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1978 Carolina 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 4 of 30
Sunday, March 5, 1978 at North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham, NC
492 laps on a 1.017 mile paved track (500.4 miles)

Time of race: 4:17:17
Average Speed: 116.681 mph
Pole Speed: 141.94 mph
Cautions: 8 for 62 laps
Margin of Victory: 1.3 sec
Attendance: 35,000
Lead changes: 24

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 921   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury49216,665running219185
2 315   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford49214,570running124175
3 672   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet49211,220running45170
41043   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge4908,470running2165
51154   Lennie Pond W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet4893,920running0155
6 15   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Jim Stacy)Dodge4836,870running0150
71292   Skip Manning Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet4815,020running0146
8153   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet4774,570running0142
93067   Buddy Arrington Buddy ArringtonDodge4764,100running0138
102552   Jimmy Means Howard's Machine Shop   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet4643,690running0134
11 82   Dave Marcis Rod OsterlundChevrolet4611,970running4135
123179   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge4603,230running0127
132425   Ronnie Thomas Hugh's Vette Shop   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet4573,440running0124
142164   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4452,700running0121
151448   James Hylton Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Chevrolet4442,490running6123
162718   Joe Frasson Joe FrassonChevrolet4391,270running0115
173474   Dick May Bobby WawakChevrolet4291,170running0112
18 411   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile4076,270running36114
193261   Joe Mihalic Jim NorrisOldsmobile398970running0106
203597   Ralph Jones Ralph JonesFord378900engine0103
21 288   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet3524,720overheating33105
222824   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet3521,760engine097
233645   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet328725running094
243301   Earle Canavan Earle CanavanDodge280700engine091
251870   J.D. McDuffie J.D. McDuffieChevrolet2661,550engine088
261340   D.K. Ulrich D.K. UlrichChevrolet2601,290engine085
272317   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet259625oil pump082
28 790   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Ford2431,230engine2384
29228   Ed Negre Ed NegreDodge1671,195engine076
301941   Grant Adcox Krystal   (Herb Adcox)Chevrolet145550engine073
31 51   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet119545engine070
321798   Roland Wlodyka Rod OsterlundChevrolet79590ignition067
331627   Buddy Baker M.C. AndersonChevrolet701,210engine064
342030   Tighe Scott Scotty's Fashions   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet301,030crash061
352926   Jimmy Lee Capps Hearne Produce   (David Lee Sellers)Chevrolet28525crash058
362619   Woody Fisher Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet01,010crash055

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip13333
  Bobby Allison34341
  James Hylton35406
  Bobby Allison4112585
  David Pearson1261261
  Cale Yarborough1271282
  Richard Petty1291302
  Dave Marcis1311344
  Bobby Allison13515723
  David Pearson1581581
  Bobby Allison15916911
  Cale Yarborough17017910
  David Pearson1801801
  Dick Brooks18120323
  Benny Parsons20422320
  Cale Yarborough2242252
  Benny Parsons22624520
  Cale Yarborough24626722
  David Pearson268433166
  Bobby Allison4344341
  David Pearson43544915
  Bobby Allison4504523
  Benny Parsons4534575
  David Pearson45849235

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Benny Parsons 695    
2   Cale Yarborough 644   -51  
3   Dave Marcis 586   -109  
4   Bobby Allison 578   -117  
5   Neil Bonnett 535   -160  
6   Richard Childress 516   -179  
7   Dick Brooks 512   -183  
8   Buddy Arrington 501   -194  
9   Skip Manning 497   -198  
10   Lennie Pond 469   -226  
11   Frank Warren 463   -232  
12   Darrell Waltrip 448   -247  
13   D.K. Ulrich 446   -249  
14   Richard Petty 446   -249  
15   Tighe Scott 434   -261  
16   David Pearson 416   -279  
17   Cecil Gordon 397   -298  
18   J.D. McDuffie 322   -373  
19   Jimmy Means 319   -376  
20   Tommy Gale 303   -392