Race winner Richard Petty with the trophy for capturing the
Music City 420. The win would be his 192nd career Winston
Petty would go on to capture a record 200 wins in the series.
His final victory would come at the 1984 Firecracker 400 at
With nine victories to his credit, Petty is the all-time
Winston Cup race winner at Fairgrounds Speedway
Prior to the race, NASCAR implemented a
change to the rulebook which would impose a two-lap penalty on
any team which changes one or more tires under a yellow flag.
“The tire rule probably won for me tonight,” admitted race
winner Richard Petty. “I’m not sold on this rule. It confuses
me. More importantly it confuses the fans.”
Cale Yarborough's 106.591 mph pole speed
would stand as the fastest recorded since the track's
reconfiguration in 1973.
Cale Yarborough had the dominant
car for the event but finished third due to the new rule “I had
a tire losing air and I couldn’t change it under the yellow (18
laps from the finish),” stated a disgruntled Yarborough.
Chevrolet records its 100th NASCAR
Winston Cup Victory. Though the Winston Cup (Grand National)
series would begin in 1949, Chevrolet would not claim its first
victory until 1956. Paul Goldsmith would pilot his Smokey
Yunick prepared 1956 Chevrolet to a dominating win at Langhorne
Speedway, in Langhorne,
Pennsylvania. Lee Petty,
Richard's father, would finish second in a Dodge.
A record 25 cars were running at the
checkered flag, an incredible 83% of the field.
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo of Richard Petty during
favorite Darrell Waltrip and his father LeRoy, prior to
the start of the race. (Photo: Bill Easly The
Cale Yarborough paces the field in his Junior Johnson
Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He would lead 279 laps but
would finish third. (Photo: Ricky Rogers The
This would be the first Winston Cup
start for Franklin, Tennessee's Mike Alexander. He would start 74
races during his seven year career. His best finish would
third place in the 1988 Atlanta Journal 500 at Atlanta