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1981 Mason-Dixon 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 12 of 31
Sunday, May 17, 1981 at Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover, DE
500 laps on a 1.000 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 4:17:18
Average Speed: 116.595 mph
Pole Speed: 138.425 mph
Cautions: 2 for 24 laps
Margin of Victory: 22 sec
Attendance: 40,000
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
13 321   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford4592,560engine404134
25 112   David Pearson Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile572,675engine4193
10 627   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick4802,925engine32139
11190   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford50022,560running20180
19 943   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick3686,570rear end3111
2 828   Bobby Allison The 5 Racers   (Harry Ranier)Buick50016,725running0170
3142   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac49915,125running0165
41899   D.K. Ulrich UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick4917,160running0160
5 488   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Buick4909,450running0155
6 25   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac4898,625running0150
71967   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4884,965running0146
8 744   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick4867,725running0142
92252   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac4814,280running0138
111777   Donnie Allison Warren Fabricating   (John Rebhan)Oldsmobile4801,900running0130
12 511   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick4767,240running0127
143040   Tommy Gale Ulrich Racing   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick4591,620running0121
152324   Cecil Gordon Buffalo Stampede   (Cecil Gordon)Buick4583,605running0118
161033   Harry Gant Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Chevrolet4481,350engine0115
17243   Richard Childress Nichols   (Richard Childress)Pontiac4123,215engine0112
182548   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac3793,020wheel0109
201642   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick3422,240engine0103
212037   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Oldsmobile297900engine0100
223264   Joe Fields Richmond Printing   (Joe Fields)Buick2542,470overheating097
232870   J.D. McDuffie Golden Corral   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac1612,235engine094
242725   Ronnie Thomas Drummond Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac901,940oil leak091
263179   Junior Miller Miller Roofing   (Junior Miller)Oldsmobile461,880oil pressure085
271247   Ron Bouchard Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick221,845crash082
282117   Lowell Cowell Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet111,800steering079
292966   Elmo Langley Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Oldsmobile6575driveshaft076
302694   Bob Riley Atlanta Int. Messenger   (Joe May)Buick6550steering073
311371   Dave Marcis Hudson / Transmissions Unlimited   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet11,040crash070
321515   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford15,980crash067

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
111  
21312   #15,17,47,71,94 accident turn 3 
14174  
182912   #2,11,17,33,37 accident frontstretch 
30500471  
  Percent of race run under caution: 4.8%             Average green flag run: 158.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson14141
  Neil Bonnett425716
  Cale Yarborough58581
  Neil Bonnett598325
  Cale Yarborough84841
  Neil Bonnett859915
  Cale Yarborough1001034
  Richard Petty1041063
  Neil Bonnett10719084
  Cale Yarborough1911955
  Neil Bonnett196459264
  Cale Yarborough46048021
  Jody Ridley48150020

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 1901    
2   Ricky Rudd 1733   -168  
3   Darrell Waltrip 1694   -207  
4   Harry Gant 1576   -325  
5   Jody Ridley 1559   -342  
6   Dale Earnhardt 1554   -347  
7   Terry Labonte 1530   -371  
8   Richard Petty 1455   -446  
9   Benny Parsons 1402   -499  
10   Buddy Arrington 1373   -528  
11   Dave Marcis 1364   -537  
12   Morgan Shepherd 1316   -585  
13   Richard Childress 1311   -590  
14   Jimmy Means 1310   -591  
15   Tommy Gale 1241   -660  
16   Tim Richmond 1229   -672  
17   J.D. McDuffie 1219   -682  
18   Kyle Petty 1198   -703  
19   Joe Millikan 1135   -766  
20   James Hylton 1114   -787