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1981 Busch 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 22 of 31
Saturday, August 22, 1981 at Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, TN
500 laps on a .533 mile paved track (266.5 miles)

Time of race: 3:08:44
Average Speed: 84.723 mph
Pole Speed: 110.818 mph
Cautions: 7 for 52 laps
Margin of Victory: 1 lap
Attendance: 34,500
Lead changes: 11

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)Buick50018,800running251185
2 388   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet49912,375running92175
31644   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick4988,800running0165
4 628   Bobby Allison Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Buick4977,075running4165
5 747   Ron Bouchard J.D. Stacy   (Jack Beebe)Buick4975,650running0155
6 815   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford4976,250running0150
71566   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Oldsmobile4934,170running0146
8 912   Tim Richmond UNO   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile4881,315crash0142
9 571   Dave Marcis Bowlin Coal   (Dave Marcis)Buick4873,600running0138
102067   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4863,780running0134
11 233   Harry Gant Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac4853,695running0130
122252   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac4803,035running0127
132370   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac4792,875running0124
142668   Lennie Pond Bekaert   (Lennie Pond)Buick4781,000running0121
152564   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4712,615running0118
162848   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac4642,475running0115
17185   Joe Millikan Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac4344,965running0112
191324   Morgan Shepherd Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Buick3391,905rear end104111
182125   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac3922,255running0109
21122   Joe Ruttman J.D. Stacy   (Jim Stacy)Pontiac3025,100oil pan49105
20 490   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford3172,875sway bar0103
222920   Rick Newsom Newsom Racing   (Rick Newsom)Chevrolet248635handling097
232499   Elliott Forbes-RobinsonUlrich Racing   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick246870brakes094
241043   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick735,060cylinder head091
251737   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Buick49595crash088
262717   Mike Potter Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet321,130steering085
27143   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Richard Childress)Pontiac312,620crash082
281142   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick28860transmission079
293008   Joel Stowe Don SatterfieldPontiac14540flagged076
301940   Cecil Gordon Dixie Engineering   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick3530quit073

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Joel Stowe08Pontiac

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip15151
  Morgan Shepherd52155104
  Darrell Waltrip1561561
  Bobby Allison1571604
  Ricky Rudd16125090
  Darrell Waltrip2512522
  Joe Ruttman25330048
  Darrell Waltrip3013011
  Joe Ruttman3023021
  Darrell Waltrip303416114
  Ricky Rudd4174182
  Darrell Waltrip41950082

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 3345    
2   Darrell Waltrip 3295   -50  
3   Harry Gant 3077   -268  
4   Ricky Rudd 3004   -341  
5   Terry Labonte 2864   -481  
6   Richard Petty 2838   -507  
7   Dale Earnhardt 2828   -517  
8   Jody Ridley 2801   -544  
9   Benny Parsons 2657   -688  
10   Dave Marcis 2489   -856  
11   Kyle Petty 2457   -888  
12   Buddy Arrington 2365   -980  
13   Jimmy Means 2331   -1014  
14   Morgan Shepherd 2284   -1061  
15   J.D. McDuffie 2280   -1065  
16   Tim Richmond 2219   -1126  
17   Tommy Gale 2216   -1129  
18   Richard Childress 2144   -1201  
19   James Hylton 2074   -1271  
20   Lake Speed 1965   -1380