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1978 Winston Western 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 1 of 30
Sunday, January 22, 1978 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
119 laps on a 2.620 mile road course (311.780 miles)

Time of race: 3:02:55
Average speed: 102.269 mph
Pole speed: 113.204 mph
Cautions: 4 for 17 laps
Margin of victory: 1 sec
Attendance: 70000
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 411   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile11920850running58185
2 372   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet11914800running18175
3 121   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury1199850running41170
4165   Neil Bonnett Jim StacyDodge1198800running0160
5 72   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet1184050running0155
62995   Hershel McGriff George JeffersonFord1182850running00
71101   Jimmy Insolo Lake's Drywall   (Gerald Craker)Chevrolet1184400running2151
8 948   Al Holbert Southland Cork & Rubber   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1174250running0142
92029   Roy Smith Mercury Marine   (Dick Midgley)Chevrolet1152300running0138
101940   D.K. Ulrich Pacific Coast   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet1153880running0134
112767   Buddy Arrington Buddy ArringtonFord1143470running0130
123408   Rick McCray Rick McCrayDodge1131800running0127
131579   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1123160running0124
141093   Norm Palmer American Racing Equipment   (Norm Palmer)Dodge1111600engine0121
152564   Dick Brooks Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1112840running0118
16 543   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge1045100rear end0115
172251   Jim Thirkettle Timec / Speedway Enginerring   (Jim Thirkettle)Buick1041350running0112
183130   Tighe Scott Scotty's Fashions   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet1032530running0109
192341   Ernie Stierly Allied Plating   (Ernie Stierly)Chevrolet991870running0106
20183   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet902205running0103
211292   Skip Manning Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet851980running0100
223553   Jack Simpson Don's Automotive   (Chester Papienski)Chevrolet741105running097
23 288   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Chevrolet704780transmission094
242412   Richard White Lindsay Auto Parts   (Mike White)Chevrolet701195running091
253024   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet521635clutch088
263258   Rocky Moran Daisy Shoppe   (Rocky Moran)Chevrolet51955engine085
271381   John Borneman Borneman Plastering   (Arthur Godfrey)Chevrolet501025clutch082
282170   J.D. McDuffie Simpson Safety Equipment   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet451455rear end079
291739   Vince Giamformaggio Cal-French Bread   (Sam Arakalian)Chevrolet41805overheating076
30 615   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford404455engine073
312813   Don Puskarich Oil Field Construction   (Matt Puskarich)Chevrolet36700engine070
32 873   Bill Schmitt Old Milwaukee   (Bill Schmitt)Chevrolet191650rear end067
333309   Eddie Bradshaw C & M Racing   (Chester Papienski)Chevrolet15600driveshaft064
342632   Ray Elder Midland Motor Homes   (Dave Hill)Dodge12550transmission061
351444   Gary Johnson Armstrong Electric   (Ted Armstrong)Chevrolet3500rear end058

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
John Kennedy0Avanti CBJohn KennedyFord
Steve Pfeifer0McCluney RacingMichael McCluneyChevrolet
Ron McGee03M.C. ProductionsSteve TemmeChevrolet
Pappy Pryor06Yakima AmbulanceDodge
John Soares7RPM EngineeringPlymouth
Ed Negre8Ed NegreDodge
Evan Noyes, Jr.10Eagle Creek AviationChevrolet
Dick Kranzler14Parnelli Jones EnterprisesChevrolet
Bennie Vaught16Bennie VaughtChevrolet
Harry Goularte17Associated ConcreteHarry GoularteChevrolet
Roger Hamby17Hamby-EllisRoger HambyChevrolet
John Dineen18Dineen RacingGeorge StarkFord
Ronnie Thomas25Don RobertsonChevrolet
Glenn Francis33Excel TrailerTrent FrancisChevrolet
Chuck Wahl37Excel TrailerDuWayne WahlChevrolet
Mike Brockman50Brockmore AssociatesMichael BrockmanChevrolet
Bob Switzer51Switzer ConstructionBob SwitzerFord
Lennie Pond54W.I.N.Harry RanierChevrolet
Bill Baker55Golden West LumberBill BakerChevrolet
Jocko Maggiacomo63Jocko's RacingJocko MaggiacomoMatador
Mike Kempton69Jayhawk SportsMike KemptonChevrolet
Bob Brown74UnitedChevrolet
Dick Whalen86Dean EnterprisesGlenna DeanChevrolet
Roland Wlodyka98Rod OsterlundChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
13838  
39424   #40 accident turn 9 
437129  
72765   #88 stalled turn 6 
77815  
82876   #44 accident turn 1 
8810619  
1071104   #43 stalled turn 6 
1111199  
  Percent of race run under caution: 16.0%             Average green flag run: 20.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson122
  Cale Yarborough32220
  David Pearson23275
  Benny Parsons28292
  David Pearson306233
  Cale Yarborough63675
  David Pearson68681
  Jimmy Insolo69702
  Cale Yarborough71733
  Benny Parsons74785
  Cale Yarborough79835
  Benny Parsons849411
  Cale Yarborough9511925

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 185    
2   Benny Parsons 175   -10  
3   David Pearson 170   -15  
4   Neil Bonnett 160   -25  
5   Dave Marcis 155   -30  
6   Jimmy Insolo 151   -34  
7   Al Holbert 142   -43  
8   Roy Smith 138   -47  
9   D.K. Ulrich 134   -51  
10   Buddy Arrington 130   -55  
11   Rick McCray 127   -58  
12   Frank Warren 124   -61  
13   Norm Palmer 121   -64  
14   Dick Brooks 118   -67  
15   Richard Petty 115   -70  
16   Jim Thirkettle 112   -73  
17   Tighe Scott 109   -76  
18   Ernie Stierly 106   -79  
19   Richard Childress 103   -82  
20   Skip Manning 100   -85