|Source: Motor Racing Programme Covers|
A week earlier, little known John Rostek won the Copper Cup 100 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix (a track that preceded the current Phoenix Raceway). At Martinsville, Rostek learned how quickly one can go from the penthouse to the outhouse. As with Buddy Baker, Rostek looped his car in turn 1 and was nearly plowed by Jimmy Pardue and Tiger Tom Pistone.
Richard led 135 laps; however, fellow NASCAR Hall of Fame member Glen Wood led the most laps with 165 circuits out front. The majority of Wood's laps out front came in the front-half of the race. Fred Lorenzen led almost 100 laps in the middle stages of the race, but he finished 18th after losing an engine with about 50 laps to go.
As the race hit its home stretch, the blue 43 Plymouth went to the point and stayed there. But Wood's teammate, Jimmy Massey in the #21 Ford, kept Petty honest.
Massey pursued Petty lap after lap, but he couldn't muster a pass in the final 100 laps or so. The future King claimed his second career GN win, and Massey settled for second place.
|Source: Ocala Star-Banner via Google News Archive|
Edited April 10, 2015