1978 Henley Gray - Petty connection? Need some assistance
Stock Car Racing History
Chase, I think you are correct with the first pic being taken at Bristol. I have a blurry image of this car at a night race. Bristol's first event under the lights was in August of 1978.
The blue and yellow Chevy was the car that Woody ran three times early in 1978. I will guess that Woody could not make the Dover race and Elmo start and parked it
Richard needed a car for Bristol as they had not yet built a stable of Chevy's so he gave a call to Henley. PE did a quick paint and went to Bristol.
Speaking of Elmo, he had stopped driving but still had his license so Henley put him in it for the payday.
I did some research on Racing Reference.and discovered a sub culture of midpackers. Henley Gray had eight different drivers in his cars in 1978.
Back then with a little experience you could run a Grand National event. People like Henley Gray, Junie and others gave many drivers a shot