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1981 Southern 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 23 of 31
Monday, September 7, 1981 at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
367 laps on a 1.366 mile paved track (501.3 miles)

Time of race: 3:57:57
Average Speed: 126.41 mph
Pole Speed: 152.693 mph
Cautions: 8 for 45 laps
Margin of Victory: 1 cl
Attendance: 65,000
Lead changes: 23

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

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    CURB RECORDS CONGRATULATES NEIL BONNETT AND THE WOOD BROTHERS ON THEIR VICTORY IN THE SOUTHERN 500.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 321   Neil Bonnett Warner Hodgdon / Mike Curb   (Wood Brothers)Ford36733,375running216185
21111   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick36719,365running2175
3 471   Dave Marcis U.S. Army   (Dave Marcis)Buick36714,330running9170
4 644   Terry Labonte J.D. Stacy   (Billy Hagan)Buick36713,225running3165
5 91   Buddy Baker UNO   (Hoss Ellington)Buick3676,500running3160
6103   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Richard Childress)Pontiac36610,695running0150
7149   Bill Elliott Mell-Gear   (George Elliott)Ford3665,300running0146
81301   David Pearson Ronnie Steele   (Hoss Ellington)Buick3654,850running0142
91728   Bobby Allison Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet3659,625running1143
10 227   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick3635,925running24139
11 547   Ron Bouchard J.D. Stacy   (Jack Beebe)Buick3637,575running0130
122390   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford3627,365running0127
132266   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Buick3626,155running0124
14 133   Harry Gant Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac3609,960running78126
15162   Joe Ruttman Neo-Life   (Jim Stacy)Pontiac3588,850running0118
161224   Morgan Shepherd Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Buick3585,600running0115
172168   Lennie Pond The 5 Racers   (Lennie Pond)Buick3563,150running0112
18195   Joe Millikan Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac3537,950running0109
19338   Dick May Brooks Honda   (Norman Negre)Dodge3532,875running0106
202937   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Oldsmobile3522,700running0103
213470   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac3514,715running0100
222712   Tim Richmond UNO   (Kennie Childers)Buick3492,450running097
23 788   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet3437,850crash094
244094   Bobby Wawak Louise Smith   (Bobby Wawak)Buick3342,375running091
252075   Gary Balough Chaparral Trailers   (RahMoc Enterprises)Buick3334,680engine088
263848   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac3313,770running085
273725   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac3113,360running082
283617   Mike Potter Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Buick3093,265running079
293064   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford2943,155running076
30 843   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick2788,000engine3178
312699   D.K. Ulrich Ulrich Racing   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick2693,060engine070
323213   Jack Ingram Carolina Tool   (Bobby Hawkins)Ford2531,650engine067
332598   Johnny Rutherford Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Pontiac1901,625water pump064
341842   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick1301,625engine061
352440   Slick Johnson Ulrich Racing   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick1101,425engine058
363936   H.B. Bailey Almeda Auto Parts   (H.B. Bailey)Pontiac931,325crash055
372867   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge851,950lug bolt052
383552   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac641,925engine049
391515   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford626,800valve046
40314   Connie Saylor Spencer Racing   (G.C. Spencer)Oldsmobile61,200engine043

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Harry Gant13131
  Cale Yarborough325524
  Harry Gant566712
  Dave Marcis68681
  Bobby Allison69691
  Neil Bonnett70778
  Harry Gant789922
  Buddy Baker1001001
  Harry Gant1011044
  Neil Bonnett10511612
  Harry Gant1171259
  Neil Bonnett1261338
  Richard Petty13416330
  Neil Bonnett16421855
  Richard Petty2192191
  Neil Bonnett22028566
  Buddy Baker2862861
  Dave Marcis2872948
  Darrell Waltrip2952951
  Terry Labonte2962983
  Neil Bonnett29934547
  Darrell Waltrip3463461
  Buddy Baker3473471
  Neil Bonnett34836720

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 3488    
2   Darrell Waltrip 3470   -18  
3   Harry Gant 3203   -285  
4   Ricky Rudd 3098   -390  
5   Terry Labonte 3029   -459  
6   Dale Earnhardt 2978   -510  
7   Jody Ridley 2928   -560  
8   Richard Petty 2916   -572  
9   Benny Parsons 2703   -785  
10   Dave Marcis 2659   -829  
11   Kyle Petty 2518   -970  
12   Buddy Arrington 2417   -1071  
13   Morgan Shepherd 2399   -1089  
14   J.D. McDuffie 2380   -1108  
15   Jimmy Means 2380   -1108  
16   Tim Richmond 2316   -1172  
17   Tommy Gale 2292   -1196  
18   James Hylton 2159   -1329  
19   Richard Childress 2144   -1344  
20   Lake Speed 2089   -1399