The 1975 Southern 500 at Darlington is now available on a beautiful new COLOR video, thanks to the film restoration expertise of Rare Sportsfilms Inc! This 35-minute video includes all the action and drama played out by the greatest NASCAR drivers of the day, and includes many nice interviews of the great drivers of a generation ago: David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Bennie Parsons, Bobby Allison, Dave Marcis and brash young Darrell Waltrip. Keith Jackson calls the action with former driver Darel Dieringer doing a nice job as color commentator.
David Pearson is on the pole with Buddy Baker on the outside and Richard Petty and Bobby Allison in the second row. Walter Ballard in his red #30 Chevrolet brings out the first caution when he spins out down the main straightaway. On the restart, Baker leads, with Pearson, who took on four tires during the caution rather than two, back in fourth. Soon Petty passes Baker, but Baker retakes the lead from Richard in an early race showdown. The caution flag comes out again when Bennie Parsons spins out in turn two. On lap 163 attrition begins to take its toll on the pre-race favorites, as Buddy Baker's engine blows. On lap 184 Pearson scrapes the wall. Through for the day, he is interviewed in the garage area afterward. Another caution comes out when Dick Brooks hits the wall in the #90 Truxmore Ford. This time on the restart, it's Dave Marcis in the #71 K & K Dodge in the lead, but after some hard racing, Richard Petty gets around Marcis and again takes over the point. On lap 210, Marcis wheels his car to the garage, a victim of overheating and a dropped valve. Petty, who has been up all night with the flu and is also suffering from the heat and humidity, pulls into the pits for relief, and Marcis now takes over in the famous #43. The long stop costs the Petty team almost two laps. About this time, Darrell Waltrip, whose #88 DiGard Chevy is also out of the race, takes over for Bennie Parsons in the white #72. Waltrip is leading as the biggest accident of the race occurs on lap 231 when James Hylton 's #48 Chevy hits the wall. Marcis in Petty's car and Waltrip in Parsons' car, running close behind, have nowhere to go and both also spin out, Waltrip backing into the wall and smashing the rear of the car. Waltrip brings the battered #72 to the pits, where Parsons gets back in. An exhausted Waltrip, wearing nothing but a pair of pants, is interviewed about Parson's car and the accident. The incident is shown again in slow motion as Dieringer provides commentary. After almost a two-hour rain delay, the race resumes with car #72 leading and Parsons back behind the wheel. But after the accident the car won't handle and after only three green flag laps, Benny spins the car again (turn two) and smashes backwards into the guardrail, ending his day. Richard Petty is now back in his car and is able to get one of his laps back on the caution. Cale is now running second with Bobby Allison third. But on lap 298 Yarborough's engine blows and another contender is out of the race.
Throughout this video you'll see cars of other drivers such as Jabe Thomas, Jim Vandiver, Grant Adcox, Frank Warren and Elmo Langley. Richard Petty, David Pearson, Parsons/Waltrip and Bobby Allison are all shown at various times in the pits for service.
With the race winding down, Bobby Allison is now in first place by more than a lap over Richard Petty. The attrition rate has wiped out most of the contenders, and third place David Sisco is nine laps behind! A cracked rear axle housing causes Allison to slow slightly and with 20 laps to go Petty gets around Allison to get back on the lead lap. Bobby 's car owner and crew chief Roger Penske is interviewed late in the race and comments on how Allison is able to lead the race after being two laps down earlier. Allison, in the #16 red white and blue Matador, wins his third Southern 500! A happy Allison, still in his racecar, is interviewed after the race.
Now you can get your own color copy of this rare film now on home video for the first time ever! Send $24.95 + $5.00 for shipping and handling! (Illinois residents must add $2.00 tax).
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