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1981 American 500 qualifying results


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 29 of 31
Sunday, November 1, 1981 at North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham, NC
492 laps on a 1.017 mile paved track (500.4 miles)

Time of race: 4:39:32
Average Speed: 107.399 mph
Pole Speed: 138.164 mph
Cautions: 12 for 97 laps
Margin of Victory: 2 cl
Attendance: 35,000
Lead changes: 33

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings



Qualifying results for this race:
RankDriverNbrCarTimeSpeed 
1   Darrell Waltrip11Buick26.499   138.164    
2   Harry Gant33Pontiac26.518   138.065    
3   Ricky Rudd88Chevrolet26.563   137.831    
4   Buddy Baker1Buick26.594   137.670    
5   Dale Earnhardt3Pontiac26.613   137.572    
6   Kyle Petty42Buick26.665   137.304    
7   Dean Combs77Buick26.683   137.211    
8   Cale Yarborough27Buick26.686   137.196    
9   Neil Bonnett21Ford26.698   137.134    
10   Terry Labonte44Buick26.751   136.862    
11   Johnny Rutherford98Buick26.752   136.857    
12   Richard Petty43Buick26.780   136.714    
13   Tim Richmond37Buick26.791   136.658    
14   Bobby Allison28Buick26.797   136.627    
15   Morgan Shepherd96Buick26.830   136.459    
16   Joe Ruttman2Pontiac26.311   139.151    
17   Joe Millikan5Pontiac26.565   137.820    
18   Lake Speed66Oldsmobile26.718   137.031    
19   Jody Ridley90Ford26.719   137.026    
20   Lennie Pond68Buick26.730   136.970    
21   Gary Balough75Buick26.740   136.918    
22   Bill Elliott9Ford26.774   136.745    
23   Dick Brooks13Ford26.830   136.459    
24   Benny Parsons15Ford26.900   136.104    
25   Slick Johnson48Pontiac27.024   135.480    
26   Dave Marcis71Chevrolet27.050   135.349    
27   Tommy Gale64Ford27.094   135.130    
28   Chuck Bown16Buick27.096   135.120    
29   John Anderson17Buick27.197   134.618    
30   J.D. McDuffie70Pontiac27.233   134.440    
31   Buddy Arrington67Dodge26.839   136.413    
32   D.K. Ulrich99Buick26.851   136.352    
33   Don Hume40Buick27.060   135.300    
34   Cecil Gordon24Buick27.099   135.105    
35   Joe Fields92Buick27.152   134.841    
36   Jimmy Means52Pontiac27.244   134.386    
37   Ron Bouchard47Buick27.244   134.386    

OP: qualified via owners points
PC: qualified as past champion
PR: provisional
QR: via qualifying race
* - had to qualify on time

Failed to qualify, or withdrew:   none