Wednesday, July 24, 2013

1966 - Goldsmith Wins Volunteer 500

Bristol, Tenn. (July 24, 1966) - Paul Goldsmith's victory in the 250-mile Volunteer 500 was the kind they make movies about in Hollywood.

The Munster, Ind., Plymouth driver charged into the lead just four laps from the finish and took the checkered flag at the Bristol International Speedway just two seconds ahead of relief driver Jim Paschal of High Point, N.C.

Paschal had taken over the wheel of the 1966 Plymouth of Richard Petty of Randleman, N. C., on the 377th lap. Petty questioned Goldsmith's victory, but no errors were found in a recheck of the scoring.

Goldsmith averaged 77.962 miles per hour and earned $5,050 for the win.

A track record was set when 375 laps were completed without a caution flag, the first yellow flag went out when Bob Cooper of Gastonia, N. C. blew his engine on the 376th lap.

Curtis Turner of Charlotte, who started in the pole in a 1966 Chevrolet, set a record pace for the first 80 laps, but retired with a broken rocker arm after 248 laps.

Third place went to David Pearson of Spartanburg, S.C., in a 1966 Dodge Charger. Paul Lewis, Johnson City, Tenn., fourth in a 1965 Plymouth and Bobby Allison of Hueytown Ala., finished fifth in a 1965 Chevelle.

Goldsmith's win was his third of the season. He took over the lead when Turner ran into mechanical troubles, but fell behind on lap 159 when Petty forged ahead. Goldsmith charged from behind four laps from the finish after Paschal took over from Petty.

Results –

  1. Paul Goldsmith
  2. Jim Paschal/Richard Petty
  3. David Pearson
  4. Paul Lewis
  5. Bobby Allison
  6. Elmo Langley
  7. John Sears
  8. Stick Elliot
  9. Henley Gray
  10. Blackie Watt
  11. Hank Thomas
  12. Neil Castles
  13. Earl Brooks
  14. J.D. McDuffie
  15. J.T. Putney
  16. Clyde Lynn
  17. Tom Pistone
  18. Buzz Gregory
  19. Jack Lawrence
  20. Bill Seifert
  21. Ned Jarrett
  22. G.C. Spencer
  23. Doug Cooper
  24. James Hylton
  25. Larry Manning
  26. Jim Paschal
  27. Wendell Scott
  28. Wayne Smith
  29. Roy Mayne
  30. Curtis Turner
  31. Buddy Baker
  32. Buck Baker
  33. Bill Champion
  34. Sam McQuagg
  35. Darel Dieringer
  36. Frank Warren

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