1977 Music City USA 420

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1977 Music City USA 420
Race details[1][2]
Race 11 of 30 in the 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Date May 7, 1977 (1977-May-07)
Official name Music City USA 420
Location Nashville Speedway, Nashville, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.596 mi (0.959 km)
Distance 420 laps, 250.3 mi (402.8 km)
Weather Hot with temperatures approaching 86 °F (30 °C); wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)
Average speed 87.490 miles per hour (140.802 km/h)
Pole position
Driver DiGard Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Laps 398
Winner
No. 72 Benny Parsons DeWitt Racing
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1977 Music City USA 420 was a 420-lap race that took place on May 7, 1977, at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee.

Background[edit]

Nashville Speedway was converted to a half-mile paved oval in 1957, when it began to be a NASCAR series track. The speedway was lengthened between the 1969 and 1970 seasons. The corners were cut down from 35 degrees to their present 18 degrees in 1972.[citation needed]

Summary[edit]

The race itself took two hours, fifty-one minutes, and forty seconds from the first green flag to the checkered flag.[2] Benny Parsons was the race winner with an average speed of 87.49 miles per hour (140.80 km/h) while the pole position winner Darrell Waltrip had a speed of 103.643 miles per hour (166.797 km/h) and finished the race in 3rd place.[2] Cale Yarborough led the race with most number of laps (275) and was the points leader after the race for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship.[2] However, Benny Parsons would defeat him by one second.[2]

Twenty thousand people attended this race that had a total prize purse of $56,350 ($227,566.12 in current US dollars).[2] The winner would leave the event earning an incredible $9,565 ($38,627.68 in current US dollars) while the last-place finisher would walk away with a meager $255 in cash earnings ($1,029.80 in current US dollars).[3]

Other notable names among the drivers included Ricky Rudd, Coo Coo Marlin, Richard Petty, Elmo Langley, and Richard Childress.[2] Notable crew chiefs included Buddy Parrott, Jake Elder, Joey Arrington, Kirk Shelmerdine, and Dale Inman.[4]

Paul Dean Holt would retire from NASCAR after this race while Ralph Jones would make his introduction into NASCAR racing during this race.[5]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer
1 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet
2 72 Benny Parsons Chevrolet
3 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet
4 43 Richard Petty Dodge
5 12 Bobby Allison AMC Matador
6 2 Dave Marcis Chevrolet
7 15 Buddy Baker Ford
8 52 Jimmy Means Chevrolet
9 92 Skip Manning Chevrolet
10 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet
11 70 J.D. McDuffie Chevrolet
12 22 Ricky Rudd Chevrolet
13 81 Terry Ryan Chevrolet
14 67 Buddy Arrington Dodge
15 14 Coo Coo Marlin Chevrolet

Finishing order[edit]

Section reference: [2]

  1. Benny Parsons (No. 72)
  2. Cale Yarborough (No. 11)
  3. Darrell Waltrip (No. 88)
  4. Dave Marcis (No. 2)
  5. Richard Petty (No. 43)
  6. Buddy Baker (No. 15)
  7. Bobby Allison (No. 12)
  8. Coo Coo Marlin (No. 14)
  9. Jimmy Means (No. 52)
  10. Ricky Rudd (No. 22)
  11. James Hylton (No. 48)
  12. Gary Myers (No. 4)
  13. Cecil Gordon (No. 24)
  14. D.K. Ulrich (No. 40)
  15. Buddy Arrington (No. 67)
  16. Rick Newsom (No. 20)
  17. Earl Brooks (No. 33)
  18. Ralph Jones (No. 98)
  19. David Sisco (No. 16)
  20. Ferrell Harris (No. 25)
  21. Skip Manning* (No. 96)
  22. Dick Brooks* (No. 64)
  23. Elmo Langley* (No. 45)
  24. J.D. McDuffie* (No. 70)
  25. Henley Gray* (No. 19)
  26. Richard Childress* (No. 3)
  27. Terry Ryan* (No. 81)
  28. Paul Dean Holt* (No. 39)
  29. Frank Warren* (No. 79)
  30. Dean Dalton* (No. 7)

* Driver failed to finish race

Timeline[edit]

Section reference: [2]

  • Start: Darrell Waltrip was leading the racing grid as the green flag was waved
  • Lap 3: Benny Parsons took over the lead from Darrell Waltrip
  • Lap 19: Dean Dalton managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 30: Frank Warren managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 47: Paul Dean Holt managed to overheat his vehicle
  • Lap 86: Terry Ryan managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 108: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Benny Parsons
  • Lap 133: Richard Childress managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 154: Henley Gray managed to overheat his vehicle
  • Lap 176: J.D. McDuffie managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 182: Elmo Langley managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 269: The ignition on Dick Brooks' vehicle stopped working properly
  • Lap 313: The rear end of Skip Manning's vehicle came off in a manner that was unsafe for further racing
  • Lap 383: Benny Parsons took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
  • Finish: Benny Parsons was officially declared the winner of the event

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1 1rightarrow.png Cale Yarborough 1905 0
2 1rightarrow.png Richard Petty 1713 -192
3 Increase Benny Parsons 1677 -228
4 Decrease Darrell Waltrip 1672 -223
5 Increase Dave Marcis 1460 -445
6 Decrease Buddy Baker 1452 -453
7 Increase Cecil Gordon 1341 -564
8 Decrease Richard Childress 1321 -584
9 Increase James Hylton 1286 -619
10 Decrease Dick Brooks 1284 -621

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1977 Music City USA 420 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1977 Music City USA 420 racing results (second reference)". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  3. ^ "1977 Music City USA 420 racing results". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  4. ^ "1977 Music City USA 420 crew chiefs". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2018-08-12. 
  5. ^ "Additional information about the 1977 Music City USA 420". Race Database. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
Preceded by
1977 Winston 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1977
Succeeded by
1977 Mason-Dixon 500
Preceded by
1976
Music City USA races
1977
Succeeded by
1978