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1973 Capital City 500

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Official name  Capital City 500
Course  0.542 mi (0.872 km)
1973 Capital City 500
Date  September 9, 1973 (1973-09-09)
Location  Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, Richmond, Virginia
Distance  500 laps, 271 mi (436 km)
Weather  Temperatures reaching up to 82 °F (28 °C); wind speeds up to 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)

The 1973 Capital City 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing event that took place on September 9, 1973, at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway (now Richmond International Raceway) in Richmond, Virginia. Richard Petty won the race by two laps after leading 429 of 500 laps.



Richard Petty defeated Cale Yarborough by at least two laps in front of 18000 spectators. It took four hours and thirteen minutes to finish the 500-lap race with the track spanning exactly 0.542 miles (0.872 km). Petty had won six other races at this track before extending his lucky streak to 7 at the end of this event.

Bobby Allison acquired the pole position with a qualifying speed of 90.245 miles per hour (145.235 km/h). The average race speed was 63.215 miles per hour (101.735 km/h). Five cautions were given out for 123 laps. Baxter Price finished in last-place due to a crash that also took out nine other guys at the start of lap 4. Out of the 34 races on the grid, 33 were born in the United States while Vic Parsons was born in Canada. J.D. McDuffie, Richard Childress and Darrell Waltrip also participated in this race.

There were threatening skies from the green flag; causing most of the race to be done under the yellow flag. No attempt was made to postpone the race or to call it "official." A record amount of 86 laps were done under caution until the skies became blue again. Besides the weather, a red flag also held up the race for 70 minutes as Price and Bill Champion had to go to the hospital for their respective injuries.


  • Start of race: Bobby Allison had the pole position to start the event
  • Lap 3: Baxter Price became the last-place finisher of the race due with engine problems
  • Lap 13: D.K. Ulrich managed to ruin his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 33: Dick May lost the rear end of his racing vehicle
  • Lap 51: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 64: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 66: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Bobby Allison; Ronnie Daniel transmission troubles
  • Lap 83: Richard Petty took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
  • Lap 114: Earl Brooks out after head gasket failed
  • Lap 175: Ed Negre's engine failed
  • Lap 179: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Richard Petty
  • Lap 181: Richard Petty took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 203: John Sears engine overheated
  • Lap 305: Mel Larson's engine troubles
  • Lap 343: Jabe Thomas crashed, forcing him to exit the race prematurely
  • Lap 383: David Sisco crashed, forcing him to exit the race prematurely
  • Lap 411: Elmo Langley engine failed
  • Finish: Richard Petty was officially declared the winner of the event
  • References

    1973 Capital City 500 Wikipedia

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