Waltrip finished 3rd in the
event in his independently owned Mercury. The
car had began life as a 1967 Holman-Moody Ford and captured the 67 Daytona 500 with Mario Andretti
at the wheel. The car was rebodied as a 71 Mercury
and used by Waltrip 17 times during his career.
The best finish for the car would be a second in the
1973 Alamo 500 at Texas World Speedway
1970 Pole Sitter Lee Roy
Yarbrough "quit" the race on lap one. This
would be his last start at the Fairgrounds.
Fan favorites Coo Coo Marlin
and Bobby Isaac wrecked before completing lap one.