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1981 Mason-Dixon 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 12 of 31
Sunday, May 17, 1981 at Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover, DE
500 laps on a 1.000 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 4:17:18
Average speed: 116.595 mph
Pole speed: 138.425 mph
Cautions: 2 for 24 laps
Margin of victory: 22 sec
Attendance: 40000
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
11190   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford50022560running20180
2 828   Bobby Allison The 5 Racers   (Harry Ranier)Buick50016725running0170
3142   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac49915125running0165
41899   D.K. Ulrich UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick4917160running0160
5 488   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Buick4909450running0155
6 25   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac4898625running0150
71967   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4884965running0146
8 744   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick4867725running0142
92252   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet4814280running0138
10 627   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick4802925engine32139
111777   Donnie Allison Warren Fabricating   (John Rebhan)Oldsmobile4801900running0130
12 511   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick4767240running0127
13 321   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford4592560engine404134
143040   Tommy Gale Ulrich Racing   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick4591620running0121
152324   Cecil Gordon Buffalo Stampede   (Cecil Gordon)Buick4583605running0118
161033   Harry Gant Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Chevrolet4481350engine0115
17243   Richard Childress Nichols   (Richard Childress)Pontiac4123215engine0112
182548   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac3793020wheel0109
19 943   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick3686570rear end3111
201642   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick3422240engine0103
212037   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Oldsmobile297900engine0100
223264   Joe Fields Richmond Printing   (Joe Fields)Buick2542470overheating097
232870   J.D. McDuffie Golden Corral   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac1612235engine094
242725   Ronnie Thomas Drummond Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac901940oil leak091
25 112   David Pearson Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile572675engine4193
263179   Junior Miller Miller Roofing   (Junior Miller)Oldsmobile461880oil pressure085
271247   Ron Bouchard Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Pontiac221845crash082
282117   Lowell Cowell Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet111800steering079
292966   Elmo Langley Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Oldsmobile6575driveshaft076
302694   Bob Riley Atlanta Int. Messenger   (Joe May)Buick6550steering073
311371   Dave Marcis Hudson / Transmissions Unlimited   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet11040crash070
321515   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford15980crash067

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Bob Riley60Atlanta Int. MessengerJoe MayPontiac
WDJoe Millikan75Gray RacingHenley GrayBuick

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
111  
21312   #15,17,47,71,94 accident turn 3 
14174  
182912   #2,11,17,33,37 accident frontstretch 
30500471  
  Percent of race run under caution: 4.8%             Average green flag run: 158.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson14141
  Neil Bonnett425716
  Cale Yarborough58581
  Neil Bonnett598325
  Cale Yarborough84841
  Neil Bonnett859915
  Cale Yarborough1001034
  Richard Petty1041063
  Neil Bonnett10719084
  Cale Yarborough1911955
  Neil Bonnett196459264
  Cale Yarborough46048021
  Jody Ridley48150020

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 1901    
2   Ricky Rudd 1733   -168  
3   Darrell Waltrip 1694   -207  
4   Harry Gant 1576   -325  
5   Jody Ridley 1559   -342  
6   Dale Earnhardt 1554   -347  
7   Terry Labonte 1530   -371  
8   Richard Petty 1455   -446  
9   Benny Parsons 1402   -499  
10   Buddy Arrington 1373   -528  
11   Dave Marcis 1364   -537  
12   Morgan Shepherd 1316   -585  
13   Richard Childress 1311   -590  
14   Jimmy Means 1310   -591  
15   Tommy Gale 1241   -660  
16   Tim Richmond 1229   -672  
17   J.D. McDuffie 1219   -682  
18   Kyle Petty 1198   -703  
19   Joe Millikan 1135   -766  
20   James Hylton 1114   -787