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1972 American 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 30 of 31
Sunday, October 22, 1972 at North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham, NC
492 laps on a 1.017 mile paved track (500.4 miles)

Time of race: 4:13:49
Average Speed: 118.275 mph
Pole Speed: 137.528 mph
Cautions: 4 for 35 laps
Margin of Victory: 2 laps +
Attendance: 42,000
Lead changes: 20

Glossary    1972 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1972 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1 512   Bobby Allison Coca-Cola   (Richard Howard)'72 Chevrolet49219,400running217
2 343   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)'72 Plymouth49012,050running53
3 271   Buddy Baker K & K Insurance   (Nord Krauskopf)'72 Dodge4898,425running83
4 121   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)'71 Mercury4885,400running126
5 49   Pete Hamilton Housby Racing   (Jack Housby)'72 Plymouth4863,850running0
6 628   Cale Yarborough Lemon Tree Inn   (Hoss Ellington)'72 Chevrolet4852,650running9
71016   Dave Marcis American Motors   (Roger Penske)'72 Matador4752,250running0
81892   Larry Smith Black Label   (Harley Smith)'71 Ford4691,850running0
93705   David Sisco McGee Engineering   (Charlie McGee)'72 Chevrolet4661,650running0
101267   Buddy Arrington Kentucky Fried Chicken   (Buddy Arrington)'70 Dodge4611,550running0
11194   John Sears J. Marvin Mills Heating & Air   (J. Marvin Mills)'70 Plymouth4611,775running0
122561   Clarence Lovell Bierschwale-Haverlah / Charlie's Auto   (Don Bierschwale)'71 Ford4591,150running0
133964   Elmo Langley Elmo Langley'71 Ford4561,525running0
142876   Ben Arnold Arnold Automotive   (Ben Arnold)'71 Ford4521,500running0
152330   Walter Ballard Alexander Auto / Ballard Racing   (Vic Ballard)'71 Mercury4511,475running0
16227   Dean Dalton Belden Asphalt   (Dean Dalton)'71 Mercury4461,450running0
17358   Ed Negre Negre Wrecker   (Ed Negre)'70 Dodge4391,425running0
183277   Charlie Roberts Sunny King   (Charlie Roberts)'71 Ford4301,400running0
192148   James Hylton Pop Kola   (James Hylton)'71 Ford4281,375rear end0
201524   Cecil Gordon Collins & Aikman   (Cecil Gordon)'71 Mercury4281,350running0
211318   Joe Frasson Frasson Cement   (Joe Frasson)'72 Dodge427825running0
223345   Raymond Williams Seifert Rental   (Bill Seifert)'71 Ford4221,300running0
233425   Jabe Thomas Nolens Restaurant   (Don Robertson)'70 Plymouth4181,275engine0
241670   J.D. McDuffie Carver Parts   (J.D. McDuffie)'71 Chevrolet3921,325running0
253879   Frank Warren Stage II Ignition   (Frank Warren)'70 Dodge3601,225alternator0
263642   Marty Robbins Robbins Enterprises   (Marty Robbins)'72 Dodge332700battery0
271414   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)'72 Chevrolet331675transmission0
284010   Bill Champion Bill Champion'71 Mercury2971,125oil leak0
292923   Roy Mayne Nolens Restaurant   (Don Robertson)'70 Plymouth267650engine0
302431   Jim Vandiver Bradford Enterprises   (O.L. Nixon)'72 Dodge257600engine0
313006   Neil Castles Howard Furniture   (Neil Castles)'72 Plymouth219595engine0
32 817   Bill Dennis Emrick Motors   (H.J. Brooking)'72 Chevrolet204590alternator2
332688   Ron Keselowski Pizza Hut   (Roger Lubinski)'70 Dodge139585suspension0
34 715   Dick Brooks Moore Engineering   (Bud Moore)'72 Ford119580engine1
351172   Benny Parsons DeWitt Enterprises   (L.G. DeWitt)'71 Mercury901,075crash0
36 927   Bobby Isaac Russell Bennett   (Banjo Matthews)'71 Chevrolet67570engine1
372729   Henley Gray Burlington Motors   (Bill Hollar)'71 Mercury57565engine0
381755   Tiny Lund Baughman Hi-Speed   (Hank Richardson)'71 Chevrolet45585engine0
393103   Tommy Gale Gale Trucking   (Frank Vasko)'71 Mercury37555engine0
402090   Ron Hutcherson Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)'71 Ford29550crash0

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Jimmy Crawford22Eastern AirlinesCrawford BrothersPlymouth
David Ray Boggs57Fire EquipmentDavid Ray BoggsDodge
Elmo Langley64Elmo LangleyFord

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson13232
  Bill Dennis33331
  Bobby Isaac34341
  Bobby Allison35417
  Cale Yarborough42509
  Buddy Baker516616
  Dick Brooks67671
  Bill Dennis68681
  David Pearson699123
  Bobby Allison92965
  David Pearson97993
  Buddy Baker10016667
  David Pearson16718620
  Bobby Allison18721226
  Richard Petty21325038
  Bobby Allison2512511
  Richard Petty2522587
  Bobby Allison2592602
  Richard Petty2612688
  David Pearson26931648
  Bobby Allison317492176