Petty closes in on win mark

Saturday, July 29, 1967 – Richard Petty won for the 17th time of the season, leaving the popular Level Cross, N.C. driver only one victory away from the single-season win record with a victory in the Nashville 200 at Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway. It was the fourth consecutive win at Nashville for Petty, who inherited the lead after mechanical troubles felled several of the race leaders.

Petty overcame a deficit of at least five laps (due to early pit stops) to win by five laps over runner-up James Hylton.

Tim Flock held the single-season win mark of 18 set in 1955.

Only 10 of the 32 drivers who started the race were running at the finish. Pole winner Dick Hutcherson finished 11th even though he was sidelined with a blown engine after just 305 laps of the 400-lap race. Early contenders Jim Paschal and Bobby Allison were also felled by mechanical issues, putting the lead in Petty’s hands.

Petty’s explanation for his good fortune in the second half of the race? “I was doing plenty wrong, but they done wronger,” he said.

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