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1979 Dixie 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 30 of 31
Sunday, November 4, 1979 at Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA
328 laps on a 1.522 mile paved track (499.216 miles)

Time of race: 3:33:46
Average speed: 140.12 mph
Pole speed: 164.813 mph
Cautions: 5 for 29 laps
Margin of victory: .5 cl
Attendance: 47000
Lead changes: 25

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 421   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury32820050running54180
2 72   Dale Earnhardt Osterlund Enterprises   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet32816700running69175
3 211   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile32823150running136175
4 315   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford32810200running3165
51488   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Chevrolet3279100running10160
61343   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet3278450running0150
71244   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet3256745running0146
8 690   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury3246285running0142
91072   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet3216600running0138
102477   Jody Ridley Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury3204000running0134
111747   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile3202600running0130
121870   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet3193915running0127
133351   Slick Johnson J.D. JohnsonChevrolet3172000running0124
142612   Buck Simmons Ramey's Chevy City   (Kennie Childers)Chevrolet3151850running0121
15223   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet3143605running0118
162148   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet3143395running0115
173167   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3143225running0112
183400   Freddy Smith Petty's of Spartanburg   (Marvin Petty)Chevrolet3131550running0 
192752   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet3122965running0106
203036   H.B. Bailey Almeda Auto Parts   (H.B. Bailey)Pontiac3071400running0 
213679   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge2972480running0100
221564   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford2702220running097
231171   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet2662100engine094
241608   John Anderson Draime Racing   (Russ Draime)Chevrolet2562025engine091
251940   D.K. Ulrich Howard Johnson's   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick2451985engine088
263955   Wayne Watercutter Ward Racing Enterprises   (Wayne Watercutter)Chevrolet243910running085
272041   Grant Adcox Adcox-Kirby   (Herb Adcox)Buick236850oil leak082
282325   Ronnie Thomas Stone's Cafeteria   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet2122665engine079
29 530   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick2111645crash076
303298   Ralph Jones Jones Racing   (Ralph Jones)Ford202720battery073
31 827   Benny Parsons Griffin Marine   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet1934400engine5375
323742   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge176690engine067
333581   David Sosebee Sosebee Racing   (Gober Sosebee)Chevrolet163680engine064
342817   Steve Pfeifer Kings Inn   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet1621575crash061
35 91   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet158660oil leak058
363831   John Rezek RPM Enterprises   (Curtis Payne)Oldsmobile117640engine0 
374018   Randy Ogden Ogden Racing   (Jack Ogden)Chevrolet111630engine0 
384124   Cecil Gordon Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile1031505flagged049
39 128   Buddy Baker W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet883360engine351
402505   Dick Brooks Brooks Racing   (Nelson Malloch)Chevrolet44600ignition043
41290   Dick May Kennedy Racing   (John Kennedy)Chevrolet4600engine040

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Lake SpeedD.K. Ulrich

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
1175175  
1761849   #17 spun turn 2 
18519814  
1992068   #42 spun turn 1 
2072071  
2082103   #30,43 accident turns 3/4 
21125545  
2562594   #08 spun turn 3 
2602689  
2692735   #08 engine 
27432855  
  Percent of race run under caution: 8.8%             Average green flag run: 49.8 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Buddy Baker133
  Cale Yarborough44643
  Dale Earnhardt476317
  Darrell Waltrip64663
  Benny Parsons6711953
  Dale Earnhardt1201223
  Darrell Waltrip1231297
  Cale Yarborough13020273
  Dale Earnhardt20321412
  Neil Bonnett2152151
  Cale Yarborough2162161
  Neil Bonnett2172182
  Cale Yarborough2192191
  Neil Bonnett2202256
  Dale Earnhardt22624520
  Neil Bonnett24625611
  Dale Earnhardt2572626
  Neil Bonnett2632664
  Bobby Allison2672693
  Cale Yarborough27028314
  Neil Bonnett28430825
  Cale Yarborough3093102
  Neil Bonnett3113111
  Cale Yarborough3123132
  Dale Earnhardt31432411
  Neil Bonnett3253284

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 4672    
2   Richard Petty 4670   -2  
3   Bobby Allison 4458   -214  
4   Cale Yarborough 4434   -238  
5   Benny Parsons 4068   -604  
6   Joe Millikan 3887   -785  
7   Richard Childress 3620   -1052  
8   Dale Earnhardt 3606   -1066  
9   Ricky Rudd 3503   -1169  
10   Terry Labonte 3491   -1181  
11   Buddy Arrington 3483   -1189  
12   D.K. Ulrich 3444   -1228  
13   J.D. McDuffie 3398   -1274  
14   James Hylton 3320   -1352  
15   Frank Warren 3111   -1561  
16   Buddy Baker 3084   -1588  
17   Ronnie Thomas 2830   -1842  
18   Tommy Gale 2734   -1938  
19   Cecil Gordon 2646   -2026  
20   Dave Marcis 2624   -2048