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1981 Busch 500 qualifying results


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 22 of 31
Saturday, August 22, 1981 at Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, TN
500 laps on a .533 mile paved track (266.5 miles)

Time of race: 3:08:44
Average Speed: 84.723 mph
Pole Speed: 110.818 mph
Cautions: 7 for 52 laps
Margin of Victory: 1 lap
Attendance: 34,500
Lead changes: 11

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings



Qualifying results for this race:
RankDriverNbrCarTimeSpeed 
1   Darrell Waltrip11Buick17.315   110.818    
2   Harry Gant33Pontiac17.488   109.721    
3   Ricky Rudd88Chevrolet17.488   109.721    
4   Jody Ridley90Ford17.519   109.527    
5   Dave Marcis71Buick17.540   109.396    
6   Bobby Allison28Buick17.571   109.203    
7   Ron Bouchard47Buick17.580   109.147    
8   Benny Parsons15Ford17.587   109.104    
9   Tim Richmond12Oldsmobile17.590   109.085    
10   Richard Petty43Buick17.593   109.067    
11   Kyle Petty42Buick17.631   108.832    
12   Joe Ruttman2Pontiac17.650   108.714    
13   Morgan Shepherd24Buick17.652   108.702    
14   Dale Earnhardt3Pontiac17.652   108.702    
15   Lake Speed66Oldsmobile17.680   108.530    
16   Terry Labonte44Buick17.694   108.444    
17   Gary Balough75Buick17.707   108.364    
18   Mike Alexander37Buick17.830   107.617    
19   Joe Millikan5Pontiac18.069   106.193    
20   Cecil Gordon40Buick18.110   105.953    
21   Buddy Arrington67Dodge18.151   105.714    
22   Ronnie Thomas25Pontiac18.158   105.673    
23   Jimmy Means52Pontiac18.166   105.626    
24   J.D. McDuffie70Pontiac18.203   105.412    
25   Elliott Forbes-Robinson99Buick18.245   105.169    
26   Tommy Gale64Ford18.267   105.042    
27   Lennie Pond68Buick18.392   104.328    
28   Mike Potter17Buick18.876   101.652    
29   James Hylton48Pontiac18.938   101.321    
30   Rick Newsom20Chevrolet19.025   100.857    
31   Joel Stowe08Pontiac   .000    

OP: qualified via owners points
PC: qualified as past champion
PR: provisional
QR: via qualifying race
* - had to qualify on time

Failed to qualify, or withdrew:   Joel Stowe (#08)