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1981 Valleydale 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 6 of 31
Sunday, March 29, 1981 at Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, TN
500 laps on a .533 mile paved track (266.5 miles)

Time of race: 2:58:36
Average Speed: 89.53 mph
Pole Speed: 112.125 mph
Cautions: 8 for 44 laps
Margin of Victory: 2.5 sec
Attendance: 33,000
Lead changes: 21

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
302906   Ernie Cline Bush Inc.   (Ernie Cline)Pontiac77550brakes073
1 111   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick50022,450running323185
5 815   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford4997,375running57160
203117   Steve Spencer Slick 50   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet4681,625running0103
28 22   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac1407,270crash6584
233020   Rick Newsom City   (Rick Newsom)Chevrolet356650engine094
212524   Cecil Gordon Brian's Steakhouse   (Cecil Gordon)Buick4611,600running0100
181025   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac4732,020running0109
251526   Butch Lindley Lindley Racing   (Butch Lindley)Chevrolet194600engine993
31128   Bobby Allison Tuf-Lon   (Harry Ranier)Pontiac50010,450running0165
16203   Richard Childress Nichols   (Richard Childress)Pontiac4762,415running0115
121237   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Oldsmobile4861,300running0127
112342   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick4871,400running0130
29 943   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick1165,010engine181
7 444   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick4956,550running1151
191745   D.K. Ulrich McWhirter Grading   (Baxter Price)Buick473850running0106
24 347   Ron Bouchard Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick349875engine696
81448   Harry Gant Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac4934,270running1147
4 75   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac5004,600running18165
262750   Bruce Hill Hill Racing   (Bruce Hill)Buick184590wheel085
142652   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet4802,810running0121
152464   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4792,600running0118
92166   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Oldsmobile4913,800running0138
131967   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4853,020running0124
222270   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac377925valve097
311671   Dave Marcis Bowlin Coal / Hudson   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet601,100rear end1875
171875   Joe Millikan RahMoc EnterprisesBuick4742,230running1117
272886   Elliott Forbes-RobinsonHoward & Egerton   (Richard Howard)Oldsmobile164580sway bar082
2 588   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Oldsmobile50014,375running0170
6 690   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford4975,920running0150
101399   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick4913,590running0134

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip13030
  Terry Labonte31311
  Morgan Shepherd32332
  Dave Marcis345118
  Dale Earnhardt529342
  Richard Petty94941
  Dale Earnhardt9511218
  Darrell Waltrip1131131
  Dale Earnhardt1141185
  Morgan Shepherd11913416
  Darrell Waltrip1351351
  Butch Lindley1361449
  Ron Bouchard1451506
  Darrell Waltrip15117222
  Harry Gant1731731
  Benny Parsons17419017
  Darrell Waltrip19127989
  Joe Millikan2802801
  Benny Parsons28131939
  Darrell Waltrip320419100
  Benny Parsons4204201
  Darrell Waltrip42150080

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 944    
2   Jody Ridley 846   -98  
3   Richard Petty 815   -129  
4   Dale Earnhardt 805   -139  
5   Harry Gant 803   -141  
6   Ricky Rudd 798   -146  
7   Joe Millikan 791   -153  
8   Darrell Waltrip 782   -162  
9   Benny Parsons 751   -193  
10   Richard Childress 667   -277  
11   Terry Labonte 665   -279  
12   Buddy Arrington 635   -309  
13   Jimmy Means 627   -317  
14   J.D. McDuffie 610   -334  
15   Tim Richmond 595   -349  
16   Dave Marcis 574   -370  
17   Kyle Petty 573   -371  
18   Tommy Gale 554   -390  
19   Morgan Shepherd 551   -393  
20   Lake Speed 522   -422