highlights of the 1969 Southern 500 at Darlington are now available
on a new 32-minute COLOR DVD from Rare Sportsfilms Inc! All the
great drivers of a generation ago are shown, many in nice close-ups:
Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, Dave Marcis, David
Pearson, Bobby and Donnie Allison and Lee Roy Yarbrough.
Cale Yarborough is on the pole with Buddy Baker alongside and Donnie Allison and Lee Roy Yarbrough in the second row to start the race. At the green flag, Cale leads, with Lee Roy taking over second after only a few laps. On the 26th lap, Ed Negrre and E.J. Trivette crash together in turn two, bringing out the first caution. When the race resumes, Cale leads with Lee Roy still second. Another incident shows Richard Petty, battling an ill-handling car, spinning out in turn three and bending some sheet metal against the inside guardrail. Threatening skies begin to shower the track, but not before Lee Roy uses lapped traffic to finally get around Cale to take the lead. Other cars are shown during the race, such as those of Roy Mayne, John Sears, Bill Champion and Glotzbach. While the fans wait out a four-hour rain delay, the film flashes back to the race activities during the week leading up to the annual Southern 500.
When racing resumes for lap 94, Lee Roy and Cale are back in the pack, having pitted during the caution laps after the rain delay. The biggest crash of the race occurs on lap 143 when Donnie Allison and Yarborough, each fighting for second place, tap each other between turns three and four. Both spin out, also involving Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison and Charlie Glotzbach. It's a five-car tangle, with Cale ending up against the pit wall and out of the race, while Lee Roy is just able to slip thru a tiny hole in the mess of spinning cars! The crash is replayed in slow motion.
During the race, you'll see pit action
with Petty, Cale, Baker and Lee Roy all in for service. When green
flag racing resumes, Lee Roy Yarbrough is leading, with David Pearson
second and Bobby and Donnie Allison fighting for third. Between
turns one and two, Bobby slides up toward the wall slightly and
Donnie slams into him, bringing out another caution. Lee Roy is
still leading after 165 laps when James Hylton blows the engine
in his Dodge in turn three and spins out of the race. After the
restart, first place Yarbrough slides in some of Hylton's oil still
on the track, and scrapes the third turn guardrail. Pearson takes
the opening and passes to take first place. With Lee Roy in the
pits for repairs during the caution, Pearson is the now the only
one of the top drivers who has not hit the wall! When racing resumes,
it's a battle between Pearson and Yarbrough for the last 61 laps.
Pearson takes the lead for the final time with two laps to go when
Lee Roy slides up the track a bit, but on the final lap, Lee Roy
shadows Pearson down the backstretch, and ducks under him in turn
three in the sprint to the checkered flag. Lee Roy Yarbrough, in
his white #98 Ford, wins the '69 Southern 500! It's a 1-2 Ford finish,
with Buddy Baker's Dodge taking third (also on the lead lap). A
happy Yarbrough is shown in victory lane with wife Gloria and crew
chief Herb Nab!
Now you can get your own color copy
of this rare color film now on DVD for the first time ever!
Send $29.95 + $4.00 for shipping and handling! (Illinois residents
must add $2.00 tax.)
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