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1979 Dixie 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 30 of 31
Sunday, November 4, 1979 at Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA
328 laps on a 1.522 mile paved track (499.2 miles)

Time of race: 3:33:46
Average Speed: 140.12 mph
Pole Speed: 164.813 mph
Cautions: 5 for 29 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.5 cl
Attendance: 47,000
Lead changes: 25

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 421   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury32820,050running54180
2 72   Dale Earnhardt Osterlund Enterprises   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet32816,700running69175
3 211   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile32823,150running136175
4 315   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford32810,200running3165
51488   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet3279,100running10160
61343   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet3278,450running0150
71244   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet3256,745running0146
8 690   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury3246,285running0142
91072   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet3216,600running0138
102477   Jody Ridley Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury3204,000running0134
111747   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile3202,600running0130
121870   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet3193,915running0127
133351   Slick Johnson J.D. JohnsonChevrolet3172,000running0124
142612   Buck Simmons Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Chevrolet3151,850running0121
15223   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet3143,605running0118
162148   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet3143,395running0115
173167   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3143,225running0112
183400   Freddy Smith Petty's of Spartanburg   (Marvin Petty)Chevrolet3131,550running0 
192752   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet3122,965running0106
203036   H.B. Bailey Almeda Auto Parts   (H.B. Bailey)Pontiac3071,400running0 
213679   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge2972,480running0100
221564   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford2702,220running097
231171   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet2662,100engine094
241608   John Anderson Draime Racing   (Russ Draime)Chevrolet2562,025engine091
251940   D.K. Ulrich Howard Johnson's   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick2451,985engine088
263955   Wayne Watercutter Ward Racing Enterprises   (Wayne Watercutter)Chevrolet243910running085
272041   Grant Adcox Adcox-Kirby   (Herb Adcox)Buick236850oil leak082
282325   Ronnie Thomas Stone's Cafeteria   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet2122,665engine079
29 530   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick2111,645crash076
303298   Ralph Jones Jones Racing   (Ralph Jones)Ford202720battery073
31 827   Benny Parsons Griffin Marine   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet1934,400engine5375
323742   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge176690engine067
333581   David Sosebee Sosebee Racing   (Gober Sosebee)Chevrolet163680engine064
342817   Steve Pfeifer Kings Inn   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet1621,575crash061
35 91   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet158660oil leak058
363831   John Rezek RPM Enterprises   (Curtis Payne)Oldsmobile117640engine0 
374018   Randy Ogden Ogden Racing   (Jack Ogden)Chevrolet111630engine0 
384124   Cecil Gordon Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile1031,505flagged049
39 128   Buddy Baker W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet883,360engine351
402505   Dick Brooks Brooks Racing   (Nelson Malloch)Chevrolet44600ignition043
41290   Dick May Kennedy Racing   (John Kennedy)Chevrolet4600engine040

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
1175175  
1761849   #17 spun turn 2 
18519814  
1992068   #42 spun turn 1 
2072071  
2082103   #30,43 accident turns 3/4 
21125545  
2562594   #08 spun turn 3 
2602689  
2692735   #08 engine 
27432855  
  Percent of race run under caution: 8.8%             Average green flag run: 49.8 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Buddy Baker133
  Cale Yarborough44643
  Dale Earnhardt476317
  Darrell Waltrip64663
  Benny Parsons6711953
  Dale Earnhardt1201223
  Darrell Waltrip1231297
  Cale Yarborough13020273
  Dale Earnhardt20321412
  Neil Bonnett2152151
  Cale Yarborough2162161
  Neil Bonnett2172182
  Cale Yarborough2192191
  Neil Bonnett2202256
  Dale Earnhardt22624520
  Neil Bonnett24625611
  Dale Earnhardt2572626
  Neil Bonnett2632664
  Bobby Allison2672693
  Cale Yarborough27028314
  Neil Bonnett28430825
  Cale Yarborough3093102
  Neil Bonnett3113111
  Cale Yarborough3123132
  Dale Earnhardt31432411
  Neil Bonnett3253284

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 4672    
2   Richard Petty 4670   -2  
3   Bobby Allison 4458   -214  
4   Cale Yarborough 4434   -238  
5   Benny Parsons 4068   -604  
6   Joe Millikan 3887   -785  
7   Richard Childress 3620   -1052  
8   Dale Earnhardt 3606   -1066  
9   Ricky Rudd 3503   -1169  
10   Terry Labonte 3491   -1181  
11   Buddy Arrington 3483   -1189  
12   D.K. Ulrich 3444   -1228  
13   J.D. McDuffie 3398   -1274  
14   James Hylton 3320   -1352  
15   Frank Warren 3111   -1561  
16   Buddy Baker 3084   -1588  
17   Ronnie Thomas 2830   -1842  
18   Tommy Gale 2734   -1938  
19   Cecil Gordon 2646   -2026  
20   Dave Marcis 2624   -2048