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1981 Daytona 500

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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 2 of 31
Sunday, February 15, 1981 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 2:56:50
Average speed: 169.651 mph
Pole speed: 194.624 mph
Cautions: 4 for 18 laps
Margin of victory: 3.5 sec
Attendance: 130000
Lead changes: 48

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 843   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick20090575running27180
2 128   Bobby Allison Tuf-Lon   (Harry Ranier)Pontiac20084050running117180
3 588   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Oldsmobile20053115running8170
4 61   Buddy Baker UNO   (Hoss Ellington)Oldsmobile20035740running10165
5 72   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac20037365running4160
6169   Bill Elliott Mell-Gear   (George Elliott)Ford19930615running4155
72790   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford19829665running0146
82927   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile19720325running0142
93475   Joe Millikan Rahilly & Grady Racing Engines   (Rahmoc Enterprises)Buick19721500running0138
103598   Johnny Rutherford Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Pontiac19517285running0134
112157   Bill Elswick Performance Boat   (Rahmoc Enterprises)Oldsmobile19514365running0130
123312   Donnie Allison The 5 Racers   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile19512660running0127
132222   Stan Barrett Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac19512870running0124
141393   Don Whittington Smith Racing   (Scott Smith)Oldsmobile19411585running0121
151571   Dave Marcis Buck Stove / Hudson Transmission   (Dave Marcis)Oldsmobile19413225running0118
163841   Dick Brooks Matthews Racing   (Billy Matthews)Buick1937920running1120
172864   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford19211835running0112
181719   Ronnie Sanders Home Trend Realty   (Henley Gray)Buick1917635running0109
192317   Glenn Jarrett Tuf-Lon of Florida   (Roger Hamby)Buick1869830running0106
203937   Don Sprouse Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Oldsmobile1815900running0103
212652   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac1797425running0100
221423   Geoffrey Bodine Oxford 250   (Dick Bahre)Pontiac1785260running097
233147   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick1756375running094
244170   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac1696205running091
253786   Elliott Forbes-Robinson Howard & Egerton   (Richard Howard)Buick1673835axle088
262067   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge15910655running085
273268   Lennie Pond Burger King   (Jim Testa)Buick1554600oil pump082
281925   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac1515125clutch079
29 916   David Pearson Halpern Enterprises   (Joel Halpern)Chevrolet1444350engine381
304099   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick1444690transmission073
31 415   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford13513750overheating070
321142   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick1283755engine067
33 321   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford12310625clutch2669
342548   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac1234530piston061
351051   A.J. Foyt Gilmore / Valvoline   (A.J. Foyt)Oldsmobile1203750valve058
36 211   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick11720475engine055
374224   Cecil Gordon Home Craft Homes   (Cecil Gordon)Buick1163955running052
38183   Richard Childress Wachovia Carpet   (Richard Childress)Pontiac1103825valve049
39247   Bruce Hill Native Tan   (Nelson Malloch)Buick543450crash046
401244   Terry Labonte Stratagraph / Apache Stove   (Billy Hagan)Buick478775engine043
413631   Billie Harvey Graf Lear Jets   (Billie Harvey)Pontiac452915engine040
423039   Blackie Wangerin Wangerin / Clements   (Blackie Wangerin)Ford172750crash037

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Dickie Boswell01Ginn RacingDick BoswellPontiac
Connie Saylor4MitcoG.C. SpencerOldsmobile
Tom Sneva5Derby & Co.Buick
Dick May8Dick Brooks HondaNorman NegreDodge
Alan Rogers08Kinsey Auto PartsAlan RogersChevrolet
Jerry Lovall17Lovall RacingJerry LovallOldsmobile
H.B. Bailey36Almeda Auto PartsH.B. BaileyPontiac
Baxter Price45Price RacingBaxter PriceBuick
Harry Dinwiddie49Pabst Blue RibbonHarry DinwiddiePontiac
A.C. York59Eddie's Auto PartsA.C. YorkChevrolet
Sal Tovella60Test TubeRick JaynesOldsmobile
Tommy Hilbert61Hilbert RacingTommy HilbertPontiac
Rick Wilson62Florida Equipment & ServiceRick WilsonOldsmobile
Lake Speed66Speed RacingLake SpeedOldsmobile
Steve Moore73Kings InnWillard MooreChevrolet
Henry Jones74Pro Sports RacingBobby WawakPontiac
John Anderson77Warren FabricatingJohn RebhanOldsmobile
Bobby Wawak94Louise Smith SpecialBobby WawakBuick

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11919  
20256   #39 accident tri-oval 
264924  
50545   #23 accident turn 4 
55573  
58603   #7 accident turn 2 
619131  
92954   #16,27 accident 
96200105  
  Percent of race run under caution: 9.0%             Average green flag run: 36.4 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bobby Allison133
  Neil Bonnett441
  Bobby Allison551
  Buddy Baker672
  Bobby Allison881
  Neil Bonnett9113
  Bobby Allison12143
  Neil Bonnett15151
  Dale Earnhardt16161
  Neil Bonnett17204
  Ricky Rudd21288
  Bobby Allison29302
  Neil Bonnett31311
  Bobby Allison32365
  Neil Bonnett37382
  Bobby Allison395012
  Dick Brooks51511
  Dale Earnhardt52543
  Bobby Allison55551
  Neil Bonnett56561
  Bobby Allison576913
  Buddy Baker70701
  Neil Bonnett71711
  Bobby Allison72754
  Neil Bonnett76772
  Bobby Allison78836
  Neil Bonnett84852
  Bobby Allison86927
  Bill Elliott93964
  Bobby Allison97993
  Neil Bonnett1001001
  Bobby Allison1011033
  Neil Bonnett1041041
  Buddy Baker1051051
  Neil Bonnett1061072
  Bobby Allison1081092
  Neil Bonnett1101101
  Bobby Allison1111144
  Neil Bonnett1151173
  Bobby Allison11813316
  David Pearson1341363
  Bobby Allison1371426
  Buddy Baker1431453
  Bobby Allison1461549
  Buddy Baker1551551
  Bobby Allison1561649
  Buddy Baker1651662
  Bobby Allison1671737
  Richard Petty17420027

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 365    
2   Richard Petty 340   -25  
3   Dale Earnhardt 325   -40  
4   Jody Ridley 292   -73  
5   Ricky Rudd 281   -84  
6   Joe Millikan 267   -98  
7   Don Whittington 242   -123  
8   Elliott Forbes-Robinson 230   -135  
9   Buddy Arrington 223   -142  
10   Terry Labonte 218   -147  
11   Richard Childress 214   -151  
12   Harry Gant 212   -153  
13   Jimmy Means 209   -156  
14   Dave Marcis 202   -163  
15   James Hylton 191   -174  
16   Benny Parsons 185   -180  
16   J.D. McDuffie 185   -180  
18   Darrell Waltrip 172   -193  
19   Kyle Petty 170   -195  
20   Buddy Baker 165   -200