Friday, June 3, 2016

1979 – Smith Shines Bright in Nashville ARCA Event

Marvin Smith
Nashville, Tenn. (June 3, 1979) - Marvin Smith put his 1979 Oldsmobile on the pole for the ARCA-sanctioned 100-lapper at Nashville International Raceway on Sunday afternoon and proceeded to dominate the event, beating Bob Dotter to the checkered flag.

The race was run in addition to the NASCAR national championship late model sportsman race at the same track that same afternoon.

Smith bettered his old record set June 17, 1978 of 20.79 seconds when he zoomed around the 5/8-mile banked paved oval in 20.71 seconds, during Saturday's qualifications.

Following Smith and Dotter across the finish line were Joe Raymond, Jim Cushman, and Moose Myer, all in the same lap. Bobby Watson and Steve Ellis were two laps down in sixth and seventh place and Darrell Basham, Greg Pike, and Jack Wallace rounding out the top 10, four laps down.

Kyle Petty was supposed to compete in the event in a brand new 1979 Ford Granada. However, the car was having brake problems so the only son of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, who hopes to compete for 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors, turned the ride down.

The same car hit the wall and practice with the new driver in it on Saturday. Greg Pike qualified the machine and later drove it to a ninth place finish in the race.

Results –

  1. Marvin Smith
  2. Bob Dotter
  3. Joe Raymond
  4. Jim Cushman
  5. Moose Myers
  6. Bobby Watson
  7. Steve Ellis
  8. Darrell Basham
  9. Greg Pike
  10. Jack Wallace
  11. Charlie Paxton
  12. Ned Tracy
  13. Bob Slawinski
  14. Alan Sheppard
  15. Larry Smith
  16. Tony Rose
  17. Larry Hayes
  18. Hubert West
  19. Ralph Jones
  20. L.T. Wechtel
  21. Donnie Martin
  22. Rick Roland
  23. Garry Sharp
  24. Russ Chapman

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