Butch Lindley of Greenville, S.C. won the eighth annual $10,000 McDonald's 200 (75 miles) for late model sportsman stock cars by three seconds over Sonny Hutches of Richmond at Old Dominion Speedway tonight.
Third, another three seconds back, was Morgan Sheppard of Conover, N. C., with Dick Boswell of Berwyn Heights, Md., fourth and Bob Pressley of Asheville, N.C., fifth.
The defending national champion in this classic, Lindley Averaged 71.6 miles per hour in his Pontiac. The race was slowed three times after harmless spinouts.Fourteen of the 21 starters finished.
David Pearson, winner of $2 million on the Grand National stock-car circuit, was the third-fastest qualifier for this race and the first driver to retire from it. His Pontiac suffered transmission problems after 55 laps.
Gene Glover of Kingsport, Tenn., led for the first 84 laps of the race. Tire trouble forced him to the pit, allowing Lindley to take the lead. Glover returned but spun out after 127 laps.
The following caution period brought the leaders in for new tires and Boswell went in first. Hutchins quickly overtook him with Lindley now third, chasing both leaders. Another caution flag bunched the field, the Lindley moved past Hutchins for the lead with 30 laps to go.
Lindley was not seriously threatened in the final sprint as his closest pursuers were balked by slower cars.