July 14, 1984 - 250 Miles - Purse $169,610



Geoff Bodine in victory lane after his thrilling victory in the Pepsi Nashville 420.



  Geoff Bodine bested Darrell Waltrip by one car length to win the Pepsi Nashville 420.  This was the Chemung, New York native's second career win. Waltrip had captured 8 of the last 19 races contested at Fairgrounds Speedway.

Bodine led all but one of the final 122 laps on the .596-mile oval. "The crew had the car right," said Bodine. "All I had to do was drive it and keep it between the fences.  They are the ones who deserve credit for this win tonight."

The race set a track attendance record with 24,150 fans packed into the grandstands.

Sadly, the Pepsi Nashville 420 would be the last NASCAR Winston Cup race contested at the historic track.  In 1983, California multi-millionaire businessman Warner Hodgdon gained 100% control of both Fairgrounds Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway via highly leveraged purchases.

Hodgdon's company's National Engineering would be caught up in bid-rigging scandal which would lead to a $33 million dollar lawsuit. On January 15, 1985, Hodgdon filed for bankruptcy in Federal Court.

The two Nashville races would be pulled from the 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup schedule.



Dale Earnhardt battle Bill Elliot on the back straight of Fairgrounds Speedway
 

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo of driver Harry Gant
     


The field races past the historic speedway scoreboard
 

Eventual winner Geoff Bodine races with Dale Earnhardt

 
Average Speed:    80.908 mph Time of Race:         3:05:38 Margin:       1 Car
Pole Winner:         Ricky Rudd  / 104.12 mph Attendance:          24,150 Cautions:   3 for 24 
Lap Leaders:         Ricky Rudd 1 - 27, Bill Elliot 28, Ricky Rudd 29 - 37, Geoff Bodine 38 - 122, Bill Elliot 123, Geoff Bodine 124 - 140,
Dale Earnhardt 141 - 152, Darrell Waltrip 153 - 169, Dale Earnhardt 170 - 190, Geoff Bodine 191 - 294, Bobby Allison 295 - 297,
Ron Bouchard 298 - 298, Geoff Bodine 299 - 333, Darrell Waltrip 334 - 334 and Geoff Bodine 335 - 420  (14 Lead Changes)
 
Driver Fin Str Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Geoff Bodine 1 5 5 Rick Hendrick Chevrolet 420 25,800 Running 327
Darrell Waltrip 2 12 11 Budweiser
Junior Johnson & Asoc
Chevrolet 420 16,125 Running 18
Dale Earnhardt 3 16 3 Wrangler Jeans
Richard Childress
Chevrolet 419 10,775 Running 33
Ron Bouchard 4 11 47 Race Hill Farm
Jack Beebe
Buick 419 6,330 Running 1
Bobby Allison 5 18 22 Miller High Life
DiGard  Racing
Buick 419 13,450 Running 3
Terry Labonte 6 8 44 Piedmont Airlines
Billy Hagan
Chevrolet 419 5,505 Running 0
Bill Elliott 7 2 9 Coors
Harry Melling
Ford 419 7,770 Running 2
Joe Ruttman 8 9 98 Levi Garrett
Ron Benfield
Chevrolet 417 4,310 Running 0
Harry Gant 9 4 33 Skoal Bandit
Hal Needham
Chevrolet 417 4,725 Running 0
Neil Bonnett 10 10 12 Budweiser
Junior Johnson & Asoc
Chevrolet 416 4,010 Running 0
Tommy Ellis 11 13 4 Morgan-McClure   Chevrolet 415 1,960 Running 0
Mike Alexander 12 17 71 Action Vans
Dave Marcis
Oldsmobile 415 3,815 Running 0
Phil Parsons 13 22 66 Skoal Bandit
Johnny Hayes
Chevrolet 413 2,600 Running 0
Tim Richmond 14 26 27 Old Milwaukee
Raymond Beadle
Pontiac 413 7,135 Running 0
Kyle Petty 15 15 7 7-Eleven
Petty Enterprises
Ford 413 8,505 Running 0
Ricky Rudd 16 1 15 Wrangler Jeans
Bud Moore
Ford 413 9,575 Running 36
Buddy Arrington 17 28 67 Buddy Arrington Chrysler 412 3,295 Running 0
Rusty Wallace 18 6 88 Gatorade
Cliff Stewart
Pontiac 411 3,155 Running 0
Ken Schrader 19 27 64 Sunny King Ford
Elmo Langley
Ford 411 2,965 Running 0
  Jeff Hooker 20 30 45 Bob Morris Pontiac 367 1,360 Running 0
Ronnie Thomas 21 29 41 Ronnie Thomas Chevrolet 329 3,125 Running 0
Trevor Boys 22 24 48 Hylton-McCaig
James Hylton
Chevrolet 323 2,590 Drive
Shaft
0
Dave Marcis 23 14 75 RahMoc Enterprises Pontiac 315 7,675 Running 0
Clark Dwyer 24 21 17 Hesco Exhaust
Roger Hamby
Chevrolet 292 2,520 Over
Heating
0
Richard Petty 25 3 43 STP /
Mike Curb
Pontiac 212 2,485 Engine 0
Morgan Shepherd 26 25 6 U.S. Racing /
D.K. Ulrich
Buick 185 1,820 Brakes 0
Dick Brooks 27 20 90 Chameleon Sunglasses
Junie Donlavey
Ford 149 1,815 Crash 0
Jody Ridley 28 7 84 Cumberland Carpet
Robert McEntyre
Chevrolet 140 810 Engine 0
Greg Sacks 29 23 51 Sacks & Sons   Chevrolet 117 805 Crash 0
Sterling Marlin 30 19 52 Broadway Motors
Jimmy Means
Pontiac 116 2,800 Crash 0

Failed to Qualify:

Driver
Car
Team
Car
Buddie Boys 24 Buddie Boys Buick
Jim Southard 50 Jim Southard Buick
J.D. McDuffie 70 J.D. McDuffie Pontiac
Tommie Crozier 85 Bill Leonard Pontiac
Maurice Randall 93 Maurice Randall Chrysler
Jimmy Walker 96 Will Cronkrite Ford