As has been noted before, Paul Goldsmith won the one and only Peach Blossom 500 at Rockingham in the spring of 1966. A sidebar piece of trivia about the race is that The King, Richard Petty, didn't race in it. Trying to rekindle his youth as a high school football phenom, he messed up the ligaments in the finger of his left hand- enough so to require surgery and it turn miss the race at the Rock.
But he still got to enjoy the spoils of victory from his 2nd Daytona 500 win. Though in retrospect, I can't help but laugh at the full-length cast he had to wear for finger surgery.
Source:Spartanburg Herald via Google News Archive
Darel Dieringer was hired to race the 43 and keep the Pride of Plymouth on the track. Unfortunately, Dieringer's day was a short one as he crashed and finished a dismal 35th.
With the King sporting a fist of plaster and Darel parked, the Petty Enterprises crew rallied to assist one of their own. They helped pit Jim Paschal - a former teammate at Petty Enterprises and fellow Plymouth driver.
More pics from the race to follow. Had to get these Petty related ones posted while they were "hot off the press".
All pics from Southern Motorsports Journal.
Schaefer: It's not just for racing anymore.
updated by @tmc-chase: 03/12/17 10:37:00PM