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Roger McCluskey’s Plymouth Superbird was victorious in the 1972 Miller High Life 200, the first of four USAC Stock Car races at the Milwaukee Mile that season. It was the start of an impressive month for McCluskey, who would win three of the five races contested in July (his only three wins of the season) on the way to placing second in the series championship. Jack Bowsher, Ramo Stott, Don White, and eventual series champion Butch Hartman would complete the top five.
As was the case in many USAC Stock Car events, a number of the drivers in this race were best known for their open-wheel successes. Gordon Johncock, who finished eighth, would win two Indianapolis 500s, including the 1973 edition; Bobby Unser, who qualified second but blew an engine 41 laps in, won his first Indianapolis 500 in 1968 and added two more in the years after this event.
This article is part of my series of posts intended to help preserve the history of USAC’s Stock Car championship that ran from 1956-1984. If you are the owner of the program linked above and would like for it to be taken down, please email me: metalfuelandrubber at gmail dot com