A couple of times in the mid to late 70s, my family went to Nashville's fairgrounds speedway for a dual ARCA / NASCAR Late Model Sportsman night. Both races were 200 laps...I think. While I don't remember the specifics of any of them including the winners, I do remember a few general themes:
- My dad wanted to see the a handful of drivers race: L.D. Ottinger, Harry Gant, and Butch Lindley.
- The ARCA race always seemed to have a lot of wrecks which extended its duration and delayed the start of the LMS race.
- My dad groused about how late it was getting without the LMS race being completed. (He is now 79 and still whines about that situation.)
- I just wanted to see cars race lap after lap regardless of the time.
The late model sportsman race was sponsored by Uniroyal Tires. As a promotion, track promoter Bill Donoho brought in the stunt driving team of Uni, Roy, and Al. Yes, seriously.
|The Tennessean - June 20, 1975|
|The Tennessean - June 21, 1975|
|Credit: Russ Thompson|
Waltrip's night for the fans didn't go very well. He lost an engine in his borrowed car during qualifying for the ARCA race and missed the race. In the LMS race, he did what he could to pursue the bumper of Bonnett's car. But he experienced engine issues in that car as well, and he dropped out of the main feature.
Fisher has been featured in this blog previously - based on his piloting of a Petty Enterprises built Dodge Charger to a win in the 1977 ARCA 200 at Daytona.
|Source: Chris Hussey|
|The Tennessean - June 22, 1975|