August 25, 1973 - 250 Miles - Purse $36,245

  Cale Yarbrough and car owner Junior Johnson would debut the 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to NASCAR Grand National racing during the 1973 Nashville 420.  The basic Monte Carlo body style would compete until the 1980 season and is regarding by many racing historians as the most successful short-track race car in the history of the sport.

Buddy Baker won his first and only victory at the Fairgrounds. This would also be Baker's only short track win in his career total of 19 victories.

Independent driver Cecil Gordon won the second of the Winston Points segments and captured a $10,000 prize in doing so.

This would be Rick Newsome's best career finish in his 82 Grand National Starts.

Race attendance was a record 25,000

Youtube video of the 1973 Music City 420:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PSmDQM1rPo

The cars of Darrell Waltrip, Coo Coo Marlin and Richard Childress go through Pre-Race NASCAR Tech Inspection before the 1973 Nashville 420. Waltrip would drop out of the race early with rear end problems.  Childress would crash in turn one on lap 237 while Marlin would finish a career best third.

Average Speed:   89.31 : Time of Race:   2:48:12 Margin:  4 Laps
Pole Winner:         Cale Yarborough  103.024 Attendance:      25,000 Cautions:  3 for 28 Laps
Lap Leaders:        Yarborough 1-67. Waltrip 68-82, Yarborough 83-85, Allison 86-134, Yarborough 135-260, Baker 261-420
 

Driver

Fin Str Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Buddy Baker 1 7 71 K & K Insurance  -  Nord Krauskopf 73 Dodge 420 6,750 running 160
Richard Petty 2 8 43 STP      -  Petty Enterprises 73 Dodge 416 4,960 running 0
Coo Coo Marlin 3 4 14 Cunningham-Kelley   - H.B. Cunningham 72 Chev 409 2,125 running 0
David Sisco 4 19 05 Charlie McGee 72 Chev 402 1,750 running 0
Ed Negre 5 11 8 Ed Negre 73 Dodge 399 1,570 running 0
James Hylton 6 13 48 James Hylton 71 Merc 398 1,220 running 0
Walter Ballard 7 15 30 Hekimiam Foreign Parts - Ballard Racing 71 Merc 394 1,160 running 0
Cecil Gordon 8 6 24 Cecil Gordon 72 Chev 392 985 running 0
Alton Jones 9 24 68 Butch Hawkersmith 73 Chev 390 650 running 0
Bill Champion 10 21 10 Powell Auto Parts   - Bill Champion 71 Ford 387 875 running 0
Rick Newsom 11 28 20 Holbrook Waterproofing   -  Rick Newsom 71 Ford 384 585 running 0
Buddy Arrington 12 32 67 Cherokee Construction   - Buddy Arrington 72 Dodge 384 825 running 0
Henley Gray 13 17 19 Henley Gray 71 Merc 380 915 running 0
Cale Yarborough 14 1 11 Kar-Kare    -  Richard Howard 73 Chevr 377 2,150 running 196
Frank Warren 15 20 40 D K Ulrich 71 Ford 377 595 running 0
Earl Brooks 16 30 26 Earl Brooks 71 Ford 375 470 running 0
Charlie Roberts 17 29 77 Sunny King       -  Charlie Roberts 71 Ford 358 690 running 0
J.D. McDuffie 18 16 70 J D McDuffie 72 Chev 346 745 running 0
Benny Parsons 19 5 72 L G DeWitt 73 Chev 324 625 engine 0
Richard Childress 20 9 96 L.C. Newton Trucking      -  Tom Garn 73 Chev 235 570 crash 0
Elmo Langley 21 22 64 Clyde Lynn Auto Parts  -  Elmo Langley 72 Ford 159 520 engine 0
Bobby Allison 22 2 12 Coca-Cola   - Bobby Allison Racing 73 Chev 145 1,835 engine 49
Lennie Pond 23 12 54 Master Chevy Sales    -  Ronnie Elder 73 Chev 136 385 rear end 0
Darrell Waltrip 24 3 95 Terminal Transport  -  Darrell Waltrip 73 Chev 131 305 rear end 15
Richard D. Brown 25 23 44 Jerry Brown 72 Chev 126 250 rear end 0
Jabe Thomas 26 31 25 Don Robertson 73 Dodge 102 500 rear end 0
Dean Dalton 27 14 7 Belden Asphalt   - Dean Dalton 71 Merc 62 615 crash 0
  Dick May 28 25 08 Ed Negre 71 Ford 61 250 heating 0
Vic Parsons 29 26 45 Jet Way  -  Bill Seifert 71 Ford 52 250 crash 0
Raymond Williams 30 18 47 JUG  -  Raymond Williams 72 Ford 30 345 heating 0
Mel Larson 31 27 73 ThermaSol     -  Don Robertson 73 Dodge 23 250 vibration 0
Dick Brooks 32 10 90 Truxmore     -  Junie Donleavy 71 Merc 16 275 engine 0
Robert Brown 33 33 58 Jones Construction    -  Allan Brown rolet 5 250 suspension 0