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1978 Talladega 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 19 of 30
Sunday, August 6, 1978 at Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega, AL
188 laps on a 2.660 mile paved track (500.1 miles)

Time of race: 2:51:43
Average Speed: 174.7 mph
Pole Speed: 192.917 mph
Cautions: 4 for 17 laps
Margin of Victory: 2 cl
Attendance: 60,000
Lead changes: 67

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
291268   Janet Guthrie Kelly Girl   (Lynda Ferreri)Buick1291,990crash076
381092   Skip Manning Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick461,605engine049
412212   James Hylton Al Rudd Auto Parts   (Al Rudd)Buick11,130transmission0 
8145   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet1836,640running2147
11248   Ferrel Harris Autowize   (Robert Gee)Chevrolet1814,785running0130
163419   Dick May Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet1723,870running0115
172370   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1723,635running0112
194140   D.K. Ulrich Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet1683,250running0106
21314   Gary Myers Spencer's Baby Wear   (Gary Myers)Chevrolet1671,890running0100
223341   Grant Adcox Krystal   (Herb Adcox)Chevrolet1651,840running097
233245   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet1652,430running094
243525   Ronnie Thomas Louise Smith   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet1643,870running091
26 814   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet1581,640engine085
274073   Steve Moore Willard MooreChevrolet1501,590running082
323652   Jimmy Means WIXC   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1181,755crash067
341188   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet1055,205engine466
363717   Roger Hamby Kockums   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet941,155clutch055
39 722   Ricky Rudd 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Al Rudd)Chevrolet222,580engine046
7 643   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge1867,740running5151
152967   Buddy Arrington Sam Dell   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1754,130running0118
183842   Marty Robbins Marty RobbinsDodge1712,240running0109
313901   Earle Canavan Pepsi   (Earle Canavan)Dodge1191,280running0 
331379   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1101,730running064
371649   Claude Ballot-Lena JMS   (G.C. Spencer)Dodge481,130engine0 
62015   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford1868,440running0150
122796   Dale Earnhardt Cardinal Tractor   (Will Cronkrite)Ford1802,740running0127
203064   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1682,940running0103
5 321   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury1876,400running6160
91590   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury1825,490running0138
13199   Bill Elliott Dahlonega Ford Sales   (George Elliott)Mercury1792,640running0124
402639   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury9980engine043
1 554   Lennie Pond W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile18826,025running22180
2 91   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Oldsmobile18816,250running4175
3 272   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Oldsmobile18815,350running9170
4 111   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile18817,850running79170
101730   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile1815,070running0134
14252   Dave Marcis Rod OsterlundOldsmobile1763,850running0121
25183   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1642,310running088
28 427   Buddy Baker Howell Heflin   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile1495,040engine5784
302848   Al Holbert Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Oldsmobile1241,930engine073
352105   Bruce Hill Bearfinder   (Harry Clary)Oldsmobile961,480axle058

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Cale Yarborough122
  Buddy Baker331
  Cale Yarborough441
  David Pearson551
  Buddy Baker694
  Cale Yarborough10112
  Darrell Waltrip12121
  Buddy Baker13142
  Cale Yarborough15151
  Buddy Baker16194
  Cale Yarborough20223
  Buddy Baker23253
  Cale Yarborough26283
  Buddy Baker29357
  Darrell Waltrip36383
  Richard Petty39391
  Buddy Baker40401
  Benny Parsons41422
  David Pearson43431
  Benny Parsons44441
  David Pearson45451
  Cale Yarborough46461
  David Pearson47471
  Cale Yarborough48481
  Richard Petty49491
  Cale Yarborough50501
  Neil Bonnett51522
  Donnie Allison53531
  Richard Petty54552
  Buddy Baker56638
  Cale Yarborough64641
  Buddy Baker65651
  Cale Yarborough66661
  Buddy Baker67671
  Cale Yarborough68692
  Buddy Baker70712
  Cale Yarborough72732
  Buddy Baker74785
  Cale Yarborough79791
  Lennie Pond80812
  Buddy Baker82843
  Cale Yarborough85851
  Buddy Baker86861
  Cale Yarborough87882
  Lennie Pond89913
  Cale Yarborough9210110
  Lennie Pond1021065
  Cale Yarborough1071104
  Lennie Pond1111111
  Cale Yarborough1121121
  Lennie Pond1131131
  Cale Yarborough1141229
  Lennie Pond1231231
  Richard Petty1241241
  Benny Parsons1251262
  David Pearson1271271
  Lennie Pond1281281
  David Pearson1291291
  Buddy Baker1301356
  Donnie Allison1361361
  Buddy Baker1371415
  Donnie Allison1421432
  Cale Yarborough1441452
  Buddy Baker1461483
  Cale Yarborough14917628
  Lennie Pond1771793
  Benny Parsons1801834
  Lennie Pond1841885

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 2982    
2   Dave Marcis 2824   -158  
3   Benny Parsons 2801   -181  
4   Bobby Allison 2579   -403  
5   Darrell Waltrip 2568   -414  
6   Richard Petty 2515   -467  
7   Lennie Pond 2391   -591  
8   Buddy Arrington 2328   -654  
9   Richard Childress 2278   -704  
10   Dick Brooks 2245   -737  
11   D.K. Ulrich 2139   -843  
12   Tighe Scott 2107   -875  
13   Neil Bonnett 2005   -977  
14   Frank Warren 1954   -1028  
15   J.D. McDuffie 1953   -1029  
16   David Pearson 1872   -1110  
17   Dick May 1769   -1213  
18   Jimmy Means 1708   -1274  
19   Cecil Gordon 1669   -1313  
20   Skip Manning 1665   -1317