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1979 Mason-Dixon 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 12 of 31
Sunday, May 20, 1979 at Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover, DE
500 laps on a 1.000 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 4:29:37
Average speed: 111.269 mph
Pole speed: 136.103 mph
Cautions: 6 for 48 laps
Margin of victory: 2 cl
Attendance: 36000
Lead changes: 26

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 521   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury50017750running59180
2 711   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Chevrolet50014800running265180
3 228   Buddy Baker Spectra   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet49810650running32170
4 315   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford4988100running112165
5 62   Dale Earnhardt Rod OsterlundChevrolet4977750running0155
6 444   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet4944800running0150
71327   Benny Parsons M.C. AndersonChevrolet4934250running0146
8 972   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet4925600running4147
91212   Lennie Pond Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Chevrolet4901800running0138
102167   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4843880running0134
112719   Dick May Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Buick4823370running0130
121840   D.K. Ulrich Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet4823210running0127
13 870   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet4813015crash3129
141690   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Ford4802830crash1126
152545   Baxter Price Ideal Maintenance   (Baxter Price)Chevrolet4732645running0118
162325   Ronnie Thomas 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet4713460running0115
171948   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet4712225running0112
18 188   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Chevrolet4626250running24114
191764   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4571890running0106
202434   Steve Peles Steve PelesChevrolet4541000running0103
212079   Frank Warren Countian Press   (Frank Warren)Dodge4121680running0100
222809   Nelson Oswald J & S Truck Service   (Nelson Oswald)Chevrolet408775engine097
232224   Cecil Gordon Gordon-Barnicle   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile3371595engine094
243130   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick1261550crash091
251047   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Chevrolet72675clutch088
262971   Joey Arrington Sam Dell   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge42650quit085
273023   Louis Gatto L & J AutomotiveChevrolet26625engine082
282605   Elmo Langley Bearfinder   (Nelson Malloch)Chevrolet5600quit079
29113   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet21325crash076
301543   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Oldsmobile24250crash073
311452   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet21040crash070

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
DCDick Brooks05BearfinderNelson MallochChevrolet
WDButch Mock75Rahilly-Rahmoc Ent.Rahmoc EnterprisesOldsmobile

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
133  
42017   #3,43,52,90 accident frontstretch 
215636  
57615   #28 spun turn 3 
6212665  
1271315   #30,48,72 accident turn 2 
132323192  
3243274   #34 spun turn 2 
32835326  
35436512   #24 engine 
366492127  
4934975   #70,90 accident turn 3 
4985003  
  Percent of race run under caution: 9.6%             Average green flag run: 64.6 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip12424
  Buddy Baker255531
  Cale Yarborough56572
  Buddy Baker58581
  Ricky Rudd59591
  J.D. McDuffie60612
  Joe Millkan62654
  Bobby Allison6612762
  J.D. McDuffie1281281
  Bobby Allison12916537
  Cale Yarborough1661661
  Bobby Allison1671715
  Cale Yarborough1721721
  Bobby Allison1731797
  Cale Yarborough18021839
  Bobby Allison2192191
  Neil Bonnett2202223
  Cale Yarborough22330381
  Neil Bonnett3043129
  Cale Yarborough31332715
  Neil Bonnett32835124
  Cale Yarborough35236716
  Neil Bonnett36838316
  Cale Yarborough38444562
  Neil Bonnett4464494
  Cale Yarborough45049748
  Neil Bonnett4985003

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 1911    
2   Darrell Waltrip 1881   -30  
3   Cale Yarborough 1737   -174  
4   Richard Petty 1712   -199  
5   Joe Millikan 1643   -268  
6   Benny Parsons 1594   -317  
7   Dale Earnhardt 1586   -325  
8   Buddy Baker 1474   -437  
9   D.K. Ulrich 1473   -438  
10   Terry Labonte 1430   -481  
11   Richard Childress 1407   -504  
12   J.D. McDuffie 1385   -526  
13   James Hylton 1381   -530  
14   Frank Warren 1332   -579  
15   Buddy Arrington 1322   -589  
16   Donnie Allison 1318   -593  
17   Ricky Rudd 1270   -641  
18   Ronnie Thomas 1119   -792  
19   Dick Brooks 1117   -794  
20   Dave Marcis 1099   -812