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1981 Busch 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 22 of 31
Saturday, August 22, 1981 at Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, TN
500 laps on a 0.533 mile paved track (266.500 miles)

Time of race: 3:08:44
Average speed: 84.723 mph
Pole speed: 110.818 mph
Cautions: 7 for 52 laps
Margin of victory: 1 lap
Attendance: 34500
Lead changes: 11

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 111   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick50018800running251185
2 388   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Chevrolet49912375running92175
31644   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick4988800running0165
4 628   Bobby Allison Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Buick4977075running4165
5 747   Ron Bouchard J.D. Stacy   (Jack Beebe)Buick4975650running0155
6 815   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford4976250running0150
71566   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Oldsmobile4934170running0146
8 912   Tim Richmond UNO   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile4881315crash0142
9 571   Dave Marcis Bowlin Coal   (Dave Marcis)Buick4873600running0138
102067   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4863780running0134
11 233   Harry Gant Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac4853695running0130
122252   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac4803035running0127
132370   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac4792875running0124
142668   Lennie Pond Bekaert   (Lennie Pond)Buick4781000running0121
152564   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4712615running0118
162848   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac4642475running0115
17185   Joe Millikan Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac4344965running0112
182125   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac3922255running0109
191324   Morgan Shepherd Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Buick3391905rear end104111
20 490   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford3172875sway bar0103
21122   Joe Ruttman J.D. Stacy   (Jim Stacy)Pontiac3025100oil pan49105
222920   Rick Newsom Newsom Racing   (Rick Newsom)Chevrolet248635handling097
232499   Elliott Forbes-Robinson Ulrich Racing   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick246870brakes094
241043   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick735060cylinder head091
251737   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Buick49595crash088
262717   Mike Potter Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet321130steering085
27143   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Richard Childress)Pontiac312620crash082
281142   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick28860transmission079
293008   Joel Stowe Don SatterfieldPontiac14540flagged076
301940   Cecil Gordon Dixie Engineering   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick3530quit073

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
WDGary Balough75Chaparral TrailersRahMoc EnterprisesBuick

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip15151
  Morgan Shepherd52155104
  Darrell Waltrip1561561
  Bobby Allison1571604
  Ricky Rudd16125090
  Darrell Waltrip2512522
  Joe Ruttman25330048
  Darrell Waltrip3013011
  Joe Ruttman3023021
  Darrell Waltrip303416114
  Ricky Rudd4174182
  Darrell Waltrip41950082

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 3345    
2   Darrell Waltrip 3295   -50  
3   Harry Gant 3077   -268  
4   Ricky Rudd 3004   -341  
5   Terry Labonte 2864   -481  
6   Richard Petty 2838   -507  
7   Dale Earnhardt 2828   -517  
8   Jody Ridley 2801   -544  
9   Benny Parsons 2657   -688  
10   Dave Marcis 2489   -856  
11   Kyle Petty 2457   -888  
12   Buddy Arrington 2365   -980  
13   Jimmy Means 2331   -1014  
14   Morgan Shepherd 2284   -1061  
15   J.D. McDuffie 2280   -1065  
16   Tim Richmond 2219   -1126  
17   Tommy Gale 2216   -1129  
18   Richard Childress 2144   -1201  
19   James Hylton 2074   -1271  
20   Lake Speed 1965   -1380