Richard Petty took the white flag for the '76 Daytona 500 in the #43 STP Dodge with David Pearson's #21 Purolator Mercury on his back bumper, poised for a last-lap slingshot. Pearson made his move on the backstretch, taking the lead in turn 3 with slight contact between the two. Petty pulled alongside Pearson in turn 4. The two bumped again as Petty lurched into the lead. The bump sent Pearson spinning toward the grass.