The win was Petty's 83rd career NASCAR Grand National victory. The 1968 event was the third and final GN race at Oxford Plains. Bobby Allison won the first two races in 1966 and 1967.
Though the track only hosted three Grand National wins, the 3/8-mile, paved oval continues operating today with a regular schedule of late models and other local series.
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The desire of Latford's system was to reward consistency and build late-season drama as the drivers chased the Winston Cup. Prior to the adoption of Latford's points system, NASCAR used multiple systems from its first season in 1949 through 1974. The variety of systems rewarded such metrics as dollars won, laps completed, races started, etc.
In 2003, Matt Kenseth won the final Winston Cup championship under Latford's system. A hybrid of it continued with Winston Cup - but with modifications as the "Chase for the Cup", 10-race "playoff" was introduced and used from 2004 through 2010. The system was scrapped completely beginning in 2011 in favor of a completely new points system.
Tradition has it that Latford created the points system on a cocktail napkin at the Boot Hill Saloon in Daytona Beach, FL. Whether its fact or 'urban legend' is unknown. But as with many points of racing history, all involved never let facts get in the way of a good story.