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1979 Winston Western 500


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NASCAR Winston West Series race number 1 of 16
Combination race with Winston Cup drivers
An explanation of combination races from The Third Turn External page

Sunday, January 14, 1979 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
119 laps on a 2.620 mile road course (311.8 miles)

Time of race: 2:53:30
Average Speed: 107.82 mph
Pole Speed: 113.659 mph
Cautions: none
Margin of Victory: 3.27 sec
Attendance: 68,000
Lead changes: 13

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston West Series results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
2 121   David Pearson   (WC)Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury11914,200running9
3 211   Cale Yarborough   (WC)Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile11912,675running3
19 315   Bobby Allison   (WC)Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford1054,950engine15
1 488   Darrell Waltrip   (WC)Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet11921,150running87
26 527   Benny Parsons   (WC)Hodgdon Tool   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet56955transmission0
32 643   Richard Petty   (WC)STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet144,600engine0
16 701   Jimmy Insolo Lake's Drywall   (Gerald Craker)Oldsmobile1113,380oil pump0
4 873   Bill Schmitt Old Milwaukee   (Jim Schmitt)Oldsmobile1188,000running0
24 902   Dave Marcis   (WC)Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet811,055running0
21102   Dale Earnhardt   (WC)Rod OsterlundChevrolet1032,230running0
71128   Buddy Baker   (WC)W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet1186,350running0
141240   D.K. Ulrich   (WC)Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick1133,310running0
20137   Al Holbert   (WC)Bosch   (Al Holbert)Chevrolet1041,195running5
81451   Jim Thirkettle Allied Box & Crate   (Jim Thirkettle)Buick1172,450running0
61572   Joe Millikan   (WC)L.G. DeWittChevrolet1187,050running0
111648   James Hylton   (WC)Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1144,200running0
5171   Donnie Allison   (WC)Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet1187,550running0
271879   Frank Warren   (WC)10,000 RPM Speed Equipment   (Frank Warren)Dodge481,755engine0
251924   Cecil Gordon   (WC)Gordon-Barnicle   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile661,875engine0
172070   J.D. McDuffie   (WC)Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1092,720running0
102112   Harry Gant   (WC)Black Diamond Coal   (Kennie Childers)Chevrolet1162,350running0
332205   Dick Brooks   (WC)Bearfinder   (Nelson Malloch)Oldsmobile12600engine0
15233   Richard Childress   (WC)CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1123,060running0
122425   Ronnie Thomas   (WC)1st National City Travelers Checks   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet1144,780running0
352544   Terry Labonte   (WC)Duck Industries   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet71,000engine0
92674   Tim Williamson Cal-Four   (Charles Williamson)Chevrolet1162,300running0
292722   Richard White Boulevard Automotive   (Mike White)Chevrolet32805engine0
34285   Neil Bonnett   (WC)Tune Up Masters   (Jim Stacy)Chevrolet101,050clutch0
312999   Don Noel Noel's Welding Shop   (Don Noel)Chevrolet15700transmission0
183067   Buddy Arrington   (WC)Switzer Contractors   (Buddy Arrington)Ford1092,560running0
303181   Jim Robinson Borneman Plastering   (Arthur Godfrey)Chevrolet17755engine0
283213   Don Puskarich Matt PuskarichChevrolet47855running0
233317   Harry Goularte Associated Concrete   (Harry Goularte)Chevrolet821,460running0
133419   Vince Giamformaggio   (WC)Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet1133,470running0
223552   Don Graham City Tow   (Rodney Friesen)Chevrolet1001,495engine0

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Cale Yarborough133
  Darrell Waltrip42017
  Bobby Allison21277
  David Pearson28281
  Al Holbert29302
  Darrell Waltrip315929
  Al Holbert60623
  David Pearson63631
  Darrell Waltrip649027
  David Pearson91944
  Bobby Allison951028
  David Pearson1031053
  Darrell Waltrip10611914

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bill Schmitt 60    
2   Jim Thirkettle 49   -11  
3   Tim Williamson 48   -12  
4   Jimmy Insolo 47   -13  
5   Don Graham 46   -14  
6   Harry Goularte 45   -15  
7   Don Puskarich 44   -16  
8   Richard White 43   -17  
9   Jim Robinson 42   -18  
10   Don Noel 41   -19