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1981 Coca-Cola 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 5 of 31
Sunday, March 15, 1981 at Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA
328 laps on a 1.522 mile paved track (499.2 miles)

Time of race: 3:44:10
Average Speed: 133.619 mph
Pole Speed: 162.94 mph
Cautions: 5 for 39 laps
Margin of Victory: 33 sec
Attendance: 61,500
Lead changes: 23

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
40 31   Buddy Baker UNO   (Hoss Ellington)Oldsmobile86900engine043
361111   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick1316,390engine3260
292312   Donnie Allison The 5 Racers   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile1891,080engine076
51315   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford32611,975running4160
32 616   David Pearson Halpern Enterprises   (Joel Halpern)Chevrolet1531,000engine472
304017   Steve Spencer Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Buick1702,290oil pump073
3 52   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac32719,400running0165
203920   Rick Newsom City   (Rick Newsom)Chevrolet2941,725running0103
28 421   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford2341,605water pump8484
162722   Stan Barrett Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac3151,885running0115
373724   Cecil Gordon Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Buick1241,430engine052
314225   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac1591,510clutch070
11727   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick32828,950running71180
43028   Bobby Allison Tuf-Lon   (Harry Ranier)Pontiac32714,415running4165
17 83   Richard Childress Downey's Auto Parts   (Richard Childress)Pontiac3114,160running1117
331837   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Buick139990engine064
41 942   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick17900engine040
381443   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick1136,370engine3454
19 144   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick3089,155running0106
2 247   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick32832,705running94180
252248   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac2542,510engine088
8205   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac3254,765running0142
71551   A.J. Foyt Gilmore / Valvoline   (A.J. Foyt)Oldsmobile3254,425running0146
214152   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac2823,250running0100
342953   Slick Johnson Johnson Racing   (J.D. Johnson)Chevrolet138980cam061
133557   Bill Elswick Performance Boat   (RahMoc Enterprises)Buick3172,445running0124
10256   Joe Ruttman The 5 Racers   (Jim Stacy)Buick3223,485running0134
183264   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford3103,940running0109
352166   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Buick133970oil pump058
142667   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3164,880running0121
23367   Bruce Hill Hill Racing   (Bruce Hill)Buick2752,990running094
113170   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac3215,380running0130
272871   Dave Marcis Bowlin Coal   (Dave Marcis)Oldsmobile2382,635crash082
151275   Joe Millikan RahMoc EnterprisesBuick3154,630fuel pump0118
243479   Dick May Miller Roofing   (Junior Miller)Oldsmobile2672,805oil pump091
392486   Elliott Forbes-RobinsonHoward & Egerton   (Richard Howard)Buick97910crash046
221688   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Buick2807,760running097
9109   Bill Elliott Mell-Gear   (George Elliott)Ford3233,705running0138
6 790   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford3269,680running0150
423894   Bobby Wawak Louise Smith   (Bobby Wawak)Pontiac10900piston037
123398   Johnny Rutherford Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Pontiac3212,575running0127
261999   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick2412,420crash085

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Harry Gant12222
  Richard Childress23231
  Benny Parsons24241
  David Pearson25284
  Darrell Waltrip295426
  Richard Petty557925
  Darrell Waltrip80856
  Bobby Allison86894
  Harry Gant90901
  Richard Petty91999
  Neil Bonnett10011819
  Cale Yarborough1191224
  Neil Bonnett12313917
  Harry Gant14016627
  Benny Parsons1671693
  Neil Bonnett17021748
  Cale Yarborough2182181
  Harry Gant21923820
  Cale Yarborough2392479
  Harry Gant24825912
  Cale Yarborough26026910
  Harry Gant27028112
  Cale Yarborough28232847

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 779    
2   Richard Petty 734   -45  
3   Dale Earnhardt 721   -58  
4   Jody Ridley 696   -83  
5   Joe Millikan 674   -105  
6   Harry Gant 656   -123  
7   Ricky Rudd 628   -151  
8   Darrell Waltrip 597   -182  
9   Benny Parsons 591   -188  
10   Richard Childress 552   -227  
11   Terry Labonte 514   -265  
12   J.D. McDuffie 513   -266  
13   Buddy Arrington 511   -268  
14   Jimmy Means 506   -273  
15   Cale Yarborough 502   -277  
16   Dave Marcis 499   -280  
17   Tim Richmond 461   -318  
18   James Hylton 458   -321  
19   Kyle Petty 443   -336  
20   Tommy Gale 436   -343