1966 Nashville 400

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1966 Nashville 400
Race details
Race 36 of 49 in the 1966 NASCAR Grand National Series season

Date July 30, 1966 (1966-July-30)
Location Fairgrounds Speedway (Nashville, Tennessee)
Course Permanent racing facility
0.500 mi (0.804 km)
Distance 400 laps, 200.0 mi (321.8 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 87.1 °F (30.6 °C); wind speeds up to 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)[1]
Average speed 71.770 miles per hour (115.503 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Most laps led
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Laps 400
No. 43
Richard Petty
Petty Enterprises
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1966 Nashville 400 was a NASCAR Grand National Series racing event that took place on July 30, 1966, at Nashville Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.[2][3]


It took two hours and forty-seven minutes to complete 400 laps on a paved track spanning 0.500 miles (0.805 km).[2] Richard Petty would defeat Buck Baker by five laps while leading all 400 laps.[2][3] 15,161 spectators watched this race with four cautions being handed out by NASCAR for 41 laps.[2] Petty qualified for the pole position at a speed of 82.493 miles per hour (132.760 km/h) and also averaged 71.770 miles per hour (115.503 km/h) during the actual race.[2][3] The other top ten finishers were: Bobby Allison, Henley Gray, John Sears, Neil Castles, Clyde Lynn, Coo Coo Marlin, Wendell Scott and James Hylton.[2][3] The racing grid was made up of 27 Americans and one Canadian (Don Biederman who finished the race in 19th place).[2] Darel Dieringer received the last place finish for crashing his car at the beginning of the race.[2][3]

Marty Robbins participated in this race and was announced as "Columbia Records' recording star". He finished 25th due to an oil leak problem on lap 48.[2] This race was the Robbins' NASCAR Cup Series debut.


  1. ^ "1966 Nashville 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "1966 Nashville 400 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "1966 Nashville 400 racing results". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
Preceded by
1966 Smoky Mountain 200
NASCAR Grand National Series season
Succeeded by
1966 Dixie 400