A.J. Foyt climbed into the Wood Brothers Ford and drove it to Victory Lane in Ontario, CA at the 2.5 mile speedway. Foyt and the Wood Brothers sat on the pole and took home a purse of $25,595. The win at Ontario in 1972 marked the 39th victory in the Wood Brothers Racing career, their 25th superspeedway win, and the fourth and final win with Foyt as their driver.
David Pearson took the 100th win of his NASCAR GN career when he took the checkered in the 'Carolina 500' at North Carolina Motor Speedway. Benny Parsons and Pearson hooked fenders while battling for the lead with 36 laps to go, spinning Pearson. Pearson pitted for new tires then ran down and passed Parsons for the lead. Donnie Allison, driving relief for brother Bobby, finished second in the Bud Moore Ford. Parsons wound up third. Afterwards, Pearson said "I was the maddest I've ever been. I don't think he did it for meanness, but I was determined I was going to run him down and pass him. I wasn't going to do anything crazy like take us both out of the race. But I wanted to win this one real bad."