May 9, 1981 - 250 Miles - Purse $101,525

  Benny Parsons would win his second Fairgrounds career victory in a Bud Moore Ford.

This would be the first appearance of the downsized 110 inch wheelbase cars.

Kyle Petty would make his first start at Nashville.

Ed Negre would make his last career start as a car owner.  Over a 16 year span, his cars would record 294 events.  He is best remembered for giving Dale Earnhardt his first ride, which came at Charlotte's 1975 World 600.

Buddy Arrington would record the last car owner start for veteran Ed Negre. 

Average Speed:    89.756 Time of Race:    2:47:02 Margin:   1 car length
Pole Winner:          Ricky Rudd /  104.409 Attendance:       18,000 Cautions:  5 for 23 laps
Lap Leaders:        Rudd 1-209, Parsons 210-280, Rudd 281, Parsons 282-335, Waltrip 336, Parsons 337-420
 

Driver

Fin Str Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Benny Parsons 111

21

3 15 Melling Tool -  Bud Moore Ford 420 15,950 running 209
Darrell Waltrip 2 5 11 Mountain Dew  -  Jr Johson & Assoc Buick 420 10,950 running 1
Bobby Allison 3 14 28 Jim Stacy  - Harry Ranier Pont 420 8,500 running 0
Richard Petty 4 7 43 STP -  Petty Enterprises Buick 419 6,950 running 0
Ricky Rudd 5 1 88 Gatorade  -  DiGard Racing Buick 419 7,375 running 210
Terry Labonte 6 11 44 Stratagraph -  Billy Hagan Buick 418 5,975 running 0
Kyle Petty 7 13 42 STP -  Petty Enterprises Buick 417 3,095 running 0
Morgan Shepherd 8 4 5 Performance Connection    -  Cliff Stewart Pont 416 6,025 running 0
Buddy Arrington 9 25 67 Hills Racing  -   Buddy Arrington Dodge 414 3,095 running 0
Dave Marcis 10 8 71 Dave Marcis Chev 413 2,975 running 0
Mike Alexander 11 2 37 Rogers Auto Leasing   - Bob Rogers Buick 410 1,525 running 0
Tim Richmond 12 19 99 UNO  -   D K Ulrich Buick 408 2,540 running 0
Richard Childress 13 18 3 Nichols Pontiac  -  Richard Childress  Racing Pont 405 2,395 running 0
Jimmy Means 14 20 52 Broadway Motors  -  Jimmy Means Chev 402 2,260 running 0
Mike Potter 15 21 17 Kings Inn - Daytona  -  Roger Hamby Chev 401 2,175 running 0
J.D. McDuffie 16 23 70 Bailey Excavating   - J D McDuffie Pont 400 1,940 running 0
Tommy Gale 17 16 64 Sunny King Ford & Honda   -  Elmo Langley Ford 399 1,805 running 0
Bobby Wawak 18 22 94 Louise Smith -  Bobby Wawak Buick 397 600 running 0
Cecil Gordon 19 27 24 Cecil Gordon Pont 383 1,645 running 0
Dale Earnhardt 20 12 2 Wrangler  -  Rod Osterlund Pont 379 6,500 running 0
James Hylton 21 24 48 Palatine Auto Parts -  James Hylton Pont 378 1,490 running 0
Harry Gant 22 9 12 Kencoal Mining  -  Kennie Childers Olds 227 530 engine 0
D.K. Ulrich 23 10 40 Baxter Price Buick 200 520 engine 0
Lake Speed 24 26 66 Dinwiddie Racing   Pont 125 1,360 alternator 0
Jody Ridley 25 15 90 Truxmore / Sunny King    -    Junie Donlavey Ford 116 2,045 engine 0
Charlie Chamblee 26 17 25 Broadway Motors  -  Jimmy Means Pont 10 830 oil press 0
Mark Martin 27 6 02 Ams Oil / Prototype   - Mark Martin Pont 2 475 cam 0