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1981 Talladega 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 20 of 31
Sunday, August 2, 1981 at Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega, AL
188 laps on a 2.660 mile paved track (500.1 miles)

Time of race: 3:11:24
Average Speed: 156.737 mph
Pole Speed: 195.897 mph
Cautions: 8 for 36 laps
Margin of Victory: 2 feet
Attendance: 75,000
Lead changes: 39

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
11047   Ron Bouchard Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick18838,905running6180
21311   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick18823,000running36175
3 444   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick18818,500running11170
4 133   Harry Gant Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Buick18810,000running2165
5 228   Bobby Allison Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Buick18817,825running105165
63566   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Buick1879,345running10155
73142   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick1876,800running0146
82790   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford1877,665running0142
91622   Stan Barrett Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac1863,575running0138
101471   Dave Marcis Paul Young Leasing   (Dave Marcis)Buick1856,305running0134
11189   Bill Elliott Mell-Gear   (George Elliott)Ford1853,200running0130
122686   Elliott Forbes-RobinsonCal-Tex   (Richard Howard)Buick1843,175running0127
132215   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford1848,450running0124
144099   Terry Herman Kargas Sports / Jim Davis   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick1835,535running0121
153219   Dick May Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Buick1812,800running0118
162852   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac1805,200running0115
173424   Cecil Gordon Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Buick1804,865running0112
183764   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1774,605running0109
193994   Bobby Wawak Louise Smith   (Bobby Wawak)Buick1752,550running0106
20 962   Rick Wilson Florida Equipment & Service   (Rick Wilson)Oldsmobile1482,625crash0103
211998   Rusty Wallace Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Pontiac1472,225engine0100
22 86   Joe Ruttman The 5 Racers   (Jim Stacy)Buick1342,175brakes097
231288   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Buick1337,575running094
241168   Lennie Pond The 5 Racers   (Lennie Pond)Buick1132,075rear end091
254175   Gary Balough The 5 Racers   (RahMoc Enterprises)Buick1133,570engine193
26173   Richard Childress Ronnie Steele   (Richard Childress)Pontiac1113,550engine085
273617   Mike Potter Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Buick1003,490transmission082
28 527   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick832,725crash684
29 32   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Jim Stacy)Pontiac839,375transmission581
303050   Bruce Hill Native Tan   (Bruce Hill)Buick751,700engine073
313838   Sandy Satullo Copper Kettle Marina   (Sandy Satullo)Buick681,500engine070
32 71   Buddy Baker UNO   (Hoss Ellington)Buick641,475engine067
33294   Connie Saylor Ball Equipment   (G.C. Spencer)Oldsmobile641,450rocker arm064
343312   Tim Richmond UNO   (Kennie Childers)Buick581,425engine061
352437   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Buick551,700engine058
36155   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac556,325engine055
37 621   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford412,150ignition657
382313   Jack Ingram Carolina Tool   (Bobby Hawkins)Ford291,325valve049
392548   James Hylton STP   (James Hylton)Pontiac293,005vibration046
402043   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick126,650oil pan043
412167   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Chrysler102,735valve040
424225   Joe Booher Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac41,700engine037

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bobby Allison111
  Harry Gant221
  Neil Bonnett342
  Dale Earnhardt573
  Neil Bonnett8114
  Dale Earnhardt12132
  Bobby Allison143522
  Terry Labonte36361
  Ron Bouchard37371
  Darrell Waltrip38381
  Bobby Allison394911
  Cale Yarborough50512
  Bobby Allison52521
  Cale Yarborough53531
  Bobby Allison54574
  Cale Yarborough58603
  Gary Balough61611
  Bobby Allison628322
  Darrell Waltrip84841
  Bobby Allison85928
  Darrell Waltrip93942
  Bobby Allison95962
  Darrell Waltrip971026
  Ron Bouchard1031031
  Lake Speed1041107
  Darrell Waltrip1111144
  Terry Labonte1151206
  Ron Bouchard1211222
  Terry Labonte1231231
  Darrell Waltrip12413916
  Ron Bouchard1401401
  Bobby Allison1411499
  Lake Speed1501523
  Terry Labonte1531542
  Harry Gant1551551
  Bobby Allison15618025
  Terry Labonte1811811
  Darrell Waltrip1821876
  Ron Bouchard1881881

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 3029    
2   Darrell Waltrip 2935   -94  
3   Harry Gant 2782   -247  
4   Ricky Rudd 2664   -365  
5   Dale Earnhardt 2608   -421  
6   Terry Labonte 2573   -456  
7   Jody Ridley 2566   -463  
8   Richard Petty 2562   -467  
9   Benny Parsons 2417   -612  
10   Kyle Petty 2272   -757  
11   Dave Marcis 2216   -813  
12   Buddy Arrington 2173   -856  
13   Richard Childress 2144   -885  
14   Jimmy Means 2116   -913  
15   Morgan Shepherd 2112   -917  
16   J.D. McDuffie 2041   -988  
17   Tim Richmond 2004   -1025  
18   Tommy Gale 1993   -1036  
19   James Hylton 1872   -1157  
20   Cecil Gordon 1753   -1276