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1981 Melling Tool 420


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 11 of 31
Saturday, May 9, 1981 at Nashville Speedway, Nashville, TN
420 laps on a 0.596 mile paved track (250.320 miles)

Time of race: 2:47:02
Average speed: 89.756 mph
Pole speed: 104.409 mph
Cautions: 5 for 23 laps
Margin of victory: 1 cl
Attendance: 18000
Lead changes: 5

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 315   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford42015950running209180
2 511   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick42010950running1175
31428   Bobby Allison Jim Stacy   (Harry Ranier)Pontiac4208500running0165
4 743   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick4196950running0160
5 188   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Buick4197375running210165
61144   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick4185975running0150
71342   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick4173095running0146
8 45   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac4166025running0142
92567   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Ed Negre)Dodge4143095running0138
10 871   Dave Marcis Transmission Enterprise   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet4132975running0134
11 237   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Buick4101525running0130
121999   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick4082540running0127
13183   Richard Childress Nichols   (Richard Childress)Pontiac4052395running0124
142052   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet4022260running0121
152117   Mike Potter Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet4012175running0118
162370   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac4001940running0115
171664   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford3991805running0112
182294   Bobby Wawak Louise Smith   (Bobby Wawak)Buick397600running0109
192724   Cecil Gordon Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Pontiac3831645running0106
20122   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac3796500running0103
212448   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac3781490running0100
22 912   Harry Gant Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile227530engine097
231040   D.K. Ulrich Price Racing   (Baxter Price)Buick200520engine094
242666   Lake Speed Dinwiddie Racing   (Harry Dinwiddie)Pontiac1251360alternator091
251590   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford1162045engine088
261725   Charlie Chamblee Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac10830oil pressure085
27 602   Mark Martin Ams Oil / Prototype   (Bud Reeder)Pontiac2475cam082

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
1207207  
2082158   #40 spun turn 1 
21627964  
2802834   #37 spun 
28433451  
3353384   #37 spun 
3393424  
3433453   #37 spun 
34641570  
4164194   #70 spun turn 4 
4204201  
  Percent of race run under caution: 5.5%             Average green flag run: 66.2 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Ricky Rudd1209209
  Benny Parsons21028071
  Ricky Rudd2812811
  Benny Parsons28233554
  Darrell Waltrip3363361
  Benny Parsons33742084

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 1731    
2   Ricky Rudd 1578   -153  
3   Darrell Waltrip 1567   -164  
4   Harry Gant 1461   -270  
5   Dale Earnhardt 1389   -342  
6   Terry Labonte 1388   -343  
7   Jody Ridley 1379   -352  
8   Richard Petty 1344   -387  
9   Benny Parsons 1335   -396  
10   Dave Marcis 1294   -437  
11   Tim Richmond 1229   -502  
12   Buddy Arrington 1227   -504  
13   Richard Childress 1199   -532  
14   Jimmy Means 1172   -559  
15   Morgan Shepherd 1166   -565  
16   Joe Millikan 1135   -596  
17   J.D. McDuffie 1125   -606  
18   Tommy Gale 1120   -611  
19   Kyle Petty 1095   -636  
20   James Hylton 1005   -726