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1978 Delaware 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 24 of 30
Sunday, September 17, 1978 at Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover, DE
500 laps on a 1.000 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 4:11:20
Average Speed: 119.323 mph
Pole Speed: 135.48 mph
Cautions: 3 for 18 laps
Margin of Victory: 19.7 sec
Attendance: 30,000
Lead changes: 7

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 215   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford50019,500running267185
2 811   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile50015,100running221175
3 627   Buddy Baker M.C. AndersonChevrolet4998,700running1170
4 521   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury4984,600running0160
5 788   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet4977,000running1160
61490   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Ford4964,300running0150
71254   Lennie Pond W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile4935,300running0146
8102   Dave Marcis Rod OsterlundChevrolet4933,130running0142
9131   Donnie Allison Grog Pond   (Pee Wee Griffin)Oldsmobile4891,800running0138
101592   Dick May Duck Industries   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet4853,220running0134
111625   Ronnie Thomas Autowize   (Norman Negre)Chevrolet4833,560running0130
12 33   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile4823,340running0127
131848   Al Holbert Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Chevrolet4722,655running0124
142724   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet4682,470running0121
15298   Ed Negre Jones Chrysler-Plymouth   (Ed Negre)Dodge4672,285running0118
162601   Earle Canavan Earle CanavanDodge4601,200running0 
172064   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4581,975running0112
182217   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet4571,050running0109
193134   Nestor Peles Steve PelesChevrolet4391,000running0106
20214   Gary Myers Spencer's Baby Wear   (Gary Myers)Chevrolet438900engine0103
213279   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge4381,440running0100
222367   Buddy Arrington Lafayette Radio   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4321,405running097
233045   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet4201,345running094
243609   Nelson Oswald G & S Truck Service   (Nelson Oswald)Chevrolet335700engine091
251930   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet3201,275oil pan088
26 972   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet3114,350engine085
271143   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet2694,525ignition082
282529   Dave Dion Green Mountain   (Dave Dion)Ford238600engine079
29 45   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Rod Osterlund)Oldsmobile2203,775crash076
302897   Ralph Jones Ralph JonesFord186550engine073
313319   Joey Arrington Rossmeyer   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1431,040rear end070
322452   Jimmy Means Means Racing   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1401,030engine067
33 170   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet801,520engine1069
341718   James Hylton Hylton Engineering   (James Hylton)Chevrolet10510quit0 
353735   Louis Gatto L & J AutomotiveChevrolet5500flagged058
363461   Ferrel Harris Jones Chrysler-Plymouth   (Ed Negre)Chrysler3490quit0 
373581   Jabe Thomas Louise Smith   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet1480quit052

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  J.D. McDuffie11010
  Bobby Allison112010
  Cale Yarborough219777
  Darrell Waltrip98981
  Cale Yarborough99242144
  Bobby Allison24331775
  Buddy Baker3183181
  Bobby Allison319500182

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 3867    
2   Dave Marcis 3482   -385  
3   Benny Parsons 3479   -388  
4   Darrell Waltrip 3423   -444  
5   Bobby Allison 3361   -506  
6   Richard Petty 3156   -711  
7   Lennie Pond 2986   -881  
8   Dick Brooks 2948   -919  
9   Buddy Arrington 2936   -931  
10   Richard Childress 2843   -1024  
11   Tighe Scott 2571   -1296  
12   J.D. McDuffie 2560   -1307  
13   Neil Bonnett 2558   -1309  
14   Frank Warren 2484   -1383  
15   D.K. Ulrich 2452   -1415  
16   David Pearson 2296   -1571  
17   Dick May 2288   -1579  
18   Ronnie Thomas 2257   -1610  
19   Jimmy Means 2253   -1614  
20   Cecil Gordon 2138   -1729