1972 Texas 500

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1972 Texas 500
Race details
Race 31 of 31 in the 1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Texas World Speedway
Texas World Speedway
Date November 12, 1972; 42 years ago (1972-11-12)
Location Texas World Speedway (College Station, Texas)
Course Permanent racing facility
2.000 mi (3.218 km)
Distance 250 laps, 500 mi (804.68 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 75.9 °F (24.4 °C); wind speeds up to 10.1 miles per hour (16.3 km/h)[1]
Average speed 147.059 miles per hour (236.669 km/h)
Pole position
Driver A.J. Foyt Wood Brothers Racing
Most laps led
Driver Buddy Baker K&K Insurance Racing
Laps 133
No. 71
Buddy Baker
K&K Insurance Racing
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1972 Texas 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on November 12, 1972, at Texas World Speedway in the American community of College Station, Texas.[2][3]

The race car drivers still had to commute to the races using the same stock cars that competed in a typical weekend's race through a policy of homologation (and under their own power). This policy was in effect until roughly 1975. By 1980, NASCAR had completely stopped tracking the year model of all the vehicles and most teams did not take stock cars to the track under their own power anymore.


Two hundred and fity laps were done on a paved track spanning 2 miles (3.2 km) in front of 33,000 live spectators.[2][3] It took exactly three hours and twenty-four seconds for Buddy Baker to defeat A.J. Foyt by ½ of a car length.[2] Foyt had earned the pole position with a speed of 170.273 miles per hour (274.028 km/h) during the qualifying runs even though the actual race speeds approached 147.059 miles per hour (236.669 km/h).[2][3]

Five cautions were given out by NASCAR for 29 laps.[2][3] All the 44 drivers on the racing grid were American-born males.[2] Bill Seifert of the famous Giachetti Brothers (headed by Richard Giachetti) finished the race in last place due to a clutch problem in the first lap of the race.[2] Only manual transmission vehicles were allowed to participate in this race; a policy that NASCAR has retained to the present day.

Unfortunately, this race broke Bobby Allison's streak of leading a lap from the 1971 Southern 500 all the way to the 1972 American 500. This streak would be known as the "Joe DiMaggio Streak" after the famous baseball player, and it has not been attempted by any driver after this date.

Individual prize winnings for each driver ranged from the winner's share of $14,920 ($84,119.36 when considering inflation) to the last-place finishers' share of just $705 ($3,974.81 when considering inflation). The total prize purse for this racing event was locked in at $88,270 ($497,668.65 when considering inflation).[4]

Top twenty finishers[edit]


  1. ^ "1972 Texas 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "1972 Texas 500 race information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d "1972 Texas 500 race information (second reference)". Database Racing. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  4. ^ "1972 Texas 500 prize winnings information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
Preceded by
1972 American 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Races
Succeeded by
1973 Winston Western 500