1973 Cup champion and 1975 Daytona 500 winner, Benny Parsons, started on the pole. Donnie Allison started second in the DiGard Chevrolet. Track rookie Darrell Waltrip started on the inside of the second row and was flanked by Bobby Allison in Roger Penske's Coca-Cola AMC Matador.
Credit for pace lap photo and courtesy of Stephen Sanders
Racing action in the corner with Bobby Allison's AMC Matador being hounded by Cale Yarborough and with King Richard lurking behind them.