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1979 Music 500 Presented by Musicland & Sam Goody


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 5 of 7
Sunday, June 24, 1979 at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:42:14
Average Speed: 134.995 mph
Pole Speed: 182.334 mph
Cautions: 7 for 39 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 18

Glossary    1979 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
19 445   Janet Guthrie Texaco Star   (Sherman Armstrong)Lola / Offy674,442clutch020
202558   Eldon Rasmussen Vans by Bivouac   (Eldon Rasmussen)Rascar / Chevy584,312crash020
91298   Gary Bettenhausen Oberdorfer   (Grant King)King / Chevy1816,912engine0200
12 225   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth1485,442engine40 
15 924   Sheldon Kinser Genesee Beer   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy1004,992engine025
161597   Phil Threshie Giuffre Bros.   (Grant King)King / Chevy854,862engine025
242127   Bob Harkey Vollstedt   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / AMC163,792engine015
221630   Dana Carter Molly-Mate   (Fred Ruth)McLaren / Offy274,052engine block015
251751   George Snider Hopkins Racing   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning03,532engine block010
231850   Frank Weiss 1st National Bank   (Doug Biedersted)Manta / Offy183,922header015
3 680   Larry Dickson R.P. Racing   (Russ Polak)Penske / Cosworth19723,762out of fuel19700
111129   Cliff Hucul Hucul Racing   (Emil Hucul)McLaren / Offy1585,882piston0100
18 820   John Martin Scientific Drilling   (Jack Rhoades)McLaren / Offy674,572piston020
21 315   Johnny Parsons Hopkins Racing   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy354,182piston515
1 114   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Parnelli / Cosworth20078,562running1281000
21326   Jim McElreath McElreath Racing   (Shirley McElreath)Eagle / Offy19837,137running0800
42481   Jerry Sneva Shade Tree Racing   (Wayne Woodward)Eagle / Offy19214,342running0600
51417   Dick Simon Vollstedt Racing   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy19110,722running0500
61922   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Leader Card   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy1908,812running0400
7 746   Howdy Holmes Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Wildcat / DGS1908,112running1300
102086   Al Loquasto American Rustproof   (Robert LaWarre)McLaren / Offy1606,322running0150
8 543   Tom Bigelow Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Lola / Cosworth1847,472radiator1250
141044   Roger McCluskey Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Lola / Cosworth1025,122rear bulkhead625
172338   Jerry Karl Tonco Trailers   (Jerry Karl)McLaren / Offy844,732spun out020
132260   Tony Bettenhausen Jr Tilton Corp.   (Robert LaWarre)Eagle / Chevy1206,252transaxle025

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11818  
19224   #27 stalled turn 1 
236543  
66694   #17 stalled backstretch 
70745  
75839   #58 accident turn 1 
84863  
87926   #97 accident turn 2 
9310311  
1041107   #44 spun turn 3 
11116656  
1671704   spectators on track 
17118414  
1851895   #98 accident turn 3 
19020011  
  Percent of race run under caution: 19.5%             Average green flag run: 20.1 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Danny Ongais11111
  Johnny Parsons12165
  Danny Ongais17193
  Tom Bigelow20201
  Danny Ongais21288
  A.J. Foyt294012
  Roger McCluskey41466
  A.J. Foyt47471
  Howdy Holmes48481
  A.J. Foyt496719
  Danny Ongais68747
  A.J. Foyt75828
  Larry Dickson83831
  A.J. Foyt849512
  Larry Dickson9611318
  A.J. Foyt11413623
  Danny Ongais13714711
  A.J. Foyt14820053

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   A.J. Foyt 2900    
2   Billy Vukovich, Jr. 1330   -1570  
3   Larry Dickson 1185   -1715  
4   Jim McElreath 895   -2005  
5   Jerry Sneva 771   -2129  
6   Tom Bigelow 665   -2235  
7   Gary Bettenhausen 648   -2252  
8   Dick Simon 638   -2262  
9   Cliff Hucul 635   -2265  
10   Howdy Holmes 600   -2300  
11   Sheldon Kinser 383   -2517  
12   Johnny Parsons 358   -2542  
13   George Snider 321   -2579  
14   Tony Bettenhausen Jr 165   -2735  
15   Al Loquasto 150   -2750  
16   Todd Gibson 130   -2770  
17   Dana Carter 105   -2795  
18   Frank Weiss 98   -2802  
19   Jerry Karl 95   -2805  
20   Eldon Rasmussen 85   -2815