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1979 Virginia 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 9 of 31
Sunday, April 22, 1979 at Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA
500 laps on a .525 mile paved track (262.5 miles)

Time of race: 3:25:43
Average Speed: 76.562 mph
Pole Speed: 87.383 mph
Cautions: 5 for 32 laps
Margin of Victory: 4 sec
Attendance: 35,500
Lead changes: 11

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
262402   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet167590engine085
212705   Dick Brooks Bearfinder   (Nelson Malloch)Oldsmobile437640running0100
27121   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet1373,030engine082
11 511   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile4925,050running0130
29 612   Lennie Pond Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Chevrolet10810engine076
4 315   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford4987,100running1165
302319   Dick May Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet0800engine0 
8112   Dale Earnhardt Rod OsterlundChevrolet4954,200running0142
25 921   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury207850engine088
173024   Cecil Gordon Gordon-Barnicle   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile4741,685running0112
202625   Ronnie Thomas 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet4542,150running0103
191327   Benny Parsons Power Tool Service   (M.C. Anderson)Chevrolet458675running0106
2 428   Buddy Baker Spectra   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet50014,700running196175
14163   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet4852,140running0121
132230   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick4882,300running0124
151540   D.K. Ulrich Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet4761,980running0118
1 243   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet50023,400running247185
91944   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet4943,350running0138
242945   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet247860engine091
62147   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Chevrolet4972,500running0150
71448   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet4954,200engine7151
282852   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet132820overheating079
162564   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford4761,820running0115
221867   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3121,130engine097
23 768   Chuck Bown Kings Mountain Truck Plaza   (Jim Testa)Buick263620engine0 
101070   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet4933,080running0134
5 872   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet4976,550running0155
182079   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge4721,500running0109
3 188   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet49910,200running49170
121790   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Ford4892,470running0127

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip14949
  Richard Petty5014495
  Bobby Allison1451451
  Buddy Baker1461505
  Richard Petty15117020
  Buddy Baker17126999
  Richard Petty2702701
  Buddy Baker27131949
  Richard Petty3203201
  James Hylton3213277
  Buddy Baker32837043
  Richard Petty371500130

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 1487    
2   Bobby Allison 1401   -86  
3   Cale Yarborough 1308   -179  
4   Richard Petty 1299   -188  
5   Benny Parsons 1244   -243  
6   Joe Millikan 1242   -245  
7   Donnie Allison 1224   -263  
8   Dale Earnhardt 1216   -271  
9   D.K. Ulrich 1131   -356  
10   Buddy Baker 1090   -397  
11   Richard Childress 1090   -397  
12   James Hylton 1049   -438  
13   J.D. McDuffie 1026   -461  
14   Terry Labonte 999   -488  
15   Frank Warren 987   -500  
16   Dick Brooks 983   -504  
17   Dave Marcis 978   -509  
18   Buddy Arrington 933   -554  
19   Ricky Rudd 928   -559  
20   Ronnie Thomas 804   -683