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1978 Champion Spark Plug 400


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 20 of 30
Sunday, August 20, 1978 at Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
200 laps on a 2.000 mile paved track (400.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:05:14
Average Speed: 129.566 mph
Pole Speed: 164.073 mph
Cautions: 7 for 35 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.32 sec
Attendance: 50,000
Lead changes: 34

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 121   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury20016,025running56180
2 311   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile20014,275running72180
3 488   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet20010,950running43170
4 72   Dave Marcis Rod OsterlundChevrolet2006,500running12165
5 215   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford1987,550running4160
61290   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury1984,950running0150
7 970   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1974,330running3151
81554   Lennie Pond W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile1965,400running0142
9175   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Jim Stacy)Oldsmobile1955,300running0138
10118   Ferrel Harris Autowize   (Robert Gee)Chevrolet1943,820running0134
112819   Dick May Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet1943,610running0130
122667   Buddy Arrington Falls Radiator   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1933,390running0127
13 572   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Oldsmobile1915,550running7129
141443   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet1905,075crash0121
153152   Jimmy Means WIXC   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1902,810running0118
162464   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1902,370running0115
173324   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet1892,135running0112
18368   Ed Negre Ed NegreDodge1891,050running0109
192730   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet1871,925running0106
20344   Gary Myers Spencer's Baby Wear   (Gary Myers)Chevrolet1851,000running0103
213045   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet1831,610running0100
22297   Joey Arrington Sam Dell   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge183950running097
231040   D.K. Ulrich Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet1811,555running199
243579   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1701,520running091
252339   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury1431,330engine088
262525   Ronnie Thomas Louise Smith   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet1391,405engine085
271868   Janet Guthrie Kelly Girl   (Lynda Ferreri)Buick128780engine0 
282122   Ricky Rudd 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Al Rudd)Chevrolet1132,255engine184
29191   Donnie Allison Grog Pond   (Pee Wee Griffin)Oldsmobile96740engine076
301617   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet88720overheating073
31 83   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile681,195engine175
323201   Earle Canavan Pepsi   (Earle Canavan)Dodge59685transmission067
332092   Mel Larson ThermaSol   (Billy Hagan)Oldsmobile311,175electrical064
341305   Bruce Hill Bearfinder   (Harry Clary)Oldsmobile23665engine061
352248   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet171,155engine058
36 627   Buddy Baker M.C. AndersonOldsmobile91,130engine055

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson122
  Bobby Allison331
  David Pearson474
  Bobby Allison8103
  Dave Marcis11155
  Darrell Waltrip16161
  Cale Yarborough17182
  Darrell Waltrip19191
  Richard Childress20201
  Benny Parsons21277
  David Pearson28292
  Cale Yarborough30356
  Darrell Waltrip36361
  Ricky Rudd37371
  D.K. Ulrich38381
  J.D. McDuffie39413
  Cale Yarborough42432
  David Pearson44441
  Cale Yarborough457430
  Darrell Waltrip75751
  Cale Yarborough76761
  David Pearson77848
  Dave Marcis85884
  Cale Yarborough8911931
  David Pearson12012910
  Darrell Waltrip1301323
  David Pearson1331364
  Darrell Waltrip1371371
  David Pearson1381469
  Darrell Waltrip1471471
  David Pearson14816215
  Darrell Waltrip16319432
  Dave Marcis1951973
  Darrell Waltrip1981992
  David Pearson2002001

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 3162    
2   Dave Marcis 2989   -173  
3   Benny Parsons 2930   -232  
4   Bobby Allison 2739   -423  
5   Darrell Waltrip 2738   -424  
6   Richard Petty 2636   -526  
7   Lennie Pond 2533   -629  
8   Buddy Arrington 2455   -707  
9   Dick Brooks 2395   -767  
10   Richard Childress 2353   -809  
11   D.K. Ulrich 2238   -924  
12   Tighe Scott 2213   -949  
13   Neil Bonnett 2143   -1019  
14   J.D. McDuffie 2104   -1058  
15   David Pearson 2052   -1110  
16   Frank Warren 2045   -1117  
17   Dick May 1899   -1263  
18   Jimmy Means 1826   -1336  
19   Cecil Gordon 1781   -1381  
20   Ronnie Thomas 1738   -1424