|The 3rd annual 300-mile Late Model Sportsman race was held on the day before the National 500. World Service Life Insurance of Forth Worth, TX, sponsored the race on October 4th 1975. L.D. Ottinger of Newport, TN won the pole position with a speed of 158.311mph over the mile and a half Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ottinger also collected a check for $1000.00 for winning the pole position.
When the race started, L.D. Ottinger driving a 1972 Monte Carlo took the lead, and held that postion for the first 21 laps. By lap 50 Ray Hendrick, and newcomer Neil Bonnett started distancing themselves from the rest of the field. Just over half way through the race Hendrick, and Bonnett were a full lap ahead of the rest of the competitors. In 3rd place at that time was 25-year-old Dale Earnhardt, but tire problems soon took him to the pits.
On lap 181 Tommy Houston spun out, hit the wall, and collected L.D. Ottinger in the wreck. This was the 8th, and final caution flag for the event. Ray Hendrick ended up holding the lead for a total of 138 laps including the final 77 laps. Hendrick took the victory by ¼ second over Neil Bonnett, and had his biggest paycheck of his career up to that point. He collected a total of $20,300.00, which included $5,500.00 in lap-leader awards. There were 32,000 fans in attendance.