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1981 Virginia 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 9 of 31
Sunday, April 26, 1981 at Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA
500 laps on a .525 mile paved track (262.5 miles)

Time of race: 3:30:10
Average Speed: 75.019 mph
Pole Speed: 89.056 mph
Cautions: 5 for 38 laps
Margin of Victory: 15 sec
Attendance: 35,000
Lead changes: 13

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1125   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac50024,525running203180
3 188   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Buick49915,250running24170
21621   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford50012,650running2175
5 944   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick4977,725running0155
4 212   Harry Gant Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile4977,700running204170
25102   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac1556,600engine088
61390   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford4946,370running0150
13 828   Bobby Allison Ranier Racing   (Harry Ranier)Pontiac4775,400running0124
231715   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford1985,120engine094
26 611   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick1505,090engine085
281543   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick405,070crash079
8 367   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4924,850running0142
72666   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Oldsmobile4934,620running0146
91447   Ron Bouchard Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Pontiac4913,290running0138
11 571   Dave Marcis Hudson   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet4852,970engine0130
122852   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac4842,760running0127
141899   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick4762,500running0121
162364   Joe Fields Richmond Printing   (Joe Fields)Buick4692,315running0115
172048   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac4612,155running0112
101137   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Oldsmobile4862,050running0134
202517   Tommy Houston Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet3241,920rear end0103
22273   Richard Childress Nichols   (Richard Childress)Pontiac2711,580head gasket097
243124   Cecil Gordon Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Buick1981,560transmission091
27 426   Butch Lindley Lindley Racing   (Butch Lindley)Chevrolet871,130brakes1987
212127   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick317940engine48105
29 775   Joe Millikan Hayes Jewelers   (RahMoc Enterprises)Buick40860crash076
303070   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac17850engine073
152242   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick469850engine0118
311925   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac3850crash070
182440   Tommy Gale McWhirter Grading   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick422750running0109
192994   Bobby Wawak Louise Smith   (Bobby Wawak)Buick398725running0106

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Ricky Rudd12424
  Harry Gant254319
  Butch Lindley446219
  Morgan Shepherd6315088
  Cale Yarborough1511522
  Morgan Shepherd1531531
  Cale Yarborough15417825
  Harry Gant1791791
  Cale Yarborough18020021
  Harry Gant20128787
  Neil Bonnett2882881
  Harry Gant28938597
  Neil Bonnett3863861
  Morgan Shepherd387500114

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 1386    
2   Harry Gant 1303   -83  
3   Ricky Rudd 1248   -138  
4   Darrell Waltrip 1222   -164  
5   Jody Ridley 1221   -165  
6   Dale Earnhardt 1139   -247  
7   Richard Petty 1138   -248  
8   Benny Parsons 1100   -286  
9   Terry Labonte 1087   -299  
10   Joe Millikan 1086   -300  
11   Dave Marcis 1039   -347  
12   Buddy Arrington 977   -409  
13   Jimmy Means 969   -417  
14   Tim Richmond 952   -434  
15   Richard Childress 946   -440  
16   Morgan Shepherd 930   -456  
17   J.D. McDuffie 913   -473  
18   Tommy Gale 878   -508  
19   Kyle Petty 876   -510  
20   James Hylton 794   -592