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1973 Capital City 500

The 1973 Capital City 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place on September 9, 1973, at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway (now Richmond Raceway) in Richmond, Virginia. Richard Petty won the race by two laps after leading 429 of 500 laps.

1973 Capital City 500
Race details[1]
Race 23 of 28 in the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Layout of Richmond Speedway
Layout of Richmond Speedway
Date September 9, 1973 (1973-09-09)
Official name Capital City 500
Location Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, Richmond, Virginia
Course 0.542 mi (0.872 km)
Distance 500 laps, 271 mi (436 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching of 82 °F (28 °C); wind speeds of 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)
Average speed 63.215 miles per hour (101.735 km/h)
Attendance 18,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Bobby Allison Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Laps 429
Winner
No. 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises

Race reportEdit

Richard Petty defeated Cale Yarborough by at least two laps in front of 18000 spectators; five of which were by at least one lap. After running second to Bobby Allison in the spring 1974 race, he won again in the fall 1974 and spring 1975 races, the latter by six laps.[2][3][4] It took four hours and thirteen minutes to finish the 500-lap race with the track spanning exactly 0.542 miles (0.872 km).[2] Petty had won six other races at this track before extending his lucky streak to 7 at the end of this event.

Bobby Allison acquired the pole position with a qualifying speed of 90.245 miles per hour (145.235 km/h). The average race speed was 63.215 miles per hour (101.735 km/h).[2] Five cautions slowed the race for 123 laps.[2] Baxter Price finished in last-place due to a crash that also took out nine other cars at the start of lap 4.[2][4] Out of the 34 races on the grid, 33 were born in the United States while Vic Parsons was born in Canada.[2] J.D. McDuffie, Richard Childress and Darrell Waltrip also participated in this race.[2][3][4][3]

There were threatening skies from the green flag; causing most of the race to be done under the yellow flag. No attempt was made to postpone the race or to call it "official." A record amount of 86 laps were done under caution until the skies became blue again. Besides the weather, a red flag also held up the race for 70 minutes as Price and Bill Champion, who was also involved in a fiery crash had to go to the hospital for their respective injuries.

Post-race coverage was done by the local newspaper The Daily Times-News from Burlington, North Carolina.[5]

QualifyingEdit

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer Owner
1 12 Bobby Allison '73 Chevrolet Bobby Allison
2 15 Darrell Waltrip '73 Ford Bud Moore
3 11 Cale Yarborough '73 Chevrolet Richard Howard
4 71 Buddy Baker '73 Dodge Nord Krauskopf
5 43 Richard Petty '73 Dodge Petty Enterprises
6 30 Walter Ballard '71 Mercury Vic Ballard
7 72 Benny Parsons '73 Chevrolet L.G. DeWitt
8 7 Dean Dalton '71 Mercury Dean Dalton
9 05 David Sisco '72 Chevrolet Charlie McGee
10 90 Dick Brooks '71 Mercury Junie Donlavey

Top ten finishersEdit

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Money Laps Laps led Time/Status
1 5 43 Richard Petty '73 Dodge $6,775 500 429 4:13:17
2 3 11 Cale Yarborough '73 Chevrolet $4,425 498 17 +2 laps
3 1 12 Bobby Allison '73 Chevrolet $4,150 497 54 +3 laps
4 7 72 Benny Parsons '73 Chevrolet $1,750 492 0 +8 laps
5 20 67 Buddy Arrington '72 Dodge $1,580 482 0 +18 laps
6 6 30 Walter Ballard '71 Mercury $1,250 477 0 +23 laps
7 11 24 Cecil Gordon '72 Chevrolet $1,210 477 0 +23 laps
8 14 18 James Hylton '71 Mercury $1,300 476 0 +24 laps
9 16 19 Henley Gray '71 Mercury $1,225 473 0 +27 laps
10 26 47 Raymond Williams '72 Ford $975 461 0 +39 laps

TimelineEdit

Section reference: [2]

  • Start of race: Bobby Allison had the pole position to start the event
  • Lap 3: Baxter Price became the last-place finisher of the race due with engine problems
  • Lap 13: D.K. Ulrich managed to ruin his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 33: Dick May lost the rear end of his racing vehicle
  • Lap 51: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 64: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 66: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Bobby Allison; Ronnie Daniel transmission troubles
  • Lap 83: Richard Petty took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
  • Lap 114: Earl Brooks out after head gasket failed
  • Lap 175: Ed Negre's engine failed
  • Lap 179: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 181: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 203: John Sears engine overheated
  • Lap 305: Mel Larson's engine troubles
  • Lap 343: Jabe Thomas crashed, forcing him to exit the race prematurely
  • Lap 383: David Sisco crashed, forcing him to exit the race prematurely
  • Lap 411: Elmo Langley engine failed
  • Finish: Richard Petty was officially declared the winner of the event

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1973 Capital City 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1973 Capital City 500 race information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  3. ^ a b c "1973 Capital City 500 race information (second reference)". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved 2011-04-04.
  4. ^ a b c "1973 Capital City 500 race information (third reference)". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2011-04-06.
  5. ^ "1973 Capital City 500 media coverage". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
Preceded by
1973 Southern 500
Winston Cup Series races
1971–2004
Succeeded by
1973 Delaware 500
Preceded by
1973 Alamo 500
Richard Petty's Career Wins
1960–1984
Succeeded by
1973 Old Dominion 500