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1973 Gwyn Staley 400

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

1973 Gwyn Staley 400
Race details[1]
Race 7 of 28 in the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
North Wilkesboro Speedway
North Wilkesboro Speedway
Date April 8, 1973 (1973-April-08)
Official name Gwyn Staley 400
Location North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Course 0.625 mi (1.005 km)
Distance 400 laps, 250 mi (402 km)
Weather Cold with temperatures approaching 59 °F (15 °C); wind speeds up to 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)
Average speed 97.224 miles per hour (156.467 km/h)
Attendance 16,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Bobby Allison Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
Laps 387
Winner
No. 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises

Sixteen thousand people watched Richard Petty defeat Benny Parsons by at least four laps;[2][3] resulting in his 151st NASCAR Winston Cup Series win.[4] Due to haphazard adjustments to the vehicles' setup prior to qualifying, Junior Johnson failed to qualify at his home track and Cale Yarborough struggled the whole distance of the race; finishing in an unusually low sixth place.[2]

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.[4] 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[4]).[2] Rick Newsom would end up being the last-place finisher with an engine problem on lap 2.[2]

Contents

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer
1 12 Bobby Allison '73 Chevrolet
2 43 Richard Petty '73 Dodge
3 59 Donnie Allison '72 Chevrolet
4 15 Bobby Isaac '72 Ford
5 24 Cecil Gordon '72 Chevrolet
6 72 Benny Parsons '72 Chevrolet
7 71 Buddy Baker '72 Dodge
8 2 Dave Marcis '71 Dodge
9 11 Cale Yarborough '73 Chevrolet
10 54 Lennie Pond '73 Chevrolet
11 70 J.D. McDuffie '72 Chevrolet
12 7 Dean Dalton '71 Mercury
13 67 Buddy Arrington '72 Dodge
14 79 Frank Warren '73 Dodge
15 90 Yvon DuHamel '72 Ford

Finishing orderEdit

  1. Richard Petty (No. 43)
  2. Benny Parsons (No. 72)
  3. Buddy Baker (No. 71)
  4. Bobby Allison (No. 12)
  5. Cecil Gordon (No. 24)
  6. Cale Yarborough (No. 11)
  7. Lennie Pond (No. 54)
  8. James Hylton (No. 48)
  9. Donnie Allison* (No. 59)
  10. Yvon Duhamel (No. 90)
  11. John Sears (No. 4)
  12. Vic Parsons (No. 45)
  13. Elmo Langley (No. 64)
  14. Bill Champion (No. 20)
  15. Earl Brooks (No. 26)
  16. Richard Childress (No. 96)
  17. Dean Dalton (No. 7)
  18. Walter Ballard (No. 30)
  19. Ed Negre (No. 8)
  20. Dave Marcis (No. 2)
  21. Frank Warren (No. 79)
  22. Neil Castles* (No. 06)
  23. J.D. McDuffie* (No. 70)
  24. Henley Gray* (No. 19)
  25. Buddy Arrington* (No. 67)
  26. Raymond Williams* (No. 47)
  27. Charlie Roberts* (No. 44)
  28. Bobby Isaac* (No. 15)
  29. Jabe Thomas* (No. 25)
  30. Rick Newsom* (No. 20)

* Driver failed to finish race

TimelineEdit

  • Start of race: Richard Petty started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 2: Rick Newsom blew his engine, becoming the race's last-place finisher
  • 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
  • Lap 96: Jabe Thomas developed problems with his vehicle's axle
  • Lap 158: Bobby Isaac blew his engine, resulting in him getting a DNF for his efforts
  • Lap 165: Fuel pump problems forced Charlie Roberts off the track for the remainder of the race
  • Lap 166: Raymond Williams' brakes stopped working
  • Lap 202: Buddy Arrington lost the rear end of his vehicle; ending his day on the track with a meager 25th-place finish
  • Lap 211: Henley Gray's engine stopped working on this lap
  • Lap 215: J.D. McDuffie was involved in a terminal crash, causing him to acquire a 23rd-place finish
  • Lap 253: Neil Castles noticed that his ignition stopped working, forcing him to accept a humbling 22nd-place finish
  • Lap 383: Donnie Allison managed to blow an engine, forcing him to leave the race
  • Finish: Richard Petty was officially declared the winner of the event

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1973 Gwyn Staley 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "1973 Gwyn Staley 400 - Racing-Reference.info". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-03-22. 
  3. ^ "1973 Gwyn Staley 400 race information (third reference)". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "1973 Gwyn Staley 400 race information (second reference)". Save the Speedway. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
Preceded by
1973 Atlanta 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1973
Succeeded by
1973 Rebel 500
Preceded by
1973 Richmond 500
Richard Petty's Career Wins
1960-1984
Succeeded by
1973 Alamo 500