1977 Music City USA 420

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1977 Music City USA 420
Race details
Race 11 of 30 in the 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season

Date May 7, 1977; 37 years ago (1977-05-07)
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 Temperatures reaching up to 86 °F (30 °C); wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)[1]
Average speed 87.490 miles per hour (140.802 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Laps 398
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 the American community of Nashville, Tennessee.[2]


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 ($219,303.93 in current US dollars).[2] The winner would leave the event earning an incredible $9,565 ($37,225.24 in current US dollars) while the last-place finisher would walk away with a meager $255 in cash earnings ($992.41 in current US dollars).[3]

Other notable names include Ricky Rudd, Coo Coo Marlin, Richard Petty, Elmo Langley, and Richard Childress (now the owner of Richard Childress Racing and Childress Vineyards).[2] Paul Dean Holt would retire from NASCAR after this race while Ralph Jones would make his introduction into NASCAR racing during this race.[4]

Finishing order[edit]

* Driver failed to finish race

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Cale Yarborough 1905
2 Richard Petty 1713
3 Benny Parsons 1677
4 Darrell Waltrip 1672
5 Dave Marcis 1460
Preceded by
1977 Winston 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1977 Mason-Dixon 500
Preceded by
Music City USA races
Succeeded by


  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 "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. ^ "Additional information about the 1977 Music City USA 420". Race Database. Retrieved 2012-03-11.