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1979 Firecracker 400


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 17 of 31
Wednesday, July 4, 1979 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
160 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (400.0 miles)

Time of race: 2:18:49
Average Speed: 172.89 mph
Pole Speed: 193.196 mph
Cautions: 2 for 11 laps
Margin of Victory: 1 sec
Attendance: 45,000
Lead changes: 28

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 221   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury16021,705running77185
2 327   Benny Parsons Griffin Marine   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile16016,875running6175
3212   Dale Earnhardt Rod OsterlundOldsmobile16014,980running1170
4 688   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Oldsmobile15912,280running54165
51143   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Oldsmobile1589,480running2160
82472   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Oldsmobile1567,540running0142
20 511   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile1496,960running0103
93705   Dick Brooks Sub-Tropic   (Nelson Malloch)Oldsmobile1565,575running0138
131990   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury1555,075running0124
61268   Chuck Bown Kings Mountain Truck Plaza   (Jim Testa)Buick1574,990running0150
302015   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford894,925crash073
14 930   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick1544,865running0121
15 767   Buddy Arrington Rossmeyer   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1544,555running0118
34 128   Buddy Baker W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile574,255ignition1666
71547   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile1574,240running0146
183540   D.K. Ulrich U.S. Army   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick1513,775running0109
172271   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet1513,635running0112
193048   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1513,415running1111
10 851   A.J. Foyt Valvoline   (A.J. Foyt)Oldsmobile1563,140running3 
11279   Bill Elliott Yandle / Thermol King   (George Elliott)Mercury1562,960running0130
12231   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet1552,935running0127
213270   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1462,855running0100
223852   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1462,645running097
261717   Roger Hamby Kings Inn   (Roger Hamby)Oldsmobile1372,260running085
273664   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1212,225rear end082
291044   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick892,165crash076
354124   Cecil Gordon Cecil GordonOldsmobile501,915engine058
162687   Gary Balough Fast Lane Ltd.   (Billie Harvey)Oldsmobile1541,750running0 
37163   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile281,520engine052
401479   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge71,505engine043
234020   Rick Newsom MARS   (Rick Newsom)Oldsmobile1451,410running094
243339   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury1441,385blew tire091
252814   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet1381,360engine088
281312   Lennie Pond Burger King   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile1051,285engine079
33 441   Grant Adcox Adcox-Kirby   (Herb Adcox)Oldsmobile811,180engine064
31316   Claude Ballot-Lena Lady & Son Auction   (G.C. Spencer)Oldsmobile831,130engine0 
412550   Bruce Hill Global Heat Exchanger   (Walter Ballard)Buick11,035engine040
363946   Travis Tiller Ring Enterprises   (Travis Tiller)Dodge461,025engine055
382938   Sandy Satullo Copper Kettle Marina   (Sandy Satullo)Buick181,015crash049
393432   Jimmy Finger Vita Fresh / Pharis Chevy   (Don Bierschwale)Buick171,010crash046
32187   Al Holbert Holbert Porsche-Audi   (Al Holbert)Chevrolet82895spindle0 

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Buddy Baker133
  Darrell Waltrip452
  Buddy Baker672
  Darrell Waltrip8147
  Buddy Baker15173
  Darrell Waltrip18181
  Buddy Baker19191
  Darrell Waltrip20201
  James Hylton21211
  A.J. Foyt22243
  Darrell Waltrip25284
  Buddy Baker29302
  Darrell Waltrip31344
  Buddy Baker35351
  Darrell Waltrip36361
  Buddy Baker37371
  Darrell Waltrip384710
  Buddy Baker48481
  Darrell Waltrip49491
  Buddy Baker50512
  Darrell Waltrip52576
  Benny Parsons58581
  Richard Petty59602
  Darrell Waltrip617717
  Neil Bonnett789114
  Dale Earnhardt92921
  Neil Bonnett9312735
  Benny Parsons1281325
  Neil Bonnett13316028

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 2720    
2   Bobby Allison 2587   -133  
3   Richard Petty 2522   -198  
4   Cale Yarborough 2500   -220  
5   Dale Earnhardt 2342   -378  
6   Benny Parsons 2237   -483  
7   Joe Millikan 2221   -499  
8   Terry Labonte 2009   -711  
9   J.D. McDuffie 1997   -723  
10   Richard Childress 1983   -737  
11   D.K. Ulrich 1973   -747  
12   Buddy Arrington 1961   -759  
13   Buddy Baker 1955   -765  
14   James Hylton 1919   -801  
15   Frank Warren 1775   -945  
16   Ricky Rudd 1765   -955  
17   Donnie Allison 1677   -1043  
18   Ronnie Thomas 1506   -1214  
19   Tommy Gale 1437   -1283  
20   Cecil Gordon 1421   -1299