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1981 Richmond 400


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 3 of 31
Sunday, February 22, 1981 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, Richmond, VA
400 laps on a .542 mile paved track (216.8 miles)

Time of race: 2:49:53
Average Speed: 76.57 mph
Pole Speed: 92.821 mph
Cautions: 7 for 50 laps
Margin of Victory: 3.6 sec
Attendance: 24,000
Lead changes: 4

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 711   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick40018,800running204185
2 888   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Oldsmobile40013,400running7175
3 343   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick3999,775running39170
4 15   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac3995,100running150165
5 415   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford3997,050running0155
6 247   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick3994,770running0150
7 62   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac3977,550running0146
82590   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford3974,845running0142
91475   Joe Millikan RahMoc EnterprisesBuick3963,450running0138
101070   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac3953,240running0134
111268   Lennie Pond The 5 Racers   (Jim Testa)Buick3952,720running0130
122666   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Oldsmobile3921,100running0127
13183   Richard Childress Childress Racing   (Richard Childress)Pontiac3912,710running0124
142052   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac3902,565running0121
151137   Don Sprouse Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Oldsmobile389950running0118
161967   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3852,380running0115
172799   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick3822,220running0112
182379   Tommy Gale Miller Roofing   (Junior Miller)Oldsmobile3812,035running0109
192424   Cecil Gordon Home Craft Homes   (Cecil Gordon)Buick3801,690running0106
203094   Henry Jones Louise Smith   (Bobby Wawak)Buick363765running0103
211325   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac3581,640running0100
221671   Dave Marcis Hudson / Bowlin Coal   (Dave Marcis)Dodge321965driveshaft097
23 528   Bobby Allison J.W. Hunt Produce   (Butch Lindley)Chevrolet2765,415rear end094
241742   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick223665rear end091
252217   Glenn Jarrett Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet216905transmission088
26 944   Terry Labonte Apache Stove   (Billy Hagan)Buick2045,085clutch085
272920   Rick Newsom Newsom Racing   (Rick Newsom)Chevrolet169615rear end082
282192   Joe Fields Richmond Printing   (Joe Fields)Pontiac118590running079
291548   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac47815distributor076
302845   Baxter Price McWhirter Grading   (Baxter Price)Buick16500driveshaft073

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Morgan Shepherd1150150
  Richard Petty15118939
  Darrell Waltrip190347158
  Ricky Rudd3483547
  Darrell Waltrip35540046

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Richard Petty 510    
2   Dale Earnhardt 471   -39  
3   Bobby Allison 459   -51  
4   Ricky Rudd 456   -54  
5   Jody Ridley 434   -76  
6   Joe Millikan 405   -105  
7   Harry Gant 362   -148  
8   Darrell Waltrip 357   -153  
9   Benny Parsons 340   -170  
10   Buddy Arrington 338   -172  
11   Richard Childress 338   -172  
12   Jimmy Means 330   -180  
13   J.D. McDuffie 319   -191  
14   Terry Labonte 303   -207  
15   Dave Marcis 299   -211  
16   James Hylton 267   -243  
17   Kyle Petty 261   -249  
18   Tim Richmond 261   -249  
19   Don Whittington 242   -268  
20   Elliott Forbes-Robinson230   -280