NASCAR In 1974 — The 75 Years Edition

Editor’s Note: NASCAR is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2023. “The four which have won all 20 NASCAR Winston Cup races to date: (Richard) Petty, (David) Pearson, (Cale) Yarborough and (Bobby) Allison, plus Buddy Baker dominated. The 30-race season amounted to a five-driver year led by Petty and Yarborough. Yarborough started the season with his first victory on the 2.62-mile Riverside Int’l Raceway road course. Petty bested Yarborough by two laps for his seventh victory in this race, while regaining the point lead. After the nuptials, Petty won the first Cup Series race on the 2.5-mile triangular track. Yarborough won at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway after colliding with Buddy Baker on the final lap. Yarborough survived 11 caution flags, which led to the slowest Southern 500 since 1964, and won for a record-tying third time on Labor Day. Yarborough ended a strong season with 10 victories and was second in the points while third-place Pearson won seven times while starting from the pole on 11 occasions.

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