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1979 Talladega 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 20 of 31
Sunday, August 5, 1979 at Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega, AL
188 laps on a 2.660 mile paved track (500.080 miles)

Time of race: 3:06:06
Average speed: 161.229 mph
Pole speed: 193.6 mph
Cautions: 5 for 28 laps
Margin of victory: 62 sec
Attendance: 80000
Lead changes: 34

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 888   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Oldsmobile18832325running102185
2 22   David Pearson Lowe's   (Rod Osterlund)Oldsmobile18820925running17175
31190   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury18613920running0165
41343   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Oldsmobile18611475running4165
52577   Jody Ridley Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury1866025running0155
6 330   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick1868000running0150
72147   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile1844815running0146
8 667   Buddy Arrington Rossmeyer   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1815960running0142
91842   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge1813315running0138
10203   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1795520running0134
112405   Dick Brooks Bearfinder   (Nelson Malloch)Oldsmobile1774560running0130
12229   Bill Elliott Yandle / Thermol King   (George Elliott)Mercury1762865running0127
133752   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1754740running0124
143819   Bob Burcham Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet1724480running0121
153420   Rick Newsom MARS   (Rick Newsom)Oldsmobile1722565running0118
161050   Bruce Hill Global Heat Exchanger   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile1712465engine0115
173973   Steve Moore Gilbert Moore   (Gilbert Moore)Chevrolet1702415running0112
183170   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1633920running0109
19 741   Grant Adcox Adcox-Kirby   (Herb Adcox)Oldsmobile1622515running5111
203048   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Oldsmobile1593510running0103
211227   Benny Parsons Griffin Marine   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile1463400engine5105
223225   Ronnie Thomas Stone's Cafeteria   (Don Robertson)Buick1433965engine097
23 979   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1422830running094
24 511   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile1388015engine1496
252672   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Oldsmobile1206615engine193
263645   Baxter Price Iron Peddlers   (Baxter Price)Oldsmobile952620engine085
273540   D.K. Ulrich D.K. UlrichBuick922600engine082
281915   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford905365engine079
293314   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet871590engine076
30231   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet831515engine073
311471   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet831350timing chain070
324036   Marty Robbins Robbins Racing   (Marty Robbins)Dodge751325engine067
331544   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick752300engine064
34 121   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury716025engine4066
351612   Jack Ingram Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile701250clutch058
362764   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford581725engine055
372939   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury501350oil pressure052
38177   Al Holbert Holbert Porsche-Audi   (Al Holbert)Oldsmobile471175engine0 
39 428   Buddy Baker W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile411750engine046
404124   Cecil Gordon Cecil GordonOldsmobile401550engine043
412887   Dick May Fast Lane Ltd.   (Billie Harvey)Oldsmobile01050oil pressure0 

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson111
  Neil Bonnett243
  Darrell Waltrip551
  Neil Bonnett683
  Cale Yarborough991
  Neil Bonnett10156
  Cale Yarborough16161
  Neil Bonnett17215
  Richard Petty22254
  Cale Yarborough26283
  Neil Bonnett29291
  Cale Yarborough30301
  Neil Bonnett315121
  Cale Yarborough52521
  Darrell Waltrip53586
  David Pearson59624
  Neil Bonnett63631
  Grant Adcox64674
  David Pearson68736
  Darrell Waltrip74818
  David Pearson82832
  Cale Yarborough84841
  David Pearson85851
  Cale Yarborough86861
  Darrell Waltrip87904
  Cale Yarborough91944
  Benny Parsons95995
  Joe Millikan1001001
  Darrell Waltrip1011088
  Cale Yarborough1091091
  Darrell Waltrip11012920
  Grant Adcox1301301
  David Pearson1311333
  Darrell Waltrip13418855

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 3246    
2   Richard Petty 3017   -229  
3   Cale Yarborough 2946   -300  
4   Bobby Allison 2924   -322  
5   Benny Parsons 2662   -584  
6   Dale Earnhardt 2588   -658  
7   Joe Millikan 2564   -682  
8   Richard Childress 2390   -856  
9   J.D. McDuffie 2372   -874  
10   Buddy Arrington 2312   -934  
11   D.K. Ulrich 2279   -967  
12   Terry Labonte 2255   -991  
13   James Hylton 2236   -1010  
14   Buddy Baker 2171   -1075  
15   Frank Warren 2096   -1150  
16   Ricky Rudd 2085   -1161  
17   Ronnie Thomas 1862   -1384  
18   Donnie Allison 1750   -1496  
19   Cecil Gordon 1703   -1543  
20   Tommy Gale 1683   -1563