1976 Music City USA 420

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1976 Music City USA 420
Race details[1][2][3]
Race 11 of 30 in the 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Date May 8, 1976 (1976-May-08)
Official name Music City USA 420
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)
Average speed 84.512 miles per hour (136.009 km/h)
Pole position
Driver 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 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place on May 8, 1976, at Nashville Speedway (now Fairgrounds Speedway) in Nashville, Tennessee.


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