Baker led with 12 laps to go, and the King was second right behind him. Under green, Petty made an aggressive run down pit road, locked the tires, hit his pit box perfectly, got fuel only, and headed back out in less than 10 seconds. A lap later, Baker made a more conservative trip down pit road, smoothly entered his pit, got his fuel, and drove away. But the approach and exit strategies made a difference as Petty then had the lead.
As Baker came back to speed, he started chopping into the 43's lead. With six laps to go and Petty's bumper in his crosshairs, Baker's Dodge puked a motor. His day was done, and Petty cruised the last five laps for his fourth 500 win. Baker needed another seven years before he could claim his only Daytona 500. TMC's first 500 to see in person was the 1980 race where Baker won in the #28 Harry Ranier-owned Oldsmobile.
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Hershel McGriff finished 5th in a #04 Plymouth. While fielded under the name of Beryl Jackson as the car's owner, the car was a second Petty Enterprises-prepared and crewed Plymouth.
A victory is always special - but a kiss from your sponsor (Andy Granatelli)? Ehh, not so much.
that's got to be the best part. Right?
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race article all courtesy of Jerry Bushmire