|Source: Spartanburg Herald via Google News Archive|
Greg Fielden recapped the race in his book Forty Years of Stock Car Racing - Vol. 1:
Lee Petty locked up his first Grand National driving title with a victory in the scheduled 100-miler at Martinsville Speedway.With only three cautions and Martinsville's having a few years of races under its belt to estimate average race times, its unclear why NASCAR and track management couldn't run the full race. Based on the race article above, the race was slated to begin at 2:30 PM. Perhaps race day rain delayed the start - or ominous rain clouds and accompanying darkness moved in during the afternoon.
Hershel McGriff finished in second place, in the the same lap with Petty and in a position to challenge for his fourth win of the year. Third place went to Buck Baker, Dick Rathman took fourth and Jim Reed was fifth with relief help from Herb Thomas.
Three caution flags broke the action. The most serious altercation occurred in the 34th lap when Dink Widenhouse and Glen Wood flipped their cars simultaneously in the third turn.
44 cars started the event which produced some tight traffic jams from start to finish. Twenty-six cars finished the race. ~ p. 163