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This week in 1977: Waltrip wins Nashville 420

This week in 1977: Waltrip wins Nashville 420

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After enduring fender-benders and heat, Darrell Waltrip took home the Nashville 420 trophy in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
Waltrip led 300 laps out of the 420-lap, 250-mile race and led the final 251. Waltrip averaged a speed of 78.999 mph as he and his Chevrolet edged out second place Richard Petty and his Dodge by two laps (afterwards, Petty was dropped to third, and Bobby Allison moved up to second).
The race was brutal for everyone involved, with heat, bumping and grinding and numerous accidents prolonging the three hour and 10 minute race. 10 caution flags were thrown for 54 laps out of the race.
The race also sparked some conflict between Waltrip and Petty.
“Well, do you think I lucked into this one? I thought we won this fair and square,” said Waltrip regarding Petty’s comments, stating that Waltrip won some races he shouldn’t have that season. “They ought to stay off the Chevrolets and look into that Dodge of Petty’s.”
After enduring fender-benders and heat, Darrell Waltrip took home the Nashville 420 trophy in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
Waltrip led 300 laps out of the 420-lap, 250-mile race and led the final 251. Waltrip averaged a speed of 78.999 mph as he and his Chevrolet edged out second place Richard Petty and his Dodge by two laps (afterwards, Petty was dropped to third, and Bobby Allison moved up to second).
The race was brutal for everyone involved, with heat, bumping and grinding and numerous accidents prolonging the three hour and 10 minute race. 10 caution flags were thrown for 54 laps out of the race.
The race also sparked some conflict between Waltrip and Petty.
“Well, do you think I lucked into this one? I thought we won this fair and square,” said Waltrip regarding Petty’s comments, stating that Waltrip won some races he shouldn’t have that season. “They ought to stay off the Chevrolets and look into that Dodge of Petty’s.”

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