|Source: Motor Racing Programme Covers|
Row two was 1970 Grand National champion Bobby Isaac and Jim Vandiver. Row three was good ol' Joe Frasson and eventual winner Baker. Next came Columbia, Tennessee's Coo Coo Marlin ♫ coo coo ♫ and Dave Marcis in Roger Penske's red-white-blue #16 Matador. The King lined up on the inside of the fifth row.
|Credit: Gerald Medford from RacersReunion.com|
|Credit: scott_9445 on Flickr|
Baker led only six of the race's 400 laps - but they were the ones that mattered. Pole-winner Allison dominated the race by leading 239 laps. But he cut both right side tires with less than 35 laps to go and had to make an unscheduled stop. The instance of well that's racin' put Allison behind Baker and relegated him to second place.
Richard Petty - Baker's Petty Enterprises and STP teammate - once again was unable to close the sale for a Charlotte victory. He blew an engine, hit the wall hard, and finished 19th. Also, Jim Paschal made his final career NASCAR Grand National / Winston Cup start. As has been blogged here many times, Paschal had much of his success in Plymouth's fielded by Petty Enterprises in the early 1960s.
After 4+ hours behind the wheel, Baker took the win and was exhausted as he exited the car in victory lane.
|Credit: Smyle Media and NASCAR Then and Now, p. 135|
(Tip to fellow blogger and Twitter tweep Becca Gladden)
|Credit: Gerald Medford at RacersReunion.com|
|SMJ cover courtesy of Jerry Bushmire|
|Source: Wilmington NC's Star-News via Google News Archive|
Source: The (Sumter) Daily Item via Google News Archive
|Source: The (Sumter) Daily Item via Google News Archive|