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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 2 of 30
Sunday, February 19, 1978 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 3:07:49
Average speed: 159.73 mph
Pole speed: 187.536 mph
Cautions: 5 for 24 laps
Margin of victory: 33.2 sec
Attendance: 140000
Lead changes: 37

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
13315   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford20056300running28180
2 111   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile20041900running43175
3 872   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Oldsmobile19931865running2170
4 253   Ron Hutcherson Valvoline   (A.J. Foyt)Buick19922250running0160
53290   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury19819925running0155
6102   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet19815600running0150
73127   Buddy Baker M.C. Anderson Racing   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile19616395engine76156
8 99   Bill Elliott Dahlonega Ford Sales   (George Elliott)Mercury19512085running0142
9236   Ferrel Harris Autowize   (Jim Stacy)Dodge19511175running0138
102854   Lennie Pond W.I.N., Inc.   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile19510285running0134
111130   Tighe Scott Scotty's Fashions   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile19410605running0130
121892   Skip Manning Valvoline   (Billy Hagan)Buick1949560running0127
13193   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1948665running0124
141341   Grant Adcox Krystal   (Herb Adcox)Chevrolet1936370running0121
153017   Roger Hamby Burger King   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet1936185running0118
161767   Buddy Arrington Rossmeyer   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1926845running0115
174040   D.K. Ulrich D.K. UlrichChevrolet1926150running0112
182557   Dick May McClure Motors   (Alfred McClure)Ford1924410running0109
191598   Roland Wlodyka Rod OsterlundBuick1924150running0106
202628   Jerry Jolly Ski Machine   (Charles Dean)Chevrolet1913720running0103
214124   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet1914110running0100
223549   Claude Ballot-Lena JMS   (G.C. Spencer)Dodge1902835running0 
232726   Jimmy Lee Capps Hearne Produce   (David Lee Sellers)Chevrolet1892805running094
243479   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1883125running091
253864   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1853350running088
261614   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet1792425running085
27125   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Jim Stacy)Dodge1505750engine082
28 488   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Chevrolet13816050running1284
291448   Al Holbert Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1363065engine076
302270   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1322880running073
312161   Joe Mihalic Jim NorrisOldsmobile1102200engine070
32 351   A.J. Foyt Valvoline   (A.J. Foyt)Buick6812675crash0 
33 643   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge6011600crash3969
34 521   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury606775crash061
353952   Jimmy Means Howard's Machine Shop   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet412395engine058
362939   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury301950engine055
373622   Ricky Rudd 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Al Rudd)Chevrolet214375handling052
382489   Jim Vandiver O.L. NixonChevrolet191975engine049
39 71   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Oldsmobile94325body dam046
403784   Morgan Shepherd Makar Enterprises   (Jim Makar)Mercury81650engine043
412066   Harry Gant C.C.C.   (Ray Emerson)Buick11975engine040

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
John Utsman00Ed WhitakerChevrolet
Earle Canavan01Earle CanavanDodge
Bruce Hill05BearfinderHarry ClaryOldsmobile
Steve Stolarek07Auto Parts UnlimitedJerry HansenChevrolet
Ed Negre8Ed NegreDodge
Nelson Oswald09Perfect AlignmentNelson OswaldChevrolet
Joe Frasson18Joe FrassonDodge
Woody Fisher19Belden AsphaltHenley GrayChevrolet
Sam Sommers25Hearne's Vette ShopDon RobertsonChevrolet
Jim Hurtubise33Moran ElectricJeff HandyChevrolet
Nestor Peles34Steve PelesChevrolet
Baxter Price45Baxter PriceChevrolet
Tommy Robbs59Porter & QueenChevrolet
Tom Frank60Lou ViglioneChevrolet
Janet Guthrie68Kelly GirlLynda FerreriChevrolet
Bobby Wawak74Bobby WawakChevrolet
Claude Aubin83Ray RacingChevrolet
Earl Ross91Valvoline of CanadaHarold MillerChevrolet
DCHoss Ellington1Hawaiian TropicHoss EllingtonPontiac
DDTerry Link66I.A.F.F.Mike LinkPontiac
WDFred LovellCarl's Johnnie on the SpotCarl ColicherChevrolet
WDJohn DineenGeorge StarksFord
WDJohn HaverEd TrahanChevrolet
WDJohn Kennedy0Avanti CBJohn KennedyFord
WDGary Myers4Gary MyersPontiac
WDA.J. Reno10Bill ChampionFord
WDLarry LaMay23SchlitzLarry LaMayChevrolet
WDBill Hollar29Bill Hollar Auto PartsBill HollarChevrolet
WDJim Vandiver31Jim VandiverDodge
WDPaul Dean Holt39Sports ShopC.C. HoltFord
WDTravis Tiller46Little B Coal Co.Travis TillerDodge
WDJim Bray56Jim BrayChevrolet
WDJocko Maggiacomo63Jocko's RacingJocko MaggiacomoMatador
WDButch Hartman75Richard HartmanChevrolet
WDRalph Jones97Ralph JonesFord

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Cale Yarborough144
  Darrell Waltrip551
  Cale Yarborough661
  Darrell Waltrip771
  Cale Yarborough892
  Darrell Waltrip10101
  Richard Petty11177
  Darrell Waltrip18203
  Cale Yarborough21222
  Darrell Waltrip23286
  Richard Petty296032
  Cale Yarborough61611
  Buddy Baker62632
  Cale Yarborough64674
  Benny Parsons68692
  Cale Yarborough70712
  Bobby Allison72732
  Buddy Baker74807
  Cale Yarborough81811
  Buddy Baker82843
  Cale Yarborough85851
  Buddy Baker86861
  Cale Yarborough87926
  Buddy Baker93942
  Cale Yarborough95973
  Buddy Baker98992
  Bobby Allison1001001
  Cale Yarborough1011022
  Buddy Baker1031064
  Cale Yarborough10711711
  Buddy Baker11813316
  Cale Yarborough1341363
  Buddy Baker13716731
  Bobby Allison1681681
  Buddy Baker1691735
  Bobby Allison17418613
  Buddy Baker1871893
  Bobby Allison19020011

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 360    
2   Benny Parsons 345   -15  
3   Dave Marcis 305   -55  
4   Dick Brooks 273   -87  
5   Bobby Allison 253   -107  
6   D.K. Ulrich 246   -114  
7   Buddy Arrington 245   -115  
8   Neil Bonnett 242   -118  
9   Tighe Scott 239   -121  
10   David Pearson 231   -129  
11   Skip Manning 227   -133  
11   Richard Childress 227   -133  
13   Al Holbert 218   -142  
14   Frank Warren 215   -145  
15   Cecil Gordon 188   -172  
16   Richard Petty 184   -176  
17   Darrell Waltrip 178   -182  
18   Ron Hutcherson 160   -200  
19   Buddy Baker 156   -204  
20   J.D. McDuffie 152   -208