Independent driver Bobby Allison got a big career break with this race. Cotton Owens' employed David Pearson for four successful years from 1963-1966 - including the 1966 Grand National championship. In April 1967, Owens parted ways with Pearson. Supposedly (or at least publicly), the firing had something to do with a misunderstanding of who was riding with whom to the next race. Regardless of the truth or silliness of the situation, Pearson was out - and Allison was in.
|Photo courtesy of Ray Lamm|
|Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch|
|Article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire|
Edited April 30, 2015