Sunday 20th April 1958
Bob Welborn survived a late race spin that erased his big lead, going on to win the NASCAR GN ‘Virginia 500’ at Martinsville Speedway. Welborn started 20th in the 47 car field on the 1/2 mile paved oval. Leader Jimmy Massey, relief driving Glen Wood’s Ford, blew a tire & crashed on lap 396 to give Welborn a lead he wouldn’t lose. But, while holding a 4 lap lead with only 30 laps to go, Welborn’s Chevy blew a tire & spun. Welborn restarted his car & pitted for a new tire, returning to the track just ahead of teammate Rex White. Welborn managed to stretch his lead slightly, taking the checkered 12 car lengths ahead of White.