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1973 Tuborg 400

The 1973 Tuborg 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on June 17, 1973, at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California.

1973 Tuborg 400
Race details[1]
Race 15 of 28 in the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Layout of Riverside International Raceway
Layout of Riverside International Raceway
Date June 17, 1973 (1973-06-17)
Official name Tuborg 400
Location Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, California
Course 2.620 mi (4.216 km)
Distance 153 laps, 400.9 mi (645.1 km)
Weather Warm with temperatures approaching 79 °F (26 °C); wind speeds up to 11.8 miles per hour (19.0 km/h)
Average speed 100.215 mph (161.280 km/h)
Attendance 43,700[2]
Pole position
Driver Petty Enterprises
Time 85.724 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Allison Bobby Allison Motorsports
Laps 85
Winner
No. 13 Bobby Allison Bobby Allison Motorsports

Contents

SummaryEdit

153 laps were completed on road course spanning 2.620 miles (4.216 km) per lap.[2] The race was completely resolved in exactly four hours with Bobby Allison defeating Richard Petty by one minute and thirteen seconds in front of 43,700 live spectators.[2] These two drivers were the only drivers remaining on the lead lap after the race.[2] Dean Dalton would be credited with a last-place finish due to an engine problem on lap 7.[2] There were 40 drivers on the grid; 39 of them were American while Jack Simpson became the only Canadian driver to compete in this race.[2] Four cautions were given out for 22 laps and the average speed was 100.215 miles per hour (161.280 km/h).[2] Petty would earn the pole position with a qualifying speed of 110.027 miles per hour (177.071 km/h).[2]

Ron Hornaday, Sr. would retire from NASCAR after this race. George Behlman would make his NASCAR debut in this race. Other notable racers in this event include: Benny Parsons, J.D. McDuffie, Richard Childress, and Buddy Baker.[2]

Individual race earnings for each driver ranged from $12,750 for the winning driver ($68,786.92 when adjusted for inflation) to a meager $1,125 for the last-place driver ($6,069.43 when adjusted for inflation). NASCAR officials authorized a grand total of $75,295 to all the qualifying drivers in this event ($406,220.48 when adjusted for inflation).[3]

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Qualifying time[4] Speed[4]
1 43 Richard Petty '73 Dodge 85.724 110.027
2 12 Bobby Allison '73 Chevrolet 85.758 109.983
3 71 Buddy Baker '73 Dodge 86.068 109.587
4 11 Cale Yarborough '73 Chevrolet 86.626 108.881
5 15 Bobby Isaac '73 Ford 86.874 108.571
6 04 Hershel McGriff '72 Plymouth 87.000 108.413
7 72 Benny Parsons '72 Chevrolet 87.307 108.302
8 24 Cecil Gordon '72 Chevrolet 87.760 107.474
9 38 Jimmy Insolo '72 Chevrolet 89.303 105.617
10 19 Henley Gray '71 Mercury 90.107 104.675

Failed to qualify: Steve Vaughn (#73), Doug McGriff (#74), Frank Burnett (#36), Ed Sczech (#61), Marion Collins (#78)[4]

Finishing orderEdit

  1. Bobby Allison (No. 12)
  2. Richard Petty (No. 43)
  3. Benny Parsons† (No. 72)
  4. Jimmy Insolo (No. 38)
  5. Cecil Gordon† (No. 24)
  6. Richard White (No. 42)
  7. Hershel McGriff* (No. 04)
  8. James Hylton (No. 48)
  9. Jack McCoy (No. 07)
  10. Chuck Bown (No. 03)
  11. Bill Champion† (No. 10)
  12. J.D. McDuffie† (No. 70)
  13. Larry Smith† (No. 92)
  14. Leon Fox (No. 18)
  15. Walter Ballard (No. 30)
  16. George Behlman (No. 01)
  17. Richard Childress (No. 98)
  18. Glenn Francis (No. 33)
  19. Elmo Langley† (No. 64)
  20. Mike James (No. 31)
  21. Johnny Anderson (No. 91)
  22. Carl Adams* (No. 9)
  23. Don Noel* (No. 88)
  24. Cale Yarborough* (No. 11)
  25. Dick Kranzler (No. 4)
  26. Jack Simpson (No. 53)
  27. Henley Gray (No. 19)
  28. Hugh Pearson* (No. 78)
  29. Sonny Easley*† (No. 68)
  30. Ron Hornaday*† (No. 5)
  31. John Soares, Jr.* (No. 3)
  32. Dick Bown* (No. 02)
  33. Bobby Isaac*† (No. 15)
  34. Ronnie Alderman* (No. 56)
  35. Nels Miller* (No. 77)
  36. Ray Elder*† (No. 96)
  37. Jim Whitt* (No. 60)
  38. Buddy Baker* (No. 71)
  39. Chuck Wahl* (No. 37)
  40. Dean Dalton* (No. 7)

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

TimelineEdit

  • Start: Richard Petty was the first car to leave the start/finish line as the green flag was waved in the air
  • Lap 2: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 11: Problems with the vehicle's valve forced Jim Whitt out of the competition
  • Lap 12: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Allison; Ray Elder's camshaft issue would knock him out of the race
  • Lap 19: The pistons on Nels Miller's race vehicle would make him a non-contender in the race
  • Lap 25: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 26: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 34: Transmission problems would relegate Romie Alderman to the sidelines
  • Lap 37: Bobby Isaac would fail to finish the race due to transmission issues
  • Lap 50: Dick Bown noticed that his engine stopped working
  • Lap 54: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 55: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 56: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Richard Petty; John Soares, Jr.'s vehicle ultimately suffered from ignition problems
  • Lap 62: The head gasket on Ron Hornaday's vehicle suddenly developed problems
  • Lap 67: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 75: Problems with the vehicle's clutch forced Sonnly Easley into a rather miserable 29th-place finish
  • Lap 81: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 82: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
  • Lap 83: Hugh Pearson had a terminal crash
  • Lap 104: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 114: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Cale Yarborough; Yarborough's engine stopped working properly
  • Lap 119: The wiring on Don Noel's vehicle started to go haywire
  • Lap 120: Carl Adams' engine suddenly develop troubles
  • Lap 147: Hershel McGriff's vehicles developed problems with its clutch
  • Finish: Bobby Allison was officially declared the winner of the event

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1973 Tuborg 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i 1973 Tuborg 400 information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ Prize winnings information for the 1973 Tuborg 400 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  4. ^ a b c Qualifying information at Racing Reference
Preceded by
1973 Alamo 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1973
Succeeded by
1973 Motor State 400