| Capital City 300|
| September 10, 1967 (1967-September-10)|
Virginia State Fairgrounds, Richmond, Virginia
Permanent racing facility
0.500 mi (0.800 km)
300 laps, 150 mi (180 km)
Mild with temperatures approaching 75 °F (24 °C); wind speeds up to 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)
The 1967 Capital City 300 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on September 10, 1967, at Virginia State Fairgrounds in Richmond, Virginia.
The time of the race was two hours, thirty-six minutes, and ten seconds with the average speed being 57.631 miles per hour (92.748 km/h). The pole position spot was chosen by a random drawing; the rain that swept through the area had made the track far too muddy for qualifying sessions. Brooks drew the pole and the race was then started under green-yellow. The cars paced for 24 laps to help pack the clay; Richard Petty took over the lead on lap 25 to help bring about true racing.
1967 Capital City 300 Wikipedia
In 1953, Richmond International Raceway began hosting the Grand National Series with Lee Petty winning that first race in Richmond. The original track was paved in 1968. In 1988, the track was re-designed into its present D-shaped configuration
The name for the raceway complex was "Strawberry Hill" until the Virginia State Fairgrounds site was bought out in 1999 and renamed the "Richmond International Raceway". The Strawberry Hill Races, which are a series of steeplechase horse races were formerly held the third Saturday of April at the Richmond Raceway Complex. In 2001, the races were moved to Colonial Downs in New Kent County, Virginia's first Thoroughbred racetrack.
Richard Petty would defeat Dick Hutcherson after all the laps in the race were completed; which became the 71st win in his 200-win career as a Cup Series race. The other top ten finishers were: Paul Goldsmith, Sam McQuagg, James Hylton, Wendell Scott, Worth McMillion, E.J. Trivette, Henley Gray, and George Davis. There were twenty-eight American competitors and two Canadian competitors (Frog Fagan and Don Biederman). Econo Wash and Nichels Engineering were the main sponsors for the drivers. Most of the team owners in this race were individuals rather than multi-car teams; as the case usually was with NASCAR races prior to the mid-1970s.
Richard Petty would receive ($17,597.46 when considering inflation) $2,450 for winning the race while Don Biederman would be the lowest finishing driver (27th) to receive a prize bonus for $150 ($1,077.40 when considering inflation). The drivers who finished 29th and 30th (last place) would not receive any prize money. Total winnings for this race would be $11,610 ($801,653.86 when considering inflation).
Frog Fagan would make his official NASCAR Cup Series debut in this race. Eleven thousand fans would see a race with eleven cautions for seventy-one laps and three hundred laps were completed on a track spanning 0.500 miles (0.805 km). The transition to purposely-built racers began in the early 1960s and occurred gradually over that decade. Changes made to the sport by the late 1960s brought an end to the "strictly stock" vehicles of the 1950s; most of the cars were trailered to events or hauled in by trucks.
† signifies that the driver is known to be deceasedStart of race: Earl Brooks lead the other cars as they started the event
Lap 25: Richard Petty took over the lead from Earl Brooks
Lap 26: Paul Goldsmith took over the lead from Richard Petty
Lap 30: Neil Castles had a terminal crash
Lap 79: Sway bar issues managed to knock Don Biederman out of contention
Lap 90: Dick Hutcherson took over the lead from Paul Goldsmith
Lap 91: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Dick Hutcherson
Lap 97: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Allison
Lap 100: Paul Dean Holt would have transmission issues with his vehicle
Lap 102: The frame on Jabe Thomas' vehicle would come off, causing him to leave the race for safety reasons
Lap 107: Ray Hendrick's engine problem would relegate him to the sidelines
Lap 116: Sam McQuagg took over the lead from Richard Petty
Lap 124: Dick Hutcherson took over the lead from Sam McQuagg
Lap 125: John Sears' engine developed problems, forcing him to exit the race prematurely
Lap 128: Bobby Allison had a terminal crash
Lap 138: Richard Petty took over the lead from Sam McQuagg
Lap 165: J.T. Putney developed problems with his vehicle's transmission
Lap 169: A frame came loose off Melvin Bradley's vehicle
Lap 197: Johnny Steele managed to blow his engine, bringing a premature end to his race
Lap 202: Bill Seifert managed to lose the frame of his vehicle; Wayne Smith's vehicle would suffer from a faulty transmission
Lap 203: An axle came loose off Elmo Langley's vehicle
Lap 289: Sam McQuagg lost the rear end of the vehicle, he was called off the track due to safety reasons
Finish: Richard Petty was official declared the winner of the event
* Driver failed to finish race