1973 Gwyn Staley 400

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1973 Gwyn Staley 400
Race details
Race 7 of 28 in the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season

Date April 8, 1973 (1973-April-08)
Location North Wilkesboro Speedway (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina)
Course Permanent racing facility
0.625 mi (1.005 km)
Distance 400 laps, 250 mi (402 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 59 °F (15 °C); wind speeds up to 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)[1]
Average speed 97.224 miles per hour (156.467 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Bobby Allison Bobby Allison Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Laps 387
No. 43
Richard Petty
Petty Enterprises
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1973 Gwyn Staley 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing event that took place at North Wilkesboro Speedway on April 8, 1973.[2]

The race would take two hours and thirty-four minutes to resolve itself on a paved oval track spanning 0.625 miles (1.006 km) in the American community of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.[2][3] A single caution was given for nine laps.[2][3] Sixteen thousand people watched Richard Petty defeat Benny Parsons by at least four laps.[2][4] Parsons would briefly lead the race from lap 85 to lap 90 while Petty would dominate laps 11 to 84 (in addition to laps 91 to 400).[3] A little known fact about this race was that Benny Parsons was the president of a Parent-Teacher Association (based out of an Ellerbe, North Carolina elementary school) and a NASCAR champion at the same time.[3] Out of the drivers in the 30-car grid, 28 of them were American-born while two were Canadian (Vic Parsons and Yvon Duhamel - a French Canadian from Quebec[3]).[2] Rick Newsom would end up being the last-place finisher with an engine problem on lap 2.[2]

Bobby Allison would qualify for the pole position with a speed of 106.75 miles per hour (171.80 km/h) while the average race speed was 97.224 miles per hour (156.467 km/h).[2][3]


  • Lap 1: Richard Petty started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 4: Bobby Allison takes over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 11: Richard Petty takes over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 85: Benny Parsons takes over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 91: Richard Petty takes over the lead from Benny Parsons
  • End of race: Richard Petty wins the race

Finishing order[edit]

* Driver failed to finish race


  1. ^ "1973 Gwyn Staley 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "1973 Gwyn Staley 400 race information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "1973 Gwyn Staley 400 race information (second reference)". Save the Speedway. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  4. ^ "1973 Gwyn Staley 400 race information (third reference)". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
Preceded by
1973 Atlanta 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1973 Rebel 500
Preceded by
1973 Richmond 500
Richard Petty's Career Wins
Succeeded by
1973 Alamo 500