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1978 Firecracker 400


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 16 of 30
Tuesday, July 4, 1978 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
160 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (400.000 miles)

Time of race: 2:35:30
Average speed: 154.34 mph
Pole speed: 186.803 mph
Cautions: 4 for 21 laps
Margin of victory: 3 cl
Attendance: 65000
Lead changes: 29

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 321   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury16018450running57185
2 111   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile16018350running56175
3 888   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Chevrolet15913550running14170
4 743   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge15910800running4165
51454   Lennie Pond W.I.N., Inc.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet1587350running2160
6 92   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet1586390running4155
72896   Dale Earnhardt Cardinal Tractor   (Will Cronkrite)Ford1573990running0146
83381   Ferrel Harris Autowize   (Robert Gee)Chevrolet1573390running0 
9239   Bill Elliott Dahlonega Ford Sales   (George Elliott)Mercury1573190running0138
102230   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile1565020running0134
113668   Janet Guthrie Kelly Girl   (Lynda Ferreri)Chevrolet1544710running0130
122070   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1534500running0127
134052   Jimmy Means Means Racing   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1524280running0124
143418   Joe Frasson Joe FrassonChevrolet1522490running0121
152964   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1523820running0118
163019   Dick May Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet1513310running0115
172679   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1512950running0112
183747   Satch Worley Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile1501790running0109
193540   D.K. Ulrich Ulbricht Construction   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet1492590running0106
203145   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet1462305running0103
212522   Ricky Rudd 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Al Rudd)Buick1432970engine0100
221841   Grant Adcox Krystal   (Herb Adcox)Chevrolet1421290engine097
23155   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet1404440clutch094
24193   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1361835running091
253825   Ronnie Thomas Louise Smith   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet1292290running088
26 272   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Oldsmobile925465engine1190
271015   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford754940crash887
283282   Paul Fess Lasky Construction   (Stan Lasky)Chevrolet75835transmission0 
292116   Raymond Williams Thundercraft Boat   (Bobby Reeves)Buick741290engine076
301248   Al Holbert Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Oldsmobile691555engine073
311639   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury611030engine070
323924   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet571505engine067
33131   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet55980steering169
342467   Buddy Arrington Rossmeyer   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge551455engine061
352749   Claude Ballot-Lena Lady & Son Auction   (G.C. Spencer)Dodge451005oil cooler0 
361190   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury351425throttle055
37 427   Buddy Baker Olympic Tan   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile281620engine357
38 614   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet22915engine049
39 592   Skip Manning Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick91460crash046
401705   Bruce Hill Bearfinder   (Harry Clary)Oldsmobile9905crash043

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Buddy Baker122
  Darrell Waltrip331
  Cale Yarborough485
  Benny Parsons91810
  Buddy Baker19191
  Darrell Waltrip203213
  Donnie Allison33331
  Bobby Allison34374
  Richard Petty38392
  Dave Marcis40423
  Lennie Pond43442
  Cale Yarborough456824
  Bobby Allison69724
  Richard Petty73742
  Cale Yarborough75773
  David Pearson78781
  Benny Parsons79791
  Cale Yarborough80845
  David Pearson85862
  Cale Yarborough87893
  Dave Marcis90901
  Cale Yarborough91922
  David Pearson93964
  Cale Yarborough971048
  David Pearson1051139
  Cale Yarborough1141174
  David Pearson11813619
  Cale Yarborough1371382
  David Pearson13916022

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 2537    
2   Benny Parsons 2405   -132  
3   Dave Marcis 2383   -154  
4   Richard Petty 2192   -345  
5   Darrell Waltrip 2142   -395  
6   Lennie Pond 2126   -411  
7   Bobby Allison 2118   -419  
8   Buddy Arrington 1962   -575  
9   Richard Childress 1929   -608  
10   D.K. Ulrich 1842   -695  
11   Dick Brooks 1819   -718  
12   Tighe Scott 1734   -803  
13   Neil Bonnett 1724   -813  
14   Frank Warren 1657   -880  
15   Skip Manning 1616   -921  
16   J.D. McDuffie 1547   -990  
17   David Pearson 1537   -1000  
18   Cecil Gordon 1520   -1017  
19   Jimmy Means 1426   -1111  
20   Dick May 1415   -1122  
21   Ronnie Thomas 1364   -1173