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1978 Winston Western 500


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NASCAR Winston West Series race number 1 of 22
Combination race with Winston Cup drivers
An explanation of combination races from The Third Turn External page

Sunday, January 22, 1978 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
119 laps on a 2.620 mile road course (311.780 miles)

Time of race: 3:02:55
Average speed: 102.269 mph
Pole speed: 113.204 mph
Cautions: 4 for 17 laps
Margin of victory: 1 sec
Attendance: 70000
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston West Series results   /   1978 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 411   Cale Yarborough   (Cup)1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile11920850running580
2 372   Benny Parsons   (Cup)1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet11914800running180
3 121   David Pearson   (Cup)Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury1199850running410
4165   Neil Bonnett   (Cup)Jim StacyDodge1198800running00
16 543   Richard Petty   (Cup)STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge1045100rear end00
23 288   Darrell Waltrip   (Cup)Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet704780transmission00
30 615   Bobby Allison   (Cup)Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford404455engine00
71101   Jimmy Insolo Lake's Drywall   (Gerald Craker)Chevrolet1184400running260
8 948   Al Holbert   (Cup)Southland Cork & Rubber   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1174250running00
5 72   Dave Marcis   (Cup)Rod OsterlundChevrolet1184050running00
101940   D.K. Ulrich   (Cup)Pacific Coast   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet1153880running00
112767   Buddy Arrington   (Cup)Buddy ArringtonFord1143470running00
131579   Frank Warren   (Cup)Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1123160running00
62995   Hershel McGriff   (Cup)George JeffersonFord1182850running00
152564   Dick Brooks   (Cup)Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1112840running00
183130   Tighe Scott   (Cup)Scotty's Fashions   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet1032530running00
92029   Roy Smith Mercury Marine   (Dick Midgley)Chevrolet1152300running049
20183   Richard Childress   (Cup)Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet902205running00
211292   Skip Manning   (Cup)Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet851980running00
192341   Ernie Stierly Allied Plating   (Ernie Stierly)Chevrolet991870running045
123408   Rick McCray Rick McCrayDodge1131800running048
32 873   Bill Schmitt Old Milwaukee   (Bill Schmitt)Chevrolet191650rear end040
253024   Cecil Gordon   (Cup)Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet521635clutch00
141093   Norm Palmer American   (Norm Palmer)Dodge1111600engine047
282170   J.D. McDuffie   (Cup)Simpson Safety Equipment   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet451455rear end00
172251   Jim Thirkettle Timec / Speedway Engineering   (Jim Thirkettle)Buick1041350running046
242412   Richard White Lindsay Auto Parts   (Mike White)Chevrolet701195running043
223553   Jack Simpson Don's Automotive   (Chester Papienski)Chevrolet741105running044
271381   John Borneman Borneman Plastering   (Arthur Godfrey)Chevrolet501025clutch042
263258   Rocky Moran   (Cup)Daisy Shoppe   (Rocky Moran)Chevrolet51955engine00
291739   Vince Giamformaggio   (Cup)Cal-French Bread   (Sam Arakalian)Chevrolet41805overheating00
312813   Don Puskarich Oil Field Construction   (Matt Puskarich)Chevrolet36700engine041
333309   Eddie Bradshaw C & M Racing   (Chester Papienski)Chevrolet15600drive shaft039
342632   Ray Elder Midland Motor Homes   (Dave Hill)Dodge12550transmission038
351444   Gary Johnson Armstrong Electric   (Ted Armstrong)Chevrolet3500rear end037

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
John Kennedy0Avanti CBJohn KennedyFord
Steve Pfeifer0McCluney RacingMichael McCluneyChevrolet
Ron McGee03M.C. ProductionsSteve TemmeChevrolet
Pappy Pryor06Yakima AmbulanceDodge
John Soares7RPM EngineeringPlymouth
Ed Negre8Ed NegreDodge
Evan Noyes, Jr.10Eagle Creek AviationChevrolet
Dick Kranzler14Parnelli Jones EnterprisesChevrolet
Bennie Vaught16Chevrolet
Harry Goularte17Associated ConcreteHarry GoularteChevrolet
Roger Hamby17Hamby-EllisRoger HambyChevrolet
John Dineen18Dineen RacingGeorge StarkFord
Ronnie Thomas25Don RobertsonChevrolet
Glenn Francis33Excel TrailerTrent FrancisChevrolet
Chuck Wahl37Excel TrailerDuWayne WahlChevrolet
Mike Brockman50Brockmore AssociatesMichael BrockmanChevrolet
Bob Switzer51Switzer ConstructionBob SwitzerFord
Lennie Pond54W.I.N.Harry RanierChevrolet
Bill Baker55Golden West LumberBill BakerChevrolet
Jocko Maggiacomo63Jocko's RacingJocko MaggiacomoMatador
Mike Kempton69Jayhawk SportsMike KemptonChevrolet
Bob Brown74UnitedChevrolet
Dick Whalen86Dean EnterprisesGlenna DeanChevrolet
Roland Wlodyka98Rod OsterlundChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
13838  
39424   #40 accident turn 9 
437129  
72765   #88 stalled turn 6 
77815  
82876   #44 accident turn 1 
8810619  
1071104   #43 stalled turn 6 
1111199  
  Percent of race run under caution: 16.0%             Average green flag run: 20.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson122
  Cale Yarborough32220
  David Pearson23275
  Benny Parsons28292
  David Pearson306233
  Cale Yarborough63675
  David Pearson68681
  Jimmy Insolo69702
  Cale Yarborough71733
  Benny Parsons74785
  Cale Yarborough79835
  Benny Parsons849411
  Cale Yarborough9511925

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jimmy Insolo 60    
2   Roy Smith 49   -11  
3   Rick McCray 48   -12  
4   Norm Palmer 47   -13  
5   Jim Thirkettle 46   -14  
6   Ernie Stierly 45   -15  
7   Jack Simpson 44   -16  
8   Richard White 43   -17  
9   John Borneman 42   -18  
10   Don Puskarich 41   -19  
11   Bill Schmitt 40   -20  
12   Eddie Bradshaw 39   -21  
13   Ray Elder 38   -22  
14   Gary Johnson 37   -23