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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 5 of 31
Sunday, March 15, 1981 at Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA
328 laps on a 1.522 mile paved track (499.216 miles)

Time of race: 3:44:10
Average speed: 133.619 mph
Pole speed: 162.94 mph
Cautions: 5 for 39 laps
Margin of victory: 33 sec
Attendance: 61500
Lead changes: 23

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
11727   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick32828950running71180
2 247   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick32832705running94180
3 52   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac32719400running0165
43028   Bobby Allison Tuf-Lon   (Harry Ranier)Pontiac32714415running4165
51315   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford32611975running4160
6 790   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford3269680running0150
71551   A.J. Foyt Gilmore / Valvoline   (A.J. Foyt)Oldsmobile3254425running0146
8205   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac3254765running0142
9109   Bill Elliott Mell-Gear   (George Elliott)Ford3233705running0138
10256   Joe Ruttman The 5 Racers   (Jim Stacy)Buick3223485running0134
113170   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac3215380running0130
123398   Johnny Rutherford Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Pontiac3212575running0127
133557   Bill Elswick Performance Boat   (Rahmoc Enterprises)Buick3172445running0124
142667   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3164880running0121
151275   Joe Millikan Rahmoc EnterprisesBuick3154630fuel pump0118
162722   Stan Barrett Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac3151885running0115
17 83   Richard Childress Downey's Auto Parts   (Richard Childress)Pontiac3114160running1117
183264   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford3103940running0109
19 144   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick3089155running0106
203920   Rick Newsom City   (Rick Newsom)Chevrolet2941725running0103
214152   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac2823250running0100
221688   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Buick2807760running097
23367   Bruce Hill Hill Racing   (Bruce Hill)Buick2752990running094
243479   Dick May Miller Roofing   (Junior Miller)Oldsmobile2672805oil pump091
252248   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac2542510engine088
261999   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick2412420crash085
272871   Dave Marcis Bowlin Coal   (Dave Marcis)Oldsmobile2382635crash082
28 421   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford2341605water pump8484
292312   Donnie Allison The 5 Racers   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile1891080engine076
304017   Steve Spencer Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Buick1702290oil pump073
314225   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac1591510clutch070
32 616   David Pearson Halpern Enterprises   (Joel Halpern)Chevrolet1531000engine472
331837   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Buick139990engine064
342953   Slick Johnson Johnson Racing   (J.D. Johnson)Chevrolet138980cam061
352166   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Buick133970oil pump058
361111   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick1316390engine3260
373724   Cecil Gordon Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Buick1241430engine052
381443   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick1136370engine3454
392486   Elliott Forbes-Robinson Howard & Egerton   (Richard Howard)Buick97910crash046
40 31   Buddy Baker UNO   (Hoss Ellington)Oldsmobile86900engine043
41 942   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick17900engine040
423894   Bobby Wawak Louise Smith   (Bobby Wawak)Pontiac10900piston037

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Harry Gant12222
  Richard Childress23231
  Benny Parsons24241
  David Pearson25284
  Darrell Waltrip295426
  Richard Petty557925
  Darrell Waltrip80856
  Bobby Allison86894
  Harry Gant90901
  Richard Petty91999
  Neil Bonnett10011819
  Cale Yarborough1191224
  Neil Bonnett12313917
  Harry Gant14016627
  Benny Parsons1671693
  Neil Bonnett17021748
  Cale Yarborough2182181
  Harry Gant21923820
  Cale Yarborough2392479
  Harry Gant24825912
  Cale Yarborough26026910
  Harry Gant27028112
  Cale Yarborough28232847

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 779    
2   Richard Petty 734   -45  
3   Dale Earnhardt 721   -58  
4   Jody Ridley 696   -83  
5   Joe Millikan 674   -105  
6   Harry Gant 656   -123  
7   Ricky Rudd 628   -151  
8   Darrell Waltrip 597   -182  
9   Benny Parsons 591   -188  
10   Richard Childress 552   -227  
11   Terry Labonte 514   -265  
12   J.D. McDuffie 513   -266  
13   Buddy Arrington 511   -268  
14   Jimmy Means 506   -273  
15   Cale Yarborough 502   -277  
16   Dave Marcis 499   -280  
17   Tim Richmond 461   -318  
18   James Hylton 458   -321  
19   Kyle Petty 443   -336  
20   Tommy Gale 436   -343