May 12, 1973 - 250 Miles - Purse $34,140

  Cale Yarbrough captured his first of seven victories at the Fairgrounds by two laps over Benny Parsons.  The Timonsville, South Carolina driver is pictured at right in Victory Lane after capturing the 420 lap event.

Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway was awarded a second NASCAR Winston Cup date after the attendance success of the 1972 Nashville 420 coupled with that of the 1972 Mr. D's 200 Grand National East event. 1973 marked the first season since 1965 that Nashville would play host to two NASCAR Grand National Winston Cup events during the same year.

Cale Yarbrough captured his first of seven victories at the Fairgrounds by two laps over Benny Parsons. 

This was the first event at the Fairgrounds to exceed 20,000 in attendance.

This was the first NASCAR race at the track since the corner banking was cut back to 18 degrees. 

Youtube video of the 1973 Music City 420:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ2LGinIyks

Cale Yarbrough battles with Buddy Baker during the 1973 Music City 420.  Yarborough would led 416 laps of the race  to capture his first victory at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. (photo: Nashville Speedway)
Average Speed:    98.419 Time of Race:  2:34:38 Margin:  2 Laps
Pole Winner:          Cale Yarborough 105.741 Attendance:     23,000 Cautions:  2 - 6 Laps
Lap Leaders:         Cale Yarborough 1-136, Benny Parsons 137-138, Cecil Gordon 139-140. Yarborough 141-420
 

Driver

Fin Str Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Cale Yarborough 1 1 11 Kar-Kare  - Richard Howard 73 Chevy 420 6,755 running 416
Benny Parsons 2 5 72 L G DeWitt 72 Chevy 418 3,365 running 2
Buddy Baker 3 2 71 K & K Insurance - Nord Krauskopf 73 Dodge 415 3,680 running 0
Cecil Gordon 4 4 24 Cecil Gordon 72 Chevy 413 1,710 running 2
Bobby Allison 5 3 12 Coca-Cola - Bobby Allison Racing 73 Chevy 411 2,755 running 0
Coo Coo Marlin 6 6 14 Cunningham-Kelley - H.B. Cunningham 72 Chevy 408 850 running 0
Bobby Isaac 7 9 15 Sta-Power Industries  -  Bud Moore 72 Ford 403 2,300 running 0
David Sisco 8 11 05 Charlie McGee 72 Chevy 401 700 running 0
J.D. McDuffie 9 13 70 J D McDuffie 72 Chevy 395 900 running 0
Vic Parsons 10 12 45 Jet Way  -  Bill Seifert 71 Ford 393 625 running 0
Dave Marcis 11 8 2 Dave Marcis 71 Dodge 389 585 running 0
James Hylton 12 16 48 James Hylton 71 Merc 386 825 running 0
Richard Petty 13 7 43 STP      -  Petty Enterprises 73 Dodge 385 2,315 engine 0
Buddy Arrington 14 15 67 Kentucky Fried Chicken     -  Buddy Arrington 72 Dodge 382 550 running 0
Dean Dalton 15 22 7 Belden Asphalt   - Dean Dalton 71 Merc 380 760 running 0
Rick Newsom 16 14 20 Holbrook Waterproofing   -  Rick Newsom 71 Ford 374 470 running 0
Elmo Langley 17 19 64 Clyde Lynn Auto Parts  -  Elmo Langley 72 Ford 373 690 running 0
Jabe Thomas 18 17 25 Don Robertson 73 Dodge 369 640 running 0
Robert Brown 19 23 58 Jones Construction   -  Allan Brown 72 Chev 348 340 running 0
Frank Warren 20 25 79 Frank Warren 73 Dodge 342 540 running 0
Charlie Roberts 21 28 77 Sunny King  Ford -  Charlie Roberts 71 Ford 244 520 heating 0
Walter Ballard 22 20 30 HeKimian Foreign Cars  -  Ballard Racing 71 Merc 218 510 running 0
Richard Childress 23 26 96 L.C. Newton Trucking      -  Tom Garn 72 Chev 180 255 distrib 0
Darrell Waltrip 24 10 95 Terminal Transport  -  Darrell Waltrip 71 Merc 176 250 handling 0
Henley Gray 25 21 19 Henley Gray 71 Ford 170 250 exhaust 0
Alton Jones 26 27 3 Butch Hawkersmith 73 Chev 102 250 rear end 0
Ed Negre 27 18 8 Ed Negre 71 Merc 48 500 engine 0
  Bobby Poole 28 24 08 Clyde Lynn / Ed Negre 71 Merc 2 250 ignition 0