NASCAR In 1972 — The 75 Years Edition

Editor’s Note: NASCAR is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2023. Allison padded his lead with victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. The tussle between Petty and Allison continued with the Capital City 500 at Richmond on Sept. 10. In the race, NASCAR’s marquee duo swapped the lead 17 times in the first 390 laps. Two laps later, Petty went inside Allison for the point, but drifted up and hit the No. Petty also banged doors with Allison before winning in Martinsville for the 12th time in his career, but it was the 28th race of the 31-race Winston Cup slate which crystalized the rivalry between the two men. With three laps to go at North Wilkesboro Speedway, Petty struck the first blow-a love tap to the No. With three races to go, Allison still had a shot at the title.

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