PHOTOS: 1973 Atlanta 500

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David Pearson (21) makes a move around the slower car of Richard Petty.
David Pearson (21) makes a move around the slower car of Richard Petty.

David Pearson and Cale Yarborough duked it out on the high banks of Atlanta Int’l Raceway for top honors in the Atlanta 500 April 1, 1973, the sixth event in the Winston Cup campaign. After trading the lead countless times, Yarborough’s Kar-Kare Chevelle developed overheating problems after the final scheduled pit stop, allowing Pearson, driving the Wood Brothers’ Purolator Mercury, to pull away and easily win the event by two laps over runner-up Bobby Isaac. Benny Parsons finished third ahead of Buddy Baker with Yarborough rounding out the top five, seven laps behind Pearson, who earned $16,185 for the win. James Hylton left Atlanta still atop the series standings, more than 70 markers ahead of Yarborough. Here are a few images NSSN Editor Chris Economaki took documenting the day.