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1978 Southeastern 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 6 of 30
Sunday, April 2, 1978 at Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, TN
500 laps on a .533 mile paved track (266.5 miles)

Time of race: 2:53:03
Average Speed: 92.401 mph
Pole Speed: 110.409 mph
Cautions: 4 for 40 laps
Margin of Victory: 1 lap +
Attendance: 29,000
Lead changes: 13

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 788   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet50019,200running208180
2 272   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet49915,300running253180
3 32   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet4974,510running39170
51054   Lennie Pond W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet4942,000running0155
71748   James Hylton Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Chevrolet4803,050running0146
91930   Tighe Scott Scotty's Fashions   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet4762,320running0138
111240   D.K. Ulrich D.K. UlrichChevrolet4711,855running0130
122019   Dick May Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet4691,680running0127
142135   Lynn Carroll  Chevrolet445650running0 
151692   Skip Manning Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet4311,335running0118
162745   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet422600running0115
171817   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet4131,075running0112
182824   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet4011,100running0109
201325   Ronnie Thomas Don RobertsonChevrolet3021,070engine0103
231552   Jimmy Means Means Racing   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet187725crash094
242561   Joe Mihalic Jim NorrisChevrolet172460engine091
27 898   Roland Wlodyka Rod OsterlundChevrolet44430crash082
281470   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet16770rear end079
292474   Bobby Wawak Bobby WawakChevrolet8410axle076
82667   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4783,130running0142
10238   Ed Negre N.H. Coal Company   (Ed Negre)Dodge4712,150running0134
132279   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge4621,520running0124
251143   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge473,150crash088
26 15   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Jim Stacy)Dodge443,890crash085
19 990   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Ford400785running0106
21 515   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford2933,205engine0100
222964   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford250740rear end097
4 611   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile4946,850running0160
6 43   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile4843,550running0150

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Benny Parsons14747
  Dave Marcis48481
  Darrell Waltrip49491
  Benny Parsons50195146
  Darrell Waltrip19626065
  Dave Marcis2612611
  Darrell Waltrip26227716
  Dave Marcis27831437
  Darrell Waltrip31533723
  Benny Parsons33839659
  Darrell Waltrip3973971
  Benny Parsons3983981
  Darrell Waltrip399500102

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Benny Parsons 999    
2   Cale Yarborough 969   -30  
3   Dave Marcis 926   -73  
4   Bobby Allison 863   -136  
5   Richard Childress 784   -215  
6   Lennie Pond 784   -215  
7   Dick Brooks 768   -231  
8   Buddy Arrington 764   -235  
9   Skip Manning 709   -290  
10   D.K. Ulrich 706   -293  
11   Frank Warren 693   -306  
12   Darrell Waltrip 691   -308  
13   Neil Bonnett 689   -310  
14   Tighe Scott 633   -366  
15   Richard Petty 619   -380  
16   Cecil Gordon 618   -381  
17   David Pearson 516   -483  
18   J.D. McDuffie 516   -483  
19   Tommy Gale 497   -502  
20   Jimmy Means 480   -519