May 7, 1977 - 250 Miles - Purse $56,350

Benny Parsons celebrates in victory lane after winning his second straight race at Nashville (Photo: Russ Thompson)

Parsons is tied with Joe Weatherly for fourth on the Fairgrounds Speedway Cup win list with three.  The Ellerbe, NC driver competed at the track on 22 occasions.

 

 

  Benny Parson edged Cale Yarborough by one second to win the 1977 Music City 420.  The margin was the closest in Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway history.

Parsons pitted for four tires after a late race yellow flag was brought out by a spin by Ford driver Ralph Jones. Yarborough and his Junior Johnson Chevrolet elected to stay on the track to maintain his lead position.  Parsons, with fresher tires, pashed Yarborough with 38 laps to go.

After the race, Parsons would tell reporter, "I was surprised Cale didn't pit. We had run a pretty good distance and I knew my new tires would stick better than his work tires."

This would be the last NASCAR Winston Cup race for Sweetwater, TN native Paul Dean Holt.  He competed in 85 events and finished 18th in the 1968 point championship.

The race marked the fourth top-ten finish for Jimmy Means.  He would capture a career-best six top-tens during the 1977 season.

This would be the last Nashville start for veterans Earl Brooks and Dean Dalton.  Brooks recorded 12 starts at the track while Dalton started 7 events.

 


Bobby Allison leads Dave Marcis and Darrell Waltrip into turn three
 

Hometown favorite David Sisco is collected by Louisiana's Skip Manning (Photo: Fred Marchman)
     


Darrell Waltrip's DiGard Chevrolet rips through turn four during his qualifying run
 

Eventual winner Benny Parsons passes Richard Petty on the track's back straight. (Photo: Fred Marchman)
     
     


The STP Dodge Charger of The King Richard Petty
 

Bobby Allison leads Darrell Waltrip and Ralph Jones

 

 
Average Speed:    87.495 mph Time of Race:    2:51:40 Margin:      One Sec
Pole Winner:         Darrell Waltrip  103.643 Attendance:     20,000 Cautions:  3 for 27 Laps
Lap Leaders:         Waltrip 1-2, Parsons 3-107, Yarborough 108-382, Parsons 383-420
 
DriverDDriver Fin Str Car Team / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Benny Parsons 1 2 72 1st National City Travelers Checks
L G DeWitt
Chevrolet 420 9,565 Running 143
Cale Yarborough 2 3 11 Holly Farms
Jr Johnson & Assoc
Chevrolet 420 7,965 Running 275
Darrell Waltrip 3 1 88 Gatorade -
DiGard Racing
Chevrolet 418 5,215 Running 2
Dave Marcis 4 6 2 CAM 2  - Roger Penske Chevrolet 417 3,565 Running 0
Richard Petty 5 4 43 STP  -
Petty Enterprises
Dodge 416 3,465 Running 0
Buddy Baker 6 7 15 Norris Industries  -
Bud Moore
Ford 416 3,365 Running 0
Bobby Allison 7 5 12 1st National City Travelers Checks - Bobby Allison AMC 414 2,115 Running 0
Coo Coo Marlin 8 15 14 Cunningham-Kelley
H.B. Cunningham
Chevrolet 405 965 Running 0
Jimmy Means 9 8 52 WIXC  -  Bill Gray Chevrolet 402 1,865 Running 0
Ricky Rudd 10 12 22 Al Rudd Auto Parts -
Al Rudd
Chevrolet 401 1,815 Running 0
James Hylton 11 19 48 James Hylton Chevrolet 398 1,745 Running 0
Gary Myers 12 23 4 Spencer's Baby Wear -  Gary Myers Chevrolet 396 615 Running 0
Cecil Gordon 13 17 24 Cecil Gordon Chevrolet 394 1,610 Running 0
D.K. Ulrich 14 16 40 J.R. DeLotto Chevrolet 392 1,515 Running 0
Buddy Arrington 15 14 67 Buddy Arrington Dodge 385 1,405 Running 0
Rick Newsom 16 28 20 Gillespie Painting -
Rick Newsom
Ford 376 495 Running 0
Earl Brooks 17 27 33 Handy's Transmission  - Hiram Handy Chevrolet 370 445 Running 0
Ralph Jones 18 30 98 Ralph Jones Ford 369 400 Running 0
David Sisco 19 18 16 Reliable Plumbing
David Sisco
Chevrolet 368 1,190 Running 0
Ferrel Harris 20 20 25 Don Robertson Chevrolet 359 1,020 Running 0
Skip Manning 21 9 92 1st National City Travelers Cks
Billy Hagen
Chevtolet 313 1,905 Rear end 0
Dick Brooks 22 22 64 Sunny King Ford & Honda - Elmo Langley Ford 269 785 Ignition 0
Elmo Langley 23 25 45 Baxter Price Chevrolet 182 325 Engine 0
J.D. McDuffie 24 11 70 J.D. McDuffie Chevrolet 176 565 Engine 0
Henley Gray 25 26 19 Belden Asphalt -
Henley Gray
Chevtolet 154 555 Over
Heating
0
Richard Childress 26 10 3 Black Gold -
Richard Childress
Chevtolet 133 545 Engine 0
Terry Ryan 27 13 81 Valvoline  -
Bill Monaghan
Chevtolet 86 285 Engine 0
  Paul Dean Holt 28 29 39 Lloyd McBee Ford 47 275 Over
Heating
0
Frank Warren 29 24 79 Native Tan  -
Frank Warren
Dodge 30 515 Engine 0
Dean Dalton 30 21 7 Dean Dalton Chevrolet 19 255 Engine 0