With Richard Petty
Petty fans as well as NASCAR racing historians can now go back more
than three decades and re-live the highlights of the first third
of the 1972 NASCAR season with this new half-hour COLOR DVD from
Rare Sportsfilms, Inc! Originally presented on film by STP, this
DVD takes you back to 1972 when Richard Petty was the defending
Winston Cup Champion.
The DVD opens with scenes of the historic
press conference just hours prior to the first Winston Cup race
of the season at which STP magnate Andy Granatelli announces the
beginnings of the STP sponsorship of Petty Enterprises and 1972
teammate Buddy Baker. You'll follow the team through each of the
first ten races of the '72 season, a year when Petty beat out chief
rival Bobby Allison to successfully defend his Winston Cup Championship.
Also shown prominently in this DVD are the challengers during the
season: Allison, Bobby Isaac, A.J. Foyt and David Pearson. Here
is a rundown of what you will see during each race segment:
"Winston Western 500"
at Riverside - Richard beats out Allison in this fog-shortened season
opener, notching his 141st career win. The STP sponsorship is off
to a great start! Great scenes of pit action!
1972 Daytona 500 - Rare scenes of speed trials held on the
beach during the early years show Sir Malcolm Campbell and his "Bluebird",
Major Seagrave in his "Golden Arrow" and the fatal Frank
Lockhart crash in 1928! The multicar backstretch pileup during the
125-mile qualifying race that kills Friday Hassler is shown. Wearing
the now-famous STP colors for the very first time, Petty's #43 and
Buddy Baker in the scarlet #11 Dodge encounter problems in the qualifying
race and are forced to start the 500 in 31st and 32nd spots. In
the 500, the teammates use drafting to charge from the rear to 2nd
and 3rd positions, but coming out of turn 4 on lap 18, Walter Ballard's
Ford, trying to avoid another car, pinches Buddy Baker against the
wall, taking out Baker and setting up the most spectacular crash
of the race! Ballard's flip is also shown in slow-motion replay.
Taking the lead from A.J. Foyt after the re-start, #43 breaks a
valve spring and Petty joins Baker behind the wall. Foyt, who started
on the outside of the front row, wins the Daytona 500!
"Richmond 500" - Richard chalks up his second win
in three starts! Bobby Allison finishes second.
"Miller High Life 500" at Ontario - On the 80th
lap of this race, Richard completes his 100,000th mile of NASCAR
racing competition, but a cut hose on an air wrench costs him a
lap which he can't make up and he finishes 4th. A.J. Foyt in the
Wood Brothers Mercury wins his second Ontario race in a row!
"Carolina 500" at Rockingham - Bobby Isaac and
Richard start 1 & 2, and that's the way they finish, with Isaac
winning his 37th career NASCAR victory! More great pit action is
"Atlanta 500" - Just short of the half way mark,
an ignition problem costs Richard three laps and relegates him to
a 6th place finish. Bobby Allison beats out Foyt for the win in
front of 50,00 fans!
"Southeastern 500" at Bristol - Petty starts outside
front row and leads early, but a collision with Jim Vandiver forces
him to the pits and he loses 7 laps during fender repair! Allison
wins his second race in a row, with Richard finishing third.
"Rebel 400" at Darlington - Battling tire problems
all day and avoiding a crash with a spinning Jim Vandiver seven
laps from the end, Richard does a good job to finish 2nd to David
Pearson in the Wood Brothers Mercury.
"Gwyn Staley Memorial" at North Wilkesboro - Walter
Ballard's car catches fire during a pit stop, and Petty is shown
getting service only two pits away amid thick smoke! Afterward,
Richard charges to his third win of the season! Bobby Allison is
"Virginia 500" at Martinsville - Great shots throughout
this DVD of how these Southern short tracks looked more than three
decades ago! Richard takes over the lead 30 laps from the finish
when David Pearson drops out with transmission troubles and, in
front of a capacity crowd of almost 30,000, Richard wins his second
straight race! It's his 4th win of the season, the 144th of his
career and his 11th so far at Martinsville!
To get your own copy of this vintage
NASCAR racing footage, now available on DVD for the first
time ever, send only $29.95 plus $4.00 for shipping and handling.
(Illinois residents must add $2.00 tax).
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