Dave Fulton

Neil's 1st Win - Richmond 1977

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In this Bob Jones, Jr. photo from the Richmond Times-Dispatch archives, Neil Bonnett is enroute to his first NASCAR Cup Series win. The event is the September 11, 1977 Capital City 400 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway. Spinning below Bonnett's Jim Stacy owned Dodge #5 on the Richmond backstretch are #30 Tighe Scott and #70 J.D. McDuffie. This was just the 5th start by Bonnett for Stacy in the Harry Hyde prepared ride. Finishing behind Bonnett on the lead lap were Richard Petty, Benny Parsons, Cale Yarborough and Lennie Pond. Janet Guthrie finished 12th, 17 laps behind. 11 years later in February 1988, Bonnett would win the final race on the old Richmond half-mile.
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