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1981 Atlanta Journal 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 30 of 31
Sunday, November 8, 1981 at Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA
328 laps on a 1.522 mile paved track (499.216 miles)

Time of race: 3:49:43
Average speed: 130.391 mph
Pole speed: 163.266 mph
Cautions: 7 for 50 laps
Margin of victory: 1 cl
Attendance: 47500
Lead changes: 36

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 521   Neil Bonnett Warner Hodgdon / National Eng.   (Wood Brothers)Ford32831500running200185
2 211   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick32817350running11175
32127   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick3288800running14170
4 628   Bobby Allison Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Buick32812090running0160
52590   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford32811700running1160
6 49   Bill Elliott Mell-Gear   (George Elliott)Ford3286200running0150
71244   Terry Labonte J.D. Stacy   (Billy Hagan)Buick3289630running12151
81942   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick3286155running12147
9131   Buddy Baker UNO   (Hoss Ellington)Buick3283040running1143
10155   Joe Millikan Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac3277820running0134
113262   Rick Wilson Florida Equipment & Service   (Rick Wilson)Oldsmobile3273000running1135
12334   Connie Saylor Spencer Racing   (G.C. Spencer)Oldsmobile3232550running0127
132813   Dick Brooks Carolina Tool   (Bobby Hawkins)Ford3232350running0124
141866   Lake Speed Ronnie Steele   (Lake Speed)Buick3214900running0121
152616   Chuck Bown Rose Auto Wrecking   (Dick Bown)Buick3202125engine0118
163917   John Anderson Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Buick3164545running0115
173467   Buddy Arrington Kyle Petty's Boot Barn   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3154310running0112
18400   Delma Cowart Coastal Transmissions   (Heyward Grooms)Buick3151940running0109
192448   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Buick3034045running0106
20 133   Harry Gant Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac2915565engine25108
211637   Tim Richmond Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Buick2872945engine0100
223564   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford2773300running097
233770   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac2593035water pump094
24 93   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Richard Childress)Pontiac2224290engine091
25 82   Joe Ruttman J.D. Stacy   (Jim Stacy)Buick2076420engine793
26 343   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick2076380engine4490
273099   D.K. Ulrich Ulrich Racing   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick1982195engine082
282271   Dave Marcis J.D. Stacy   (Dave Marcis)Buick1742175valve079
293172   Rusty Wallace KangaRoos   (John Childs)Buick1561900oil pressure076
301001   Geoffrey Bodine Downey's Auto Parts   (Emanuel Zervakis)Buick143890engine073
312096   Morgan Shepherd Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Buick123860oil pump070
323846   Travis Tiller Ring Enterprises   (Travis Tiller)Chevrolet111850engine067
33 755   Tommy Ellis Industrial Boiler   (Tommy Ellis)Chevrolet97840engine064
341775   Gary Balough Chaparral Trailers   (Rahmoc Enterprises)Buick892085crash061
353652   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac662055engine058
361115   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford426250steering055
372798   Johnny Rutherford Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Buick39640transmission052
381488   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Buick366070engine049
392347   Ron Bouchard J.D. Stacy   (Jack Beebe)Buick231065engine046
402936   H.B. Bailey Almeda Auto Parts   (H.B. Bailey)Pontiac1550crash043

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Ronnie Sanders18Sanders RacingRonnie SandersBuick
Mike Alexander24Gordon RacingCecil GordonBuick
Billie Harvey31Graf Lear JetsBillie HarveyPontiac
Dick May40Price RacingD.K. UlrichBuick
Bruce Hill50Hill RacingBruce HillBuick
Bobby Wawak94Louise SmithBobby WawakBuick
Bob Schacht97Test TubeBob SchachtOldsmobile

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip188
  Neil Bonnett91911
  Richard Petty20234
  Neil Bonnett243815
  Jody Ridley39391
  Neil Bonnett406526
  Richard Petty6610338
  Joe Ruttman1041063
  Neil Bonnett1071082
  Harry Gant1091091
  Neil Bonnett11012213
  Rick Wilson1231231
  Harry Gant1241274
  Richard Petty1281281
  Neil Bonnett1291291
  Richard Petty1301301
  Neil Bonnett1311366
  Joe Ruttman1371404
  Neil Bonnett14118343
  Harry Gant1841918
  Kyle Petty19220312
  Neil Bonnett2042096
  Terry Labonte21022112
  Neil Bonnett22226847
  Harry Gant2692757
  Darrell Waltrip2762772
  Cale Yarborough2782847
  Buddy Baker2852851
  Harry Gant2862905
  Neil Bonnett2912911
  Cale Yarborough2922921
  Neil Bonnett2932931
  Cale Yarborough2942996
  Neil Bonnett30032627
  Darrell Waltrip3273271
  Neil Bonnett3283281

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 4725    
2   Bobby Allison 4642   -83  
3   Harry Gant 4071   -654  
4   Ricky Rudd 3948   -777  
5   Terry Labonte 3882   -843  
6   Jody Ridley 3864   -861  
7   Dale Earnhardt 3818   -907  
8   Richard Petty 3737   -988  
9   Dave Marcis 3417   -1308  
10   Benny Parsons 3365   -1360  
11   Buddy Arrington 3293   -1432  
12   Kyle Petty 3283   -1442  
13   Jimmy Means 3145   -1580  
14   Morgan Shepherd 3135   -1590  
15   Tim Richmond 3118   -1607  
16   Tommy Gale 3058   -1667  
17   J.D. McDuffie 2865   -1860  
18   Lake Speed 2705   -2020  
19   James Hylton 2644   -2081  
20   Ron Bouchard 2559   -2166