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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 0.525 mile paved track (262.500 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: 35000
Lead changes: 6

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 388   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Chevrolet50022700running310185
2 55   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Jim Stacy)Dodge49711450running0170
3 743   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge4978700running0165
4 62   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet4894000running0160
51667   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4854950running0155
6 915   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford4835200running0150
71548   James Hylton Denbigh Plumbing   (James Hylton)Chevrolet4771700running0146
8213   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile4672930running0142
91824   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet4602620running0138
102052   Jimmy Means Means Racing   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet4572450running0134
111945   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet4551100running0130
123074   Bobby Wawak Booher Farms   (Bobby Wawak)Chevrolet4521000running0127
131140   D.K. Ulrich D.K. UlrichChevrolet4491940running0124
142717   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet4481350running0121
15 472   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet4463500running0118
16 211   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile4435700running133120
171764   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4421655running0112
18 154   Lennie Pond W.I.N., Inc.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet4292700rear end57114
19258   Ed Negre Ed NegreDodge4191495running0106
202825   Ronnie Thomas Louise Smith   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet3871360sump belt0103
21 821   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury361890rear end0100
222479   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge3311180rear 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

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Louis Gatto35Sirico BrothersJames GattoChevrolet
Robin Schildknecht44Robin SchildknechtChevrolet
Wayne Morgan80Wayne EnterprisesWayne MorganChevrolet
Keith Nebern86Gary GarmonChevrolet
DCWalter Ballard30Scotty's FashionsWalter BallardChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
1167167  
1681769   #30 engine 
17721741  
2182203   #15 stalled turn 4 
221433213  
43444411   oil on track 
4454506  
4514544   #5,43 accident 
45550046  
  Percent of race run under caution: 5.4%             Average green flag run: 94.6 laps

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  
19   Tommy Gale 791   -676  
21   Ronnie Thomas 700   -767