BAUGHMAN HI SPEED 100
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway
Friday, May 7, 1971
Race of the 1971 season brought the Grand American Challenge Series to Nashville, Tenn. for the Baughman Hi Speed 100 at the 5/8 mile high banked oval Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. It was to be the first of a four race tour called RED BARON RACE WEEK through the Mid-West promoted by Tiny Lund who was competing with a broken leg. The race was originally scheduled for Thursday night but bad weather postponed it until Friday. Tiny Lund took the pole at a speed of 120.449 miles per hour in a Camaro, one report reported the speed as 114.860 mph, with H.B. Bailey to his outside in a Firebird. This was the third race in a row that found Bailey on the front row at the start. Buck Baker started third in another Firebird. Jim Paschal failed to make the grid after blowing two engines in his Javelin in practice.
The start was delayed by a half hour because of rain that would later cut the event short. Bailey jumped into the lead at the drop of the green and led the first 5 laps until Lund moved around Bailey and led for 30 laps. Bailey went back to the front just before Baker parked his Firebird with a broken oil line. Bailey stayed out front as he extended his lead on Lund who was slowed by a blistered rear tire. The race was halted at 110 laps because of rain with Bailey claiming his first win by a one lap margin over Lund.
Bailey collected $1,270 of the $7,800 purse. There were 3 cautions for a total of 17 laps.
Fin Srt Car # Driver Car Laps Reason out
1 2 36 H. B. Bailey 71 Firebird 110 Running
2 1 55 Tiny Lund 69 Camaro 109 Running
3 21 Tommy Andrews 69 Mustang Running
4 8 Phil Wills 68 Camaro Running
5 41 Gary Myers 70 Mustang Running
6 7 Jimmy Vaughn 69 Camaro Running
7 9 Stan Starr, Jr. 68 Camaro Running
8 70 George Bauer 69 Camaro Running
9 76 Bob Williams 70 Mustang Running
10 74 Al Straub 71 Mustang Running
11 29 Randy Bannister 68 Cougar Running
16 15 Wayne Andrews 70 Cougar Water hose
3 87 Buck Baker 71 Firebird 40 Oil line
updated by @dennis-andrews: 12/05/16 04:00:58PM