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



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)




Cale Yarborough leads the field as the cars move out to start the race.  K&K Insurance Dodge driver Buddy Baker starts on the outside of the front row.  Yarborough won the pole with a speed of 105.741 mph.
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. 

 

Hometown favorite Darrell Waltrip, of nearby Franklin, gets ready to take his 1971 Mercury out on the 5/8 mile for his qualifying run.

Waltrip would qualify his car at 105.239 mph, which was good enough to earn the young driver a 10th place starting position for the inaugural Music City 420. (Photo: Jack Corn The Tennessean)

Waltrip's career would include three NASCAR Cup Championships, 84 wins and an induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

 

 





 


The cars of Rick Newsome (20), Henley Gray (19) and Coo Coo Marlin (14) battle for position on the back straight of Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.


Cale Yarborough prepares for his pole-winning qualifying run of 110.892 mph. (Photo: Jack Corn  The Tennessean)

Average Speed:   98.419 Time of Race:   2:34:48 Margin:  2 Laps
Pole Winner:         Cale Yarborough  105.741 Attendance:      23,000 Cautions:  2 for 6 Laps
Lap Leaders:        Yarborough 1-136, Parsons 137 - 138, Gordon 139 - 140, Yarborough 141 - 420
   
 
DriverDDriver Fin Str Car Team / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Cale Yarborough 1 1 11 Kar-Kare  -
Richard Howard
73 Chevrolet 420 6,755 Running 416
Benny Parsons 2 5 72 L G DeWitt 72 Chevrolet 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 Chevrolet 413 1,710 Running 2
Bobby Allison 5 3 12 Coca-Cola
Bobby Allison Racing
73 Chevrolet 411 2,755 Running 0
Coo Coo Marlin 6 6 14 Cunningham-Kelley - H.B. Cunningham 72 Chevrolet 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 Sisco Racing
Charlie McGee
72 Chevrolet 401 700 Running 0
J.D. McDuffie 9 13 70 J D McDuffie 72 Chevrolet 395 900 Running 0
Vic Parsons 10 12 45 Seifert Rent-A-Racer
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 Mercury 386 825 Running 0
Richard Petty 13 7 43 STP Corporation
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 Mercury 380 760 Running 0
Rick Newsom 16 14 20 Holbrook Waterproofing
Rick Newsom
71 Ford 374 470 Running 0
Elmo Langley 17 19 64 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 Chevrolet 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 Over
Heating
0
Walter Ballard 22 20 30 HeKimian Foreign Cars   Ballard Racing 71 Mercury 218 510 Running 0
Richard Childress 23 26 96 L.C. Newton Trucking
Tom Garn
72 Chevrolet 180 255 Distributr 0
Darrell Waltrip 24 10 95 Terminal Transport  -  Darrell Waltrip 71 Mercury 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 Chevrolet 102 250 Rear end 0
Ed Negre 27 18 8 Ed Negre 71 Mercury 48 500 Engine 0
  Bobby Poole 28 24 08 Clyde Lynn / Ed Negre 71 Mercury 2 250 Ignition 0