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1979 American 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 29 of 31
Sunday, October 21, 1979 at North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham, NC
492 laps on a 1.017 mile paved track (500.4 miles)

Time of race: 4:37:04
Average Speed: 108.356 mph
Pole Speed: 141.315 mph
Cautions: 12 for 82 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.17 sec
Attendance: 45,000
Lead changes: 23

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
33 128   Buddy Baker W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet1412,580rear end469
2 227   Benny Parsons Griffin Marine   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet49215,950running168180
6 388   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet4847,100running29155
29 421   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury2331,120crash9581
18 572   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet4264,900running0109
4 61   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet4905,000running6165
1 743   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet49220,960running139180
19 815   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford4224,800crash0106
3 911   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Chevrolet49211,800running50170
5102   Dale Earnhardt Rod OsterlundChevrolet4888,300running0155
151105   Dick Brooks Comp Con   (Nelson Malloch)Chevrolet4521,750engine0118
211247   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Chevrolet416825running0100
201390   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Ford4202,480crash0103
271444   Terry Labonte Technicraft   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet2591,555engine187
7153   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet4765,400running0146
91671   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet4752,575running0138
371730   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick171,100oil cooler052
321819   Glenn Jarrett Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet1641,115oil pressure067
231917   Bill Elliott Kings Inn   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet3912,035running094
82025   Ronnie Thomas Stone's Cafeteria   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet4765,950running0142
282140   D.K. Ulrich U.S. Army   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick2531,500running079
112248   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet4704,080running0130
312352   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet2271,450overheating070
342446   Travis Tiller Ring Enterprises   (Travis Tiller)Buick76570rotor061
172567   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4342,890running0112
362661   Bub Strickler Budweiser   (Jim Norris)Oldsmobile67550crash055
302718   Randy Ogden Jack OgdenChevrolet227610fatigue0 
222845   Baxter Price Iron Peddlers   (Baxter Price)Oldsmobile4122,170crash097
132924   Cecil Gordon Cecil GordonOldsmobile4563,440running0124
103051   Slick Johnson J.D. JohnsonChevrolet4742,300running0134
263199   Dick May Bill HollarChevrolet267700overheating0 
123264   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4563,670running0127
243379   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge3761,850overheating091
163400   Freddy Smith Petty's of Spartanburg   (Marvin Petty)Chevrolet4521,400running0 
353576   Mike Potter Mike PotterChevrolet73560engine0 
143675   Bill Elswick RahMoc EnterprisesOldsmobile4532,100running0 
253770   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet3541,615rear end088

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
166  
7115  
12176  
183013  
317040  
71766  
77793  
80834  
84227144  
2282325  
2332375  
2382447  
24529753  
29831114  
31239483  
3954006  
40142525  
42643611  
4374437  
4444485  
4494513  
4524565  
4574571  
4584614  
46249231  
  Percent of race run under caution: 17.3%             Average green flag run: 31.3 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Buddy Baker144
  Benny Parsons551
  Neil Bonnett67166
  Richard Petty72721
  Terry Labonte73731
  Neil Bonnett7410229
  Richard Petty10315856
  Darrell Waltrip1591602
  Benny Parsons1611633
  Donnie Allison1641696
  Cale Yarborough17021950
  Richard Petty22022910
  Darrell Waltrip2302301
  Richard Petty23124010
  Darrell Waltrip24126626
  Richard Petty26730034
  Benny Parsons30133838
  Richard Petty3393457
  Benny Parsons34644499
  Richard Petty4454451
  Benny Parsons44646419
  Richard Petty46547511
  Benny Parsons4764838
  Richard Petty4844929

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Richard Petty 4520    
2   Darrell Waltrip 4512   -8  
3   Bobby Allison 4293   -227  
4   Cale Yarborough 4259   -261  
5   Benny Parsons 3993   -527  
6   Joe Millikan 3749   -771  
7   Richard Childress 3502   -1018  
8   Dale Earnhardt 3431   -1089  
9   Buddy Arrington 3371   -1149  
10   Ricky Rudd 3361   -1159  
11   D.K. Ulrich 3356   -1164  
12   Terry Labonte 3345   -1175  
13   J.D. McDuffie 3271   -1249  
14   James Hylton 3205   -1315  
15   Buddy Baker 3033   -1487  
16   Frank Warren 3011   -1509  
17   Ronnie Thomas 2751   -1769  
18   Tommy Gale 2637   -1883  
19   Cecil Gordon 2597   -1923  
20   Dave Marcis 2530   -1990