| Dixie 500|| 1.522 mi (2.449 km)|
| July 22, 1973 (1973-07-22)|
328 laps, 499.2 mi (803.3 km)
Temperatures up to 90 °F (32 °C); wind speeds up to 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
130.211 miles per hour (209.554 km/h)
The 1973 Dixie 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on July 22, 1973, at Atlanta International Raceway in the American community of Hampton, Georgia.
Only manual transmission vehicles were allowed to participate in this race; a policy that NASCAR has retained to the present day.
1973 Dixie 500 Wikipedia
Atlanta International Raceway (now Atlanta Motor Speedway) is one of ten current intermediate track to hold NASCAR races; the others are Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Homestead Miami Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and Texas Motor Speedway. However, at the time, only Charlotte and Darlington were built.
The layout at Atlanta International Speedway at the time was a four-turn traditional oval track that is 1.54 miles (2.48 km) long. The track's turns are banked at twenty-four degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, and the back stretch are banked at five.
It took three hours and fifty minutes for David Pearson to defeat Cale Yarborough by more than one lap on a paved track spanning 1.522 miles (2.449 km). Competitors were given special permits to enter the motor pits of track; separate from the media and the general public.
Pearson would take home $16,650 in prize money ($89,827.62 when adjusted for inflation) while last-place finisher Charles Barrett would receive only $880 in take-home pay ($4,747.65 when adjusted for inflation). Fourteen lead changes were exchanged amongst six leaders (Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Bobby Isaac, Cale Yarborough, Donnie Allison, and David Pearson). Six cautions were given out for 47 laps and the average speed of the race was 130.211 miles per hour or 209.554 kilometres per hour. Thirty-thousand people would see a racing grid of 39 American drivers and one Canadian driver (Vic Parsons). Richard Petty would gain the pole position with a speed of 157.163 miles per hour or 252.929 kilometres per hour. Barrett would receive the last-place finish due to an engine difficult on lap 3 out of 328.
Only the winner of the race would be on the lead lap by the end of the race.
* Driver failed to finish raceStart of race: Bobby Allison was ahead of the other drivers as the green flag was waved
Lap 3: Bobby Isaac took over the lead from Bobby Allison; Charles Barrett's vehicle developed engine issues
Lap 7: H. B. Bailey's vehicle developed a problematic engine
Lap 32: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Bobby Isaac
Lap 39: A faulty engine managed to end Tommy Gale's day on the track
Lap 40: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
Lap 42: David Pearson took over the lead from Bobby Allison
Lap 43: Donnie Allison took over the lead from David Pearson
Lap 45: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Donnie Allison; John Sears' vehicle developed a troublesome engine.
Lap 52: Bobby Isaac had a terminal crash.
Lap 56: David Pearson took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
Lap 58: Bobby Allison took over the lead from David Pearson
Lap 61: David Pearson took over the lead from Bobby Allison
Lap 65: Axle issues brought Buddy Baker's race to an early end
Lap 71: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from David Pearson
Lap 72: Engine issues dethroned Richard Petty for the day, making him accept a 33rd-place finish.
Lap 91: Lug bolt issues ended Dave Marcis' day on the track
Lap 110: Engine issues knocked out Darrell Waltrip from the race
Lap 124: Donnie Allison took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
Lap 125: Cale Yarborough took over the lead from Donnie Allison
Lap 152: Coo Coo Marlin would end the day once his vehicle's engine stopped working
Lap 157: Vic Parsons' dodgy transmission managed to bring him out of the race
Lap 164: David Pearson took over the lead from Cale Yarborough
Lap 169: Ed Sczech's faulty engine managed to render his chance of finishing the race non-existent
Lap 205: Bobby Allison would fail to finish the race due to an awful engine
Lap 240: David Sisco's engine stopped working in a timely manner
Lap 248: Benny Parsons noticed that his vehicle had a troublesome oil pump
Lap 262: Cecil Gordon's engine problem would make him the final DNF of the event
Finish: David Pearson was officially declared the winner of the event
† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased