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1979 Southern 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 23 of 31
Monday, September 3, 1979 at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
367 laps on a 1.366 mile paved track (501.3 miles)

Time of race: 3:58:14
Average Speed: 126.259 mph
Pole Speed: 154.88 mph
Cautions: 9 for 52 laps
Margin of Victory: 2 lp 4 sec
Attendance: 60,000
Lead changes: 18

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
10 115   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford35610,950running37139
31 21   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet1954,550engine8275
142267   Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge3475,375running0121
273636   H.B. Bailey Almeda Auto Parts   (H.B. Bailey)Pontiac2441,825overheating082
41028   Buddy Baker W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet3657,975running1165
32 921   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury1852,150steering272
172168   Chuck Bown Kings Mountain Truck Plaza   (Jim Testa)Buick3423,100running0112
7 805   Dick Brooks Dubie Corp.   (Nelson Malloch)Chevrolet3614,900running0146
393701   Earle Canavan Earle CanavanDodge171,225oil leak046
29253   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet2242,200engine076
2 617   Bill Elliott Kings Inn   (George Elliott)Mercury36519,235running6175
213064   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford3323,845running0100
12 747   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Chevrolet3524,100running0127
263124   Cecil Gordon Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Oldsmobile2462,885running085
403496   Ferrel Harris Will CronkriteFord21,260flagged0 
382748   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet461,750engine049
302012   Jack Ingram Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile2061,650engine073
374098   Ralph Jones Ralph JonesFord831,275engine052
31644   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet36513,460running0165
61971   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet3625,650running0150
361814   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet1121,300engine055
342365   Dick May Spohn's Body Shop   (Ron Spohn)Ford1481,450crash0 
183870   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet3414,530running0109
162452   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet3455,015running0115
151272   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet3477,000running0118
20338   Ed Negre Dick Brooks Honda   (Ed Negre)Chrysler3332,850running0103
51327   Benny Parsons M.C. AndersonChevrolet3648,915running0155
1 52   David Pearson Rod OsterlundChevrolet36729,925running74180
9 443   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Chevrolet3617,800running0138
251519   Lennie Pond Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet2813,280running088
233545   Baxter Price Iron Peddlers   (Baxter Price)Chevrolet3243,300running094
81490   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury3617,105running0142
352930   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick1332,400crash058
333910   Billy Smith Tidewater Glass   (Bill Champion)Ford1791,575driveshaft064
242825   Ronnie Thomas Stone's Cafeteria   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet3104,215running091
131740   D.K. Ulrich U.S. Army   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick3505,595running0124
28269   Jim Vandiver Kings Inn   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet2401,800running079
11 388   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet35512,200running165140
223279   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge3313,585running097
191111   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Chevrolet3368,000running0106

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
15555  
56627   #47,72 accident turn 4 
63686  
69724   #15 accident turn 3 
738210  
83886   #9,65 spun turn 3 
89891  
90923   #47 spun turn 3 
9311523  
1161216   #14 spun turn 3 
12214120  
1421498   #30,90 spun turn 1 
15015910  
1601656   #65 spun turn 3 
166295130  
2963038   #88 accident turn 1 
3043052  
3063094   #88 spun turn 2 
31036758  
  Percent of race run under caution: 14.2%             Average green flag run: 31.5 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Donnie Allison12626
  Bobby Allison276236
  Darrell Waltrip638321
  Donnie Allison8411633
  Bobby Allison1171171
  Bill Elliott1181214
  Donnie Allison12213716
  Darrell Waltrip1381425
  Donnie Allison1431497
  Darrell Waltrip15016011
  Buddy Baker1611611
  Bill Elliott1621632
  Darrell Waltrip1641652
  Neil Bonnett1661672
  Darrell Waltrip16823063
  David Pearson2312344
  Darrell Waltrip23529763
  David Pearson29836770

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 3672    
2   Richard Petty 3510   -162  
3   Bobby Allison 3332   -340  
4   Cale Yarborough 3324   -348  
5   Benny Parsons 3152   -520  
6   Joe Millikan 2987   -685  
7   Richard Childress 2730   -942  
8   J.D. McDuffie 2704   -968  
9   Buddy Arrington 2657   -1015  
10   Terry Labonte 2652   -1020  
11   D.K. Ulrich 2609   -1063  
12   Dale Earnhardt 2588   -1084  
13   James Hylton 2536   -1136  
14   Buddy Baker 2516   -1156  
15   Ricky Rudd 2511   -1161  
16   Frank Warren 2420   -1252  
17   Ronnie Thomas 2126   -1546  
18   Tommy Gale 2022   -1650  
19   Cecil Gordon 1994   -1678  
20   Dick Brooks 1965   -1707