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1978 Norton Twin 200


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 9 of 18
Sunday, July 16, 1978 at Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
100 laps on a 2.000 mile paved track (200.0 miles)

Time of race: 1:15:02
Average Speed: 159.941 mph
Pole Speed: 211.392 mph
Cautions: 3 for 16 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 7

Glossary    1978 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1 24   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth10021,335running53400
2 11   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth9914,030running28320
3 86   Wally Dallenbach Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth988,873running0280
4 916   Johnny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy986,760running0240
5 748   Bobby Unser ARCO Graphite   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Cosworth966,195out of fuel0200
6 425   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth954,930out of fuel17160
72026   Jim McElreath Circle City Coal   (Jim McElreath)Eagle / Offy954,697running0120
81943   Tom Bigelow Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Wildcat / Offy944,465out of fuel0100
91869   Joe Saldana Team 69   (Richard Hoffman)Eagle / Offy933,933running080
102292   Al Loquasto McCord Auto   (Tassi Vatis)Eagle / Offy923,600running060
111180   Larry Dickson Polak Construction   (Russ Polak)McLaren / Cosworth913,434engine040
121722   Tom Bagley Kent Oil   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy913,767running020
131217   Dick Simon La Machine   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy823,101running010
141340   Steve Krisiloff Foreman Industries   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS752,935engine010
151684   George Snider Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt652,769crash010
16 514   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt624,269handling210
17102   Al Unser 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Jim Hall)Chaparral / Cosworth514,202engine08
181477   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)McLaren / Cosworth492,536gearbox08
19 620   Gordon Johncock North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS152,970piston08
201519   Spike Gehlhausen Tibon   (Carl Gehlhausen)Eagle / Offy102,403crash08
212187   Phil Threshie Machinists Union   (Frank Fiore)Lightning / Offy102,370crash06
22 37   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth12,336valve06

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Pancho Carter8Budweiser
Sheldon Kinser24Thermo King
Cliff Hucul29Wendy's Hamburgers
Jerry Sneva30Smock Material
Larry Rice35S & M Electric
Eldon Rasmussen58Rent-A-Racer
Mike Mosley78Alex Foods
Roger Rager81Dairy Queen
Larry Cannon85Natural Lite Beer

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
188  
9146   #87 accident turn 4 
153016  
31344   #22 spun turn 4 
356834  
69746   #84 accident backstretch 
7510026  
  Percent of race run under caution: 16.0%             Average green flag run: 21.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Tom Sneva12828
  Danny Ongais29302
  A.J. Foyt31322
  Johnny Rutherford33353
  Danny Ongais36394
  Johnny Rutherford40434
  Danny Ongais445411
  Johnny Rutherford5510046

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Tom Sneva 2993    
2   Al Unser 2428   -565  
3   Wally Dallenbach 1998   -995  
4   Gordon Johncock 1726   -1267  
5   Danny Ongais 1663   -1330  
6   Johnny Rutherford 1651   -1342  
7   Steve Krisiloff 1625   -1368  
8   A.J. Foyt 1354   -1639  
9   Larry Dickson 1121   -1872  
10   Rick Mears 791   -2202  
11   Bobby Unser 668   -2325  
12   George Snider 660   -2333  
13   Johnny Parsons 601   -2392  
14   Tom Bigelow 518   -2475  
15   Jim McElreath 430   -2563  
16   Dick Simon 381   -2612  
17   Salt Walther 371   -2622  
18   Bobby Olivero 360   -2633  
19   Mike Mosley 328   -2665  
20   Tom Bagley 301   -2692