1972 Carolina 500

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1972 Carolina 500
Race details
Race 5 of 31 in the 1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Map of Rockingham Speedway
Map of Rockingham Speedway
Date March 12, 1972; 43 years ago (1972-03-12)
Location North Carolina Motor Speedway (Rockingham, North Carolina, USA)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.017 mi (1.636 km)
Distance 492 laps, 500 mi (804 km)
Weather Average temperature of 48.7 °F (9.3 °C); wind speeds approaching 13.00 miles per hour (20.92 km/h)[1]
Average speed 113.895 miles per hour (183.296 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Bobby Isaac K&K Insurance Racing
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Isaac K&K Insurance Racing
Laps 210
No. 3
Bobby Isaac
K&K Insurance Racing
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1972 Carolina 500 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on March 12, 1972, at North Carolina Motor Speedway (Rockingham Speedway) in the American community of Rockingham, North Carolina.[2]


While the race took place on a paved track spanning 1.017 miles (1.637 km), it took four hours and twenty-three minutes to complete all 492 laps of the race.[2] Bobby Isaac defeated Richard Petty by at least one lap in front of 42500 people.[2] Isaac would earn the pole position with a qualifying speed of 137.539 miles per hour (221.348 km/h).[2][3] Meanwhile, the average race speed was 113.895 miles per hour (183.296 km/h).[2] Eight cautions were given out for 57 laps.[2]

British-born competitor Jackie Oliver finished in last place due to an engine issue on the first lap while Canadian-born Les Covey would fail to finish due to a clutch problem on lap 127. The rest of the 40-car grid would have American-born drivers.[2][4]

Finishing order[edit]

* Driver failed to finish race


  1. ^ Weather information "1972 Carolina 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "1972 Carolina 500 race information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  3. ^ "1972 Carolina 500 pole position". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  4. ^ "1972 Carolina 500 race information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
Preceded by
1972 Miller High Life 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1972 Atlanta 500