1977 Nashville 420

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1977 Nashville 420
Race details
Race 17 of 30 in the 1977 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season

Date July 16, 1977 (1977-July-16)
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 98.1 °F (36.7 °C); wind speeds up to 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)[1]
Average speed 78.999 miles per hour (127.137 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Benny Parsons DeWitt Racing
Most laps led
Driver Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports
Laps 300
No. 88
Darrell Waltrip
DiGard Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1977 Nashville 420 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series) event that took place on July 16, 1977, at Nashville Speedway in the American community of Nashville, Tennessee.[2]


Four hundred and twenty laps were done on a paved oval track spanning .596 miles (0.959 km) for a grand total of 250.3 miles (402.8 km).[2] The race took three hours, ten minutes, and nine seconds to successfully complete.[2] Darrell Waltrip defeated Bobby Allison by more than one lap[3] in front of seventeen thousand and five hundred people.[2] This race was important to Waltrip as this track was considered his "local" Winston Cup Series track at the time. Ten cautions were given for fifty-four laps.[2] Notable speeds were: 78.999 miles per hour (127.137 km/h) as the average speed[4] and 104.21 miles per hour (167.71 km/h) as the pole position speed.[2] Total winnings for this race were $56,175[4] ($218,622.86 when adjusted for inflation) and the winner walked away with $9,415 of that amount ($36,641.46 when adjusted for inflation).

Waltrip was overcome by the excessive heat shortly after the race. As a result, he took oxygen while on top of his vehicle's hood and wasn't lucid enough to give a post-race interview. Ronnie Thomas was supposed to make his debut on this track but got into a wreck and didn't get it fixed in time to qualify. He would make his debut in the 1977 running of the Old Dominion 500 (now Tums Fast Relief 500) instead.

Mike Kempton made his official NASCAR debut in this event while Henley Gray would retire from professional stock car racing as a driver after this event.[5]


† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased
* Driver failed to finish race

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Cale Yarborough 2795
2 Richard Petty 2738
3 Benny Parsons 2538
4 Darrell Waltrip 2500
5 Buddy Baker 2346


  1. ^ "1977 Nashville 420 temperature information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "1977 Nashville 420 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  3. ^ "1977 Nashville 420 racing results (fourth reference)". Driver Averages. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  4. ^ a b "1977 Nashville 420 racing results (second reference)". Nashville420.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  5. ^ "1977 Nashville 420 racing results (fifth reference)". Race Database. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  6. ^ "Richard Petty scoring enigma". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
Preceded by
1977 Firecracker 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1977 Coca-Cola 500