Cumberland 200

August 5, 1973
200 laps on 0.5 mile paved oval; 100 miles

 

FAYETTEVILLE RACE WON BY ALLISON

FAYETTEVILLE (The Robesonian) - Bobby Allison drove his Chevrolet to victory in the first annual Cumberland 200 Grand National East event at Cumberland Speedway Sunday afternoon, finishing less than nine seconds ahead of Cale Yarborough.  The Hueytown, Ala., veteran started from the pole position after qualifying at a speed of 93.96 miles per hour and averaged 85.816 for the 200-lap chase.

Yarborough was the third fastest qualifier behind Tiny Lund and chased the Coke machine all afternoon and led the 100-miler from lap 101 through 135 when Allison pitted for gas and tires.  Allison jumped out front on the first lap and was chased by Yarborough in the Junie Donlevy Mercury from the start with Cecil Gordon in fourth position and Lund in fifth.  Buddy Baker, whose car was late arriving, joined the chase at the start and came from 21st starting position to fourth within 30 laps.  The Charlotte veteran suffered from an improper set-up and made three pit stops, finishing the race two laps back in fourth position, behind Gordon.

The race was slowed five times for 17 laps when minor spins caused the caution flag to be displayed.  Elmo Langley was the fifth driver to finish while Wayne Andrews was sixth and Neil Castles was seventh.  Earl Brooks was the eight driver to cross the finish line, while Ernie Shaw was ninth and D.K. Ulrich was 10th. 

Fin St Driver # Owner Car Laps Money Status Laps Led
 1   Bobby Allison   12  Edmond Allison  1973 Chevrolet  200   1,000   running  165 
 3   Cale Yarborough   90  Junie Donlavey   1971 Mercury  200   600   running  35 
   Cecil Gordon   24  Cecil Gorcon  1972 Chevrolet  199   400    
 21   Buddy Baker   71  Nord Krauskopf  1972 Dodge  198   350    
   Elmo Langley   64  Elmo Langley  1972 Ford  195   325    
   Wayne Andrews   97 Jack St Clair  1970 Ford Mustang     300    
   Neil Castles  64 Elmo Langley  1973 Dodge     475    
   Earl Brooks  26 Earl Brooks  1972 Ford     270    
   Ernie Shaw  17 Ernie Shaw  1970 Ford Mustang     265    
10     D.K. Ulrich  40 D K Ulrich  1971 Ford     260    
11     Bobby Fleming  54 Bobby Fleming  1973 Chevrolet Camaro     255    
12      Dean Dalton  91 William Strong  1970 Chevrolet     250    
13     Ed Negre  8 Ed Negre  1971 Ford     245    
14   2   Tiny Lund  93 Toy Bolton  1973 Chevrolet Camaro     240    
15     Travis Carter       1971 Mercury     235    
16     Baxter Price  33 Patsy Price  1972 Chevrolet     230    
17     Rick Newsom  20 Rick Newsome  1971 Ford     225    
18     Bill Shirey  74 Bill Shirey  1970 Plymouth     220    
19     Vic Parsons  45 Bill Seifert  1971 Mercury     215    
20     Dick May       1971 Mercury     210    
21     Richard D. Brown  44 Jerry Brown  1971 Chevrolet     205     0

Time of race: 01:09:35
Average Speed: 85.816 MPH
Pole Speed: 18.57 seconds
5 cautions for 17 laps
Race Purse: $ 6,775
 

 

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