A first for Petty and for Earnhardt

Sunday, May 25, 1975 – Richard Petty, a winner on nearly every track he’d set foot on, earned his first at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile layout when he captured the annual World 600 before an announced crowd of 90,000. Petty finished a lap ahead of runner-up Cale Yarborough and four laps in front of third-place David Pearson.

The victory was No. 170 for Petty; he did have a previous win at CMS, in 1961, although it was a World 600 qualifying race (67 laps; 100 miles) that counted toward a driver’s career win total at the time.

The race was the first career start in the series for future seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. The 24-year-old finished 22nd in the No. 8 Dodge fielded by car owner Ed Negre. It was Earnhardt’s only start of the season.

1970 series champion Bobby Isaac made just his second start of the season and finished 35th in the No. 63 Chevrolet of Norris Reed.

Darel Dieringer, 48, returned to competition after a layoff of more than six years. Dieringer, a seven-time winner in the series, made one start in 1969 – finishing 25th at Macon, Ga., then came back to run four races in ’75.

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