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.

Fight overshadows Goldsmith victory

Sunday, April 28, 1957 – Paul Goldsmith won the season’s 13th race in the NASCAR premier series, held at Greensboro Agricultural Fairgrounds, but it was the altercation between Tiny Lund and the Petty family that is still talked about today. It was the first win of the year for Goldsmith, driving for owner Smokey Yunick, and the second of his career. He bested a field of 19 on the .333-mile dirt track.

Lund and the Pettys were involved in a fracas that didn’t end until Elizabeth Petty, wife of Lee Petty, began pummeling Lund with her purse, which reportedly held a .38 pistol.

There are minor differences in the story of the fight – some say it started before the race began during pre-race introductions while others say it occurred after the race while Lund and Petty were in line at the payout window. Regardless of when it began, all agree that Lund was fighting, and whipping, Lee as well as his sons Richard and Maurice Petty when pistol-packing Elizabeth Petty stepped in and began whacking Lund with her purse.

The race was the last before NASCAR officials outlawed what was considered high performance equipment (superchargers and fuel injection). It was hoped the move would level the field, which had been dominated by Ford and Chevrolet teams.