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1978 Winston Western 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 1 of 30
Sunday, January 22, 1978 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
119 laps on a 2.620 mile road course (311.8 miles)

Time of race: 3:02:55
Average Speed: 102.269 mph
Pole Speed: 113.204 mph
Cautions: 4 for 17 laps
Margin of Victory: 1 sec
Attendance: 70,000
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 411   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile11920,850running58185
3 121   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury1199,850running41170
2 372   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet11914,800running18175
71101   Jimmy Insolo Lake's Drywall   (Gerald Craker)Chevrolet1184,400running2151
4165   Neil Bonnett Jim StacyDodge1198,800running0160
5 72   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet1184,050running0155
62995   Hershel McGriff George JeffersonFord1182,850running00
8 948   Al Holbert Southland Cork & Rubber   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1174,250running0142
92029   Roy Smith Mercury Marine   (Dick Midgley)Chevrolet1152,300running0138
101940   D.K. Ulrich Pacific Coast   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet1153,880running0134
112767   Buddy Arrington Buddy ArringtonFord1143,470running0130
123408   Rick McCray Rick McCrayDodge1131,800running0127
131579   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1123,160running0124
141093   Norm Palmer American Racing Equipment   (Norm Palmer)Dodge1111,600engine0121
152564   Dick Brooks Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1112,840running0118
16 543   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge1045,100rear end0115
172251   Jim Thirkettle Timec / Speedway Enginerring   (Jim Thirkettle)Buick1041,350running0112
183130   Tighe Scott Scotty's Fashions   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet1032,530running0109
192341   Ernie Stierly Allied Plating   (Ernie Stierly)Chevrolet991,870running0106
20183   Richard Childress Kansas Jack   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet902,205running0103
211292   Skip Manning Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Chevrolet851,980running0100
223553   Jack Simpson Don's Automotive   (Chester Papienski)Chevrolet741,105running097
23 288   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet704,780transmission094
242412   Richard White Lindsay Auto Parts   (Mike White)Chevrolet701,195running091
253024   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet521,635clutch088
263258   Rocky Moran Daisy Shoppe   (Rocky Moran)Chevrolet51955engine085
271381   John Borneman Borneman Plastering   (Arthur Godfrey)Chevrolet501,025clutch082
282170   J.D. McDuffie Simpson Safety Equipment   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet451,455rear end079
291739   Vince Giamformaggio Cal-French Bread   (Sam Arakalian)Chevrolet41805overheating076
30 615   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford404,455engine073
312813   Don Puskarich Oil Field Construction   (Matt Puskarich)Chevrolet36700engine070
32 873   Bill Schmitt Old Milwaukee   (Bill Schmitt)Chevrolet191,650rear end067
333309   Eddie Bradshaw C & M Racing   (Chester Papienski)Chevrolet15600driveshaft064
342632   Ray Elder Midland Motor Homes   (Dave Hill)Dodge12550transmission061
351444   Gary Johnson Armstrong Electric   (Ted Armstrong)Chevrolet3500rear end058

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson122
  Cale Yarborough32220
  David Pearson23275
  Benny Parsons28292
  David Pearson306233
  Cale Yarborough63675
  David Pearson68681
  Jimmy Insolo69702
  Cale Yarborough71733
  Benny Parsons74785
  Cale Yarborough79835
  Benny Parsons849411
  Cale Yarborough9511925

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 185    
2   Benny Parsons 175   -10  
3   David Pearson 170   -15  
4   Neil Bonnett 160   -25  
5   Dave Marcis 155   -30  
6   Jimmy Insolo 151   -34  
7   Al Holbert 142   -43  
8   Roy Smith 138   -47  
9   D.K. Ulrich 134   -51  
10   Buddy Arrington 130   -55  
11   Rick McCray 127   -58  
12   Frank Warren 124   -61  
13   Norm Palmer 121   -64  
14   Dick Brooks 118   -67  
15   Richard Petty 115   -70  
16   Jim Thirkettle 112   -73  
17   Tighe Scott 109   -76  
18   Ernie Stierly 106   -79  
19   Richard Childress 103   -82  
20   Skip Manning 100   -85