June 3, 1978 - 250 Miles - Purse $57,500

 

Cale Yarborough led the Music City 420 from start to finish and captured the victory by a two lap margin over second place finisher Lennie Pond.  This was the second time that the Timmonsville, SC native led a race from flag to flag.  Yarborough won the 1973 Southeastern 500 at Bristol while leading all 500 laps to win by two laps over Richard Petty.

This would be the final Nashville start for local favorite Coo Coo Marlin from nearby Columbia TN.  Marlin competed in 16 events at the Fairgrounds with two Top-Five and nine Top-Ten finishes.  He would end his Winston Cup career in 1980 at the Talladega 500.

This would be the final Nashville appearance of Ed Negre.  The Kelso, Washington driver competed in 11 races at the Fairgrounds with a career best finish of fifth in the 1973 Nashville 420.

Legendary crew chief Harry Hyde chats with Cale Yarborough before the start of the Music City 420.  Hyde's Dodge, driven by Neil Bonnett, finished fifth.
Average Speed:     87.541 mph: Time of Race:  2:51:34 Margin:     2 Laps
Pole Winner:          Lennie Pond  105.094 Attendance:    16,500 Cautions:  2 for 22 Laps
Lap Leaders:         Yarborough 1-420
 
DriverDDriver Fin Str Car Team / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Cale Yarborough 1 2 11 1st National City Travelers Checks  -
Jr Johnson & Assoc
Oldsmobile 420 11,215 Running 420
Lennie Pond 2 1 54 WIN - Harry Ranier Chevrolet 418 5,315 Running 0
Richard Petty 3 7 43 STP   -
Petty Enterprises
Dodge 416 5,265 Running 0
Dave Marcis 4 4 2 Shoney's  -
Rod Osterlund
Chevrolet 415 2,465 Running 0
Neil Bonnett 5 9 5 Armor All   -
Jim Stacey
Dodge 413 3,715 Running 0
Grant Adcox 6 13 41 Krystal
Herb Adcox
Chevrolet 409 1,165 Running 0
Tighe Scott 7 21 30 Russ Togs  -
Walter Ballard
Chevrolet 408 2,145 Running 0
Richard Childress 8 17 3 Kansas Jack  -
Richard Childress
Oldsmobile 405 1,985 Running 0
Buddy Arrington 9 16 67 Reid Trailer Sales   -  Buddy Arrington Dodge 401 1,815 Running 0
D.K. Ulrich 10 18 40 D.K. Ulrich Chevrolet 395 1,705 Running 0
James Hylton 11 15 48 James Hylton Chevrolet 390 1,495 Running 0
J.D. McDuffie 12 11 70 Bailey Excavating   -
J D McDuffie
Chevrolet 388 1,285 Running 0
Bobby Wawak 13 29 74 Bobby Wawak Chevrolet 387 590 Running 0
Dick Brooks 14 24 64 Sunny King Ford & Honda
Elmo Langley
Ford 387 1,125 Running 0
Ronnie Thomas 15 19 25 Louise Smith
Don Robertson
Chevrolet 386 1,465 Running 0
Frank Warren 16 26 79 Native Tan
Frank Warren
Dodge 386 745 Running 0
Baxter Price 17 22 45 Baxter Price Chevrolet 383 695 Running 0
Dick May 18 30 19 Belden Asphalt
Henley Gray
Chevrolet 382 650 Running 0
Cecil Gordon 19 28 24 Cecil Gordon Chevrolet 381 610 Running 0
Benny Parsons 20 5 72 1st National City Travelers Checks   -
L G DeWitt
Chevrolet 378 3,050 Running 0
Bobby Allison 21 6 15 Norris Industries  -
Bud Moore
Ford 321 3,045 Engine 0
Coo Coo Marlin 22 8 14 Cunningham-Kelley
H.B. Cunningham
Chevrolet 310 335 Engine 0
Roger Hamby 23 25 17 Roger Hamby Chevrolet 300 325 Over
Heating
0
Ralph Jones 24 23 97 Jones Supply -
Ralph Jones
Ford 297 315 Running 0
Bruce Hill 25 10 5 Bearfinder  -
Harry Clary
Oldsmobile 276 305 Electrical 0
Darrell Waltrip 26 3 88 Gatorade -
DiGard Racing
Chevrolet 227 3,095 Rear end 0
Ed Negre 27 14 8 Ed Negre Dodge 135 535 Over
Heating
0
Gary Myers 28 20 4 Spencer's Baby Wear  -  Gary Myers Chevrolet 128 275 Engine 0
  Richard Waters 29 27 86 Richard Waters Chevrolet 13 265 Ignition 0
Jimmy Means 30 12 52 WIXC  -  Bill Gray Chevrolet 12 505 Ignition 0