Thursday, July 7,
1966 – Elmo Langley returned to the winner’s circle for the second time in
approximately one month when he captured the Old Dominion 150 at Old Dominion
Speedway in Manassas, Va. Langley, a native of Landover, Md., was seven laps
ahead of runner-up John Sears in his No. 64 Ford. James Hylton finished third
in the NASCAR premier series event.
• Langley had scored his first victory in June at Spartanburg, S.C.
• Only 11 of the 24 starters were running at the finish of the 400-lap race.
• Bobby Allison won the pole, his first in NASCAR’s top series. He led 49 laps before being sidelined due to transmission issues.
• Tiny Lund led 120 laps but was felled by a blown engine.
• Langley went on to work as crew chief for team owner/driver Cale Yarborough, then became an official with NASCAR, driving the pace car in each premier series event.
Friday, May 21, 1971 – Richard
Petty ran away from a short field to score a dominating victory at New
Asheville (N.C.) Speedway and record his 128th victory in NASCAR’s
premier series. Petty, the pole winner, held a four-lap lead over second-place
Elmo Langley when he took the checkered flag.
• Only 17 entries started the Friday night race and only five were running at the finish.
• Independent teams, upset over purse payouts and a lack of appearance money, staged a walkout of the race. James Hylton and Neil Castles parked their respective entries after completing just one of the race’s 300 laps. Several others quit before the halfway point.
• Petty was the only factory-backed driver in the race and reportedly received an appearance fee for showing up to compete. Track promoter George Ledford allegedly told others that Petty was the only “name” driver the track needed. Ledford resigned his position three days after the race.
• Bobby Allison withdrew from the event due to illness, according to track officials. He recovered in time to compete in the Lanier 250 Grand American race just two days later where he finished fourth.