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1981 Winston Western 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 1 of 31
Sunday, January 11, 1981 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
119 laps on a 2.620 mile road course (311.8 miles)

Time of race: 3:16:18
Average Speed: 95.263 mph
Pole Speed: 114.711 mph
Cautions: 6 for 31 laps
Margin of Victory: 1.73 sec
Attendance: 35,000
Lead changes: 15

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 228   Bobby Allison Tuf-Lon   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet11924,600running37185
2 444   Terry Labonte Apache Stove   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet11919,600running32175
3 62   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac11916,325running0165
4103   Richard Childress McDonald's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet1198,510running11165
51742   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet1194,250running4160
61478   Jim Robinson San Fernando Valley Lumber   (Jack Williams)Chevrolet1184,960running0150
72290   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford1175,990running0146
81986   Elliott Forbes-RobinsonHoward & Egerton   (Richard Howard)Buick1172,950running0142
93167   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1174,430running0138
103238   Don Waterman St. John's Auto Parts   (Don Waterman)Oldsmobile1173,970running0134
112948   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1173,900running0130
122781   John Borneman Borneman Plastering   (John Borneman)Chevrolet1163,140running0127
13 975   Joe Millikan Hodgdon / Mike Curb   (RahMoc Enterprises)Chevrolet1153,430running1129
141393   Don Whittington Road Atlanta   (Scott Smith)Chevrolet1151,600running0121
152817   Harry Gant Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet1143,120running0118
161115   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford1136,850running0115
17 111   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Chevrolet1088,800running3117
183452   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1082,760running0109
19 388   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet986,950engine19111
201543   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet966,645engine0103
212603   Bob Bondurant Pro-Power Engines   (Bob Bondurant)Oldsmobile931,130engine0100
221273   Bill Schmitt Pro-Power Engines   (Bill Schmitt)Buick851,845crash097
232070   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet842,310crash094
243594   Steve Pfeifer Pfeifer Racing   (Steve Pfeifer)Chevrolet831,055suspension091
253064   John Gunn Auto MerchantChevrolet672,225clutch088
262508   Rick McCray McCray Racing   (Rick McCray)Chevrolet661,655transmission085
27 721   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford591,405transmission987
28 871   Dave Marcis Buck Stove / Hudson Transmission   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet551,355engine384
291899   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet531,305lifter076
30169   Jimmy Insolo Trick Instant H.P.Buick41755suspension073
31 511W   Roy Smith Aircraft Standards   (Robert Beadle)Oldsmobile251,800engine070
322113   Don Puskarich Puskarich Racing   (Matt Puskarich)Chevrolet14650sump067
332301   Hershel McGriff Lake's Drywall   (Gerald Craker)Dodge10600engine064
343366   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Chevrolet4550engine061
35362W   Robert Tartaglia Tartaglia Racing   (Robert Tartaglia)Chevrolet4500valve058
362424   Cecil Gordon Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile21,000engine055

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Don Sprouse37
Harry Dinwiddie41

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip133
  Terry Labonte4118
  Dave Marcis12143
  Terry Labonte153319
  Richard Childress34352
  Neil Bonnett36427
  Richard Childress43453
  Richard Petty46494
  Neil Bonnett50512
  Bobby Allison52587
  Joe Millikan59591
  Richard Childress60656
  Ricky Rudd668419
  Bobby Allison859915
  Terry Labonte1001045
  Bobby Allison10511915

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 185    
2   Terry Labonte 175   -10  
3   Dale Earnhardt 165   -20  
4   Richard Childress 165   -20  
5   Richard Petty 160   -25  
6   Jim Robinson 150   -35  
7   Jody Ridley 146   -39  
8   Elliott Forbes-Robinson142   -43  
9   Buddy Arrington 138   -47  
10   Don Waterman 134   -51  
11   James Hylton 130   -55  
12   Joe Millikan 129   -56  
13   John Borneman 127   -58  
14   Don Whittington 121   -64  
15   Harry Gant 118   -67  
16   Darrell Waltrip 117   -68  
17   Benny Parsons 115   -70  
18   Ricky Rudd 111   -74  
19   Jimmy Means 109   -76  
20   Kyle Petty 103   -82