May 7, 1983 - 250 Miles - Purse $130,070



Darrell Waltrip drove his Junior Johnson Chevrolet to his seventh career NASCAR Winston Cup victory at Nashville.

The win was his fourth consecutive victory at the 5/8 mile track, breaking the previous record of three which was held by Waltrip, Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough

Waltrip led 382 laps and won by a one-lap margin over Bobby Allison. "He's got too much of something," stated Allison post-race. "No one can beat him (Waltrip) on the short tracks with that set-up."
  The race was named for NASCAR driver and country music legend Marty Robbins.

He ran in the Late Model Sportsman series at Nashville for years before moving to NASCAR in 1966.  Robbins competed in 35 NASCAR races during his career and collected six top 10 finishes. His best NASCAR CUP Series finish was fifth place at Michigan in the June 1974 Motorstate 400.  His last race was in a Junior Johnson-built 1982 Buick Regal in the Atlanta Journal 500 on November 7, 1982, the month before he died.




Robbins at Nashville with 1966 Dodge Charger Late Model Sportsman car.  The car had previously been raced by James Hylton
 

Robbins and his 1974 Dodge Charger at Charlotte Motor Speedway before the 1974 National 400

Bobby Allison’s $13,650 payout for his second place finish would be the largest of his career at Nashville.

Rick Newsom made the last of his seven starts at Nashville. He  competed in 82 Winston Cup races from 1972–1986. Newsom was killed in a private plane crash on August 16, 1988.

During the previous week, driver Mark Martin lost his ride in the J.D. Stacy Buick to Morgan Sheppard.  The Batesville, Arkansas driver had sold his equipment when he landed the ride with Stacy. "I've got to look for a ride to keep active," stated a dejected Martin. "I have no conception of what I'm going to do now."

The race was broadcast live on TNN with Steve Evans and Brock Yates as commentators



The start of the 1983 Marty Robbins 420 at Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway
 

Neil Bonnet (75 car) battles Tim Richmond (27 car) and Darrell Waltrip (11 car) early in the event. (Photo:  Rickey Rogers The Tennessean)


The Bud Moore Engineering team pits the Ford Thunderbird of driver Dale Earnhardt
 

Ricky Rudd with his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet prior to the start of practice.
     







Marty Robbins' last race car was driven by his son Ronnie on the parade lap of the event. (Photo: Bobby Jones)
Average Speed:   70.117 mph Time of Race:    3:32.23 Margin:    One Lap
Pole Winner:        Darrell Waltrip  / 103.119 Attendance:        20,000 Cautions:   5 for 52
Lap Leaders:       Darrell Waltrip 1 - 57, Bobby Allison 58 - 95, Darrell Waltrip 96 - 420 (Three Lead Changes)
 
Driver Fin Str Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status Led

Darrell Waltrip 1 1 11 Pepsi Challenger
Junior Johnson
Chevrolet 420 25,650 Running 382
Bobby Allison 2 11 22 Miller High Life
DiGard  Racing
Buick 419 13,650 Running 38
Harry Gant 3 5 33 Skoal Bandit
Hal Needham
Buick 419 11,285 Running 0
Morgan Shepherd 4 12 2 ACM Equipment Sales
Jim Stacy
Buick 418 9,000 Running 0
Bill Elliott 5 10 9 Melling Oil Pumps
Harry Melling
Ford 416 4,520 Running 0
Richard Petty 6 18 43 STP
Petty Enterprises
Pontiac 415 6,800 Running 0
Joe Ruttman 7 8 98 Levi Garrett
Ron Benfield
Buick 415 4,020 Running 0
Terry Labonte 8 6 44 Budweiser
Billy Hagan
Chevrolet 414 3,650 Running 0
Ron Bouchard 9 15 47 Race Hill Farm
Jack Beebe
Buick 414 3,390 Running 0
Tim Richmond 10 4 27 Old Milwaukee
Raymond Beadle
Pontiac 412 1,710 Running 0
Sterling Marlin 11 13 17 Hesco Exhaust
Roger Hamby
Pontiac 412 3,665 Running 0
Jimmy Means 12 25 52 Broadway Motors
Jimmy Means
Chevrolet 411 2,960 Running 0
Neil Bonnett 13 2 75 Hodgdon
RahMoc Enterprises
Chevrolet 411 3,330 Running 0
Ricky Rudd 14 3 3 Piedmont Airlines
Richard Childress Racing
Chevrolet 410 2,540 Running 0
Ronnie Thomas 15 22 41 Advance Auto Parts
Ronnie Thomas
Pontiac 408 1,075 Running 0
Buddy Arrington 16 19 67 Arrington Racing Chrysler 407 2,450 Running 0
Kyle Petty 17 17 7 7-Eleven
Petty Enterprises
Pontiac 406 2,250 Running 0
J.D. McDuffie 18 26 70 J D McDuffie Pontiac 404 2,025 Running 0
Trevor Boys 19 24 48 Palatine Auto Parts
James Hylton
Chevrolet 400 1,975 Running 0
Geoffrey Bodine 20 9 88 Gatorade
Cliff Stewart
Pontiac 359 2,350 Running 0
Mark Martin 21 14 6 Jim Magill  Chevrolet
D K Ulrich
Buick 350 1,825 Crash 0
Steve Gray 22 29 19 Henley Gray Buick 296 800 Handling 0
Rick Newsom 23 28 02 Bud Reeder Buick 280 1,225 Rear end 0
Dale Earnhardt 24 7 15 Wrangler Jeans
Bud Moore
Ford 258 6,450 Engine 0
Dick Brooks 25 21 90 Sunny King Ford
Junie Donlavey
Ford 120 2,025 Engine 0
Darryl Sage 26 20 86 Lee Sage Chevrolet 111 720 Engine 0
Dave Marcis 27 16 71 W.H. Bolin
Dave Marcis
Chevrolet 94 6,815 Clutch 0
Tommy Gale 28 23 64 Sunny King Ford
Elmo Langley
Ford 30 1,210 Engine 0
Ronnie Hopkins 29 27 26 Food Country USA
Charlie Henderson
Chevrolet 11 705 Engine 0