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1973 National 500

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1973 National 500
Race details
Race 27 of 28 in the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Map of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Map of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date October 7, 1973; 41 years ago (1973-10-07)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, North Carolina)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 334 laps, 500 mi (804 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 75.9 °F (24.4 °C); wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)[1]
Average speed 145.240 miles per hour (233.741 km/h)
Pole position
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing
Most laps led
Driver Cale Yarborough Howard & Egerton Racing
Laps 257
Winner
No. 11
Cale Yarborough
Howard & Egerton Racing
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1973 National 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on October 7, 1973, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the American community of Concord, North Carolina.[2][3]

Summary[edit]

334 laps took place on a paved track spanning 1.500 miles (2.414 km) with two cautions given out for sixteen laps.[2][3] However, the race took three hours and twenty-six minutes to finish with Cale Yarborough defeating Richard Petty by a time of 1.4 seconds.[2][3] Yarborough and Petty would lap the field three times before retrieving the checkered flag.[4] David Pearson won the official pole position with a speed of 158.315 miles per hour (254.783 km/h) - which was equivalent to 34.109 seconds.[2][3] Sixty-four thousand people attended this live racing event.[2][3]

Harry Gant would make his racing debut here; ultimately finishing in 11th place.[2][3] Dick Trickle also made his debut here, finishing an impressive fifth. Wendell Scott would retire after this race; making a 12th place finish in this event.[2][3] Buddy Baker would become the last-place finisher here due to a disqualification on lap 228.[2][3] What made this race extra important to drivers was that $100 was given out for every lap that a driver led ($531.26 when adjusted for inflation). Yarborough and Petty were said to have engines in their cars that exceeded the horsepower permitted by NASCAR during that era. Bobby Allison filed a complaint with Bill France, Jr. which resulted in a 6-hour meeting and "satisfactory restitution."

Wind speeds at this race would reach an average of 6.9 miles per hour (11.1 km/h).[1] There were no signs of precipation from midnight on October 7 to midnight on October 8.[1]

Top twenty finishers[edit]

Timeline[edit]

  • Lap 1: David Pearson started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 5: Wayne Andrews' engine problem forced him out of the race
  • Lap 13: G.C. Spencer's engine problem forced him out of the race
  • Lap 46: A terminal crash involving David Pearson, Charlie Glotzbach and Darrell Waltrip forced them to exit the race early
  • Lap 47: Frank Warren's engine problem forced him out of the race
  • Lap 49: Dick Brooks' engine problem forced him out of the race
  • Lap 58: Raymond Williams would develop problems with his steering; forcing him out of the race
  • Lap 61: Donnie Allison's engine problem forced him out of the race
  • Lap 64: Neil Castles developed problems with his vehicle's suspension; ending his day on the track
  • Lap 223: Dave Marcis' engine problem forced him out of the race
  • Lap 230: Walter Ballard's engine problem forced him out of the race
  • Lap 233-313: Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough would jointly share the race lead until Yarborough powered through on lap 313
  • Lap 264: Joe Frasson's engine problem forced him out of the race
  • Lap 281: Eddie Bond's engine problem forced him out of the race
  • Lap 282: Coo Coo Marlin's engine problem forced him out of the race
  • Lap 284: Richard Childress' engine problem forced him out of the race
  • End of race: Cale Yarborough won the race

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1973 National 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "1973 National 500 information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "1973 National 500 information (second reference)". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  4. ^ "Yarborough's and Petty's struggle for the flag". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
Preceded by
1973 Old Dominion 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1973
Succeeded by
1973 American 500
Preceded by
1972
National 500 races
1973
Succeeded by
1974