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1978 Firecracker 400


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 16 of 30
Tuesday, July 4, 1978 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
160 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (400.0 miles)

Time of race: 2:35:30
Average Speed: 154.34 mph
Pole Speed: 186.803 mph
Cautions: 4 for 21 laps
Margin of Victory: 3 cl
Attendance: 65,000
Lead changes: 29

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
212522   Ricky Rudd 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Al Rudd)Buick1432,970engine0100
292116   Raymond Williams Thundercraft Boat   (Bobby Reeves)Buick741,290engine076
39 592   Skip Manning Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick91,460crash046
3 888   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet15913,550running14170
51454   Lennie Pond W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Chevrolet1587,350running2160
6 92   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet1586,390running4155
83381   Ferrel Harris Autowize   (Robert Gee)Chevrolet1573,390running0 
113668   Janet Guthrie Kelly Girl   (Lynda Ferreri)Chevrolet1544,710running0130
122070   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1534,500running0127
134052   Jimmy Means Means Racing   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1524,280running0124
143418   Joe Frasson Joe FrassonChevrolet1522,490running0121
163019   Dick May Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet1513,310running0115
193540   D.K. Ulrich Ulbricht Construction   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet1492,590running0106
203145   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet1462,305running0103
221841   Grant Adcox Krystal   (Herb Adcox)Chevrolet1421,290engine097
23155   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet1404,440clutch094
253825   Ronnie Thomas Louise Smith   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet1292,290running088
283282   Paul Fess Lasky Construction   (Stan Lasky)Chevrolet75835transmission0 
323924   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet571,505engine067
33131   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet55980steering169
38 614   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet22915engine049
4 743   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge15910,800running4165
172679   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1512,950running0112
342467   Buddy Arrington Rossmeyer   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge551,455engine061
352749   Claude Ballot-Lena Lady & Son Auction   (G.C. Spencer)Dodge451,005oil cooler0 
72896   Dale Earnhardt Cardinal Tractor   (Will Cronkrite)Ford1573,990running0146
152964   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1523,820running0118
271015   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford754,940crash887
1 321   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury16018,450running57185
9239   Bill Elliott Dahlonega Ford Sales   (George Elliott)Mercury1573,190running0138
311639   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury611,030engine070
361190   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury351,425throttle055
2 111   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile16018,350running56175
102230   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile1565,020running0134
183747   Satch Worley Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile1501,790running0109
24193   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1361,835running091
26 272   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Oldsmobile925,465engine1190
301248   Al Holbert Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Oldsmobile691,555engine073
37 427   Buddy Baker Olympic Tan   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile281,620engine357
401705   Bruce Hill Bearfinder   (Harry Clary)Oldsmobile9905crash043

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Buddy Baker122
  Darrell Waltrip331
  Cale Yarborough485
  Benny Parsons91810
  Buddy Baker19191
  Darrell Waltrip203213
  Donnie Allison33331
  Bobby Allison34374
  Richard Petty38392
  Dave Marcis40423
  Lennie Pond43442
  Cale Yarborough456824
  Bobby Allison69724
  Richard Petty73742
  Cale Yarborough75773
  David Pearson78781
  Benny Parsons79791
  Cale Yarborough80845
  David Pearson85862
  Cale Yarborough87893
  Dave Marcis90901
  Cale Yarborough91922
  David Pearson93964
  Cale Yarborough971048
  David Pearson1051139
  Cale Yarborough1141174
  David Pearson11813619
  Cale Yarborough1371382
  David Pearson13916022

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 2537    
2   Benny Parsons 2405   -132  
3   Dave Marcis 2383   -154  
4   Richard Petty 2192   -345  
5   Darrell Waltrip 2142   -395  
6   Lennie Pond 2126   -411  
7   Bobby Allison 2118   -419  
8   Buddy Arrington 1962   -575  
9   Richard Childress 1929   -608  
10   D.K. Ulrich 1842   -695  
11   Dick Brooks 1819   -718  
12   Tighe Scott 1734   -803  
13   Neil Bonnett 1724   -813  
14   Frank Warren 1657   -880  
15   Skip Manning 1616   -921  
16   J.D. McDuffie 1547   -990  
17   David Pearson 1537   -1000  
18   Cecil Gordon 1520   -1017  
19   Jimmy Means 1426   -1111  
20   Dick May 1415   -1122