Saturday, April 10, 1971 – ABC’s “Wild World of Sports” provides the first live, flag-to-flag coverage of a NASCAR premier series event, televising the Greenville 200 from Greenville-Pickens Speedway in its entirety. Bobby Isaac, a late entry, led 181 of the race’s 200 laps to pick up his 32nd career victory.
• David Pearson, Dick Brooks, Dave Marcis and Benny Parsons completed the top five in a race that lasted 1 hr., 16 min., 46 sec. There was one caution for five laps.
• ABC had previously televised edited versions of select NASCAR races on its “Wide World” program but never live races in their entirety. The broadcasting group used five cameras – three above the grandstands, one in Turn 2 and one hand-held camera assigned to roam pit road. A sixth camera was used for graphics (starting lineup, running order, etc.)
• On-air talent for the program consisted of ABC host Jim McKay and veteran automotive reporter Chris Economaki in the booth along with broadcaster Ken Squier on pit road.
• The race, which featured a 26-car field, was blacked out within a 150-mile radius of Greenville, S.C.
• The race purse of $20,600 was a record for a 100-mile NASCAR race.