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The 1973 Rebel 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) race that took place on April 15, 1973, at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.

1973 Rebel 500
Race details[1][2][3][4]
Race 8 of 28 in the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Layout of Darlington Raceway
Layout of Darlington Raceway
Date April 15, 1973 (1973-04-15)
Official name Rebel 500
Location Darlington Raceway (Darlington, South Carolina)
Course 1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Distance 367 laps, 501.3 mi (806.7 km)
Weather Temperatures of 68.9 °F (20.5 °C); wind speeds up to 10.9 miles per hour (17.5 km/h)
Average speed 122.655 mph (197.394 km/h)
Attendance 48,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Wood Brothers
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson Wood Brothers
Laps 246
Winner
No. 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers

Contents

SummaryEdit

Three hundred and sixty seven laps took place on the paved oval track spanning 1.366 miles (2.198 km) for a 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 thirteen laps in front of forty-eight thousand people.[2][3][4]

This race stands as the second largest margin of victory in Cup history, falling just short of Ned Jarrett and his 14 lap differential in the 1965 Southern 500.[2][3][4]

Only twelve cars finished this race because of a massive 21-car crash.[2][5]

Notable crew chiefs for this race were Tim Brewer, Jake Elder, Travis Carter, Harry Hyde, Dale Inman, and Bud Moore.[6]

QualifyingEdit

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer
1 21 David Pearson '71 Mercury
2 11 Cale Yarborough '73 Chevrolet
3 12 Bobby Allison '73 Chevrolet
4 15 Bobby Isaac '72 Ford
5 71 Bobby Baker '73 Dodge
6 72 Benny Parsons '72 Chevrolet
7 24 Cecil Gordon '72 Chevrolet
8 43 Richard Petty '73 Dodge
9 28 Charlie Glotzbach '72 Chevrolet
10 7 Dean Dalton '71 Mercury
11 48 James Hylton '71 Mercury
12 18 Joe Frasson '73 Dodge
13 95 Darrell Waltrip '71 Mercury
14 54 Lennie Pond '73 Chevrolet
15 2 Dave Marcis '71 Dodge
16 67 Buddy Arrington '72 Dodge
17 90 Richie Panch '71 Mercury
18 61 Clarence Lovell '73 Chevrolet
19 25 Roy Mayne '73 Dodge
20 83 Paul Tyler '71 Mercury
21 96 Richard Childress '73 Chevrolet
22 01 Earle Canavan '72 Plymouth
23 45 Vic Parsons '71 Ford
24 92 Larry Smith '71 Mercury
25 98 Dick Brooks '71 Ford

Finishing orderEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1973 Rebel 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1973 Rebel 500 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
  3. ^ a b c d e "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.
  6. ^ "1973 Rebel 500 crew chiefs information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
Preceded by
1973 Gwyn Staley 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1973
Succeeded by
1973 Virginia 500