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1979 Champion Spark Plug 400


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 21 of 31
Sunday, August 19, 1979 at Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
200 laps on a 2.000 mile paved track (400.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:04:05
Average Speed: 130.376 mph
Pole Speed: 162.992 mph
Cautions: 5 for 35 laps
Margin of Victory: 1 sec
Attendance: 60,000
Lead changes: 21

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
23 215   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford1414,935engine3899
52008   John Anderson Draime Race Engines   (Russ Draime)Chevrolet1994,355running0155
202267   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1501,965engine0103
352536   H.B. Bailey Caldwell Knapp Cadillac   (H.B. Bailey)Pontiac2710crash058
21128   Buddy Baker W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet20012,425running115180
33 321   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury281,405ignition1769
291405   Dick Brooks Bearfinder   (Nelson Malloch)Chevrolet81785exhaust076
343601   Earle Canavan Scope Mount   (Earle Canavan)Dodge23720engine0 
10123   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1974,550running0134
111317   Bill Elliott Knutsons RV   (George Elliott)Mercury1954,120running0130
141864   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1933,130running0121
25 947   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Chevrolet129875clutch593
183524   Cecil Gordon Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile1832,300running0109
123148   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1953,850running0127
15290   John Kennedy Avanti CB   (John Kennedy)Chevrolet1881,490running0 
26 444   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet1081,475engine590
302171   Dave Marcis Transmissions Unlimited   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet67765engine073
91570   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1974,670running0138
221952   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1451,875running097
6 772   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet1997,195running8155
3 627   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet20012,820running0165
4 12   David Pearson Rod OsterlundChevrolet19910,215running0160
133442   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge1951,675running0124
1 543   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet20021,100running9180
312419   Lennie Pond Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet571,250overheating070
212645   Baxter Price Iron Peddlers   (Baxter Price)Oldsmobile1461,920running0100
27336   Marty Robbins Marty RobbinsDodge96825engine082
322322   Al Rudd, Jr. Bill Lewis   (Al Rudd)Chevrolet39740clutch0 
71690   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury1995,320running0146
82830   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick1974,890running0142
243225   Ronnie Thomas Stone's Cafeteria   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet1312,785overheating091
281740   D.K. Ulrich Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick851,300running079
191088   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet1734,775running0106
362739   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury2700crash055
163079   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1882,725running0115
17 811   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Chevrolet1856,270engine3117

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bobby Allison111
  Neil Bonnett21817
  Bobby Allison19224
  Richard Petty23253
  Joe Millikan26305
  Cale Yarborough31333
  Joe Millikan34363
  Buddy Baker375418
  Bobby Allison55573
  Buddy Baker58647
  Bobby Allison65662
  Terry Labonte67715
  Harry Gant72765
  Bobby Allison7710327
  Richard Petty1041041
  Buddy Baker1051106
  Richard Petty1111111
  Bobby Allison1121121
  Richard Petty1131153
  Buddy Baker11619984
  Richard Petty2002001

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 3352    
2   Richard Petty 3197   -155  
3   Cale Yarborough 3063   -289  
4   Bobby Allison 3023   -329  
5   Benny Parsons 2827   -525  
6   Joe Millikan 2719   -633  
7   Dale Earnhardt 2588   -764  
8   Richard Childress 2524   -828  
9   J.D. McDuffie 2510   -842  
10   Buddy Arrington 2415   -937  
11   James Hylton 2363   -989  
12   D.K. Ulrich 2358   -994  
13   Buddy Baker 2351   -1001  
14   Terry Labonte 2345   -1007  
15   Ricky Rudd 2231   -1121  
16   Frank Warren 2211   -1141  
17   Ronnie Thomas 1953   -1399  
18   Cecil Gordon 1812   -1540  
19   Tommy Gale 1804   -1548  
20   Donnie Allison 1750   -1602