Wednesday, 02 December 2009 23:00
On December 8, 1968, Bobby Allison won the Alabama 200 at Montgomery Speedway in Montgomery, AL by a mere four feet over Richard Petty.
Petty started the race on the pole after qualifying with a fast lap of 80.899mph on the half-mile paved track and led the first nine laps of the 200 lap event before being passed by Bobby Isaac in his No. 71 K&K Insurance Dodge on lap 10.
Isaac and Petty swapped the lead three more times before Allison nudged passed Petty’s No. 43 Plymouth on lap 144. Petty regained the lead on lap 168 only to lose it to Allison right at the line.
Finishing behind Petty in third was James Hylton in the No. 48 Hylton Engineering Dodge. Hylton is one of the only two drivers in that 22 car field to still race, the other being Red Farmer, and he is the only one who still races regularly.
The 1 hour, 21 minute and 58 second event was a crowd pleaser for the 2,800 fans in attendance that day.
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