1973 Rebel 500

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1973 Rebel 500
Race details
Race 8 of 28 in the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Darlington Raceway
Darlington Raceway
Date April 15, 1973 (1973-April-15)
Location Darlington Raceway (Darlington, South Carolina)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Distance 367 laps, 501.3 mi (806.7 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 68.9 °F (20.5 °C); wind speeds up to 10.9 miles per hour (17.5 km/h)[1]
Average speed 122.655 miles per hour (197.394 km/h)
Pole position
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers
Laps 246
No. 21
David Pearson
Wood Brothers
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1973 Rebel 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series) race that took place on April 15, 1973, at Darlington Raceway in the American community of Darlington, South Carolina.[2][3][4]

Three hundred and sixty seven laps took place on a paved oval track spanning 1.366 miles (2.198 km) for a grand total of 501.3 miles (806.8 km).[2][3][4] The total time of the race was four hours and four minutes.[2][4] Speeds were: 122.655 miles per hour (197.394 km/h) for the average and 153.463 miles per hour (246.975 km/h) for the pole position.[2] There were eleven cautions for seventy-one laps.[2][3][4] David Pearson defeated Benny Parsons by more than thirteen laps in front of forty-eight thousand people.[2][3][4] Only twelve cars finished this race because of a massive 21-car crash.[2][5]

The grand total of all the prize winnings is $91,260 ($484,827.3 when adjusted for inflation) in American dollars. Kentucky Fried Chicken was the only non-automotive sponsor for a driver in the race; they sponsored Buddy Arrington's 1972 Dodge Charger vehicle when he was a driver/owner.[2][4]

Finishing order[edit]

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


  1. ^ "1973 Rebel 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "1973 Rebel 500 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d "1973 Rebel 500 racing results (third reference)". Database Racing. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "1973 Rebel 500 racing results (fourth reference)". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  5. ^ "21-car crash @ the 1973 Rebel 500 race". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
Preceded by
1973 Gwyn Staley 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1973 Virginia 500