Today In NASCAR History

November 2, 2012

1975: Richard Petty laps the field in scoring a dominant Volunteer 500 triumph in the latest date a Bristol Motor Speedway race has fallen on the calendar. Petty led 218 of the 500 laps, finishing a lap ahead of runner-up Lennie Pond. Darrell Waltrip took third, two laps back at the finish. The race was switched from a July date to November to avoid the oppressive summer heat. It eventually settled on a late August date, which is now the traditional spot on the schedule for the .533-mile track’s annual night race.