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1979 Daytona 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 2 of 31
Sunday, February 18, 1979 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:28:22
Average Speed: 143.977 mph
Pole Speed: 196.049 mph
Cautions: 7 for 57 laps
Margin of Victory: 1 cl
Attendance: 120,000
Lead changes: 36

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
63330   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick19924,550running0150
72868   Chuck Bown Kings Inn   (Jim Testa)Buick19918,895running0146
8102   Dale Earnhardt Rod OsterlundBuick19922,845running10147
133540   D.K. Ulrich Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick19711,355running0124
161944   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick1898,820running0115
393475   Butch Mock RahMoc EnterprisesBuick382,165crash046
93714   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet19815,885running0138
143819   Bill Dennis Belden Jennite   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet19610,115running0121
232141   Grant Adcox Adcox-Kirby   (Herb Adcox)Chevrolet1293,730wheel094
241202   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet1193,950engine091
262537   Dave Watson Ams Oil   (Phil Howard)Chevrolet1152,850clutch190
282200   John Utsman Ed WhitakerChevrolet1012,850engine079
344125   Ronnie Thomas Sub-Tropic   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet644,045engine061
102479   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge19717,475running0134
121567   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge19713,795running0127
11 715   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford19717,725running1135
152698   Ralph Jones Ralph JonesFord1958,110running0118
203639   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury1604,005running0103
311190   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury794,110engine070
37 921   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury533,275crash052
11343   Richard Petty STP / Southern Pride Car Wash Systems   (Petty Enterprises)Oldsmobile20073,900running12180
2 488   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Oldsmobile20059,350running4175
3 651   A.J. Foyt Gilmore   (A.J. Foyt)Oldsmobile20038,550running4 
4 21   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Oldsmobile19939,600crash93170
5 311   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile19934,525crash3160
17313   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1886,865running0112
18 527   Benny Parsons Griffin Marine   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile18310,435running37114
191750   Bruce Hill Newport & Associates   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile1685,375running0106
213074   Bobby Wawak Bobby WawakOldsmobile1524,840overheating0100
222382   Paul Fess Lasky Construction   (Stan Lasky)Oldsmobile1353,860engine097
252970   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Oldsmobile1164,470engine088
27 805   Dick Brooks Bearfinder   (Nelson Malloch)Oldsmobile1055,275transmission082
291647   Geoffrey Bodine Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile993,275engine681
304054   Lennie Pond Burger King   (Al Rudd)Oldsmobile832,085brakes278
32205   Neil Bonnett Jim StacyOldsmobile764,475suspension1272
331412   Harry Gant J.W. Hunt Produce   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile722,875crash064
352787   Gary Balough Fast Lane Ltd.   (Billie Harvey)Oldsmobile533,425crash058
363272   Joe Millikan L.G. DeWittOldsmobile535,340crash055
381817   Skip Manning Valvoline   (Roger Hamby)Oldsmobile533,555crash049
40 128   Buddy Baker Spectra   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile3823,775engine1548
413989   Jim Vandiver O.L. NixonOldsmobile271,930engine040

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Roger Hamby0Hamby AutomotiveOldsmobile
Jim Hurtubise04Buick
Claude Ballot-Lena6G.C. SpencerOldsmobile
Bill Elliott9George ElliottMercury
Bobby Ligarski10SIR EnterprisesChevrolet
Cecil Gordon24Oldsmobile
John Rezek31RPM EnterprisesBuick
Nestor Peles34Chevrolet
Ferrel Harris45Baxter PriceChevrolet
James Hylton48Palatine Automotive PartsJames HyltonChevrolet
Bill Green49Charles Dean
Connie Saylor49G.C. SpencerDodge
Jimmy Means52Jimmy MeansChevrolet
Dick May57Alfred McClureFord
Tommy Gale64Elmo LangleyFord
Woody Fisher75Chevrolet
Morgan Shepherd84Makar EnterprisesMercury
Jerry Jolly96Will CronkriteFord

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11515   green/yellow start 
163015  
314111   #1,11,15 accident backstretch 
425413  
556410   #17,21,50,72,75,87 accident turn 2 
65739  
74818   #5,12 accident turn 4 
8210221  
1031108   oil on track 
1111199  
1201256   oil on track 
12613712  
1381425   #82 engine 
14320058  
  Percent of race run under caution: 31.5%             Average green flag run: 19.6 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Buddy Baker11515
  Donnie Allison16205
  Cale Yarborough21222
  Benny Parsons23231
  Bobby Allison24241
  Donnie Allison25306
  Darrell Waltrip31322
  Lennie Pond33331
  Neil Bonnett34418
  A.J. Foyt42421
  Neil Bonnett43431
  Dale Earnhardt44441
  Neil Bonnett45451
  Dale Earnhardt46494
  Benny Parsons505910
  Richard Petty606910
  Dale Earnhardt70701
  Richard Petty71711
  Neil Bonnett72732
  Benny Parsons74752
  Lennie Pond76761
  Geoffrey Bodine77815
  Benny Parsons82843
  Geoffrey Bodine85851
  Benny Parsons8610621
  Dave Watson1071071
  Donnie Allison1081147
  Dale Earnhardt1151151
  Donnie Allison11613924
  Dale Earnhardt1401423
  Donnie Allison14317129
  A.J. Foyt1721732
  Cale Yarborough1741741
  A.J. Foyt1751751
  Darrell Waltrip1761772
  Donnie Allison17819922
  Richard Petty2002001

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 360    
2   Cale Yarborough 330   -30  
3   Donnie Allison 325   -35  
4   Richard Petty 247   -113  
5   Dale Earnhardt 247   -113  
6   Bobby Allison 246   -114  
7   D.K. Ulrich 245   -115  
8   Buddy Arrington 236   -124  
9   Richard Childress 230   -130  
10   David Pearson 227   -133  
11   Frank Warren 216   -144  
12   Joe Millikan 205   -155  
13   J.D. McDuffie 200   -160  
14   Benny Parsons 199   -161  
15   Harry Gant 198   -162  
16   Buddy Baker 194   -166  
17   Ronnie Thomas 188   -172  
18   Dave Marcis 182   -178  
19   Terry Labonte 173   -187  
20   Bill Schmitt 160   -200