Bill Vukovich Jr. ... Born ... A former driver in the championship car division of USAC and CART Championship Car series. He was named the 1968 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, a result of his 7th place finish. Vukovich raced in the 1965-1982 seasons, with 158 combined career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1968-1977, 1979-1980. He finished in the top ten 85 times, with one victory in 1973 at Brooklyn. He also had 23 National midget car victories in his career, and drove for part of his career in Christopher J.C. Agajanian's midget car. He was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1998. Bill Jr. is the son of 2-time Indy 500 Winner, Bill Vukovich and the father of Bill Vukovich III, both of whom were killed in racing accidents.
Junior Johnson drove his Ford past Curtis Turner on the 177th lap and went on to take the checkered 3 seconds ahead of Turner's T-Bird in the 100 mile NASCAR GN race on the 1/2 mile dirt Wilson Speedway (Wilson, NC). Before the race, the wooden main grandstand caught fire and burned to the ground. There were no injuries, but time trials were cancelled.
Bobby Allison made up a lap with 10 laps to go and beat Cale Yarborough to win the NASCAR GN 'Atlanta 500'. Leader Yarborough was pulling away from second running Donnie Allison when he pitted the Wood Brothers Mercury for the final time with 10 laps left. As Yarborough stopped, Donnie Allison blew his motor, bringing out a yellow. Bobby was able to make up a lap and pit the Mario Rossi Dodge under yellow, taking on new tires. Bobby took the checkered 50 feet ahead of Yarborough.