1976 Music City USA 420

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1976 Music City USA 420
Race details
Race 11 of 30 in the 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season

Date May 8, 1976; 39 years ago (1976-05-08)
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 68 °F (20 °C); wind speeds up to 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Average speed 84.512 miles per hour (136.009 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Benny Parsons DeWitt Racing
Most laps led
Driver Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Laps 398
No. 11
Cale Yarborough
Junior Johnson & Associates
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1976 Music City USA 420 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place on May 8, 1976, at Nashville Speedway (now Fairgrounds Speedway) in the American community of Nashville, Tennessee.[2][3]


It took two hours and fifty-seven minutes[4] for Cale Yarborough to defeat Richard Petty by 1.3 seconds in front of 16000 live audience members.[2] Five cautions were given out for 33 laps along with 16 changes in the lead.[2]

Rick Newsom achieved the last-place finish due to an ignition problem on lap 22 of the 420 laps that made up its regulation length.[2][3] All of the 30 drivers on the grid were American-born males.[2] Benny Parsons qualified for the race with a pole position speed of 104.328 miles per hour (167.900 km/h) while the average speed of the race was 84.512 miles per hour (136.009 km/h).[2][4] The winner received $8,565 in winnings ($35,497.17 when adjusted for inflation) while the last-place finisher would only win $305 ($1,264.06 when adjusted for inflation).

Sterling Marlin would make his NASCAR debut in his race; starting in 30th place and finishing 29th.[2][3] He filled in for his father Coo Coo while he was recovering from an injury.[5]

Finishing order[edit]

* Driver failed to finish race

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Cale Yarborough 1720
2 Benny Parsons 1656
3 Richard Petty 1573
4 Bobby Allison 1491
5 Lennie Pond 1446


Preceded by
1976 Winston 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Season
Succeeded by
1976 Mason-Dixon 500
Preceded by
Music City USA 420 races
Succeeded by