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1981 American 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 29 of 31
Sunday, November 1, 1981 at North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham, NC
492 laps on a 1.017 mile paved track (500.4 miles)

Time of race: 4:39:32
Average Speed: 107.399 mph
Pole Speed: 138.164 mph
Cautions: 12 for 97 laps
Margin of Victory: 2 cl
Attendance: 35,000
Lead changes: 33

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 111   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick49223,410running163185
21428   Bobby Allison Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Buick49217,100running31175
3 233   Harry Gant Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac49210,150running125170
41243   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick49210,400running92165
5162   Joe Ruttman J.D. Stacy   (Jim Stacy)Pontiac4929,700running3160
62415   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford4918,750running0150
71044   Terry Labonte J.D. Stacy   (Billy Hagan)Buick4908,350running0146
8229   Bill Elliott Mell-Gear   (George Elliott)Ford4903,000running17147
9 53   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Richard Childress)Pontiac4897,360running16143
101990   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford4876,190running0134
113747   Ron Bouchard J.D. Stacy   (Jack Beebe)Buick4854,730running0130
122671   Dave Marcis J.D. Stacy   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet4834,270running2132
132764   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4753,980running0124
143167   Buddy Arrington Kyle Petty's Boot Barn   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4703,740running0121
153424   Cecil Gordon Washington Freightliner   (Cecil Gordon)Buick4573,530running0118
16 41   Buddy Baker UNO   (Hoss Ellington)Buick4451,425rear end2120
173299   D.K. Ulrich Ulrich Racing   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick4353,220engine0112
18 388   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet4347,000running16114
19175   Joe Millikan Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac4256,100running0106
203652   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac4042,760running0103
212313   Dick Brooks Carolina Tool   (Bobby Hawkins)Ford379825valve0100
221337   Tim Richmond Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Buick334800crash097
233592   Joe Fields Richmond Printing   (Joe Fields)Buick262775crash094
242917   John Anderson Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Buick2262,290suspension091
25 827   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick2141,225crash088
262548   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac2142,230push rod085
271596   Morgan Shepherd Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Buick205675crash2587
282816   Chuck Bown Rose Auto Wrecking   (Dick Bown)Buick193650engine079
291198   Johnny Rutherford Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Buick172625crash076
303070   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac1652,130engine073
311866   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Oldsmobile1622,125engine070
322175   Gary Balough Ferrailuolo & Sons Excavating   (RahMoc Enterprises)Buick1171,395crash067
333340   Don Hume Newton Oil & Gas   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick101590crash064
34 777   Dean Combs Captains Table   (Irv Sanderson)Buick89585crash061
35 921   Neil Bonnett Warner Hodgdon / National Eng.   (Wood Brothers)Ford551,080crash058
362068   Lennie Pond J.D. Stacy   (Lennie Pond)Buick54575crash055
37 642   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick19870engine052

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip133
  Harry Gant42118
  Ricky Rudd223716
  Dave Marcis38392
  Bill Elliott40434
  Harry Gant445613
  Joe Ruttman57571
  Richard Petty58581
  Buddy Baker59591
  Morgan Shepherd608425
  Harry Gant85928
  Bobby Allison93931
  Dale Earnhardt9410714
  Bill Elliott1081081
  Dale Earnhardt1091102
  Harry Gant11117565
  Buddy Baker1761761
  Bill Elliott17718812
  Harry Gant18920921
  Darrell Waltrip21028475
  Richard Petty2852851
  Darrell Waltrip28630015
  Joe Ruttman3013011
  Darrell Waltrip3023098
  Richard Petty31038475
  Darrell Waltrip3853873
  Bobby Allison38839811
  Richard Petty39941315
  Joe Ruttman4144141
  Darrell Waltrip41546046
  Bobby Allison46147313
  Darrell Waltrip4744807
  Bobby Allison4814866
  Darrell Waltrip4874926

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 4550    
2   Bobby Allison 4482   -68  
3   Harry Gant 3963   -587  
4   Ricky Rudd 3899   -651  
5   Terry Labonte 3731   -819  
6   Dale Earnhardt 3727   -823  
7   Jody Ridley 3704   -846  
8   Richard Petty 3647   -903  
9   Dave Marcis 3338   -1212  
10   Benny Parsons 3310   -1240  
11   Buddy Arrington 3181   -1369  
12   Kyle Petty 3136   -1414  
13   Jimmy Means 3087   -1463  
14   Morgan Shepherd 3065   -1485  
15   Tim Richmond 3018   -1532  
16   Tommy Gale 2961   -1589  
17   J.D. McDuffie 2771   -1779  
18   Lake Speed 2584   -1966  
19   James Hylton 2538   -2012  
20   Ron Bouchard 2513   -2037