100-plus Late Models. Nearly half from out of state. A 100-lapper on Friday night. Time trials on Saturday afternoon. Heat races on Sunday afternoon before the “big show” to set the field - with 25 cars each in two heats (50 cars trying for 16 more spots; the top eight were locked in through time trials, and the remainder of the field filled through qualifying “leftovers” that otherwise didn’t get in).
Joe Ruttman. Wayne Reutimann. Ed Howe. Butch Lindley. Rodney Combs. Robert Hamke. Bobby Coyle. Don Gregory. Slick Johnson. Dave Pletcher. Don Biederman. Tricky Dickie Anderson. A star-studded field, that, unfortunately, lost nearly half the field due to mechanical problems by lap 50.
Howe went on to win his third Florida 200, and second of three-in-a-row.