Richard Petty, driving a Dodge, held onto a .26-second lead over David Pearson's Mercury for the last 40 laps to win the National 500 stock-car race at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Petty led for 169 of the 334 laps, averaging 132.2 mph.
TENNIS—The UNITED STATES defeated Great Britain in the final round of the $100,000 ATP Nations Cup tournament, which began with eight teams vying for the $35,000 first prize. Arthur Ashe and Roscoe Tanner won the deciding doubles match after Tanner had won his singles 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Ashe then lost to Buster Mottram, as the U.S. beat Britain 2-1.
Chris Evert won the $50,000 Mission Viejo Classic with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over unseeded and unranked Cynthia Doerner of Australia, raising her year's winnings to $307,627.
Jimmy Connors defeated Sandy Mayer 6-1, 6-0 to win the $50,000 Island Holidays Classic at Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii.
WEIGHT LIFTING—GEORGE TODOROV of Bulgaria set a world record for the 132-pound class by snatching 282 pounds at Varna, Bulgaria.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: GENE MAUCH, the only manager of the Montreal Expos since the team began play in 1969, after a 75-87 season in which the Expos tied for fifth place. Montreal has never finished higher than fourth in the Eastern Division.
HIRED: As manager for the New York Mets, JOE FRAZIER, 53, who last season piloted their Tidewater affiliate to the championship in the International League.
REPLACED: WESTON ADAMS Jr., as president of the Boston Bruins, by Paul Mooney, as a result of the purchase of the NHL franchise by Sportsystems Corp., controlled by Jeremy, Max and Lawrence Jacobs of Buffalo. For the first time since the team was founded in 1924 the Bruins will not be headed by a member of the Adams family.
DIED: MRS. JOAN PAYSON, principal owner of the New York Mets; after hospitalization for a stroke: at 72. She was also co-owner, with her brother John Hay (Jock) Whitney, of Greentree Stables.
DIED: CASEY STENGEL, of cancer; in Glendale, Calif.; at 85. During his 60-year career, Stengel played for, coached and managed 17 teams, most notably leading the Yankees to seven world championships (page 41).