As the checkers fell, David Pearson finished third behind Bobby Isaac. However, Pearson was disqualified afterwards for ending the race with a different tread design on his tires than the pattern with which he started the race. Considering today's racing tires have no tread pattern, this historical rule seems pretty obscure and a bit comical.
The crowd's favorite was Bobby Allison who lived in nearby Hueytown. In a move that Allison seemed to repeat more than once in his career, he quit the Ford factory team and entered the Birmingham race in his self-prepared Chevelle. Based on the article below, its interesting to note his departure from the Ford team was related to disagreements with his crew chief - former driver Fast Freddy Lorenzen.
|Article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire|