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1979 Carolina 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 3 of 31
Sunday, March 4, 1979 at North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham, NC
492 laps on a 1.017 mile paved track (500.364 miles)

Time of race: 4:06:30
Average speed: 122.727 mph
Pole speed: 136.79 mph
Cautions: 7 for 39 laps
Margin of victory: 52 sec
Attendance: 40000
Lead changes: 13

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 115   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford49221555running311185
21172   Joe Millikan Hayes Jewelers   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet49115670running50175
31705   Dick Brooks Bearfinder   (Nelson Malloch)Oldsmobile4878220running0165
41330   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick4857520running0160
5193   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet4846320running0155
62740   D.K. Ulrich Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick4765150running0150
72048   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet4734540running0146
81537   Dave Watson Ams Oil   (Phil Howard)Chevrolet4712570running0142
93079   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge4684080running0138
101427   Benny Parsons Russell Bennett   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet4622270running3139
112924   Cecil Gordon Gordon-Barnicle   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile4623560running0130
12 52   Dale Earnhardt Rod OsterlundChevrolet4603250running0127
133164   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4592970running0124
143545   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet4502730running0121
151644   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick4322545running0118
161802   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet4311295rear end0115
17 888   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Chevrolet4165570running0112
18 311   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile4137570running9114
192667   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3611860engine0106
202819   Dick May Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet3531780transmission0103
212417   Roger Hamby Roger HambyChevrolet2941640crash0100
222347   Geoffrey Bodine Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile278750rear end0 
23 921   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury2491225engine11999
242152   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1311550rear axle091
251270   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1231175crash088
262512   Harry Gant Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Chevrolet111650crash085
273287   Slick Johnson Satterfield Heating   (Don Satterfield)Chevrolet37625engine082
283409   Nelson Oswald Nelson OswaldChevrolet23600flagged079
292225   Ronnie Thomas Robertson-Thomas   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet132075steering076
30 21   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet94550crash073
31 428   Buddy Baker Spectra   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet94245crash070
32 743   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet94460crash067
33105   Neil Bonnett Tek-Tor   (Hoss Ellington)Oldsmobile91035crash0 
34 690   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Ford91030crash061
353329   Bill Hollar Hollar Auto Parts   (Bill Hollar)Chevrolet1525ignition058

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11010  
112515   #88,11,28,43,5,2 accident turns 3/4 
2610681  
1071104   #47 lost wheel 
1111133  
1141174   #12 accident 
1181258  
1261305   #70 spun turn 4 
1311366  
1371404   #44 accident turn 3 
14115212  
1531553   #17 spun turn 3 
156379224  
3803823   #17 spun turn 1 
383492110  
  Percent of race run under caution: 7.7%             Average green flag run: 56.8 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Cale Yarborough199
  Bobby Allison102213
  David Pearson239573
  Bobby Allison9612025
  David Pearson1211277
  Bobby Allison12813912
  David Pearson14015314
  Joe Millikan15420350
  David Pearson20422623
  Bobby Allison22724216
  David Pearson2432442
  Benny Parsons2452473
  Bobby Allison248492245

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 472    
2   Cale Yarborough 444   -28  
3   Bobby Allison 431   -41  
4   Donnie Allison 398   -74  
5   D.K. Ulrich 395   -77  
6   Richard Childress 385   -87  
7   Joe Millikan 380   -92  
8   Dale Earnhardt 374   -98  
9   Frank Warren 354   -118  
10   Buddy Arrington 342   -130  
11   Benny Parsons 338   -134  
12   David Pearson 326   -146  
13   Richard Petty 314   -158  
14   Dick Brooks 311   -161  
15   Tighe Scott 310   -162  
16   Dave Marcis 297   -175  
17   Terry Labonte 291   -181  
18   J.D. McDuffie 288   -184  
19   Harry Gant 283   -189  
20   James Hylton 276   -196