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1978 Atlanta 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 5 of 30
Sunday, March 19, 1978 at Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA
328 laps on a 1.522 mile paved track (499.2 miles)

Time of race: 3:30:10
Average Speed: 142.52 mph
Pole Speed: 162.006 mph
Cautions: 4 for 16 laps
Margin of Victory: 1 lap +
Attendance: 60,000
Lead changes: 9

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
72641   Grant Adcox Krystal   (Herb Adcox)Chevrolet3194,100running0146
1 415   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford32833,050running261185
3 81   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet32711,000running3170
142867   Buddy Arrington Sam Dell   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3134,035running0121
27 527   Buddy Baker WQXI Radio   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile2371,520engine082
33315   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Jim Stacy)Dodge1544,905engine669
302577   Chuck Bown Johnny RayChevrolet188785engine073
61690   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Ford3257,250running0150
15183   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile3133,800running0118
38179   Bill Elliott Aaron's Automatic Transmission   (George Elliott)Mercury66620engine049
203419   Woody Fisher Henley GrayChevrolet3092,525running0103
221964   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford2982,070running097
173924   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet3113,220running0112
102368   Janet Guthrie Kelly Girl   (Lynda Ferreri)Chevrolet3155,125running0134
372417   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet97630oil line052
362775   Butch Hartman Hartman Autocar   (Butch Hartman)Chevrolet121640engine055
91505   Bruce Hill Bearfinder   (Harry Clary)Oldsmobile3163,110running0138
311448   Al Holbert Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1821,240engine070
231292   Skip Manning Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet2941,765running094
2112   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet32716,925running0170
391314   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet331,610engine046
163570   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet3123,455running0115
284091   Billy McGinnis Valvoline   (Billie Harvey)Chevrolet221875ignition079
322052   Jimmy Means Bell Brothers Auto Parts   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1631,220engine067
25388   Ed Negre Ed NegreDodge2891,655running088
13 372   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet3145,940running0124
21 221   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury3031,715running0100
26 943   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge2784,655overheating085
5 654   Lennie Pond W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet3275,950running2160
83249   Connie Saylor Lady & Son Auction   (G.C. Spencer)Dodge3164,010crash0142
342930   Tighe Scott Scotty's Fashions   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile1521,190engine061
123789   Sam Sommers O.L. NixonChevrolet3142,365running0127
243325   Ronnie Thomas Don RobertsonChevrolet2901,710running091
112140   D.K. Ulrich Howard Johnson's   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet3144,520out of gas0130
403600   John Utsman Bristol Raceway   (Ed Whitaker)Chevrolet10600oil leak043
35 788   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet1464,375engine263
292239   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury214830engine076
193079   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge3102,810running0106
181098   Roland Wlodyka Rod OsterlundChevrolet3111,615running0109
4 111   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile32723,600running54165

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Cale Yarborough11313
  Neil Bonnett14196
  Cale Yarborough206041
  Darrell Waltrip61622
  Bobby Allison63631
  Lennie Pond64641
  Bobby Allison6512763
  Lennie Pond1281281
  Donnie Allison1291313
  Bobby Allison132328197

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Benny Parsons 819    
2   Cale Yarborough 809   -10  
3   Bobby Allison 763   -56  
4   Dave Marcis 756   -63  
5   Dick Brooks 662   -157  
6   Richard Childress 634   -185  
7   Lennie Pond 629   -190  
8   Buddy Arrington 622   -197  
9   Neil Bonnett 604   -215  
10   Skip Manning 591   -228  
11   D.K. Ulrich 576   -243  
12   Frank Warren 569   -250  
13   Richard Petty 531   -288  
14   David Pearson 516   -303  
15   Darrell Waltrip 511   -308  
16   Cecil Gordon 509   -310  
17   Tighe Scott 495   -324  
18   J.D. McDuffie 437   -382  
19   Tommy Gale 400   -419  
20   Jimmy Means 386   -433