August 27, 1972 - 250 Miles - Purse $31,955

The start of the race was delayed an hour and 15 minutes as crews repaired a pothole that developed in turn two.  As the race progressed, the pothole began to resurface much to the dismay of the drivers.  At the time, the track had 35 degree banking.  The steepness of the banking required that the roller be  secured by a heavy-duty wrecker(Ted Marchman photo)

  Bobby Allison (pictured at right with car owners Richard Howard and  Junior Johnson in Victory Lane) captured his first Winston Cup Grand National victory at the Fairgrounds in a controversial win over Richard Petty.  Petty ran an officials "stop" paddle after making a pit stop on lap 344.  A visibly angry Petty pounded on the wheel of his 1975 STP Plymouth while NASCAR officials held him for a one lap penalty. 

Local favorite Darrell Waltrip finished 3rd in the event in his independently owned Mercury.  The car had began life as a 1967 Holman-Moody Ford and  captured the 67 Daytona 500 with Mario Andretti at the wheel. The car was rebodied as a 71 Mercury and used by Waltrip 17 times during his career.  The best finish for the car would be a second in the 1973 Alamo 500 at Texas World Speedway

1970 Pole Sitter Lee Roy Yarbrough "quit" the race on lap one. This would be his last start at the Fairgrounds.

Fan favorites Coo Coo Marlin and Bobby Isaac wrecked before completing lap one.

Average Speed:   92.578 mph Time of Race:      2:42:14 Margin:     10 car lengths
Pole Winner:        Bobby Allison 116.932 mph Attendance::      19,500 Cautions    3 for 53 laps
Lap Leaders:  Bobby Allison 1-42, Cecil Gordon 43, Richard Petty 44-167, Allison 168-324, Petty 325-327, Allison 328-336, Petty 337-344, Allison 345 - 420
 
  Driver Fin Str Car Team / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Bobby Allison 1 1 12 Richard Howard 72 Chev 420 6,925 running 283
Richard Petty 2 2 43 STP - Petty Enterprises 72 Ply 420 5,010 running 136
Darrell Waltrip 3 12 95 Terminal Transport 71 Merc 404 2,040 running 0
Benny Parsons 4 6 72 Pop Kola - L.G. Dewitt 71 Merc 400 1,630 running 0
Elmo Langley 5 8 64 Clyde Lynn Auto Parts - Elmo Lanlgey 71 Ford 387 1,400 running 0
Cecil Gordon 6 4 24 Collins & Aikman - Cecil Gordon 71 Merc 383 1,125 running 1
Henley Gray 7 18 19 Henley Gray 71 T-Bird 381 1,025 running 0
James Hylton 8 9 48 Pop Kola - Hylton Engineering 71 Ford 369 925 running 0
Walter Ballard 9 25 30 Hekimian Foreign Parts - Ballard Racing 71 Merc 363 875 running 0
J.D. McDuffie 10 17 70 J.D. McDuffie 71 Chev 357 850 running 0
D.K. Ulrich 11 19 40 Noel's Auto Parts - D K Ulrich 71 Ford 320 560 running 0
John Sears 12 28 4 J. Marvin Mills 70 Ply 277 800 engine failure 0
Earl Brooks 13 15 26 Earl Brooks 71 Ford 158 540 rear end 0
Frank Warren 14 21 79 Frank Warren 70 Ply 153 775 drive shaft 0
David Ray Boggs 15 24 57 David Ray Boggs 70 Dodge 118 485 engine 0
Richard Childress 16 23 96 Richard Childress 71 Chev 106 445 steering 0
David Sisco 17 7 5 Charlie McGee 72 Chev 105 415 Rocker Arm 0
Raymond Williams 18 27 47 Raymond Williams 71 Ford 56 615 crash 0
Charlie Roberts 19 20 77 Sunny King Ford - Charlie Roberts 71 T-Bird 46 565 Broken Brake Line 0
Ben Arnold 20 10 76 Ben Arnold 71 Ford 40 515 crash 0
Robert Brown 21 16 58 Allan Brown 70 Chev 37 245 Engine Failure - crash 0
Jabe Thomas 22 26 25 Don Robertson 70 Ply 37 485 Crash 0
Dean Dalton 23 11 7 Belden Asphalt - Dean Dalton 71 Merc 34 480 Crash 0
George Altheide 24 22 0 George Altheide 70 Dodge 29 225 Steering 0
Bill Champion 25 14 10 Bill Champion 71 Ford 3 475 Engine Failure 0

Coo Coo Marlin 26 3 14 Cunningham-Kelly - H.B. Cunningham 71 Chev 0 300 crash 0
Bobby Isaac 27 5 71 K&K Insurance - Nord Krauskopf 71 Dodge 0 1,750 crash 0
Lee Roy Yarbrough 28 13 45 Jet Way - Bill Seifert 71 Ford 0 475 quit 0