CONCORD, N.C. — Approaching this weekend’s 58th annual Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a look at the history books shows a 37-year gap back to one of the most incredible fights to the finish in both event, as well as NASCAR, history.
Back when it was still called the World 600, Benny Parsons and Darrell Waltrip staged one of the all-time great battle royales for victory in NASCAR’s longest event.
Waltrip was seeking to become the first man in 600 history to win the event three times in a row, while Parsons sought his first 600 win with M. C. Anderson Racing.
After numerous tire failures and two red flags for rain pushed the total race time past seven hours long, fans who stuck out the delays were treated to a spectacle as Parsons and Waltrip swapped the lead some seven times between one another in the final 20 laps.
Ultimately, it was Parsons coming out on top for the 15th of his 21 career Cup victories, first of the season and second at Charlotte, following on from a win in the fall race in 1977.
Check out highlights from the finish below! (Credit goes out to @Basso488 for finding the footage!)
37 years ago today, 1980 World 600 @ Charlotte, Benny Parsons vs. Darrell Waltrip. pic.twitter.com/UpUsgbXbI7
— Andrew (@Basso488) May 25, 2017