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1978 Southern 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 22 of 30
Monday, September 4, 1978 at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
367 laps on a 1.366 mile paved track (501.3 miles)

Time of race: 4:17:46
Average Speed: 116.828 mph
Pole Speed: 153.685 mph
Cautions: 9 for 72 laps
Margin of Victory: 3 sec
Attendance: 65,000
Lead changes: 21

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 611   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile36730,175running203185
2 288   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet36718,450running44175
3 943   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet36613,175running1170
41992   Terry Labonte Duck Industries   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet3569,850running0160
5 315   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford35510,875running21160
6169   Bill Elliott Dahlonega Ford Sales   (George Elliott)Mercury3555,200running0150
72548   James Hylton Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Chevrolet3537,000running0146
82967   Buddy Arrington Falls Radiator   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3506,380running0142
92825   Ronnie Thomas Autowize   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet3496,270running0138
10 472   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet3487,650running12139
113552   Jimmy Means Means Racing   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet3455,260running0130
124079   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge3405,065running0127
133364   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford3374,780running0124
14324   Gary Myers Spencer's Baby Wear   (Gary Myers)Chevrolet3363,150running0121
153145   Baxter Price Ray Cook's Bar-B-Q   (Baxter Price)Chevrolet3264,320engine0118
161496   Dale Earnhardt Cardinal Tractor   (Will Cronkrite)Ford3133,100running0115
173618   Joe Frasson Satterfield Heating   (Joe Frasson)Chevrolet3052,850running0112
183997   Ralph Jones Jones Supply   (Ralph Jones)Ford3032,700running0109
191817   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet2972,550running0106
202470   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet2812,480engine0103
21348   Ed Negre Jones Chrysler-Plymouth   (Ed Negre)Chrysler2593,175running0100
223819   Bob Burcham Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet2432,790crash097
232330   Tighe Scott Scotty's Fashions   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet2412,730running094
24 71   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet2243,725crash5996
251190   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury2212,645engine088
26 554   Lennie Pond W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet2154,950steering085
27213   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet1792,175engine082
28 121   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury1663,575crash1484
291740   D.K. Ulrich Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet1632,275crash076
301514   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet1621,625crash178
312241   Grant Adcox Krystal   (Herb Adcox)Chevrolet1531,675crash070
321227   Buddy Baker U.S. Army   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet1492,175engine1172
333739   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury1421,375engine064
34 85   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet1244,550engine061
35102   Dave Marcis Rod OsterlundChevrolet1221,325crash058
361322   Ricky Rudd 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Al Rudd)Chevrolet1223,025crash160
373074   Bobby Wawak Bobby WawakChevrolet1121,325crash052
382657   Dick May McClure Motors   (Alfred McClure)Ford1011,250oil pump049
392701   Earle Canavan Addy   (Earle Canavan)Dodge841,325overheating046
402005   Bruce Hill Bearfinder   (Harry Clary)Oldsmobile801,200rear end043

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson11414
  Darrell Waltrip152612
  Coo Coo Marlin27271
  Benny Parsons283912
  Donnie Allison409455
  Cale Yarborough95951
  Darrell Waltrip961005
  Ricky Rudd1011011
  Buddy Baker1021021
  Cale Yarborough1031053
  Donnie Allison1061072
  Buddy Baker10811710
  Cale Yarborough11818669
  Bobby Allison18720014
  Donnie Allison2012022
  Cale Yarborough20322018
  Richard Petty2212211
  Cale Yarborough2222232
  Bobby Allison2242307
  Cale Yarborough2312333
  Darrell Waltrip23426027
  Cale Yarborough261367107

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 3532    
2   Benny Parsons 3244   -288  
3   Dave Marcis 3197   -335  
4   Darrell Waltrip 3083   -449  
5   Bobby Allison 3001   -531  
6   Richard Petty 2966   -566  
7   Buddy Arrington 2724   -808  
8   Lennie Pond 2708   -824  
9   Dick Brooks 2643   -889  
10   Richard Childress 2586   -946  
11   D.K. Ulrich 2452   -1080  
12   Tighe Scott 2401   -1131  
13   J.D. McDuffie 2349   -1183  
14   Neil Bonnett 2307   -1225  
15   Frank Warren 2290   -1242  
16   David Pearson 2136   -1396  
17   Jimmy Means 2062   -1470  
18   Dick May 2036   -1496  
19   Ronnie Thomas 2006   -1526  
20   Cecil Gordon 1905   -1627