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1981 Winston 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 10 of 31
Sunday, May 3, 1981 at Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega, AL
188 laps on a 2.660 mile paved track (500.1 miles)

Time of race: 3:20:52
Average Speed: 149.376 mph
Pole Speed: 195.864 mph
Cautions: 7 for 44 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.1 sec
Attendance: 100,000
Lead changes: 43

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 128   Bobby Allison The 5 Racers   (Harry Ranier)Buick18841,500running69180
2 21   Buddy Baker UNO   (Hoss Ellington)Buick18834,450running78180
31111   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick18820,325running11170
41088   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Oldsmobile18818,750running8165
8 42   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac18314,775running5147
7 744   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick18513,125running1151
62399   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick18512,105running0150
144071   Dave Marcis Hudson / Bowlin Coal   (Dave Marcis)Buick17811,145running0121
51477   Donnie Allison Warren Fabricating   (John Rebhan)Oldsmobile18710,050running2160
92725   Dick May Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Dodge1838,745running0138
23305   Morgan Shepherd Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac1167,260overheating094
113464   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1817,065running0130
361815   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford16,825crash055
123517   Tommy Houston Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Buick1816,745running0127
392143   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick16,735crash046
13133   Richard Childress Ronnie Steele / Nichols   (Richard Childress)Pontiac1806,625running4129
153224   Cecil Gordon Gordon Racing   (Cecil Gordon)Buick1765,725running0118
102694   Bobby Wawak Louise Smith   (Bobby Wawak)Buick1835,375running0134
171767   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1715,145running0112
182866   Lake Speed Speed Racing   (Lake Speed)Buick1704,825running0109
193348   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac1474,755engine4111
202247   Ron Bouchard Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick1403,925engine0103
312990   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford253,765steering070
223770   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac1213,705running097
161286   Elliott Forbes-RobinsonCal-Tex   (Richard Howard)Buick1723,340engine0115
273652   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac683,005engine082
24 827   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Buick862,860engine091
21 337   Mike Alexander Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Buick1352,745engine0100
25 562   Rick Wilson Florida Equipment & Service   (Rick Wilson)Oldsmobile762,500engine693
32 621   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford152,000engine067
382075   Joe Millikan RahMoc EnterprisesOldsmobile11,815crash049
263840   Ronnie Thomas Price Racing   (Baxter Price)Buick751,805oil line085
283150   Bruce Hill Hill Racing   (Bruce Hill)Buick511,695overheating079
29156   Joe Ruttman The 5 Racers   (Jim Stacy)Buick461,640engine076
302542   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick381,585ignition073
34 933   Harry Gant Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac11,560crash061
333920   Rick Newsom Superior Piping   (Rick Newsom)Chevrolet151,470engine064
351622   Stan Barrett Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac11,405crash058
37194   Connie Saylor Mitco   (G.C. Spencer)Oldsmobile11,345crash052
40249   Bill Elliott Mell-Gear   (George Elliott)Ford11,255crash043

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Buddy Baker111
  Bobby Allison21110
  Buddy Baker12121
  Bobby Allison13175
  Rick Wilson18236
  Richard Childress24274
  Darrell Waltrip28314
  James Hylton32354
  Ricky Rudd36405
  Bobby Allison41455
  Dale Earnhardt46461
  Bobby Allison47471
  Darrell Waltrip48481
  Buddy Baker496820
  Darrell Waltrip69691
  Terry Labonte70701
  Bobby Allison71788
  Donnie Allison79791
  Dale Earnhardt80834
  Bobby Allison84907
  Buddy Baker9111323
  Darrell Waltrip1141152
  Bobby Allison1161161
  Donnie Allison1171171
  Bobby Allison11812811
  Buddy Baker1291368
  Ricky Rudd1371371
  Darrell Waltrip1381403
  Buddy Baker14116020
  Bobby Allison1611611
  Buddy Baker1621621
  Bobby Allison1631686
  Buddy Baker1691691
  Ricky Rudd1701701
  Bobby Allison1711755
  Ricky Rudd1761761
  Bobby Allison1771815
  Buddy Baker1821821
  Bobby Allison1831831
  Buddy Baker1841841
  Bobby Allison1851862
  Buddy Baker1871871
  Bobby Allison1881881

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 1566    
2   Ricky Rudd 1413   -153  
3   Darrell Waltrip 1392   -174  
4   Harry Gant 1364   -202  
5   Jody Ridley 1291   -275  
6   Dale Earnhardt 1286   -280  
7   Terry Labonte 1238   -328  
8   Richard Petty 1184   -382  
9   Dave Marcis 1160   -406  
10   Benny Parsons 1155   -411  
11   Joe Millikan 1135   -431  
12   Tim Richmond 1102   -464  
13   Buddy Arrington 1089   -477  
14   Richard Childress 1075   -491  
15   Jimmy Means 1051   -515  
16   Morgan Shepherd 1024   -542  
17   J.D. McDuffie 1010   -556  
18   Tommy Gale 1008   -558  
19   Kyle Petty 949   -617  
20   James Hylton 905   -661