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1981 Mountain Dew 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 19 of 31
Sunday, July 26, 1981 at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 4:11:52
Average Speed: 119.111 mph
Pole Speed: 150.148 mph
Cautions: 6 for 39 laps
Margin of Victory: 4 cl
Attendance: 70,000
Lead changes: 27

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 111   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick20023,640running120185
2 443   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick20018,915running36175
3 315   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford20013,515running23170
4 633   Harry Gant Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac2004,990running1165
51027   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick2004,290running2160
6 788   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet1998,665running0150
7121   Buddy Baker UNO / Caesars Pocono Resorts   (Hoss Ellington)Buick1992,690running2151
8 942   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick1984,750running0142
92212   Tim Richmond UNO / Caesars Pocono Resorts   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile1983,090running0138
101447   Ron Bouchard Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick1985,325running0134
11 82   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Jim Stacy)Pontiac1989,190running4135
121575   Gary Balough Ferrailuolo & Sons Excavating   (RahMoc Enterprises)Chevrolet1964,330running0127
13 544   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick1967,240running0124
141922   Stan Barrett Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac1961,615running1126
151690   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford1954,745running0118
162367   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1953,485running0115
171737   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Buick1951,295running0112
182570   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac1933,220running0109
192752   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac1923,085running0106
203040   Joe Booher Booher Farms   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick1891,220running0103
213124   Cecil Gordon Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Buick1872,910running0100
222648   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac1852,775crash097
23213   Richard Childress Nichols   (Richard Childress)Pontiac1852,590running094
243299   Al Loquasto Schaefer Beer / Z95   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick1842,345running091
251328   Bobby Allison Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Buick1796,655running493
263420   Rick Newsom Rick NewsomChevrolet1751,055running085
272466   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Oldsmobile1702,260running082
283317   Lowell Cowell Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet1492,225running079
29115   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac1395,930valve076
303508   Bruce Jacobi Satterfield Air Conditioning   (Don Satterfield)Buick117955ignition073
312064   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford942,130engine070
322960   Bob Riley AIM   (Joe May)Pontiac84905transmission067
331871   Dave Marcis Norton Company   (Dave Marcis)Buick831,380engine064
34 221   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford801,350wheel766
352825   Ronnie Thomas Shelton Construction   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac621,340cylinder head058

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
199  
10123   #42 spun turn 1 
13175  
18214   #44 spun turn 3 
227857  
79813   #12 spun turn 3 
82832  
84874   #71 engine 
8810720  
10812922   animal on track Long Pond straight 
13019667  
1971993   #48 accident turn 2 
2002001  
  Percent of race run under caution: 19.5%             Average green flag run: 23.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip111
  Richard Petty2109
  Stan Barrett11111
  Dale Earnhardt12121
  Benny Parsons13175
  Neil Bonnett18225
  Richard Petty23242
  Neil Bonnett25262
  Richard Petty274620
  Darrell Waltrip47559
  Harry Gant56561
  Darrell Waltrip577923
  Buddy Baker80801
  Darrell Waltrip8110626
  Dale Earnhardt1071082
  Bobby Allison1091091
  Benny Parsons11012718
  Cale Yarborough1281292
  Bobby Allison1301312
  Darrell Waltrip1321343
  Bobby Allison1351351
  Dale Earnhardt1361361
  Darrell Waltrip13716428
  Richard Petty1651662
  Buddy Baker1671671
  Darrell Waltrip16819629
  Richard Petty1971993
  Darrell Waltrip2002001

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 2864    
2   Darrell Waltrip 2760   -104  
3   Harry Gant 2617   -247  
4   Ricky Rudd 2570   -294  
5   Dale Earnhardt 2527   -337  
6   Richard Petty 2519   -345  
7   Jody Ridley 2424   -440  
8   Terry Labonte 2403   -461  
9   Benny Parsons 2293   -571  
10   Buddy Arrington 2133   -731  
11   Kyle Petty 2126   -738  
12   Dave Marcis 2082   -782  
13   Richard Childress 2059   -805  
14   Morgan Shepherd 2057   -807  
15   J.D. McDuffie 2041   -823  
16   Jimmy Means 2001   -863  
17   Tim Richmond 1943   -921  
18   Tommy Gale 1884   -980  
19   James Hylton 1826   -1038  
20   Cecil Gordon 1641   -1223