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1979 Atlanta 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 5 of 31
Sunday, March 18, 1979 at Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA
328 laps on a 1.522 mile paved track (499.2 miles)

Time of race: 3:41:47
Average Speed: 135.136 mph
Pole Speed: 165.951 mph
Cautions: 5 for 42 laps
Margin of Victory: 18 sec
Attendance: 62,000
Lead changes: 29

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 128   Buddy Baker Spectra   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile32835,975running88180
2 215   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford32832,875running167180
3 688   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet32815,400running3170
4 411   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile32711,725running22165
5 327   Benny Parsons Griffin Marine   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet3275,775running0155
61502   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet3274,775running0150
7141   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet3267,075running0146
81372   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Oldsmobile3268,925running0142
9 890   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury3255,720running0138
101205   Dick Brooks Bearfinder   (Nelson Malloch)Oldsmobile3253,025running0134
111143   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Oldsmobile3246,025running0130
12172   Dale Earnhardt Osterlund Enterprises   (Rod Osterlund)Buick3214,835running0127
132248   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet3214,390running0124
142440   D.K. Ulrich Airport Howard Johnson's   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick3214,155running0121
151650   Bruce Hill Ballard Racing   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile3211,825running0118
16 968   Chuck Bown Kings Mountain Truck Plaza   (Jim Testa)Buick3151,600running0115
173270   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Oldsmobile3143,640running0112
18 521   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury2991,990engine42114
193745   Baxter Price Price Racing   (Baxter Price)Chevrolet2953,410running0106
20263   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile2953,295running0103
212364   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford2822,705running0100
223079   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge2732,470engine097
232924   Cecil Gordon Gordon-Barnicle   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile2492,285running094
242719   Dick May Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet2212,000overheating091
25 744   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet2111,965engine088
263617   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet1721,880crash085
27356   Claude Ballot-Lena JMS   (G.C. Spencer)Oldsmobile168950crash0 
283441   Grant Adcox Adcox-Kirby   (Herb Adcox)Chevrolet133925crash079
293867   Buddy Arrington Sam Dell   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1291,785engine076
302039   Blackie Wangerin Wangerin Incorporated   (Blackie Wangerin)Mercury126875transmission073
313198   Ralph Jones Jones Racing   (Ralph Jones)Ford1261,835clutch070
321837   Dave Watson Ams Oil   (Phil Howard)Chevrolet1231,075quit672
332552   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet821,315transmission064
343925   Ronnie Thomas 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Don Robertson)Buick711,305handling061
352147   Geoffrey Bodine Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile66795handling058
36109   Bill Elliott Dahlonega Ford Sales   (George Elliott)Mercury61765steering0 
372830   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick541,255steering052
381914   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet53745crash049
39330   John Kennedy Avanti CB   (John Kennedy)Chevrolet50735crash046
404053   Keith Davis Davis Racing   (Keith Davis)Chevrolet15725rear end043

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
14343  
44507   #43 accident turn 2 
51533  
54629   #0,14,30 accident turn 2 
63184122  
18519612   #6,17 accident turns 2/4 
19727781  
2782825   #41 accident turn 4 
28329715  
2983069   #50 accident turn 2 
30732822  
  Percent of race run under caution: 12.8%             Average green flag run: 47.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Buddy Baker122
  Bobby Allison32927
  Buddy Baker304112
  Bobby Allison42476
  David Pearson48481
  Bobby Allison4911466
  Cale Yarborough1151162
  Buddy Baker1171171
  Dave Watson1181236
  Cale Yarborough12414017
  Bobby Allison1411411
  Cale Yarborough1421421
  Bobby Allison14316927
  Cale Yarborough1701712
  Buddy Baker1721798
  David Pearson18019516
  Darrell Waltrip1961983
  Buddy Baker19922022
  Bobby Allison22124222
  David Pearson2432464
  Bobby Allison24725610
  David Pearson2572615
  Buddy Baker2622632
  David Pearson26427714
  Buddy Baker2782781
  Bobby Allison2792835
  David Pearson2842852
  Buddy Baker28630116
  Bobby Allison3023043
  Buddy Baker30532824

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 807    
2   Bobby Allison 791   -16  
3   Cale Yarborough 789   -18  
4   Donnie Allison 682   -125  
5   Joe Millikan 672   -135  
6   Benny Parsons 653   -154  
7   D.K. Ulrich 650   -157  
8   Dale Earnhardt 625   -182  
9   Richard Petty 599   -208  
10   Richard Childress 573   -234  
11   Dave Marcis 562   -245  
12   Frank Warren 551   -256  
13   J.D. McDuffie 546   -261  
14   Buddy Arrington 536   -271  
15   James Hylton 527   -280  
16   Dick Brooks 524   -283  
17   Terry Labonte 521   -286  
18   Buddy Baker 520   -287  
19   David Pearson 440   -367  
20   Ronnie Thomas 437   -370