May 12, 1974 - 250 Miles - Purse $38,565

 (Race began May 11 but completed on May 12th due to inclimate weather )

NOTE:  Race was shortened to 238 miles due to Energy Crisis. 

  Richard Petty (pictured at right/photo Ted Marchman) captured his 8th career Fairgrounds Speedway victory at the 1974 Music City 420.  The Race was red-flagged at lap 127 on Saturday night, May 11 and resumed the following day.

This would the last win at Nashville by a Chrysler product.

Chattanooga TN's Bob Burcham scored a surprising 4th place finish

NASCAR initialized procedures to help with nation's energy crises.  Music City 420 was actually 400 contested laps.  Laps 1-20 were not scored.

Donnie Allison finished second in a rare Winston Cup appearance at the Fairgrounds.

Road Racing great George Follmer would finish sixth in his only start at the Fairgrounds.

Youtube video of the 1971 Nashville 420:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR0GxG8eY14

Local favorite Darrell Waltrip battles with Virginian Lennie Pond during the 1974 Music City 420.  Waltrip would finish third in the event, four laps down to the leaders.  Pond would finish the race in 11th place.(Photo: Ted Marchman)

Average Speed:  82.24 mph Time of Race:   3:06:31 Margin:  1/2 Lap
Pole Winner:     Bobby Allison 100.088 mph Attendance:      19,000 Cautions:  8 for 96 Laps
Lap Leaders:    First 20 Laps not scored, B Allison 21 - 45, Petty 46, B Allison 47-111, Yarborough 112-116, Pond 117, Yarborough 118-220, D Allison 221, Yarborough 222-253, Parsons 254-256, Yarborough 257-314, Petty 315-420
     
Driver Fin Str Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Richard Petty 1 2 43 STP  -  Petty Enterprises 74 Dodge 420 7,900 running 107
Donnie Allison 2 5 88 DiGard Racing   74 Chev 420 3,850 running 1
Darrell Waltrip 3 6 95 Terminal Transport  -  Darrell Waltrip 74 Chev 416 2,390 running 0
Bob Burcham 4 9 57 Precision Specialties  - Jack White 74 Chev 415 1,370 running 0
Dave Marcis 5 18 2 Deppe Enterprises   -  Dave Marcis 73 Dodge 414 1,520 running 0
George Follmer 6 8 15 R.C. Cola    - Bud Moore 73 Ford 411 2,885 blew tire 0
J.D. McDuffie 7 14 70 J D McDuffie 72 Chev 411 1,210 running 0
David Sisco 8 12 05 Reliable Plumbing  -  David Sisco 74 Chev 410 1,125 running 0
Coo Coo Marlin 9 16 14 Cunningham-Kelley   - H.B. Cunningham 73 Chev 408 800 running 0
  Buddy Arrington 10 20 67 Arrington Racing 72 Chev 404 1,005 running 0
Lennie Pond 11 3 54 Master Chevy Sales -  Ronnie Elder 74 Chev 403 880 running 1
Elmo Langley 12 22 64 Elmo Langley 72 Ford 395 860 running 0
Henley Gray 13 15 19 Henley Gray 73 Chev 375 720 running 0
Cale Yarborough 14 4 11 Kar-Kare    -  Richard Howard 74 Chev 346 585 engine 198
Dean Dalton 15 10 7 Belden Asphalt   - Dean Dalton 74 Chev 336 795 engine 0
Benny Parsons 16 7 72 King's Row Fireplace  -  L.G. DeWitt 74 Chev 312 2,755 crash 3
D.K. Ulrich 17 24 40 Noel's Auto Parts  -  D K Ulrich 72 Chev 261 475 crash 0
Frank Warren 18 23 79 Frank Warren 74 Dodge 255 675 heating 0
  Jack Donohue 19 27 51 Bill Strong 72 Chev 238 375 engine 0
Bobby Allison 20 1 12 Coca-Cola   - Bobby Allison Racing 74 Chev 217 2,325 crash 90
Walter Ballard 21 17 30 Ballard Racing   74 Chev 185 665 engine 0
  Jerry Sisco 22 26 5 Reliable Plumbing  -  David Sisco 73 Chev 142 295 engine 0
Tony Bettenhausen 23 25 9 Vita Fresh Orange Juice     -   Gordon Van Liew 72 Chev 111 290 rear end 0
James Hylton 24 13 48 James Hylton 74 Chev 95 665 clutch 0
Cecil Gordon 25 19 24 Cecil Gordon 72 Chev 79 635 engine 0
Richard Childress 26 11 96 L.C. Newton Trucking  -  Tom Garn 73 Chev 77 695 handling 0
Alton Jones 27 28 68 Crimson Dale Nursery   -  Butch Hawkersmith 73 Chev 70 285 heating 0
Richie Panch 28 21 25 Tracmaster  -  Don Robertson 73 Dodge 56 535 heating 0