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1981 Winston Western 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 31 of 31
Sunday, November 22, 1981 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
119 laps on a 2.620 mile road course (311.8 miles)

Time of race: 3:16:19
Average Speed: 95.288 mph
Pole Speed: 114.981 mph
Cautions: 7 for 33 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.24 sec
Attendance: 46,000
Lead changes: 19

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
372742   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick27780brakes052
30260   Roy Smith Aircraft Standards   (Robert Beadle)Buick582,155cam073
28141   Chuck Pittenger Pitt's Performance   (Chuck Pittinger)Buick801,155clutch079
311299   Terry Herman Jim Davis   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick551,500crash070
322278   Jim Robinson Hammer Security   (Jack Williams)Oldsmobile53950crash067
351193   Don Whittington Scott SmithOldsmobile37500crash058
263764   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford951,755differential085
251971   Dave Marcis J.D. Stacy   (Dave Marcis)Pontiac1031,805engine393
27 715   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford906,355engine487
292351   Scott Miller J.D. Stacy   (Scott Miller)Pontiac69805engine076
343835   Pat Mintey Marv's Chevy Only   (Pat Mintey)Chevrolet40850engine061
381701   Hershel McGriff Howard Johnson's   (Gerald Craker)Buick17770engine049
401388   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Buick26,150engine043
363216   Jim Bown Rose Auto Wrecking   (Dick Bown)Buick34790piston055
331021   Neil Bonnett Warner Hodgdon / National Eng.   (Wood Brothers)Ford491,100plugs064
393141   Richard Childress Junior JohnsonBuick5460quit046
1 528   Bobby Allison Hardee's   (Harry Ranier)Buick11924,300running49185
2122   Joe Ruttman J.D. Stacy   (Jim Stacy)Buick11917,675running39175
3 244   Terry Labonte J.D. Stacy   (Billy Hagan)Buick11916,450running15170
4 33   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Richard Childress)Pontiac11910,560running0160
5 95   Joe Millikan Performance Connection   (Cliff Stewart)Pontiac1199,125running0155
6 111   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick11910,300running1155
72543   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick1198,100running0146
8 433   Harry Gant Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac1184,860running6147
92190   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford1185,940running0138
102447   Ron Bouchard J.D. Stacy   (Jack Beebe)Buick1185,380running0134
112970   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac1184,320running1135
123374   Gary Kershaw Edgett Racing   (John Edgett)Buick1171,800running0127
13 824   Morgan Shepherd Washington Freightliner   (Cecil Gordon)Buick1173,950running0124
141873   Bill Schmitt Shasta County   (Bill Schmitt)Buick1163,240running1126
153538   Don Waterman St. John's Auto Parts   (Don Waterman)Buick1163,030running0118
163417   Lake Speed Kings Inn Daytona   (Roger Hamby)Buick1153,345running0115
172848   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Buick1153,110running0112
181669   Bob Bondurant HFJ RacingPontiac1141,300running0109
192075   Gary Balough Chaparral Trailers   (RahMoc Enterprises)Buick1132,790running0106
20 637   Tim Richmond Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Buick1131,195running0103
213013   Don Puskarich Puskarich Racing   (Matt Puskarich)Oldsmobile1112,160running0100
224007   Gene Thonesen Thonesen Racing   (Gene Thonesen)Buick1102,125running097
233985   Mark Stahl Stahl Racing   (Mark Stahl)Ford1091,080running094
243667   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1062,555running091

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Don Stanley61
Ferrel Harris64

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Darrell Waltrip111
  Harry Gant276
  Bobby Allison82619
  Terry Labonte27293
  Bobby Allison30345
  Joe Ruttman35439
  Dave Marcis44463
  Terry Labonte47504
  Bobby Allison51522
  Joe Ruttman53553
  Bobby Allison56583
  Bill Schmitt59591
  Benny Parsons60634
  Bobby Allison64707
  J.D. McDuffie71711
  Terry Labonte72798
  Joe Ruttman8010223
  Bobby Allison1031053
  Joe Ruttman1061094
  Bobby Allison11011910

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 4880    
2   Bobby Allison 4827   -53  
3   Harry Gant 4218   -662  
4   Terry Labonte 4052   -828  
5   Jody Ridley 4002   -878  
6   Ricky Rudd 3991   -889  
7   Dale Earnhardt 3978   -902  
8   Richard Petty 3883   -997  
9   Dave Marcis 3510   -1370  
10   Benny Parsons 3452   -1428  
11   Buddy Arrington 3384   -1496  
12   Kyle Petty 3335   -1545  
13   Morgan Shepherd 3259   -1621  
14   Tim Richmond 3221   -1659  
15   Jimmy Means 3145   -1735  
16   Tommy Gale 3143   -1737  
17   J.D. McDuffie 3000   -1880  
18   Lake Speed 2820   -2060  
19   James Hylton 2756   -2124  
20   Ron Bouchard 2693   -2187