NASCAR awards Yarborough Nashville win

Monday, July 22, 1974 – NASCAR officials ruled Cale Yarborough the winner of the Nashville (Tenn.) 420, two days after the race was completed. Following the conclusion of the premier series event, competitor Bobby Allison argued that Yarborough had been a lap down and he (Allison) had won the race. Officials announced no formal winner following the race; Yarborough had been flagged the winner on the track.

NASCAR officials Len Kuchler, Joe Epton and Bill Gazaway traveled to Los Angeles following the race to meet with NASCAR president Bill France Jr. and decide what action should be taken.

Allison contended that Yarborough had lost two laps, one when his No. 11 Chevrolet spun and another when the pace car picked up the wrong car under caution. NASCAR officials eventually agreed with Allison’s assessment but ruled that such infractions must confirmed during the race before a penalty can be assessed.

• It was the second consecutive week a driver had protested a win by Yarborough. The week before, Buddy Baker argued that Yarborough was actually a lap down at the end of the Volunteer 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) International Speedway. Officials eventually ruled in Yarborough’s favor in that one, too.

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