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1981 Valleydale 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 6 of 31
Sunday, March 29, 1981 at Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, TN
500 laps on a 0.533 mile paved track (266.500 miles)

Time of race: 2:58:36
Average speed: 89.53 mph
Pole speed: 112.125 mph
Cautions: 8 for 44 laps
Margin of victory: 2.5 sec
Attendance: 33000
Lead changes: 21

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 111   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick50022450running323185
2 588   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard Racing)Oldsmobile50014375running0170
31128   Bobby Allison Tuf-Lon   (Harry Ranier)Pontiac50010450running0165
4 75   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac5004600running18165
5 815   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford4997375running57160
6 690   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford4975920running0150
7 444   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick4956550running1151
81448   Harry Gant Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac4934270running1147
92166   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Oldsmobile4913800running0138
101399   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick4913590running0134
112342   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick4871400running0130
121237   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Oldsmobile4861300running0127
131967   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4853020running0124
142652   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet4802810running0121
152464   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4792600running0118
16203   Richard Childress Nichols   (Richard Childress)Pontiac4762415running0115
171875   Joe Millikan Rahmoc EnterprisesBuick4742230running1117
181025   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac4732020running0109
191745   D.K. Ulrich McWhirter Grading   (Baxter Price)Buick473850running0106
203117   Steve Spencer Slick 50   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet4681625running0103
212524   Cecil Gordon Brian's Steakhouse   (Cecil Gordon)Buick4611600running0100
222270   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac377925valve097
233020   Rick Newsom City   (Rick Newsom)Chevrolet356650engine094
24 347   Ron Bouchard Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick349875engine696
251526   Butch Lindley Lindley Racing   (Butch Lindley)Chevrolet194600engine993
262750   Bruce Hill Hill Racing   (Bruce Hill)Buick184590wheel085
272886   Elliott Forbes-Robinson Howard & Egerton   (Richard Howard)Oldsmobile164580sway bar082
28 22   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac1407270crash6584
29 943   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick1165010engine181
302906   Ernie Cline Bush Inc.   (Ernie Cline)Pontiac77550brakes073
311671   Dave Marcis Bowlin Coal / Hudson   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet601100rear end1875

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip13030
  Terry Labonte31311
  Morgan Shepherd32332
  Dave Marcis345118
  Dale Earnhardt529342
  Richard Petty94941
  Dale Earnhardt9511218
  Darrell Waltrip1131131
  Dale Earnhardt1141185
  Morgan Shepherd11913416
  Darrell Waltrip1351351
  Butch Lindley1361449
  Ron Bouchard1451506
  Darrell Waltrip15117222
  Harry Gant1731731
  Benny Parsons17419017
  Darrell Waltrip19127989
  Joe Millikan2802801
  Benny Parsons28131939
  Darrell Waltrip320419100
  Benny Parsons4204201
  Darrell Waltrip42150080

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 944    
2   Jody Ridley 846   -98  
3   Richard Petty 815   -129  
4   Dale Earnhardt 805   -139  
5   Harry Gant 803   -141  
6   Ricky Rudd 798   -146  
7   Joe Millikan 791   -153  
8   Darrell Waltrip 782   -162  
9   Benny Parsons 751   -193  
10   Richard Childress 667   -277  
11   Terry Labonte 665   -279  
12   Buddy Arrington 635   -309  
13   Jimmy Means 627   -317  
14   J.D. McDuffie 610   -334  
15   Tim Richmond 595   -349  
16   Dave Marcis 574   -370  
17   Kyle Petty 573   -371  
18   Tommy Gale 554   -390  
19   Morgan Shepherd 551   -393  
20   Lake Speed 522   -422