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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 2 of 31
Sunday, February 18, 1979 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 3:28:22
Average speed: 143.977 mph
Pole speed: 196.049 mph
Cautions: 7 for 57 laps
Margin of victory: 1 cl
Attendance: 120000
Lead changes: 36

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
11343   Richard Petty STP / Southern Pride Car Wash Systems   (Petty Enterprises)Oldsmobile20073900running12180
2 488   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Oldsmobile20059350running4175
3 651   A.J. Foyt Gilmore   (A.J. Foyt)Oldsmobile20038550running4 
4 21   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Oldsmobile19939600crash93170
5 311   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile19934525crash3160
63330   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick19924550running0150
72868   Chuck Bown Kings Inn   (Jim Testa)Buick19918895running0146
8102   Dale Earnhardt Rod OsterlundBuick19922845running10147
93714   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet19815885running0138
102479   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge19717475running0134
11 715   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford19717725running1135
121567   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge19713795running0127
133540   D.K. Ulrich Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick19711355running0124
143819   Bill Dennis Belden Jennite   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet19610115running0121
152698   Ralph Jones Jones Racing   (Ralph Jones)Ford1958110running0118
161944   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick1898820running0115
17313   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1886865running0112
18 527   Benny Parsons Griffin Marine   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile18310435running37114
191750   Bruce Hill Newport & Associates   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile1685375running0106
203639   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury1604005running0103
213074   Bobby Wawak Bobby WawakOldsmobile1524840overheating0100
222382   Paul Fess Lasky Construction   (Stan Lasky)Oldsmobile1353860engine097
232141   Grant Adcox Adcox-Kirby   (Herb Adcox)Chevrolet1293730wheel094
241202   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet1193950engine091
252970   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Oldsmobile1164470engine088
262537   Dave Watson Ams Oil   (Phil Howard)Chevrolet1152850clutch190
27 805   Dick Brooks Bearfinder   (Nelson Malloch)Oldsmobile1055275transmission082
282200   John Utsman Ed WhitakerChevrolet1012850engine079
291647   Geoffrey Bodine Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile993275engine681
304054   Lennie Pond Burger King   (Al Rudd)Oldsmobile832085brakes278
311190   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury794110engine070
32205   Neil Bonnett Jim StacyOldsmobile764475suspension1272
331412   Harry Gant J.W. Hunt Produce   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile722875crash064
344125   Ronnie Thomas Sub-Tropic   (Don Robertson)Buick644045engine061
352787   Gary Balough Fast Lane Ltd.   (Billie Harvey)Oldsmobile533425crash058
363272   Joe Millikan L.G. DeWittOldsmobile535340crash055
37 921   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury533275crash052
381817   Skip Manning Valvoline   (Roger Hamby)Oldsmobile533555crash049
393475   Butch Mock Rahmoc EnterprisesBuick382165crash046
40 128   Buddy Baker Spectra   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile3823775engine1548
413989   Jim Vandiver O.L. NixonOldsmobile271930engine040

