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1978 Schaefer 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 8 of 18
Sunday, June 25, 1978 at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:30:53
Average Speed: 142.261 mph
Pole Speed: 190.335 mph
Cautions: 8 for 62 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 23

Glossary    1978 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1102   Al Unser 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Jim Hall)Chaparral / Cosworth20089,046running651000
2 34   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth20041,996running20800
3 21   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth20026,671running10700
4126   Wally Dallenbach Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth19816,871running0600
51480   Larry Dickson Polak Construction   (Russ Polak)McLaren / Cosworth19613,021cylinder head10500
61684   George Snider Gilmore / Citicorp   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt19610,221running0400
72278   Mike Mosley Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy1939,621running0300
8 414   A.J. Foyt Gilmore / Citicorp   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt19010,321engine20250
92992   Al Loquasto T&L McCord   (Tassi Vatis)Eagle / Offy1898,221running0200
10 98   Pancho Carter Budweiser   (Robert Fletcher)Lightning / Cosworth1887,871gearbox0150
112385   Larry Cannon Natural Lite Beer   (Larry Cannon)Wildcat / DGS1887,071engine0100
122724   Sheldon Kinser Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy1856,571running050
13 877   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)McLaren / Cosworth1756,221transmission025
14 520   Gordon Johncock North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS1656,721piston1525
151843   Tom Bigelow Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Wildcat / DGS1616,271running025
162430   Jerry Sneva Smock Material   (Marv Schmidt)McLaren / Offy1596,921turbocharger025
171929   Cliff Hucul Wendy's Hamburger   (Hucul-Hunter-Arndt)McLaren / Offy1585,771fuel pump020
182838   Jerry Karl Bentzel Construction   (Ralph Bentzel)McLaren / Offy1495,621engine020
19 125   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth1306,321transmission5920
20 748   Bobby Unser ARCO Graphite   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Cosworth1165,921suspension020
211769   Joe Saldana Team 69   (Richard Hoffman)Eagle / Offy1125,171valve015
221116   Johnny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy835,021overheating015
23 67   Mario Andretti Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth735,321gearbox115
243287   Phil Threshie Machinists Union   (Frank Fiore)Lightning / Offy634,721engine015
252526   Jim McElreath Circle City Coal   (Jim McElreath)Eagle / Offy584,671crash010
261522   Tom Bagley Kent Oil   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy554,421crash010
272618   Bubby Jones Simon Shopping Centers   (Bobby Hillin)Wildcat / DGS524,271turbocharger010
283181   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Dairy Queen   (Wayne Woodward)Eagle / Offy524,121piston010
293098   Gary Bettenhausen Oberdorfer   (Grant King)King / Offy463,971stalled05
302117   Dick Simon La Machine   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy363,821piston05
312019   Spike Gehlhausen Tibon   (Carl Gehlhausen)Eagle / Offy343,671valve05
321340   Steve Krisiloff Foreman Industries   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS133,571crash05
333390   Lee Kunzman Hank's Datsun   (Art Sugai)Sugai / Offy13,571oil pressure05

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Roger Rager42Dairy Queen

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
144  
573   #92 tow-in 
8103   #81 spun turn 2 
11133  
14207   #40,84 accident turn 3 
21288  
29335   #22 tow-in 
34363  
374610   #98 stalled turn 1 
475812  
59679   #22,26 accident turn 1 
6810033  
1011022   #29 tow-in 
1031108  
11113323   #87 tow-in 
13420067  
  Percent of race run under caution: 31.0%             Average green flag run: 17.2 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Danny Ongais11515
  A.J. Foyt16172
  Tom Sneva18258
  Danny Ongais263813
  A.J. Foyt395315
  Mario Andretti54541
  Larry Dickson55639
  A.J. Foyt64663
  Gordon Johncock67748
  Al Unser759016
  Gordon Johncock91933
  Danny Ongais94985
  Al Unser991035
  Danny Ongais1041118
  Larry Dickson1121121
  Danny Ongais11313018
  Gordon Johncock1311344
  Johnny Rutherford1351362
  Al Unser13715620
  Johnny Rutherford1571648
  Al Unser16517814
  Tom Sneva1791802
  Johnny Rutherford18119010
  Al Unser19120010

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Tom Sneva 2673    
2   Al Unser 2420   -253  
3   Wally Dallenbach 1718   -955  
4   Gordon Johncock 1718   -955  
5   Steve Krisiloff 1615   -1058  
6   Danny Ongais 1503   -1170  
7   A.J. Foyt 1344   -1329  
8   Johnny Rutherford 1251   -1422  
9   Larry Dickson 1081   -1592  
10   Rick Mears 785   -1888  
11   George Snider 650   -2023  
12   Bobby Unser 468   -2205  
13   Tom Bigelow 418   -2255  
14   Dick Simon 371   -2302  
15   Salt Walther 363   -2310  
16   Johnny Parsons 361   -2312  
17   Bobby Olivero 360   -2313  
18   Mike Mosley 328   -2345  
19   Jim McElreath 310   -2363  
20   Sheldon Kinser 295   -2378