MRN Flashback: 1972 Lone Star 500


Richard Petty (43) and Bobby Isaac battled for the win at Texas World Speedway in 1972 before "The King" prevailed in 101-degree heat. (Photo: ISC Archives)


On June 25, 1972 – one week before celebrating his 35th birthday, Richard Petty survived one of the hottest days of the summer to lap the field in winning the Lone Star 500 at Texas World Speedway.

In 101-degree heat, "King Richard" started from the pole and led 186 of the 250 laps – including the final 89 trips around the two-mile oval.  Petty’s main challenge came from Bobby Isaac, who led 52 of the remaining 64 laps before a sour engine forced him off the pace.

Bobby Allison finished a distant second to Petty.  Coo Coo Marlin placed third, Benny Parsons was fourth and Isaac held on for fifth place.

The race featured 16 lead changes among just four drivers: Petty, Isaac, Allison and Joe Frasson.  There were three cautions for 26 laps.

With the victory, his fifth of the season, Petty stretched his lead to 59 points over James Hylton, who finished sixth in the Lone Star 500.  The advantage would grow to 128 points by the end of the season, with Petty claiming the fourth of his record seven championships.

The old Texas World Speedway was located in College Station.  The action shifts some 200 miles north this weekend when the Sprint Cup Series returns to "The Lone Star State" for Sunday’s AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Visit on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET) to hear the complete broadcast of the 1972 Lone Star 500 at Texas World Speedway, anchored by Ken Squier.  Motor Racing Network – "The Voice of NASCAR" – features a classic race broadcast each week on "Throwback Thursday' throughout the 2013 season at

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