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1981 Northwestern Bank 400


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 7 of 31
Sunday, April 5, 1981 at North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro, NC
400 laps on a 0.625 mile paved track (250.000 miles)

Time of race: 2:55:41
Average speed: 85.381 mph
Pole speed: 114.647 mph
Cautions: 10 for 87 laps
Margin of victory: 3.7 sec
Attendance: 22000
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
11343   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick40018850running89180
2 328   Bobby Allison Tuf-Lon   (Harry Ranier)Pontiac40012350running186180
3 711   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick4009875running2170
4 171   Dave Marcis Hudson   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet40010470running123165
5 812   Harry Gant The 5 Racers   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile4002550running0155
6 488   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Buick3996550running0150
71644   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick3996200running0146
81047   Ron Bouchard Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick3993820running0142
9 95   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac3991350running0138
10 22   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac3958800running0134
111137   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Oldsmobile3951150running0130
121525   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac3942800running0127
132340   D.K. Ulrich Mastin Pool   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick3931000running0124
142852   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet3932590running0121
151748   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet3932590running0118
162970   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac3892545running0115
17193   Richard Childress Childress Racing   (Richard Childress)Pontiac3812250running0112
182299   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick3422065running0109
193064   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford3391930running0106
202417   Tommy Houston Lowe's   (Roger Hamby)Buick3391820running0103
21 615   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford3245200engine0100
222042   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick319635crash097
231866   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Oldsmobile2901560crash094
241226   Butch Lindley Lindley Racing   (Butch Lindley)Chevrolet278645engine091
252592   Joe Fields The Shop   (Joe Fields)Buick191635engine088
262175   Joe Millikan Rahmoc EnterprisesChevrolet1741410oil pressure085
27 502   Mark Martin Prototype / Ams Oil   (Bud Reeder)Pontiac166625rear end082
281490   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford1261820rear end079
293167   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge111760engine076
302694   Bobby Wawak Louise Smith   (Bobby Wawak)Buick67550engine073
312753   Cecil Gordon Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Buick8550rear end070

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Dave Marcis111
  Bobby Allison22524
  Dave Marcis26131106
  Bobby Allison13219665
  Darrell Waltrip1971971
  Bobby Allison19826669
  Richard Petty26729327
  Bobby Allison2942941
  Dave Marcis2953006
  Bobby Allison30132727
  Darrell Waltrip3283281
  Dave Marcis32933810
  Richard Petty33940062

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 1124    
2   Richard Petty 995   -129  
3   Harry Gant 958   -166  
4   Darrell Waltrip 952   -172  
5   Ricky Rudd 948   -176  
6   Dale Earnhardt 939   -185  
7   Jody Ridley 925   -199  
8   Joe Millikan 876   -248  
9   Benny Parsons 851   -273  
10   Terry Labonte 811   -313  
11   Richard Childress 779   -345  
12   Jimmy Means 748   -376  
13   Dave Marcis 739   -385  
14   J.D. McDuffie 725   -399  
15   Buddy Arrington 711   -413  
16   Tim Richmond 704   -420  
17   Morgan Shepherd 689   -435  
18   Kyle Petty 670   -454  
19   Tommy Gale 660   -464  
20   Lake Speed 616   -508