July 24, 1971 - 250 Miles - Purse $20,980

 

  Darrell Waltrip captured a race that was plagued by scoring errors.  NASCAR officials blamed the tracks unique configuration on the problems.  Rather than the normal pit road positioning, Nashville utilized the infield's quarter-mile track as a pit.  This caused cars coming off pit road to pass the scorer's stand twice during a lap.  An exhausted Waltrip is pictured at right in victory lap after capturing the Nashville 420 victory.

This would the last NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National appearance by Henley Gray.  The Rome, GA native recorded 374 starts in a career that begin in 1964.  Gray's best career finish came at the track in 1966, when he placed fourth in the Nashville 400.

Janet Guthrie would record the only Winston Cup start by a female at the track.

Hometown favorite David Sisco would record the last of his 12 starts at the track.  He best finish was a two thirds place finishes (73 Nashville 420 and 74 Nashville 420).  The next week. his mother would be killed in a tragic accident in the infield at Talladega.  Sisco would not compete in anymore Winston Cup events.

Janet Guthrie became the only women diver in NASCAR Winston Cup history to compete at Nashville.  Two weeks later she would capture an impressive sixth place finish at Bristol's Volunteer 500. 

Average Speed:    78.999 mph Time of Race:   3:10:09 Margin:    1 Lap
Pole Winner:         Benny Parsons  104.21 Attendance:      17,500 Cautions:   10 for 54 Laps
Lap Leaders:         Parsons 1-32, Bonnett 33-70, Yarborough 71-79, Waltrip 80-128, Allison 129-130, Petty 131-140, Allison 141-169, Waltrip 170-420
 
Driver Fin Str Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Darrell Waltrip 1 6 88 Gatorade -  DiGard Racing Chev 420 9,415 running 300
Bobby Allison 2 5 12 1st National City Travelers Checks - Bobby Allison AMC 419 5,540 running 31
Richard Petty 3 7 43 STP -  Petty Enterprises Dodge 418 4,965 running 10
Cale Yarborough 4 3 11 Holly Farms-  Jr Johnson & Assoc Chev 417 4,965 running 9
Dick Brooks 5 9 90 Truxmore  -  Junie Donlavey Ford 416 2,515 running 0
Buddy Baker 6 8 15 Norris Industries-  Bud Moore Ford 413 3,365 running 0
Skip Manning 7 13 92 1st National City Travelers Cks - Billy Hagen Chev 410 2,145 running 0
J.D. McDuffie 8 14 70 J.D. McDuffie Chev 408 1,985 running 0
Buddy Arrington 9 18 67 Buddy Arrington Dodge 406 1,815 running 0
Ricky Rudd 10 17 22 Al Rudd Auto Parts - Al Rudd Chev 404 1,565 running 0
Coo Coo Marlin 11 22 14 Cunningham-Kelley  - H.B. Cunningham Chev 401 665 running 0
Frank Warren 12 21 79 Native Tan -  Frank Warren Dodge 401 1,505 running 0
Tighe Scott 13 23 30 Scotty's Fashions -  Walter Ballard Chev 397 1,420 running 0
D.K. Ulrich 14 20 40 J.R. DeLotto Chev 396 1,260 running 0
Janet Guthrie (relieved by Richard Childress) 15 15 68 Kelly Girl -  Lynda Ferreri Chev 394 1,265 running 0
Baxter Price 16 24 45 Baxter Price Chev 391 745 running 0
Henley Gray 17 27 19 Belden Asphalt - Henley Gray Chev 384 1,005 running 0
Benny Parsons 18 1 72 1st National City Travelers Checks   - L G DeWitt Chev 381 2,850 engine 32
James Hylton 19 12 48 Talladega 500  -  James  Hylton Chev 374 810 running 0
Cecil Gordon 20 28 24 Cecil Gordon Chev 360 600 running 0
Neil Bonnett 21 2 5 Pocahantis Group  -  Jim Stacy Dodge 187 770 engine 38
David Sisco 22 26 16 Reliable Plumbing  -  David Sisco Chev 146 585 engine 0
Ralph Jones 23 29 98 Ralph Jones Ford 137 575 brakes 0
Sam Sommers 24 11 27 M.C. Anderson Chev 128 565 rear end 0
Grant Adcox 25 19 41 Adcox-Kirby  Chevy  Herb Adcox Chev 122 555 engine 0
Gary Myers 26 25 4 Hicks Pharmacy  -  Gary Myers Chev 37 545 rear end 0
Richard Childress 27 4 3 Black Gold  -  Richard Childress Chev 30 635 crash 0
Elmo Langley 28 16 64 Sunny King Ford & Honda   -  Elmo Langley Ford 18 525 engine 0
Jimmy Means 29 10 52 WIXC  -  Bill Gray Chev 15 515 ignition 0
Mike Kempton 30 30 69 Jayhawk Sports  -  Mike Kempton Chev 12 505 heating 0