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
Winner
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..

Summary[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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
1972
Succeeded by
1972 Dixie 500