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1976 Winston Western 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 1 of 30
Sunday, January 18, 1976 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
191 laps on a 2.620 mile road course (500.4 miles)

Time of race: 5:02:44
Average Speed: 99.18 mph
Pole Speed: 112.416 mph
Cautions: 5 for 28 laps
Margin of Victory: 35.9 sec
Attendance: 54,700
Lead changes: 19

Glossary    1976 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1976 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
263512   Bill Polich Bridal Veil Lumber   (Hershel McGriff)Chevrolet81990axle085
231424   Cecil Gordon Pruette   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet851,270clutch199
321068   Sonny Easley San Fernando Lumber / Speedway Eng.   (Jerry Lankford)Ford32685cracked block067
342555   Sam Beler Haddick's Towing   (Frank Coletto)Ford15585crash061
161103   Chuck Bown Rose Auto Wrecking   (Gerald Craker)Dodge1411,445differential3120
15 12   Bobby Allison CAM 2   (Roger Penske)Matador1495,705engine18123
202826   Carl Joiner, Jr. Joiner Racing   (Carl Joiner)Chevrolet1161,240engine0103
241376   Hugh Pearson Wayne's Pump Service   (Hugh Pearson)Chevrolet831,090engine091
272013   Don Puskarich Oil Field Construction   (Matt Puskarich)Chevrolet75940engine082
313310   Johnny Ray Sunny King   (Bill Champion)Ford34735engine070
331895   Dick Brooks Miller Racing   (Junior Miller)Chevrolet18635engine064
351790   Harry Jefferson Jefferson Racing   (George Jefferson)Ford14535oil leak058
30 850   Hershel McGriff Stock Car Products   (Hershel McGriff)Chevrolet71790oil line073
292144   Gary Johnson Noble Auto Parts   (Al Clark)Dodge72840overheating076
21 788   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet924,305piston0100
28 415   Buddy Baker Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford733,990piston079
1 221   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury19117,295running124185
2 611   Cale Yarborough Holly Farms   (Junior Johnson)Chevrolet19114,920running5175
32638   Jimmy Insolo Martin's Union 76   (Roger Paquette)Chevrolet1918,620running0165
4 996   Ray Elder Elder Racing   (Fred Elder)Dodge1906,745running0160
5 372   Benny Parsons King's Row Fireplace   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet1894,445running14160
61254   Lennie Pond Pepsi-Cola   (Ronnie Elder)Chevrolet1833,115running0150
7163   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet1812,885running0146
8 571   Dave Marcis K & K Insurance   (Nord Krauskopf)Dodge1805,705running9147
92248   James Hylton Nitro 9   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1792,525running0138
103273   Bill Schmitt Old Milwaukee   (Bill Schmitt)Chevrolet1772,195running0134
112379   Frank Warren Warren Racing   (Frank Warren)Dodge1742,165running0130
123040   D.K. Ulrich Garden State Auto   (J.R. DeLotto)Chevrolet1741,845running0127
13197   Larry Esau McDuffie Racing   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1691,745running0124
142420   Ron Esau Grossmont Auto Parts   (Ron Esau)Chevrolet1541,645running0121
17348   Gary Matthews 10,000 RPM Speed Equipment   (Ed Negre)Dodge1381,395running0112
182904   Eddie Bradshaw Bullhead City Sports   (Chester Papienski)Chevrolet1351,345running0109
193170   J.D. McDuffie McDuffie Racing   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1351,445running0106
221537   Chuck Wahl Excel Trailer   (DuWayne Wahl)Chevrolet921,140valve3102
252743   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge835,660valve1493

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11515  
16238   #55 accident turn 9 
24296   oil on track 
30356  
36405   #10 blown engine 
41466  
47504   #12 accident turn 2 
5112171  
1221276   oil turn 9 
12819164  
  Percent of race run under caution: 15.2%             Average green flag run: 32.4 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bobby Allison11818
  Dave Marcis19191
  Richard Petty20234
  Benny Parsons243714
  Cecil Gordon38381
  Chuck Wahl39402
  Dave Marcis41466
  Cale Yarborough47504
  David Pearson516515
  Richard Petty66749
  David Pearson75773
  Chuck Bown78803
  Cale Yarborough81811
  David Pearson8211029
  Dave Marcis1111122
  David Pearson11312412
  Dave Marcis1251251
  David Pearson12615833
  Cale Yarborough1591591
  David Pearson16019132

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   David Pearson 185    
2   Cale Yarborough 175   -10  
3   Jimmy Insolo 165   -20  
4   Ray Elder 160   -25  
5   Benny Parsons 160   -25  
6   Lennie Pond 150   -35  
7   Dave Marcis 147   -38  
8   Richard Childress 146   -39  
9   James Hylton 138   -47  
10   Bill Schmitt 134   -51  
11   Frank Warren 130   -55  
12   D.K. Ulrich 127   -58  
13   Larry Esau 124   -61  
14   Bobby Allison 123   -62  
15   Ron Esau 121   -64  
16   Chuck Bown 120   -65  
17   Gary Matthews 112   -73  
18   Eddie Bradshaw 109   -76  
19   J.D. McDuffie 106   -79  
20   Carl Joiner, Jr. 103   -82