Winner Jim Paschal and
his Julian Petty owned Pontiac
Richard Petty dominated the race until
sidelined with engine problems on lap 362. Jim
Paschal took the lead and stayed in front for 41 laps until the
race was red flagged due to rain.
Rex White would capture his fifth straight
pole at the track. He sat a record at the track for
consecutive poles that would
not be broken by any other NASCAR driver
This would be the first and only win
for Jim Paschal at Fairgrounds Speedway. He would
capture 25 NASCAR Grand National Victories during his career.
Rex White suffered a serious crash
due to a blown tire on lap 175. The pole sitter partially
ran through one of the track's backstretch billboards.
The race had 172 laps of caution, mostly
inclement weather at the track
Nashville, Tennessee native Crash
Bond made his only career NASCAR Grand National Start. He
would later be inducted into the track's Hall of Fame for his
Late Model Sportsman accomplishments.
Track officials clean-up the damage left by the wrecked
car of Rex White. He suffered a blown tire on lap
(Photo: Harold Lowe, Jr.
500 Carole Steele, holds the trophy that drivers (from
left) Rex White, Johnny Allen and Ned Jarrett would be
competing for in the Nashville 500
Rudis The Tennessean)