Greg Fielden noted in his book, Forty Years of Stock Car Racing - Volume 3:
A hard, abrasive dirt track and fast speeds overtaxed the available tires, and winner Petty used 16 tires in winning the 100 miler - in all probability a record. "I don't think I've ever had to use that many tires in a 100-mile race," commented Petty afterwards. ~ p. 127
Petty won that race as well - giving him wins at Hickory in its last race on dirt and first race on asphalt.
|Article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire|