The victory was Petty's 187th career win, his first short-track win since 1975, and his fifteenth and final Martinsville win.
Petty qualified second in a Chevy Monte Carlo. Darrell Waltrip won the pole in a Chevy Caprice with a front-end that was much boxier than the Monte. Ol' DW who enjoyed nicknaming his cars called the Caprice "Dolly Parton" because its what's up front that counts. Also, a member of the Alabama Gang - Neil Bonnett - made his first start for the famed Wood Brothers after the Woods and David Pearson parted ways after the previous week's race at Darlington.
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A photo I took of the winner's trophy at the Richard Petty Museum in Randleman NC in 2011:
Articles courtesy of Jerry Bushmire