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1979 Firecracker 400


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 17 of 31
Wednesday, July 4, 1979 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
160 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (400.000 miles)

Time of race: 2:18:49
Average speed: 172.89 mph
Pole speed: 193.196 mph
Cautions: 2 for 11 laps
Margin of victory: 1 sec
Attendance: 45000
Lead changes: 28

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 221   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury16021705running77185
2 327   Benny Parsons Griffin Marine   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile16016875running6175
3212   Dale Earnhardt Rod OsterlundOldsmobile16014980running1170
4 688   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Oldsmobile15912280running54165
51143   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Oldsmobile1589480running2160
61268   Chuck Bown Kings Mountain Truck Plaza   (Jim Testa)Buick1574990running0150
71547   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile1574240running0146
82472   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Oldsmobile1567540running0142
93705   Dick Brooks Sub-Tropic   (Nelson Malloch)Oldsmobile1565575running0138
10 851   A.J. Foyt Valvoline   (A.J. Foyt)Oldsmobile1563140running3 
11279   Bill Elliott Yandle / Thermol King   (George Elliott)Mercury1562960running0130
12231   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet1552935running0127
131990   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury1555075running0124
14 930   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick1544865running0121
15 767   Buddy Arrington Rossmeyer   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1544555running0118
162687   Gary Balough Fast Lane Ltd.   (Billie Harvey)Oldsmobile1541750running0 
172271   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet1513635running0112
183540   D.K. Ulrich U.S. Army   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick1513775running0109
193048   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1513415running1111
20 511   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile1496960running0103
213270   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1462855running0100
223852   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1462645running097
234020   Rick Newsom MARS   (Rick Newsom)Oldsmobile1451410running094
243339   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury1441385blew tire091
252814   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet1381360engine088
261717   Roger Hamby Kings Inn   (Roger Hamby)Oldsmobile1372260running085
273664   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1212225rear end082
281312   Lennie Pond Burger King   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile1051285engine079
291044   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick892165crash076
302015   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford894925crash073
31316   Claude Ballot-Lena Lady & Son Auction   (G.C. Spencer)Oldsmobile831130engine0 
32187   Al Holbert Holbert Porsche-Audi   (Al Holbert)Chevrolet82895spindle0 
33 441   Grant Adcox Adcox-Kirby   (Herb Adcox)Oldsmobile811180engine064
34 128   Buddy Baker W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile574255ignition1666
354124   Cecil Gordon Cecil GordonOldsmobile501915engine058
363946   Travis Tiller Ring Enterprises   (Travis Tiller)Dodge461025engine055
37163   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile281520engine052
382938   Sandy Satullo Copper Kettle Marina   (Sandy Satullo)Buick181015crash049
393432   Jimmy Finger Vita Fresh / Pharis Chevy   (Don Bierschwale)Buick171010crash046
401479   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge71505engine043
412550   Bruce Hill Global Heat Exchanger   (Walter Ballard)Buick11035engine040

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
WDKyle Petty42STPPetty EnterprisesDodge

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11818  
19246   #6,21,32,38 accident turn 2 
259268  
93975   #15,44,68,70 accident backstretch 
9816063  
  Percent of race run under caution: 6.9%             Average green flag run: 49.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Buddy Baker133
  Darrell Waltrip452
  Buddy Baker672
  Darrell Waltrip8147
  Buddy Baker15173
  Darrell Waltrip18181
  Buddy Baker19191
  Darrell Waltrip20201
  James Hylton21211
  A.J. Foyt22243
  Darrell Waltrip25284
  Buddy Baker29302
  Darrell Waltrip31344
  Buddy Baker35351
  Darrell Waltrip36361
  Buddy Baker37371
  Darrell Waltrip384710
  Buddy Baker48481
  Darrell Waltrip49491
  Buddy Baker50512
  Darrell Waltrip52576
  Benny Parsons58581
  Richard Petty59602
  Darrell Waltrip617717
  Neil Bonnett789114
  Dale Earnhardt92921
  Neil Bonnett9312735
  Benny Parsons1281325
  Neil Bonnett13316028

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 2720    
2   Bobby Allison 2587   -133  
3   Richard Petty 2522   -198  
4   Cale Yarborough 2500   -220  
5   Dale Earnhardt 2342   -378  
6   Benny Parsons 2237   -483  
7   Joe Millikan 2221   -499  
8   Terry Labonte 2009   -711  
9   J.D. McDuffie 1997   -723  
10   Richard Childress 1983   -737  
11   D.K. Ulrich 1973   -747  
12   Buddy Arrington 1961   -759  
13   Buddy Baker 1955   -765  
14   James Hylton 1919   -801  
15   Frank Warren 1775   -945  
16   Ricky Rudd 1765   -955  
17   Donnie Allison 1677   -1043  
18   Ronnie Thomas 1506   -1214  
19   Tommy Gale 1437   -1283  
20   Cecil Gordon 1421   -1299