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1978 Dixie 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 29 of 30
Sunday, November 5, 1978 at Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA
328 laps on a 1.522 mile paved track (499.2 miles)

Time of race: 4:00:43
Average Speed: 124.312 mph
Pole Speed: 168.425 mph
Cautions: 7 for 63 laps
Margin of Victory: 5 cl
Attendance: 40,000
Lead changes: 25

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1131   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet32819,850running3180
21143   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet32814,750running61175
3 92   Dave Marcis Osterlund Enterprises   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet3289,750running18170
41098   Dale Earnhardt Osterlund Enterprises   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet3277,500running0160
5 572   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Oldsmobile3279,000running14160
6 215   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford3258,200running3155
7 812   Harry Gant Black Diamond Coal   (Kennie Childers)Chevrolet3254,800running0146
8 111   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile3239,700running67147
91522   Ricky Rudd 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Al Rudd)Chevrolet3225,900running11143
101214   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet3203,100running0134
113017   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet3192,700running0130
121990   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury3173,330crash0127
131892   Terry Labonte Duck Industries   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet3173,020crash0124
141670   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet3172,910running0121
154025   Ronnie Thomas Louise Smith   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet3172,740running0118
162767   Buddy Arrington Sam Dell   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3173,530running0115
172237   Dave Watson Ams Oil   (Dave Watson)Chevrolet3161,600crash0 
182824   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet3161,600running0109
192419   Dick May Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet3142,320running0106
20348   Ferrel Harris L.R. Cook   (Robert Gee)Chevrolet3141,950running0103
21 627   Buddy Baker Griffin Marine   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet31111,565engine151110
223530   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile3101,505running097
232152   Jimmy Means Means Racing   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet3101,470running094
242575   Butch Mock RahMoc EnterprisesChevrolet3101,125running0 
253284   Skip Manning Valvoline   (Blackie Wangerin)Mercury3081,050running088
263681   Ed Negre Jones Chrysler-Plymouth   (Ed Negre)Chrysler303960running085
27264   Gary Myers Spencer's Baby Wear   (Gary Myers)Chevrolet299900running082
28 788   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet2984,440crash079
292997   Ralph Jones Jones Racing   (Ralph Jones)Ford298830running076
30173   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile2851,320engine073
313774   Tommy Gale Wawak Racing   (Bobby Wawak)Chevrolet253700engine070
32 421   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury2461,190oil line067
333879   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1721,180engine064
34145   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet1374,370crash061
352348   Al Holbert Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1191,160engine058
363105   Bruce Hill Bearfinder   (Harry Clary)Oldsmobile92940engine055
37209   Bill Elliott Dahlonega Ford Sales   (George Elliott)Oldsmobile80630engine052
383341   Grant Adcox Krystal   (Herb Adcox)Chevrolet41620engine049
39 354   Lennie Pond W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet53,810rear end046
40390   John Kennedy Spohn's Body Shop   (John Kennedy)Ford0600did not start0 

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Tommy Gale64Sunny King Ford & HondaElmo LangleyFord

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
177  
83427   car fires outside the track 
359460  
951039   #05,67 accident turn 4 
10413734  
1381447   #5 accident turn 2 
14523894  
2392468   #21 oil on track 
24728640  
2872904   #27,72 spun turn 3 
2912933   #3 spun turn 3 
29431926  
3203256   #37,72,88,90,92 accident turns 3/4 
3263283  
  Percent of race run under caution: 19.5%             Average green flag run: 37.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bobby Allison122
  Cale Yarborough33129
  Ricky Rudd324211
  Richard Petty436018
  Buddy Baker617414
  Cale Yarborough75751
  Buddy Baker769318
  Bobby Allison94941
  Richard Petty95962
  Dave Marcis97971
  Richard Petty981058
  Cale Yarborough10613934
  Benny Parsons14015314
  Cale Yarborough1541563
  Buddy Baker15720751
  Dave Marcis2082169
  Buddy Baker21725034
  Richard Petty2512511
  Dave Marcis2522521
  Buddy Baker25328533
  Richard Petty28630823
  Buddy Baker3093091
  Richard Petty3103189
  Dave Marcis3193257
  Donnie Allison3263283

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 4666    
2   Dave Marcis 4253   -413  
3   Benny Parsons 4203   -463  
4   Darrell Waltrip 4202   -464  
5   Bobby Allison 4182   -484  
6   Richard Petty 3883   -783  
7   Lennie Pond 3639   -1027  
8   Dick Brooks 3631   -1035  
9   Buddy Arrington 3568   -1098  
10   Richard Childress 3436   -1230  
11   J.D. McDuffie 3170   -1496  
12   Tighe Scott 3110   -1556  
13   Neil Bonnett 3077   -1589  
14   Frank Warren 2942   -1724  
15   Dick May 2866   -1800  
16   David Pearson 2707   -1959  
17   Ronnie Thomas 2660   -2006  
18   Jimmy Means 2659   -2007  
19   Tommy Gale 2527   -2139  
20   Cecil Gordon 2523   -2143