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1979 Los Angeles Times 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 31 of 31
Sunday, November 18, 1979 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:45:52
Average Speed: 132.822 mph
Pole Speed: 154.902 mph
Cautions: 6 for 26 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.42 sec
Attendance: 56,153
Lead changes: 35

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 227   Benny Parsons M.C. AndersonChevrolet20027,050running56185
2 315   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford20017,350running17175
3 111   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile20018,000running55170
4 428   Buddy Baker W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet2007,000running39165
5 543   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet2009,025running6160
6 721   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury2004,600running0150
71305   Dick Brooks Nelson MallochChevrolet2003,900running16151
81088   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet1997,550running2147
9 62   Dale Earnhardt Rod OsterlundChevrolet1997,500running8143
10 890   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury1995,860running1139
11 91   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet1992,600running0130
121172   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet1996,075running0127
132144   Terry Labonte Technicraft   (Billy Hagan)Oldsmobile1964,450running0124
142642   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet1962,050running0121
151750   Bruce Hill Global Heat Exchanger   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile1961,975running0 
16233   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet1953,880running0115
172871   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet1951,800running0112
181573   Bill Schmitt Old Milwaukee   (Bill Schmitt)Oldsmobile1943,020running0109
192567   Buddy Arrington Switzer Construction   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1943,410running0106
201947   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Chevrolet1931,750water pump0103
213045   Roy Smith Iron Peddlers   (Baxter Price)Oldsmobile1932,690running0100
223310   Tim Williamson ThermaSol   (Tim Williamson)Chevrolet1912,505running097
232974   Hal Callentine Cal-Four   (Hal Callentine)Oldsmobile1911,475running094
243124   Cecil Gordon Reliable RV   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile1902,795running091
253479   Frank Warren Golden Bear   (Frank Warren)Dodge1862,635running088
262748   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1532,425brakes085
271825   Ronnie Thomas Stone's Cafeteria   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet1473,165engine082
281618   Randy Ogden Econ-Car   (Jack Ogden)Chevrolet1351,225engine0 
291212   Buck Simmons Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Chevrolet1231,175transmission076
303722   Richard White Boulevard Automotive   (Mike White)Chevrolet1211,480running073
312070   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1041,920engine070
323578   Jim Robinson San-Val Supply   (A.J. Kurten)Chevrolet1041,350ignition067
332240   D.K. Ulrich Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet571,450engine064
343664   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford491,400engine061
352431   John Rezek Curtis PayneBuick38850crash0 
361401   Jimmy Insolo Allstate Building Materials   (Gerald Craker)Oldsmobile361,825engine055
373219   Vince Giamformaggio Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet26825engine052

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
177  
8114   #40,31 accident turn 2 
124029  
41466   #31,88 spun turn 3 
47504  
51555   #64 blown engine 
56638   #19 spun turn 3 
6415289  
1531586   #25 blown engine 
15918426  
1851917   #48 stalled turn 4 
1922009  
  Percent of race run under caution: 18.0%             Average green flag run: 27.3 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Benny Parsons111
  Buddy Baker254
  Richard Petty661
  Buddy Baker782
  Darrell Waltrip9102
  Dick Brooks112414
  Buddy Baker253410
  Benny Parsons35373
  Bobby Allison38425
  Benny Parsons435210
  Ricky Rudd53531
  Bobby Allison54552
  Dale Earnhardt56638
  Richard Petty64652
  Buddy Baker668520
  Bobby Allison86861
  Buddy Baker87882
  Bobby Allison89891
  Buddy Baker90901
  Cale Yarborough9110414
  Bobby Allison1051062
  Cale Yarborough1071115
  Benny Parsons1121198
  Bobby Allison1191246
  Benny Parsons1251262
  Richard Petty1271271
  Cale Yarborough1281292
  Benny Parsons13015324
  Richard Petty1541541
  Benny Parsons1551584
  Dick Brooks1591602
  Cale Yarborough16118525
  Richard Petty1861861
  Cale Yarborough1871959
  Benny Parsons1962005

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Richard Petty 4830    
2   Darrell Waltrip 4819   -11  
3   Bobby Allison 4633   -197  
4   Cale Yarborough 4604   -226  
5   Benny Parsons 4253   -577  
6   Joe Millikan 4014   -816  
7   Dale Earnhardt 3749   -1081  
8   Richard Childress 3735   -1095  
9   Ricky Rudd 3642   -1188  
10   Terry Labonte 3615   -1215  
11   Buddy Arrington 3589   -1241  
12   D.K. Ulrich 3508   -1322  
13   J.D. McDuffie 3468   -1362  
14   James Hylton 3405   -1425  
15   Buddy Baker 3249   -1581  
16   Frank Warren 3199   -1631  
17   Ronnie Thomas 2912   -1918  
18   Tommy Gale 2795   -2035  
19   Cecil Gordon 2737   -2093  
20   Dave Marcis 2736   -2094