Richard had won four summer Dixie 500 races at the track prior to 1975. But his win in the 1975 Atlanta 500 was his first of two spring wins at the track.
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Bruton (Schaefer Ring of Honor member class of 2010 and known as GaPettyFan in other on-line racing communities) remembers:
They qualified on Thursday in those days. He was fast off the truck and skipped the last practice on Saturday. The crew pushed the car onto pit road. While some of the guys were polishing the car, others were spit shining various engine components. It had to drive the competition nuts. He started from the pole, and when they dropped the green flag he took off like he had been shot out of a cannon. Four tire stops were still kind of rare then, but he short-pitted and got four all day because he was so fast. To this day I can still see him smoking the tires coming off turn four lap after lap.
Above 2 photos courtesy of lionel682