The race began on Saturday, May 11, and pole sitter Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison swapped the lead for about the first 100 laps. Evening rains then began to fall. Because at least half the laps hadn't been run, the race wasn't declared officially complete. As a result, the rest of the race was postponed to Sunday, and the King led about one-third of the remaining laps.
|Source: Motor Racing Programme Covers|
The King stalks pole-winner and dominant lap-leader Yarborough...
After Cale lost an engine and fell out of the race, Richard went to the front and stayed there. Winner!
In victory lane, the King was swamped by John Jay Hooker and (presumably) his family. At the time, Hooker was the head of STP Corporation. He has also been a perennial candidate for various Tennessee political offices - and a perennial loser in those contests as well.
|Courtesy of Jerry Bushmire|
Edited: May 10, 2014