1973 National 500

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1973 National 500
Race details
Race 27 of 28 in the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date October 7, 1973 (1973-October-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
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]


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 in today's money). 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]


  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
Succeeded by
1973 American 500
Preceded by
National 500 races
Succeeded by