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1976 Winston Western 500


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NASCAR Winston West Series race number 1 of 13
Combination race with Winston Cup drivers
An explanation of combination races from The Third Turn External page

Sunday, January 18, 1976 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
191 laps on a 2.620 mile road course (500.4 miles)

Time of race: 5:02:44
Average Speed: 99.18 mph
Pole Speed: 112.416 mph
Cautions: 5 for 28 laps
Margin of Victory: 35.9 sec
Attendance: 54,700
Lead changes: 19

Glossary    1976 NASCAR Winston West Series results   /   1976 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
2 611   Cale Yarborough   (WC)Holly Farms   (Junior Johnson)Chevrolet19114,920running5
32638   Jimmy Insolo Martin's Union 76   (Roger Paquette)Chevrolet1918,620running0
5 372   Benny Parsons   (WC)King's Row Fireplace   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet1894,445running14
61254   Lennie Pond   (WC)Pepsi-Cola   (Ronnie Elder)Chevrolet1833,115running0
7163   Richard Childress   (WC)Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet1812,885running0
92248   James Hylton   (WC)Nitro 9   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1792,525running0
103273   Bill Schmitt Old Milwaukee   (Bill Schmitt)Chevrolet1772,195running0
123040   D.K. Ulrich   (WC)Garden State Auto   (J.R. DeLotto)Chevrolet1741,845running0
13197   Larry Esau J.D. McDuffieChevrolet1691,745running0
142420   Ron Esau Grossmont Auto Parts   (Ron Esau)Chevrolet1541,645running0
182904   Eddie Bradshaw Bullhead City Sports   (Chester Papienski)Chevrolet1351,345running0
193170   J.D. McDuffie   (WC)McDuffie Racing   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1351,445running0
202826   Carl Joiner Joiner Racing   (Carl Joiner)Chevrolet1161,240engine0
21 788   Darrell Waltrip   (WC)Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet924,305piston0
221537   Chuck Wahl Excel Trailer   (DuWayne Wahl)Chevrolet921,140valve3
231424   Cecil Gordon   (WC)Pruette   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet851,270clutch1
241376   Hugh Pearson Wayne's Pump Service   (Hugh Pearson)Chevrolet831,090engine0
263512   Bill Polich Bridal Veil Lumber   (Hershel McGriff)Chevrolet81990axle0
272013   Don Puskarich Oil Field Construction   (Matt Puskarich)Chevrolet75940engine0
30 850   Hershel McGriff Stock Car Products   (Hershel McGriff)Chevrolet71790oil line0
331895   Dick Brooks   (WC)Miller Racing   (Junior Miller)Chevrolet18635engine0
4 996   Ray Elder Fred ElderDodge1906,745running0
8 571   Dave Marcis   (WC)K & K Insurance   (Nord Krauskopf)Dodge1805,705running9
112379   Frank Warren   (WC)Frank WarrenDodge1742,165running0
161103   Chuck Bown Rose Auto Wrecking   (Gerald Craker)Dodge1411,445differential3
17348   Gary Matthews 10,000 RPM Speed Equipment   (Ed Negre)Dodge1381,395running0
252743   Richard Petty   (WC)STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge835,660valve14
292144   Gary Johnson Noble Auto Parts   (Al Clark)Dodge72840overheating0
28 415   Buddy Baker   (WC)Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford733,990piston0
313310   Johnny Ray Sunny King   (Bill Champion)Ford34735engine0
321068   Sonny Easley San Fernando Lumber / Speedway Eng.   (Jerry Lankford)Ford32685cracked block0
342555   Sam Beler Haddick's Towing   (Frank Coletto)Ford15585crash0
351790   Harry Jefferson Jefferson Racing   (George Jefferson)Ford14535oil leak0
15 12   Bobby Allison   (WC)CAM 2   (Roger Penske)Matador1495,705engine18
1 221   David Pearson   (WC)Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury19117,295running124

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
11515  
16238   #55 accident turn 9 
24296   oil on track 
30356  
36405   #10 blown engine 
41466  
47504   #12 accident turn 2 
5112171  
1221276   oil turn 9 
12819164  
  Percent of race run under caution: 15.2%             Average green flag run: 32.4 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bobby Allison11818
  Dave Marcis19191
  Richard Petty20234
  Benny Parsons243714
  Cecil Gordon38381
  Chuck Wahl39402
  Dave Marcis41466
  Cale Yarborough47504
  David Pearson516515
  Richard Petty66749
  David Pearson75773
  Chuck Bown78803
  Cale Yarborough81811
  David Pearson8211029
  Dave Marcis1111122
  David Pearson11312412
  Dave Marcis1251251
  David Pearson12615833
  Cale Yarborough1591591
  David Pearson16019132

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jimmy Insolo 165    
2   Ray Elder 160   -5  
3   Bill Schmitt 134   -31  
4   Larry Esau 124   -41  
5   Ron Esau 121   -44  
6   Chuck Bown 120   -45  
7   Gary Matthews 112   -53  
8   Eddie Bradshaw 109   -56  
9   Carl Joiner 103   -62  
10   Chuck Wahl 102   -63  
11   Hugh Pearson 91   -74  
12   Bill Polich 85   -80  
13   Don Puskarich 82   -83  
14   Gary Johnson 76   -89  
15   Hershel McGriff 73   -92  
16   Johnny Ray 70   -95  
17   Sonny Easley 67   -98  
18   Sam Beler 61   -104  
19   Harry Jefferson 58   -107