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1978 Delaware 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 24 of 30
Sunday, September 17, 1978 at Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover, DE
500 laps on a 1.000 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 4:11:20
Average speed: 119.323 mph
Pole speed: 135.48 mph
Cautions: 3 for 18 laps
Margin of victory: 19.7 sec
Attendance: 30000
Lead changes: 7

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 215   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford50019500running267185
2 811   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile50015100running221175
3 627   Buddy Baker M.C. Anderson Racing   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet4998700running1170
4 521   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury4984600running0160
5 788   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Chevrolet4977000running1160
61490   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Ford4964300running0150
71254   Lennie Pond W.I.N., Inc.   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile4935300running0146
8102   Dave Marcis Rod OsterlundChevrolet4933130running0142
9131   Donnie Allison Grog Pond   (Pee Wee Griffin)Oldsmobile4891800running0138
101592   Dick May Duck Industries   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet4853220running0134
111625   Ronnie Thomas Autowize   (Norman Negre)Chevrolet4833560running0130
12 33   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile4823340running0127
131848   Al Holbert Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Chevrolet4722655running0124
142724   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet4682470running0121
15298   Ed Negre Jones Chrysler-Plymouth   (Ed Negre)Dodge4672285running0118
162601   Earle Canavan Earle CanavanDodge4601200running0 
172064   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4581975running0112
182217   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet4571050running0109
193134   Nestor Peles Steve PelesChevrolet4391000running0106
20214   Gary Myers Spencer's Baby Wear   (Gary Myers)Chevrolet438900engine0103
213279   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge4381440running0100
222367   Buddy Arrington Lafayette Radio   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4321405running097
233045   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet4201345running094
243609   Nelson Oswald G & S Truck Service   (Nelson Oswald)Chevrolet335700engine091
251930   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet3201275oil pan088
26 972   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet3114350engine085
271143   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet2694525ignition082
282529   Dave Dion Green Mountain   (Dave Dion)Ford238600engine079
29 45   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Rod Osterlund)Oldsmobile2203775crash076
302897   Ralph Jones Ralph JonesFord186550engine073
313319   Joey Arrington Rossmeyer   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1431040rear end070
322452   Jimmy Means Means Racing   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1401030engine067
33 170   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet801520engine1069
341718   James Hylton Hylton Engineering   (James Hylton)Chevrolet10510quit0 
353735   Louis Gatto L & J Automotive   (Louis Gatto)Chevrolet5500flagged058
363461   Ferrel Harris Jones Chrysler-Plymouth   (Ed Negre)Chrysler3490quit0 
373581   Jabe Thomas Louise Smith   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet1480quit052

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
1109109  
1101123   #34 spun turn 2 
113212100  
2132208   #97 engine 
2212233  
2242307   #2,5,67,72,90 accident turn 3 
231500270  
  Percent of race run under caution: 3.6%             Average green flag run: 120.5 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  J.D. McDuffie11010
  Bobby Allison112010
  Cale Yarborough219777
  Darrell Waltrip98981
  Cale Yarborough99242144
  Bobby Allison24331775
  Buddy Baker3183181
  Bobby Allison319500182

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 3867    
2   Dave Marcis 3482   -385  
3   Benny Parsons 3479   -388  
4   Darrell Waltrip 3423   -444  
5   Bobby Allison 3361   -506  
6   Richard Petty 3156   -711  
7   Lennie Pond 2986   -881  
8   Dick Brooks 2948   -919  
9   Buddy Arrington 2936   -931  
10   Richard Childress 2843   -1024  
11   Tighe Scott 2571   -1296  
12   J.D. McDuffie 2560   -1307  
13   Neil Bonnett 2558   -1309  
14   Frank Warren 2484   -1383  
15   D.K. Ulrich 2452   -1415  
16   David Pearson 2296   -1571  
17   Dick May 2288   -1579  
18   Ronnie Thomas 2257   -1610  
19   Jimmy Means 2253   -1614  
20   Cecil Gordon 2138   -1729