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1981 Carolina 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 4 of 31
Sunday, March 1, 1981 at North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham, NC
492 laps on a 1.017 mile paved track (500.4 miles)

Time of race: 4:21:59
Average Speed: 114.594 mph
Pole Speed: 140.448 mph
Cautions: 14 for 75 laps
Margin of Victory: 5.3 sec
Attendance: 50,000
Lead changes: 36

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 411   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick49221,655running13180
2 127   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick49212,370running320180
3 343   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick49214,370running25170
4 821   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford4926,920running82165
5 61   Buddy Baker UNO   (Hoss Ellington)Oldsmobile4913,895running3160
6 228   Bobby Allison Tuf-Lon   (Harry Ranier)Pontiac4919,470running17155
71475   Joe Millikan RahMoc EnterprisesChevrolet4886,230running8151
82642   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick4862,670running0142
91566   Lake Speed George's T-Shirts   (Lake Speed)Buick4822,770running0138
103286   Elliott Forbes-RobinsonHoward & Egerton   (Richard Howard)Buick4773,170running0134
112325   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac4764,680running0130
122898   Johnny Rutherford Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Pontiac4731,870running0127
132437   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Oldsmobile4701,700running0124
143094   Bobby Wawak Louise Smith   (Bobby Wawak)Buick4691,570running0121
151771   Dave Marcis Buck Stove   (Dave Marcis)Dodge4523,810running0118
162299   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick4503,500running0115
173479   Jody Ridley Miller Roofing   (Junior Miller)Oldsmobile4434,290engine0112
18 747   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick4273,070engine18114
193764   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4242,860running0106
202148   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac4212,730running0103
21 944   Terry Labonte Apache Stove   (Billy Hagan)Buick4126,270crash5105
22163   Richard Childress Childress Racing   (Richard Childress)Pontiac4092,420engine097
233524   Cecil Gordon South Hill Texaco   (Cecil Gordon)Buick3952,235running094
241015   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford3796,200crash091
251253   Slick Johnson Johnson Racing   (J.D. Johnson)Chevrolet298725crash088
26112   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac2858,250crash085
273317   Glenn Jarrett Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet2771,915overheating082
28135   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac268650driveshaft079
292952   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac2541,855crash076
302016   David Pearson Halpern Enterprises   (Joel Halpern)Chevrolet225675engine073
31 588   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Oldsmobile2246,045crash175
323620   Rick Newsom Newsom Racing   (Rick Newsom)Chevrolet218590clutch067
331970   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac1881,805transmission064
341812   Donnie Allison The 5 Racers   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile109580oil line061
352762   Rick Wilson Florida Equipment & Service   (Rick Wilson)Oldsmobile97575brakes058
363122   Stan Barrett Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac61570crash055
372567   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge341,770engine052

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11616  
17248  
256440  
65728  
7312755  
1281358  
13618247  
1831886  
18920517  
2062094  
21022314  
2242274  
22825427  
2552584  
2592657  
2662705  
2712755  
2762827  
2832853  
2862872  
2882892  
2902945  
2952962  
2973004  
3013066  
3073137  
31438370  
3843863  
387492106  
  Percent of race run under caution: 15.2%             Average green flag run: 27.8 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Cale Yarborough16565
  Terry Labonte66661
  Joe Millikan67682
  Cale Yarborough6910335
  Bobby Allison10411714
  Cale Yarborough1181258
  Bobby Allison1261283
  Richard Petty1291291
  Cale Yarborough13018354
  Terry Labonte1841841
  Harry Gant1851884
  Cale Yarborough18920618
  Ricky Rudd2072071
  Neil Bonnett20822417
  Terry Labonte2252251
  Darrell Waltrip2262294
  Neil Bonnett23025526
  Joe Millikan2562561
  Richard Petty2572593
  Buddy Baker2602623
  Cale Yarborough26327614
  Terry Labonte2772771
  Joe Millikan2782825
  Darrell Waltrip2832886
  Neil Bonnett28930719
  Harry Gant30832114
  Neil Bonnett3223298
  Cale Yarborough3303301
  Neil Bonnett3313322
  Cale Yarborough33336533
  Neil Bonnett3663705
  Cale Yarborough37138111
  Terry Labonte3823821
  Neil Bonnett3833875
  Cale Yarborough38846881
  Richard Petty46948921
  Darrell Waltrip4904923

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Richard Petty 680    
2   Bobby Allison 614   -66  
3   Joe Millikan 556   -124  
4   Dale Earnhardt 556   -124  
5   Jody Ridley 546   -134  
6   Darrell Waltrip 537   -143  
7   Ricky Rudd 531   -149  
8   Harry Gant 476   -204  
9   Richard Childress 435   -245  
10   Benny Parsons 431   -249  
11   Dave Marcis 417   -263  
12   Terry Labonte 408   -272  
13   Jimmy Means 406   -274  
14   Kyle Petty 403   -277  
15   Buddy Arrington 390   -290  
16   J.D. McDuffie 383   -297  
17   Tim Richmond 376   -304  
18   James Hylton 370   -310  
19   Elliott Forbes-Robinson364   -316  
20   Tommy Gale 327   -353