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1981 Winston Western 500


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NASCAR Winston West Series race number 1 of 14
Combination race with Winston Cup drivers
An explanation of combination races from The Third Turn External page

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 West Series results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
332301   Hershel McGriff Lake's Drywall   (Gerald Craker)Dodge10600engine0
212603   Bob Bondurant Pro-Power Engines   (Bob Bondurant)Oldsmobile931,130engine0
262508   Rick McCray McCray Racing   (Rick McCray)Chevrolet661,655transmission0
17 111   Darrell Waltrip   (WC)Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Chevrolet1088,800running3
31 511W   Roy Smith Aircraft Standards   (Robert Beadle)Oldsmobile251,800engine0
322113   Don Puskarich Puskarich Racing   (Matt Puskarich)Chevrolet14650sump0
161115   Benny Parsons   (WC)Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford1136,850running0
152817   Harry Gant   (WC)Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet1143,120running0
3 62   Dale Earnhardt   (WC)Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac11916,325running0
27 721   Neil Bonnett   (WC)Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford591,405transmission9
362424   Cecil Gordon   (WC)Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile21,000engine0
1 228   Bobby Allison   (WC)Tuf-Lon   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet11924,600running37
35362W   Robert Tartaglia Tartaglia Racing   (Robert Tartaglia)Chevrolet4500valve0
4103   Richard Childress   (WC)McDonald's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet1198,510running11
103238   Don Waterman St. John's Auto Parts   (Don Waterman)Oldsmobile1173,970running0
51742   Richard Petty   (WC)STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet1194,250running4
201543   Kyle Petty   (WC)STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet966,645engine0
2 444   Terry Labonte   (WC)Apache Stove   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet11919,600running32
112948   James Hylton   (WC)Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1173,900running0
183452   Jimmy Means   (WC)Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1082,760running0
253064   John Gunn   (WC)Auto MerchantChevrolet672,225clutch0
343366   Lake Speed   (WC)Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Chevrolet4550engine0
93167   Buddy Arrington   (WC)Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1174,430running0
232070   J.D. McDuffie   (WC)Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet842,310crash0
28 871   Dave Marcis   (WC)Buck Stove / Hudson Transmission   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet551,355engine3
221273   Bill Schmitt Pro-Power Engines   (Bill Schmitt)Buick851,845crash0
13 975   Joe Millikan   (WC)Hodgdon / Mike Curb   (RahMoc Enterprises)Chevrolet1153,430running1
61478   Jim Robinson San Fernando Valley Lumber   (Jack Williams)Chevrolet1184,960running0
122781   John Borneman Borneman Plastering   (John Borneman)Chevrolet1163,140running0
81986   Elliott Forbes-Robinson   (WC)Howard & Egerton   (Richard Howard)Buick1172,950running0
19 388   Ricky Rudd   (WC)Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet986,950engine19
30169   Jimmy Insolo Trick Instant H.P.Buick41755suspension0
72290   Jody Ridley   (WC)Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford1175,990running0
141393   Don Whittington   (WC)Road Atlanta   (Scott Smith)Chevrolet1151,600running0
243594   Steve Pfeifer Pfeifer Racing   (Steve Pfeifer)Chevrolet831,055suspension0
291899   Tim Richmond   (WC)UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet531,305lifter0

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
11010  
11177  
184023  
415010  
51577  
58603  
61633  
64652  
668520  
86883  
899810  
991046  
10511915  
  Percent of race run under caution: 26.1%             Average green flag run: 12.6 laps

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   Jim Robinson 50    
2   Don Waterman 49   -1  
3   John Borneman 48   -2  
4   Bob Bondurant 47   -3  
5   Bill Schmitt 46   -4  
6   Steve Pfeifer 45   -5  
7   Rick McCray 44   -6  
8   Jimmy Insolo 43   -7  
9   Roy Smith 42   -8  
10   Don Puskarich 41   -9  
11   Hershel McGriff 40   -10  
12   Robert Tartaglia 39   -11