Did Marty Robbins prefer College Station over El Paso?

As I read Henry Mayo’s terrific blog on Monday about the 40th anniversary of Richard Petty’s NASCAR win at the Texas World Speedway, I came across an interesting tidbit. As a long-time fan of classic country music, I noticed that Marty Robbins finished 29th in the same race.

And, no, he didn’t wear A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation).

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History Blog: The King ruled College Station in the summer of ’73

City of College Station's 75th AnniversaryNOTE: 2013 marks the City of College Station’s 75th year as an incorporated city. In recognition, we’ve highlighted some interesting moments from our past.

This blog was authored by Henry Mayo, a surveyor and long-time resident of the Bryan-College Station area. As a surveyor and historian, Henry retrieves information from local, state and national resources to assemble history-themed messages for email subscribers in a series titled “This Week in Brazos County History.” To subscribe to Henry’s email series, click here.

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PETTY WINS ALAMO 500 AT TEXAS WORLD SPEEDWAY

Richard “The King” Petty, driving well-known Dodge number 43 for STP, won NASCAR’s Alamo 500 at the Texas World Speedway just south of College Station on June 10, 1973. Darrell Waltrip, still a rising star in the sport, came in second in the Winston Cup race. 

This was the last NASCAR championship race at the four-year-old superspeedway until the 1979 Texas 400, which Waltrip won. The Wikipedia site for Texas World Speedway has great information on its history, and all of the track’s races are listed on the Ultimate Racing History website.

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