1972 Northern 300

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1972 Northern 300
Race details
Race 19 of 31 in the 1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season

Date July 16, 1972 (1972-July-16)
Location Trenton Speedway (Trenton, New Jersey)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.410 km)
Distance 200 laps, 300.0 mi (482.8 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 91 °F (33 °C); wind speeds up to 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)[1]
Average speed 114.03 miles per hour (183.51 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Bobby Allison Howard & Egerton Racing
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Isaac K&K Insurance Racing
Laps 117
No. 71
Bobby Allison
Howard & Egerton Racing
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1972 Northern 300 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on July 16, 1972 at Trenton Speedway in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.A..


Bobby Allison defeated Bobby Isaac by 1.4 seconds after two hours and fifty-seven seconds of racing. There were nine lead changes and five cautions for 21 laps.[2][3] Twenty thousand people attended this live event to witness average speeds of 114.03 miles per hour (183.51 km/h).[2][3] Isaac qualified for the pole position with an impressive speed of 133.126 miles per hour (214.246 km/h) on a paved oval track spanning 1.500 miles (2.414 km).[2][3] A.J. Cox received the last-place finish due to overheating while Bill Shirey was disqualified for a technical infraction committed while racing.[2][3] The other drivers in the top ten were: Richard Petty, Fred Lorenzen, Cecil Gordon, James Hylton, Larry Smith, Benny Parsons, Raymond Williams, and Walter Ballard.[2][3]

The major sponsors that were mentioned in the race were Coca-Cola, STP, and Nord Krauskopf's K&K Insurance.[2][4] While the complete purse of this racing event was an impressive $35,675 ($201,136.61 in today's money), the race winner actually received only $7,900 of that prize money ($44,540.41 in today's money).[4]

The Plymouth Superbirds and Dodge Chargers that competed in this race were equipped with special wings to demonstrate their status as muscle cars. A 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle would become the make and model to win this racing event; defeating a 1972 Dodge Charger in the process.[4] Bob Greenley would compete in his only NASCAR Cup Series race here along with Fred Drake.[3]


  1. ^ Weather information for the 1972 Northern 300 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f 1972 Northern 300 at Racing-Reference.info
  3. ^ a b c d e f 1972 Northern 300 results at Race-Database.com
  4. ^ a b c Official NASCAR Race Results for the 1972 Northern 300 at FantasyRacingCheatSheet.com
Preceded by
1972 Volunteer 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Races
Succeeded by
1972 Dixie 500