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1981 Atlanta Journal 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 30 of 31
Sunday, November 8, 1981 at Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA
328 laps on a 1.522 mile paved track (499.2 miles)

Time of race: 3:49:43
Average Speed: 130.391 mph
Pole Speed: 163.266 mph
Cautions: 7 for 50 laps
Margin of Victory: 1 cl
Attendance: 47,500
Lead changes: 36

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
18400   Delma Cowart Coastal Transmissions   (Heyward Grooms)Buick3151,940running0109
301001   Geoffrey Bodine Downey's Auto Parts   (Emanuel Zervakis)Buick143890engine073
9131   Buddy Baker UNO   (Hoss Ellington)Buick3283,040running1143
2 211   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick32817,350running11175
132813   Dick Brooks Carolina Tool   (Bobby Hawkins)Ford3232,350running0124
361115   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford426,250steering055
152616   Chuck Bown Rose Auto Wrecking   (Dick Bown)Buick3202,125engine0118
163917   John Anderson Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Buick3164,545running0115
25 82   Joe Ruttman J.D. Stacy   (Jim Stacy)Buick2076,420engine793
1 521   Neil Bonnett Warner Hodgdon / National Eng.   (Wood Brothers)Ford32831,500running200185
32127   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick3288,800running14170
4 628   Bobby Allison Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Buick32812,090running0160
24 93   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Richard Childress)Pontiac2224,290engine091
20 133   Harry Gant Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac2915,565engine25108
402936   H.B. Bailey Almeda Auto Parts   (H.B. Bailey)Pontiac1550crash043
211637   Tim Richmond Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Buick2872,945engine0100
12334   Connie Saylor Spencer Racing   (G.C. Spencer)Oldsmobile3232,550running0127
81942   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick3286,155running12147
26 343   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick2076,380engine4490
71244   Terry Labonte J.D. Stacy   (Billy Hagan)Buick3289,630running12151
323846   Travis Tiller Ring Enterprises   (Travis Tiller)Chevrolet111850engine067
392347   Ron Bouchard J.D. Stacy   (Jack Beebe)Buick231,065engine046
192448   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Buick3034,045running0106
10155   Joe Millikan Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac3277,820running0134
353652   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac662,055engine058
33 755   Tommy Ellis Industrial Boiler   (Tommy Ellis)Chevrolet97840engine064
113262   Rick Wilson Florida Equipment & Service   (Rick Wilson)Oldsmobile3273,000running1135
223564   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford2773,300running097
141866   Lake Speed Ronnie Steele   (Lake Speed)Buick3214,900running0121
173467   Buddy Arrington Kyle Petty's Boot Barn   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3154,310running0112
233770   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac2593,035water pump094
282271   Dave Marcis J.D. Stacy   (Dave Marcis)Buick1742,175valve079
293172   Rusty Wallace KangaRoos   (John Childs)Buick1561,900oil pressure076
341775   Gary Balough Chaparral Trailers   (RahMoc Enterprises)Buick892,085crash061
381488   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Buick366,070engine049
6 49   Bill Elliott Mell-Gear   (George Elliott)Ford3286,200running0150
52590   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford32811,700running1160
312096   Morgan Shepherd Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Buick123860oil pump070
372798   Johnny Rutherford Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Buick39640transmission052
273099   D.K. Ulrich Ulrich Racing   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick1982,195engine082

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip188
  Neil Bonnett91911
  Richard Petty20234
  Neil Bonnett243815
  Jody Ridley39391
  Neil Bonnett406526
  Richard Petty6610338
  Joe Ruttman1041063
  Neil Bonnett1071082
  Harry Gant1091091
  Neil Bonnett11012213
  Rick Wilson1231231
  Harry Gant1241274
  Richard Petty1281281
  Neil Bonnett1291291
  Richard Petty1301301
  Neil Bonnett1311366
  Joe Ruttman1371404
  Neil Bonnett14118343
  Harry Gant1841918
  Kyle Petty19220312
  Neil Bonnett2042096
  Terry Labonte21022112
  Neil Bonnett22226847
  Harry Gant2692757
  Darrell Waltrip2762772
  Cale Yarborough2782847
  Buddy Baker2852851
  Harry Gant2862905
  Neil Bonnett2912911
  Cale Yarborough2922921
  Neil Bonnett2932931
  Cale Yarborough2942996
  Neil Bonnett30032627
  Darrell Waltrip3273271
  Neil Bonnett3283281

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 4725    
2   Bobby Allison 4642   -83  
3   Harry Gant 4071   -654  
4   Ricky Rudd 3948   -777  
5   Terry Labonte 3882   -843  
6   Jody Ridley 3864   -861  
7   Dale Earnhardt 3818   -907  
8   Richard Petty 3737   -988  
9   Dave Marcis 3417   -1308  
10   Benny Parsons 3365   -1360  
11   Buddy Arrington 3293   -1432  
12   Kyle Petty 3283   -1442  
13   Jimmy Means 3145   -1580  
14   Morgan Shepherd 3135   -1590  
15   Tim Richmond 3118   -1607  
16   Tommy Gale 3058   -1667  
17   J.D. McDuffie 2865   -1860  
18   Lake Speed 2705   -2020  
19   James Hylton 2644   -2081  
20   Ron Bouchard 2559   -2166