Baker claimed Petty passed him illegally under a caution flag. Petty asserted he didn't, and NASCAR agreed.
Also, David Pearson raced the #99 STP Plymouth for Ray Nichels. Pearson substituted for the team's regular driver, Fred Lorenzen. Fast Freddy skipped the race based on his doctor's advice in response to serious headaches he had been experiencing. In recent years, I learned Pearson raced an STP Pontiac for Nichels in the 1971 season-ending Texas 500 at Texas World Speedway. But research for this blog entry surfaced the trivia of Pearson driving an STP Plymouth before Richard Petty.
After the race was over, Petty collapsed on the ground from exhaustion.
|Article and photos courtesy of Jerry Bushmire|