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1978 NAPA 400


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NASCAR Winston West Series race number 7 of 22
Combination race with Winston Cup drivers
An explanation of combination races from The Third Turn External page

Sunday, June 11, 1978 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
95 laps on a 2.620 mile road course (248.9 miles)

Time of race: 2:23:10
Average Speed: 104.311 mph
Pole Speed: 112.882 mph
Cautions: 1 for 4 laps
Margin of Victory: 29 sec
Attendance: 28,000
Lead changes: 10

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston West Series results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
27 121   David Pearson   (WC)Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury661,650overheating0
5 211   Cale Yarborough   (WC)1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile948,400running47
4 32   Dave Marcis   (WC)Shoney's   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet955,850running3
1 472   Benny Parsons   (WC)1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet9522,750running26
3 515   Bobby Allison   (WC)Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford9510,050running12
32 601   Jimmy Insolo Lake's Drywall   (Gerald Craker)Oldsmobile29625engine3
2 743   Richard Petty   (WC)STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge9514,200running4
35 893   Norm Palmer Norm PalmerDodge8500crash0
8 973   Bill Schmitt Old Milwaukee   (Bill Schmitt)Oldsmobile933,820running0
10105   Neil Bonnett   (WC)Armor All   (Jim Stacy)Dodge924,900running0
171148   Hershel McGriff   (WC)Hershel McGriffChevrolet901,640running0
61232   Ray Elder Midland Motor Homes   (Dave Hill)Dodge944,000running0
91351   Jim Thirkettle Allied Box & Crate   (Jim Thirkettle)Buick932,760running0
231481   John Borneman Borneman Plastering   (John Borneman)Chevrolet74850transmission0
15153   Richard Childress   (WC)CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile912,025running0
141640   D.K. Ulrich   (WC)D.K. UlrichChevrolet912,310running0
331799   Don Noel   (WC)Don NoelChevrolet22600transmission0
111830   Tighe Scott   (WC)Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet922,940running0
241970   J.D. McDuffie   (WC)J.D. McDuffieChevrolet721,325transmission0
262064   Dick Brooks   (WC)Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford671,275engine0
162188   Darrell Waltrip   (WC)Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet914,725running0
222252   Don Graham City Tow   (Rodney Friesen)Chevrolet75875wheel bearing0
72354   Lennie Pond   (WC)W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet943,230running0
252425   Ronnie Thomas   (WC)Louise Smith   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet701,800transmission0
302558   Rocky Moran   (WC)Daisy Shoppe   (Rocky Moran)Buick50675engine0
292679   Frank Warren   (WC)Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge571,200running0
182767   Buddy Arrington   (WC)Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Ford891,605running0
192812   Richard White Lindsay Auto Parts   (Mike White)Chevrolet881,070running0
132908   Rick McCray Bob's Paint & Body   (Rick McCray)Chevrolet922,020running0
123024   Cecil Gordon   (WC)Chuck Walters   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet922,730running0
213119   Dick May   (WC)Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet861,400running0
313241   Ernie Stierly Allied Plating   (Ernie Stierly)Chevrolet42650transmission0
343355   Bill Baker Golden West Lumber   (Bill Baker)Buick20550oil leak0
203417   Harry Goularte Associated Concrete   (Harry Goularte)Chevrolet881,025running0
283537   Chuck Wahl   (WC)Excel Trailer   (DuWayne Wahl)Chevrolet59725oil leak0

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Cale Yarborough199
  Jimmy Insolo10123
  Dave Marcis13153
  Cale Yarborough163924
  Benny Parsons40401
  Cale Yarborough415414
  Richard Petty55584
  Benny Parsons59668
  Bobby Allison677812
  Benny Parsons799517

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jimmy Insolo 343    
2   Ray Elder 325   -18  
3   Bill Schmitt 317   -26  
4   Richard White 316   -27  
5   Rick McCray 292   -51  
6   John Borneman 280   -63  
7   Harry Goularte 255   -88  
8   Gary Johnson 251   -92  
9   Don Graham 237   -106  
10   Ernie Stierly 234   -109  
11   Bill Baker 234   -109  
12   Frank Bigelow 208   -135  
13   Ron Gautsche 197   -146  
14   Pat Mintey 192   -151  
15   John Krebs 191   -152  
16   Dick Whalen 152   -191  
17   Steve Pfeifer 150   -193  
18   Ron McGee 142   -201  
19   Jim Thirkettle 141   -202  
20   Johnny Steele 108   -235