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1978 Virginia 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 9 of 30
Sunday, April 23, 1978 at Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA
500 laps on a .525 mile paved track (262.5 miles)

Time of race: 3:22:00
Average Speed: 77.971 mph
Pole Speed: 88.637 mph
Cautions: 4 for 27 laps
Margin of Victory: 3 laps +
Attendance: 35,000
Lead changes: 6

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 388   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet50022,700running310185
16 211   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile4435,700running133120
18 154   Lennie Pond W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet4292,700rear end57114
2 55   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Jim Stacy)Dodge49711,450running0170
3 743   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge4978,700running0165
4 62   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet4894,000running0160
51667   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4854,950running0155
6 915   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford4835,200running0150
71548   James Hylton Denbigh Plumbing   (James Hylton)Chevrolet4771,700running0146
8213   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile4672,930running0142
91824   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet4602,620running0138
102052   Jimmy Means Means Racing   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet4572,450running0134
111945   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet4551,100running0130
123074   Bobby Wawak Booher Farms   (Bobby Wawak)Chevrolet4521,000running0127
131140   D.K. Ulrich D.K. UlrichChevrolet4491,940running0124
142717   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet4481,350running0121
15 472   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet4463,500running0118
171764   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4421,655running0112
19258   Ed Negre Ed NegreDodge4191,495running0106
202825   Ronnie Thomas Louise Smith   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet3871,360sump belt0103
21 821   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury361890rear end0100
222479   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge3311,180rear end097
231492   Skip Manning Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet164870rear end094
241377   Chuck Bown Johnny RayChevrolet163610rear end091
252230   Tighe Scott Scotty's Fashions   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet160850engine088
261070   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet140840ignition085
271290   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Ford96830brakes082
282619   Dick May Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet50820rear end079
29290   John Kennedy Avanti CB   (John Kennedy)Ford28560brakes076
30234   Gary Myers Spencer's Baby Wear   (Gary Myers)Chevrolet13550transmission073

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Lennie Pond15454
  Cale Yarborough55181127
  Darrell Waltrip18220524
  Cale Yarborough2062116
  Darrell Waltrip2122198
  Lennie Pond2202223
  Darrell Waltrip223500278

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Benny Parsons 1467    
2   Dave Marcis 1406   -61  
3   Cale Yarborough 1307   -160  
4   Bobby Allison 1294   -173  
5   Darrell Waltrip 1236   -231  
6   Lennie Pond 1228   -239  
7   Buddy Arrington 1158   -309  
8   Richard Childress 1139   -328  
9   Richard Petty 1114   -353  
10   Skip Manning 1083   -384  
11   D.K. Ulrich 1057   -410  
12   Dick Brooks 1050   -417  
13   Neil Bonnett 1022   -445  
14   Frank Warren 999   -468  
15   Cecil Gordon 932   -535  
16   J.D. McDuffie 877   -590  
17   Tighe Scott 870   -597  
18   Jimmy Means 862   -605  
19   Roger Hamby 791   -676  
20   Tommy Gale 791   -676