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1978 Tony Bettenhausen 200


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 12 of 18
Sunday, August 20, 1978 at Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, WI
200 laps on a 1.000 mile paved track (200.0 miles)

Time of race: 1:50:43
Average Speed: 108.369 mph
Pole Speed: 134.933 mph
Cautions: 6 for 28 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 9

Glossary    1978 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1 125   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth20020,905running179400
2 47   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth20010,350running9320
3 320   Gordon Johncock North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS2007,873running5280
4 814   A.J. Foyt Gilmore / Citicorp   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt2006,970running7240
5 72   Al Unser 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Jim Hall)Chaparral / Cosworth1996,345running0200
61340   Steve Krisiloff Foreman Industries   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS1984,116running0160
7 66   Wally Dallenbach Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth1984,151running0120
8 54   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth1984,187running0100
91629   Cliff Hucul Longhorn Racing   (Hucul-Hunter-Arndt)McLaren / Offy1963,322running080
101543   Tom Bigelow Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Wildcat / DGS1953,257running060
111724   Sheldon Kinser Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy1952,925running040
121826   Jim McElreath Circle City Coal   (Jim McElreath)Eagle / Offy1942,892running020
131492   Al Loquasto McCord Auto   (Tassi Vatis)Eagle / Offy1912,659running010
142275   Todd Gibson Gibson Racing   (Todd Gibson)Eagle / Offy1892,527running010
15 21   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth1813,094running010
161219   Spike Gehlhausen Tibon   (Carl Gehlhausen)Eagle / Offy1642,315crash010
171985   Larry Cannon Natural Lite Beer   (Larry Cannon)Wildcat / DGS1342,262oil leak08
182090   Lee Kunzman Hank's Datsun   (Art Sugai)Sugai / Offy1022,209brakes08
191016   Johnny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy832,156oil leak08
201148   Bobby Unser ARCO Graphite   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Cosworth772,703fuel return08
21 917   Dick Simon La Machine   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy502,077half shaft06
222198   Gary Bettenhausen Oberdorfer   (Grant King)King / Offy332,050piston06

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Tom Bagley22Kent Oil
Joe Saldana69Team 69
Mike Mosley78Alex Foods

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
133   #4 spun turn 2 
45552  
56627   #17 accident turn 1 
638321  
84918   #16 oil on track 
9210312  
1041052   debris 
1061083  
1091102   debris 
11117060  
1711766   #19,43 accident turn 3 
17720024  
  Percent of race run under caution: 14.0%             Average green flag run: 28.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Danny Ongais15757
  Gordon Johncock58581
  A.J. Foyt59657
  Gordon Johncock66661
  Danny Ongais678519
  Gordon Johncock86861
  Danny Ongais8714761
  Gordon Johncock1481492
  Rick Mears1501589
  Danny Ongais15920042

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Tom Sneva 3278    
2   Al Unser 2644   -634  
3   Wally Dallenbach 2418   -860  
4   Johnny Rutherford 2311   -967  
5   Gordon Johncock 2216   -1062  
6   Steve Krisiloff 2215   -1063  
7   A.J. Foyt 2174   -1104  
8   Danny Ongais 2068   -1210  
9   Rick Mears 1491   -1787  
10   Larry Dickson 1121   -2157  
11   Bobby Unser 986   -2292  
12   George Snider 660   -2618  
13   Johnny Parsons 623   -2655  
14   Tom Bigelow 578   -2700  
15   Dick Simon 553   -2725  
16   Jim McElreath 478   -2800  
17   Tom Bagley 431   -2847  
18   Salt Walther 371   -2907  
19   Bobby Olivero 360   -2918  
20   Sheldon Kinser 349   -2929