1973 Alamo 500

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1973 Alamo 500
Race details
Race 14 of 28 in the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Texas World Speedway
Texas World Speedway
Date June 10, 1973 (1973-June-10)
Location Texas World Speedway (College Station, Texas)
Course Permanent racing facility
2.000 mi (3.218 km)
Distance 250 laps, 500 mi (804 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 84.9 °F (29.4 °C); wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)[1]
Average speed 142.144 miles per hour (228.759 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Buddy Baker K&K Insurance Racing
Most laps led
Driver Buddy Baker K&K Insurance Racing
Laps 168
No. 43
Richard Petty
Petty Enterprises
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1973 Alamo 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on June 10, 1973, at Texas World Speedway in the American community of College Station, Texas.[2][3] Speeds for this race would reach an average of 142.114 miles per hour (228.710 km/h).[3][4]


It took three hours and twenty-six minutes to resolve a race spanning 250 laps.[2][3] Richard Petty defeated Darrell Waltrip by at least two laps in front of 27000 people.[2][3] Five cautions were handed out by NASCAR officials for 27 laps.[2] Twenty-eight lead changes were reported amongst five leaders.[5]

Buddy Baker would earn the pole position with a speed of 169.248 miles per hour (272.378 km/h).[2] J.D. McDuffie would make a top-ten finish here;[2][3] a rare occurrence considering that he finished last-place the most often. Richie Panch would become the last-place finisher of the race due to an ignition problem on the first lap.[2][3] This would be the last race done at Texas World Speedway until the 1979 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. There were 38 American-born drivers on the racing grid.[2][3] Bob Whitlow and Ed Sczech would make their NASCAR debuts at this racing event.[5]

Petty would receive a prize amount of $17,820 for winning the race ($94,670.42 when considering inflation) while Panch would collect a mere $920 as his "reward" for finishing in last place ($4,887.59 when considering inflation).[3][6]

Finishing order[edit]

† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased
* Driver failed to finish race


  1. ^ "1973 Alamo 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "1973 Alamo 500 race information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "1973 Alamo 500 race information (third reference)". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  4. ^ "1973 Alamo 500 race information (third reference)". Database Racing. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  5. ^ a b "1973 Alamo 500 race information (second reference)". Race Database. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  6. ^ "1973 Alamo 500 race winnings information". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
Preceded by
1973 Gwyn Staley 400
Richard Petty's Career Wins
Succeeded by
1973 Capital City 500