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1973 Daytona 500

1973 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 2 of 28 in the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season


Date February 18, 1973 (1973-02-18)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
WeatherTemperatures reaching up to 54.9 °F (12.7 °C); wind speeds approaching 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Average speed 157.205 miles per hour (252.997 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Buddy Baker K&K Insurance Racing
Most laps led
Driver Buddy Baker K&K Insurance Racing
Laps 156
Winner
No. 43
Richard Petty
Petty Enterprises
Television in the United States
Network ABC's Wide World of Sports
Announcers Jim McKay
Jackie Stewart
Chris Economaki

The 1973 Daytona 500, the 15th running of the event, was won by Richard Petty after three hours, ten minutes, and fifty seconds of racing on February 18, 1973 at Daytona International Raceway in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.[2]

Four cautions were given out over a period of 28 laps.[2] A crowd of over one hundred thousand people came to see a field of 38 American and two Canadians (Earl Ross and Vic Parsons).[2] The average speed achieved was 157.205 miles per hour (252.997 km/h) while Buddy Baker achieved the pole position with a speed of 185.662 miles per hour (298.794 km/h).[2] Bobby Isaac would lose to Richard Petty by more than two laps.[2]

Top ten finishers

  1. Richard Petty
  2. Bobby Isaac
  3. Dick Brooks
  4. A.J. Foyt
  5. Hershel McGriff
  6. Buddy Baker
  7. James Hylton
  8. Ramo Stott
  9. Buddy Arrington
  10. Vic Parsons

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