Columbia 200

April 4, 1972 - 200 laps on 0.510 mile paved oval; 102 miles
 

 
COLUMBIA S.C. (NASCAR) April 4, 1972 - Max Berrier overhauled Neil Castles 37 laps from the finish and coasted to victory in the Columbia 200 at New Columbia Speedway.  Berrier, a veteran of Modified and Grand American racing, drove a Mustang to the first Grand National East win of his career.  At the finish he was a quarter of a lap ahead of Castles, who three days previous won the first race of his career.
 
Elmo Langley of Charlotte and driving a Ford was a half lap back in the third spot.  Fourth was Wayne Andrews who was lapped just two laps from the finish.  Castles and Langley traded the lead the first 163 laps of the race before yielding to Berrier.  Tiny Lund started from the pole position after qualifying Walter Ballard's Mercury.  However, the car dropped from the race when the oil pressure went down.
 
Fin St Driver # Owner Car Laps Money Status Laps Led
 7  Max Berrier  15  Reid Shaw  1972 Ford Mustang  200   1,300   running  37
  2  Neil Castles   06    Neil Castles  1971 Dodge  200  800   running    147
  3  Elmo Langley   64    Elmo Langley  1971 Ford    200  500   running  16
  5  Wayne Andrews   97    J F St Clair  1970 Ford Mustang    199  350   running  0
  8  Frank Sessoms   21    W C Barnett  1969 Chevrolet Camaro    198  325   running    0
  4  Bobby Allison    49   Melvin Joesph  1969 Ford Mustang    195  300   running    0
  14  Ernie Shaw    17   Reid Shaw  1970 Ford Mustang    194  275   running    0
  12  Baxter Price    3   Patsy Price  1969 Chevrolet Camaro    192  270   running    0
  15  Jim Vaughan    7   Wayne Vaughn  1969 Chevrolet Camaro    191  265   running    0
10    18  Glenn Brewer    19   Bobby Brewer  1969 Chevrolet Camaro    191  260   running    0
11    9  Ed Negre    8   Ed Negre  1970 Dodge    189  255   running    0
12    16  Wendell Scott    34   Wendell Scott  1971 Ford    180  250   running    0
13    10  Frank Warren    79   Frank Warren  1970 Plymouth    17  245   running    0
14    22  Charlie Blanton    57   R L Boggs  1970 Dodge    166  240   overheating    0
15    21  Larry Miller    27   Gwen Blackwell  1969 Chevrolet Camaro    158  235   running   0
16    1  Tiny Lund    30   Walter Ballard  1971 Mercury    119  430  oil pressure     0
17    19  Bobby Fleming    87   Buck Baker  1972 Chevrolet Camaro    103  225     wrecked   0
18    6  Buck Baker    74   Buck Baker  1971 Pontiac Firebird    97  220     overheating   0
19    11  Bill Shirey    96   Bill Shirey  1970 Plymouth    70  215     overheating   0
20   17  Richard Childress    60   Judy Childress  1972 Chevrolet    22  210     head gasket   0
21  20  Phil Gibson    6   Phil Gibson  1969 Chevrolet Camaro    16  205     wrecked   0
22   13   Pee Wee Wentz   4  Roscoe Leonard   1971 AMC Javelin   200   head gasket    0

 

Time of race: 01:33:11
Average Speed: 65.677 MPH
Pole Speed: 21.456 seconds
4 cautions for 38 laps
Race Purse: $ 7,575
 

 

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