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1979 Winston Western 500

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NASCAR Winston West Series race number 1 of 16
Combination race with Winston Cup drivers
An explanation of combination races from The Third Turn External page

Sunday, January 14, 1979 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
119 laps on a 2.620 mile road course (311.780 miles)

Time of race: 2:53:30
Average speed: 107.82 mph
Pole speed: 113.659 mph
Cautions: none
Margin of victory: 3.27 sec
Attendance: 68000
Lead changes: 13

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston West Series results   /   1979 standings

1 488   Darrell Waltrip   (Cup)Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet11921150running870
2 121   David Pearson   (Cup)Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury11914200running90
3 211   Cale Yarborough   (Cup)Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile11912675running30
4 873   Bill Schmitt Old Milwaukee   (Jim Schmitt)Oldsmobile1188000running060
5171   Donnie Allison   (Cup)Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet1187550running00
61572   Joe Millikan   (Cup)L.G. DeWittChevrolet1187050running00
71128   Buddy Baker   (Cup)W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet1186350running00
81451   Jim Thirkettle Allied Box & Crate   (Jim Thirkettle)Buick1172450running049
92674   Tim Williamson Cal-Four   (Charles Williamson)Chevrolet1162300running048
102112   Harry Gant   (Cup)Black Diamond Coal   (Kennie Childers)Chevrolet1162350running00
111648   James Hylton   (Cup)Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1144200running00
122425   Ronnie Thomas   (Cup)1st National City Travelers Checks   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet1144780running00
133419   Vince Giamformaggio   (Cup)Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet1133470running00
141240   D.K. Ulrich   (Cup)Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick1133310running00
15233   Richard Childress   (Cup)CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1123060running00
16 701   Jimmy Insolo Lake's Drywall   (Gerald Craker)Oldsmobile1113380oil pump047
172070   J.D. McDuffie   (Cup)Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1092720running00
183067   Buddy Arrington   (Cup)Switzer Contractors   (Buddy Arrington)Ford1092560running00
19 315   Bobby Allison   (Cup)Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford1054950engine150
20137   Al Holbert   (Cup)Bosch   (Al Holbert)Chevrolet1041195running50
21102   Dale Earnhardt   (Cup)Rod OsterlundChevrolet1032230running00
223552   Don Graham City Tow   (Rodney Friesen)Chevrolet1001495engine046
233317   Harry Goularte Associated Concrete   (Harry Goularte)Chevrolet821460running045
24 902   Dave Marcis   (Cup)Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet811055running00
251924   Cecil Gordon   (Cup)Gordon-Barnicle   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile661875engine00
26 527   Benny Parsons   (Cup)Hodgdon Tool   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet56955transmission00
271879   Frank Warren   (Cup)10,000 RPM Speed Equipment   (Frank Warren)Dodge481755engine00
283213   Don Puskarich Matt PuskarichChevrolet47855running044
292722   Richard White Boulevard Automotive   (Mike White)Chevrolet32805engine043
303181   Jim Robinson Borneman Plastering   (Arthur Godfrey)Chevrolet17755engine042
312999   Don Noel Noel's Welding Shop   (Don Noel)Chevrolet15700transmission041
32 643   Richard Petty   (Cup)STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet144600engine00
332205   Dick Brooks   (Cup)Bearfinder   (Nelson Malloch)Oldsmobile12600engine00
34285   Neil Bonnett   (Cup)Tune Up Masters   (Jim Stacy)Chevrolet101050clutch00
352544   Terry Labonte   (Cup)Duck Industries   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet71000engine00

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
Steve Pfeifer0CARI MachineMichael McCluneyChevrolet
Rick McCray08Ken McCrayBuick
Ed Hale20Peralta ChevroletRichard PeraltaChevrolet
Gary Matthews51Gary MatthewsPontiac
John Krebs91Action AutomotiveJohn KrebsBuick

Lap leader breakdown:
# Of
  Cale Yarborough133
  Darrell Waltrip42017
  Bobby Allison21277
  David Pearson28281
  Al Holbert29302
  Darrell Waltrip315929
  Al Holbert60623
  David Pearson63631
  Darrell Waltrip649027
  David Pearson91944
  Bobby Allison951028
  David Pearson1031053
  Darrell Waltrip10611914

Points Standings after this race:
1   Bill Schmitt 60    
2   Jim Thirkettle 49   -11  
3   Tim Williamson 48   -12  
4   Jimmy Insolo 47   -13  
5   Don Graham 46   -14  
6   Harry Goularte 45   -15  
7   Don Puskarich 44   -16  
8   Richard White 43   -17  
9   Jim Robinson 42   -18  
10   Don Noel 41   -19