Fast-closing Goldsmith nets Bristol win

Sunday, July 24, 1966 – Paul Goldsmith made up three laps and passed relief driver Jim Paschal with less than five laps remaining to collect the Volunteer 500 win at Bristol International Speedway.

It was the ninth and final NASCAR premier Series win for Goldsmith.

Paschal had been summoned to fill in for Richard Petty, who exited the car on lap 376 with neck cramps. David Pearson, Paul Lewis and Bobby Allison completed the top five.

Petty had a three-lap lead when he climbed out of the car; Paschal lost two laps during the driver exchange and the third when Goldsmith made what proved to be the winning pass.

Ray Nichels, owner of the race-winning No. 99 Plymouth, would score three more victories in the series, at Talladega with Richard Brickhouse in the infamous PDA walkout of ’69, and twice with Charlie Glotzbach at Daytona and Michigan.

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