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Roger Hamby0Hamby AutomotiveOldsmobile
Jim Hurtubise04Global Debt EnhancerBuick
Claude Ballot-Lena6JMSG.C. SpencerOldsmobile
Bill Elliott9Dahlonega Ford SalesGeorge ElliottMercury
Bobby Ligarski10SIR EnterprisesChevrolet
Cecil Gordon24Gordon-BarnicleCecil GordonOldsmobile
John Rezek31RPM EnterprisesRPM EnterprisesBuick
Nestor Peles34Steve PelesChevrolet
Ferrel Harris45Baxter PriceChevrolet
James Hylton48Palatine Automotive PartsJames HyltonChevrolet
Bill Green49Charles Dean
Connie Saylor49G.C. SpencerDodge
Jimmy Means52Means RacingJimmy MeansChevrolet
Dick May57Alfred McClureFord
Tommy Gale64Elmo LangleyFord
Woody Fisher75Woody FisherChevrolet
Morgan Shepherd84Makar EnterprisesJimmy MakarMercury
Jerry Jolly96Will CronkriteFord
DCBobby Fisher40Midwestern Farm LinesD.K. UlrichBuick
DCBruce Jacobi87Steak N Shake / Fast Lane Ltd.Billie HarveyChevrolet
WDFreddy FryarGlobal Heat ExchangerBuick
WDEarle Canavan01Canavan RacingEarle CanavanDodge
WDGary Myers4Spencer's Baby WearGary MyersChevrolet
WDEd Negre8Negre RacingNorman NegreChrysler
WDNelson Oswald09Oswald RacingNelson OswaldOldsmobile
WDJoe Frasson18Carolina Carpet CarriersJoe FrassonBuick
WDLennie Pond22Al Rudd Auto PartsAl RuddChevrolet
WDBill Hollar29Hollar Auto PartsBill HollarChevrolet
WDSandy Satullo38Copper Kettle MarinaSandy SatulloBuick
WDTravis Tiller46Little B CoalTravis TillerDodge
WDJoe Mihalic61J.M. Norris Race TeamJ.M. NorrisOldsmobile
WDJocko Maggiacomo63Shaw MotorsJocko MaggiacomoOldsmobile
WDJohn Kennedy65Spohn's Auto BodyRon SpohnFord
WDMike Kempton69Pro-SportsChevrolet
WDDon Satterfield87Satterfield RacingDon SatterfieldChevrolet
WDRichard Ulbricht95Sportsmen's Country FarmL.B. HopkinsOldsmobile
WDRalph Jones97Jones RacingRalph JonesFord

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11515   green-yellow start 
163015  
314111   #1,11,15 accident backstretch 
425413  
556410   #17,21,50,72,75,87 accident turn 2 
65739  
74818   #5,12 accident turn 4 
8210221  
1031108   oil on track 
1111199  
1201256   oil on track 
12613712  
1381425   #82 engine 
14320058  
  Percent of race run under caution: 31.5%             Average green flag run: 19.6 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Buddy Baker11515
  Donnie Allison16205
  Cale Yarborough21222
  Benny Parsons23231
  Bobby Allison24241
  Donnie Allison25306
  Darrell Waltrip31322
  Lennie Pond33331
  Neil Bonnett34418
  A.J. Foyt42421
  Neil Bonnett43431
  Dale Earnhardt44441
  Neil Bonnett45451
  Dale Earnhardt46494
  Benny Parsons505910
  Richard Petty606910
  Dale Earnhardt70701
  Richard Petty71711
  Neil Bonnett72732
  Benny Parsons74752
  Lennie Pond76761
  Geoffrey Bodine77815
  Benny Parsons82843
  Geoffrey Bodine85851
  Benny Parsons8610621
  Dave Watson1071071
  Donnie Allison1081147
  Dale Earnhardt1151151
  Donnie Allison11613924
  Dale Earnhardt1401423
  Donnie Allison14317129
  A.J. Foyt1721732
  Cale Yarborough1741741
  A.J. Foyt1751751
  Darrell Waltrip1761772
  Donnie Allison17819922
  Richard Petty2002001

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 360    
2   Cale Yarborough 330   -30  
3   Donnie Allison 325   -35  
4   Richard Petty 247   -113  
4   Dale Earnhardt 247   -113  
6   Bobby Allison 246   -114  
7   D.K. Ulrich 245   -115  
8   Buddy Arrington 236   -124  
9   Richard Childress 230   -130  
10   David Pearson 227   -133  
11   Frank Warren 216   -144  
12   Joe Millikan 205   -155  
13   J.D. McDuffie 200   -160  
14   Benny Parsons 199   -161  
15   Harry Gant 198   -162  
16   Buddy Baker 194   -166  
17   Ronnie Thomas 188   -172  
18   Dave Marcis 182   -178  
19   Terry Labonte 173   -187  
20   Bill Schmitt 160   -200