Coalminers 100

 August 13, 1972
276 laps on 0.375 mile paved oval; 103.5 miles

CASTLES WINS POINTS TITLE - FORCED TO APOLOGIZE

COEBURN, VA (UPI) - Neil Castles was only number two Sunday but he came away with the big prize. Castles, of Charlotte, drove his Plymouth to a second place finish behind Bobby Isaac at the Coalminers 100 NASCAR Grand National East stock car race, and edged Elmo Langley for the $10,000 Grand National East points championship. Langley finished third in the race, but was 6.25 points short of Castles when the final tally was completed. 

Castles was only 3.75 points ahead of Langley going into the race, after a 10th place finish Saturday night at Winston-Salem.N.C., Langley finished fourth.  Castles, a stocky racing veteran, would not have been permitted to run in Saturday's race had he not apologized to a Winston-Salem newspaper writer, whom he struck during an argument last month.  Bowman-Gray Stadium manager Joe Hawkins telegrammed the ultimate to Castles Friday night, saying he would not be allowed to race unless he apologized to Russ DeVault.  Castles apologized, ran in the race, and stayed alive for the points championship. 

Isaac, of Catawba N.C., cruised to an easy five-lap win, averaging 60.404 m.p.h. in the Coalminers, a track record.  Only nine of the 31 starters finished Sunday's race, watched by 8,000 spectators at the new Lonesome Pines Speedway.

COEBURN VA. (The Danville VA Bee) August 18, 1973 - At Coeburn on Sunday, won by Bobby Isaac, Wendell Scott finished ninth after starting 23 and Fleming was 12 after starting 28. Wentz failed to appear. Bobby Allison was in the field, starting fourth and finishing 27. He ran only 32 laps and retired his 1969 Chevrolet with a blown engine. - Bill Dyer
 

Race Winner Bobby Isaac with his 1970 Dodge Charger (LPR Forum post) 1973 GN East Champion Tiny Lund (LPR Forum post) Rick Newsome and his 1969 Mercury Cougar (Newsome Racing Photo)

Fin St Driver # Owner Car Laps Money Status Laps Led
 1   Bobby Isaac   71    K & K Insurance  1970 Dodge Charger  276   1,750   running  164 
 10   Neil Castles   06    Howard Funriture  1971 Plymouth  271   1,100   running   
 5   Elmo Langley   64    Elmo Langley  1971 Ford  265   750   running   
 29   Jim Vaughan    7   Wayne Vaughn  1969 Chevrolet Camaro  265   450   running   
 21   Baxter Price    3   Patsy Price  1969 Chevrolet Camaro  265   400   running   
 20   Clyde Harbour  11     Jim Rupe  1969 Chevrolet Camaro  258   350   running   
 13   Randy Hutchison    2    Warren Prout  1968 Chevrolet Camaro  256   325   running   
 26   Jerry Hufflin   60     Phil Gibson  1969 Chevrolet Camaro  243   300   running   
 23   Wendell Scott  34   Wendell Scott  1971 Ford  237   290   running   
10   6   Tiny Lund  55   Baughman Hi-Speed  1972 Chevrolet Chevelle 223   475   lug nut   
11   15   Eddie Yarboro   13   Eddie Yarboro  1970 Plymouth  195   250   clutch   
12   28   Bobby Fleming    54   Wayne Flemming  1972 Chevrolet Camaro  193   240   overheating   
13   3   Richard Childress    96   Judy Childress  1969 Chevrolet Camaro  174   255   engine   
14   24   Ed Negre    8   Ed Negre  1969 Ford  163   230   engine   
15   8   David Boggs    57   R. L. Boggs  1971 Dodge  147   225   brakes   
16   31   Ernie Shaw    17   Reid Shaw  1970 Ford Mustang  141   220   out of tires   
17   30   Rick Newsom   07   O. L. Newsome  1969 Mercury  138   215   accident   
18   18   Wayne Andrews    00   Jack St. Clair  1970 Ford Mustang  131   210   engine   
19   7   Jim Paschal    14   T.C. Stewart  1972 Chevrolet Camaro  119   205   oil pressure   
20   17   Earl Brooks    26   Earl Brooks  1971 Ford  113   200   rear end   
21   22   D.K. Ulrich    40   D. K. Ulrich  1971 Ford  107   195   rear end   
22   25   E.J. Trivette    0   E.J. Trivette  1972 Chevrolet Camaro  105   190   radiator   
23   16   Walter Ballard    30   Walter Ballard  1971 Mercury  104   185   rear end   
24   2   Buck Baker    87   Buck Baker  1972 Pontiac Firebird  74   235   cylinder   
25   19   J.D. McDuffie    70   J.D. McDuffie  1971 Chevrolet Chevelle  72   185   transmission   
26   12   Jabe Thomas    25   Don Robertson  1970 Plymouth  34   185   oil leak   
27   4   Bobby Allison   12    Coca-Cola  1969 Chevrolet Chevelle  32   185   rod   
28   14   G.C. Spencer    49   G.C. Spencer  1970 Plymouth  28   185   axle   
29   9   Frank Warren    79   Frank Warren  1970 Dodge  25   185   engine   
30   27   Joe Hollingsworth       1970 Ford Mustang  22   185   transmission   
31   11   George Altheide    0   George Altheide  1970 Dodge  14   185   engine   

Time of race: 01:42:48
Average Speed: 60.404 MPH
Pole Speed: 17.893 seconds
Race Purse: $ 11,000
Attendance: 8,000
 

 

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