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1979 Coca-Cola 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 19 of 31
Monday, July 30, 1979 at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 4:20:24
Average Speed: 115.207 mph
Pole Speed: 148.711 mph
Cautions: 7 for 46 laps
Margin of Victory: under caution
Attendance: 40,000
Lead changes: 56

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 211   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Chevrolet20021,465running61180
21043   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet20015,465running17175
3 928   Buddy Baker W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet2008,490running7170
4 527   Benny Parsons Harrisburg East Mall   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet2007,765running0160
71822   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (Al Rudd)Chevrolet2002,715running62156
5 690   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury2006,215running0155
61572   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet2007,215running0150
8 721   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury2002,815running8147
9 415   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford1995,915running1143
101630   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick1984,295running0134
112340   D.K. Ulrich Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet1973,685running0130
12393   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet1963,525running0127
131370   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1963,305running0124
15 147   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Chevrolet1952,915running1123
141725   Ronnie Thomas Stone's Cafeteria   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet1964,095running0121
162052   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1942,785running0115
172464   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1902,555running0112
182524   Cecil Gordon Cecil GordonOldsmobile1892,370running0109
192879   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1882,135ignition0106
201905   Dick Brooks Bearfinder   (Nelson Malloch)Chevrolet1881,600running0103
213634   Steve Peles Steve PelesChevrolet1871,180running0100
222167   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1872,025ignition097
231244   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet1841,980running094
242963   Jocko Maggiacomo Shaw Motors   (Jocko Maggiacomo)Oldsmobile1721,105running091
253309   Nelson Oswald J & S Truck Service   (Nelson Oswald)Chevrolet1681,080engine088
263420   Rick Newsom MARS   (Rick Newsom)Oldsmobile1661,055running085
273201   Earle Canavan Green's Auto Parts   (Earle Canavan)Dodge1401,030engine082
29 32   Dale Earnhardt Rod OsterlundChevrolet984,680crash4381
282257   Dick May McClure Motors   (Alfred McClure)Ford1031,005engine079
303561   Wayne Broome Jim NorrisOldsmobile92955engine073
313145   Baxter Price Iron Peddlers   (Baxter Price)Chevrolet881,430engine070
333848   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet401,380engine064
341112   Lennie Pond Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile15850steering061
351487   Gary Balough Fast Lane Ltd.   (Billie Harvey)Oldsmobile9840clutch058
363723   Louis Gatto L & J AutomotiveChevrolet5820ignition055
37 87   Al Holbert Holbert Porsche-Audi   (Al Holbert)Chevrolet11,065crash052
382617   Roger Hamby Kings Inn   (Roger Hamby)Oldsmobile11,310crash049
393019   Steve Gray Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet11,305crash046
322755   Wayne Watercutter Ward Racing EnterprisesChevrolet48905crash0 

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Cale Yarborough111
  Dale Earnhardt21413
  Darrell Waltrip15162
  Dale Earnhardt17182
  Darrell Waltrip19191
  Dale Earnhardt20201
  Darrell Waltrip21222
  Dale Earnhardt234422
  Cale Yarborough45451
  Bobby Allison46461
  Dale Earnhardt47482
  Cale Yarborough49568
  Dale Earnhardt57582
  Cale Yarborough59591
  Darrell Waltrip60601
  Cale Yarborough61644
  Richard Petty65662
  Darrell Waltrip67704
  Cale Yarborough71711
  Darrell Waltrip72754
  Cale Yarborough76783
  Darrell Waltrip79835
  Cale Yarborough84841
  Dale Earnhardt85851
  Richard Petty86883
  Buddy Baker89902
  Cale Yarborough91911
  Darrell Waltrip92921
  Cale Yarborough931008
  Buddy Baker1011011
  Richard Petty1021109
  Cale Yarborough1111166
  Richard Petty1171171
  Harry Gant1181181
  Darrell Waltrip1191191
  Neil Bonnett1201278
  Cale Yarborough1281303
  Buddy Baker1311388
  Cale Yarborough1391446
  Darrell Waltrip1451462
  Richard Petty1471471
  Darrell Waltrip1481503
  Buddy Baker1511511
  Cale Yarborough1521521
  Buddy Baker1531542
  Darrell Waltrip1551573
  Cale Yarborough1581581
  Buddy Baker1591591
  Darrell Waltrip1601689
  Cale Yarborough1691702
  Darrell Waltrip1711744
  Cale Yarborough1751751
  Darrell Waltrip17618712
  Cale Yarborough1881881
  Richard Petty1891891
  Cale Yarborough19020011

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 3061    
2   Richard Petty 2852   -209  
3   Cale Yarborough 2850   -211  
4   Bobby Allison 2845   -216  
5   Dale Earnhardt 2588   -473  
6   Benny Parsons 2557   -504  
7   Joe Millikan 2471   -590  
8   J.D. McDuffie 2263   -798  
9   Richard Childress 2256   -805  
10   D.K. Ulrich 2197   -864  
11   Terry Labonte 2191   -870  
12   Buddy Arrington 2170   -891  
13   James Hylton 2133   -928  
14   Buddy Baker 2125   -936  
15   Frank Warren 2002   -1059  
16   Ricky Rudd 1920   -1141  
17   Ronnie Thomas 1765   -1296  
18   Donnie Allison 1677   -1384  
19   Cecil Gordon 1660   -1401  
20   Tommy Gale 1628   -1433