1972 Winston 500

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1972 Winston 500
Race details
Race 11 of 31 in the 1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway
Date May 7, 1972 (1972-May-07)
Location Talladega International Motor Speedway (Talladega, Alabama)
Course Permanent racing facility
2.660 mi (4.280 km)
Distance 188 laps, 500.1 mi (804.8 km)
Weather Temperatures as warm as 75 °F (24 °C); wind speeds reaching up to 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)[1]
Average speed 134.4 miles per hour (216.3 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Bobby Isaac K&K Insurance Racing
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing
Laps 59
No. 21
David Pearson
Wood Brothers Racing
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Keith Jackson
Chris Economaki

The 1972 Winston 500 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that occurred on May 7, 1972, at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Alabama, USA.


There were fifty drivers on the racing grid; 49 of them were born in the United States while Jackie Oliver was born in Great Britain. It took nearly three hours and forty-five minutes for 188 laps of racing to be resolved. There were nine cautions for a duration of 62 racing laps with 53 changes in the first-place position and David Pearson defeating Bobby Isaac by almost five seconds. More than 71000 people would see 500.1 miles or 804.8 kilometres of racing action with speeds reaching up to 134.4 miles per hour (216.3 km/h).[2]

Bobby Isaac would receive the pole position for this race while driving at speeds up to 192.498 miles per hour (309.796 km/h) during solo qualifying sessions. Many engines were destroyed in this race including the rear ends of stock car vehicles and an incident involving a windshield.[2] Last-place finisher Marty Robbins, who was also a country music star, was disqualified after 179 laps of racing due to not running a NASCAR-mandated restrictor plate during the event.[3] Other notable drivers at this race were: Richard Petty, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Elmo Langley, Coo Coo Marlin, and Neil Castles. Darrell Waltrip would make his NASCAR debut in this race and finish up in 38th after starting in 25th place.[2] Clarence Lovell would also make his introduction to NASCAR during this race. The three most notable crew chiefs in this race were Dale Inman, Harry Hyde, and Leonard Wood. They would help create the winner, the runner-up, and the fifth-place finisher of this race.[4]

James Hylton would lose his points lead to Richard Petty after this race.[4] The winner of the race would receive $23,745 in total winnings ($133,874.95 when adjusted for inflation) while the last-place finisher went away with a meager $745 for a disqualification ($4,200.33 when adjusted for inflation).[5]

Top twenty finishers[edit]

  1. 21-David Pearson
  2. 71-Bobby Isaac
  3. 11-Buddy Baker
  4. 28-Fred Lorenzen
  5. 43-Richard Petty
  6. 18-Joe Frasson
  7. 45-LeeRoy Yarbrough
  8. 98-Dick Brooks
  9. 79-Frank Warren
  10. 72-Benny Parsons
  11. 2-Dave Marcis
  12. 57-David Ray Boggs
  13. 25-Jabe Thomas
  14. 24-Cecil Gordon
  15. 8-Ed Negre
  16. 3-Jimmy Crawford
  17. 76-Ben Arnold
  18. 88-Ron Keselowski
  19. 30-Walter Ballard
  20. 92-Larry Smith


  1. ^ Weather information for the 1972 Winston 500 at The Old Farmer's Almanac
  2. ^ a b c Racing information for the 1972 Winston 500 at Racing-Reference
  3. ^ Marty Robbins Talks at YouTube
  4. ^ a b 1972 Winston 500 race information at Race-Database
  5. ^ 1972 Winston 500 racing information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
Preceded by
1972 Virginia 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1972 World 600
Preceded by
Winston 500 races
Succeeded by