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1978 Winston Western 500


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NASCAR Winston West Series race number 1 of 22
Combination race with Winston Cup drivers
An explanation of combination races from The Third Turn External page

Sunday, January 22, 1978 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
119 laps on a 2.620 mile road course (311.8 miles)

Time of race: 3:02:55
Average Speed: 102.269 mph
Pole Speed: 113.204 mph
Cautions: 4 for 17 laps
Margin of Victory: 1 sec
Attendance: 70,000
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston West Series results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1 411   Cale Yarborough   (WC)1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile11920,850running58
2 372   Benny Parsons   (WC)1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet11914,800running18
3 121   David Pearson   (WC)Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury1199,850running41
4165   Neil Bonnett   (WC)Jim StacyDodge1198,800running0
5 72   Dave Marcis   (WC)Rod OsterlundChevrolet1184,050running0
62995   Hershel McGriff   (WC)George JeffersonFord1182,850running0
71101   Jimmy Insolo Lake's Drywall   (Gerald Craker)Chevrolet1184,400running2
8 948   Al Holbert   (WC)Southland Cork & Rubber   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1174,250running0
92029   Roy Smith Mercury Marine   (Dick Midgley)Chevrolet1152,300running0
101940   D.K. Ulrich   (WC)Pacific Coast   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet1153,880running0
112767   Buddy Arrington   (WC)Buddy ArringtonFord1143,470running0
123408   Rick McCray Rick McCrayDodge1131,800running0
131579   Frank Warren   (WC)Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1123,160running0
141093   Norm Palmer American   (Norm Palmer)Dodge1111,600engine0
152564   Dick Brooks   (WC)Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1112,840running0
16 543   Richard Petty   (WC)STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge1045,100rear end0
172251   Jim Thirkettle Timec / Speedway Engineering   (Jim Thirkettle)Buick1041,350running0
183130   Tighe Scott   (WC)Scotty's Fashions   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet1032,530running0
192341   Ernie Stierly Allied Plating   (Ernie Stierly)Chevrolet991,870running0
20183   Richard Childress   (WC)Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet902,205running0
211292   Skip Manning   (WC)Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet851,980running0
223553   Jack Simpson Don's Automotive   (Chester Papienski)Chevrolet741,105running0
23 288   Darrell Waltrip   (WC)Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet704,780transmission0
242412   Richard White Lindsay Auto Parts   (Mike White)Chevrolet701,195running0
253024   Cecil Gordon   (WC)Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet521,635clutch0
263258   Rocky Moran   (WC)Daisy Shoppe   (Rocky Moran)Chevrolet51955engine0
271381   John Borneman Borneman Plastering   (Arthur Godfrey)Chevrolet501,025clutch0
282170   J.D. McDuffie   (WC)Simpson Safety Equipment   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet451,455rear end0
291739   Vince Giamformaggio   (WC)Cal-French Bread   (Sam Arakalian)Chevrolet41805overheating0
30 615   Bobby Allison   (WC)Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford404,455engine0
312813   Don Puskarich Oil Field Construction   (Matt Puskarich)Chevrolet36700engine0
32 873   Bill Schmitt Old Milwaukee   (Bill Schmitt)Chevrolet191,650rear end0
333309   Eddie Bradshaw C & M Racing   (Chester Papienski)Chevrolet15600drive shaft0
342632   Ray Elder Midland Motor Homes   (Dave Hill)Dodge12550transmission0
351444   Gary Johnson Armstrong Electric   (Ted Armstrong)Chevrolet3500rear end0

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson122
  Cale Yarborough32220
  David Pearson23275
  Benny Parsons28292
  David Pearson306233
  Cale Yarborough63675
  David Pearson68681
  Jimmy Insolo69702
  Cale Yarborough71733
  Benny Parsons74785
  Cale Yarborough79835
  Benny Parsons849411
  Cale Yarborough9511925

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jimmy Insolo 60    
2   Roy Smith 49   -11  
3   Rick McCray 48   -12  
4   Norm Palmer 47   -13  
5   Jim Thirkettle 46   -14  
6   Ernie Stierly 45   -15  
7   Jack Simpson 44   -16  
8   Richard White 43   -17  
9   John Borneman 42   -18  
10   Don Puskarich 41   -19  
11   Bill Schmitt 40   -20  
12   Eddie Bradshaw 39   -21  
13   Ray Elder 38   -22  
14   Gary Johnson 37   -23