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1978 American 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 28 of 30
Sunday, October 22, 1978 at North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham, NC
492 laps on a 1.017 mile paved track (500.4 miles)

Time of race: 4:15:58
Average Speed: 117.288 mph
Pole Speed: 142.067 mph
Cautions: 5 for 52 laps
Margin of Victory: 2 laps +
Attendance: 46,000
Lead changes: 19

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 111   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile49223,360running376185
2 415   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford49014,650running0170
3 388   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet48811,400running24170
41272   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet4868,500running11165
5 890   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Ford4866,330running1160
61143   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet4857,000running18155
7 554   Lennie Pond W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet4856,100running12151
8102   Dave Marcis Rod OsterlundChevrolet4844,700running2147
92167   Buddy Arrington Falls Radiator   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge4734,230running0138
10243   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile4724,320running0134
111492   Dick May Duck Industries   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet4713,560running0130
122070   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet4683,240running1132
132352   Jimmy Means Means Racing   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet4652,960running0124
141348   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet4642,720running10126
152624   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet4592,510running0118
162879   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge4482,250running0115
17274   Gary Myers Spencer's Baby Wear   (Gary Myers)Chevrolet4441,300running0112
181864   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4441,865running0109
193045   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet4411,720running0106
20 21   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet4231,250driver ill12108
211730   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet3741,495spindle3105
22 727   Buddy Baker M.C. AndersonChevrolet3241,400engine14102
232518   Joe Frasson Joe FrassonBuick293775engine094
241621   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury2841,325clutch896
25 622   Ricky Rudd 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Al Rudd)Chevrolet2622,225engine088
261917   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet2151,200engine085
273631   Bobby Wawak Jim NorrisChevrolet214675engine082
283395   Junior Miller Miller Roofing   (Junior Miller)Chevrolet122630quit079
292919   Elmo Langley Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet881,120engine076
303287   Johnny Halford Satterfield Heating   (Don Satterfield)Chevrolet84610engine0 
31 95   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet764,300engine070
323459   Charlie Blanton Danny QueenChevrolet52590ignition0 
332225   Ronnie Thomas Louise Smith   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet341,080engine064
343181   Ferrel Harris L.R. Cook   (Robert Gee)Chevrolet6570crash061
35158   Ed Negre D & D Medical   (Ed Negre)Dodge41,060engine058
363529   Bill Hollar Hollar Auto Parts   (Bill Hollar)Chevrolet0550quit055

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Cale Yarborough144
  Donnie Allison51612
  Cale Yarborough173620
  Tighe Scott37393
  James Hylton404910
  Darrell Waltrip50512
  Lennie Pond52565
  Darrell Waltrip577822
  Dick Brooks79791
  Buddy Baker809314
  David Pearson941018
  Lennie Pond1021021
  Dave Marcis1031042
  J.D. McDuffie1051051
  Richard Petty10612015
  Benny Parsons1211255
  Lennie Pond1261316
  Benny Parsons1321376
  Richard Petty1381403
  Cale Yarborough141492352

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 4519    
2   Darrell Waltrip 4123   -396  
3   Dave Marcis 4083   -436  
4   Benny Parsons 4043   -476  
5   Bobby Allison 4027   -492  
6   Richard Petty 3708   -811  
7   Lennie Pond 3593   -926  
8   Dick Brooks 3504   -1015  
9   Buddy Arrington 3453   -1066  
10   Richard Childress 3363   -1156  
11   J.D. McDuffie 3049   -1470  
12   Neil Bonnett 3016   -1503  
13   Tighe Scott 3013   -1506  
14   Frank Warren 2878   -1641  
15   Dick May 2760   -1759  
16   David Pearson 2640   -1879  
17   Jimmy Means 2565   -1954  
18   Ronnie Thomas 2542   -1977  
19   Tommy Gale 2457   -2062  
20   D.K. Ulrich 2452   -2067