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1978 Daytona 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 2 of 30
Sunday, February 19, 1978 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:07:49
Average Speed: 159.73 mph
Pole Speed: 187.536 mph
Cautions: 5 for 24 laps
Margin of Victory: 33.2 sec
Attendance: 140,000
Lead changes: 37

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
73127   Buddy Baker M.C. AndersonOldsmobile19616,395engine76156
2 111   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile20041,900running43175
33 643   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge6011,600crash3969
13315   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford20056,300running28180
28 488   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet13816,050running1284
3 872   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Oldsmobile19931,865running2170
4 253   Ron Hutcherson Valvoline   (A.J. Foyt)Buick19922,250running0160
53290   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury19819,925running0155
6102   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet19815,600running0150
8 99   Bill Elliott Dahlonega Ford Sales   (George Elliott)Mercury19512,085running0142
9236   Ferrel Harris Autowize   (Jim Stacy)Dodge19511,175running0138
102854   Lennie Pond W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile19510,285running0134
111130   Tighe Scott Scotty's Fashions   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile19410,605running0130
121892   Skip Manning Valvoline   (Billy Hagan)Buick1949,560running0127
13193   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1948,665running0124
141341   Grant Adcox Krystal   (Herb Adcox)Chevrolet1936,370running0121
153017   Roger Hamby Burger King   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet1936,185running0118
161767   Buddy Arrington Rossmeyer   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1926,845running0115
174040   D.K. Ulrich D.K. UlrichChevrolet1926,150running0112
182557   Dick May McClure Motors   (Alfred McClure)Ford1924,410running0109
191598   Roland Wlodyka Rod OsterlundBuick1924,150running0106
202628   Jerry Jolly Ski Machine   (Charles Dean)Chevrolet1913,720running0103
214124   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet1914,110running0100
223549   Claude Ballot-Lena JMS   (G.C. Spencer)Dodge1902,835running0 
232726   Jimmy Lee Capps Hearne Produce   (David Lee Sellers)Chevrolet1892,805running094
243479   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1883,125running091
253864   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1853,350running088
261614   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet1792,425running085
27125   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Jim Stacy)Dodge1505,750engine082
291448   Al Holbert Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1363,065engine076
302270   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1322,880running073
312161   Joe Mihalic Jim NorrisOldsmobile1102,200engine070
32 351   A.J. Foyt Valvoline   (A.J. Foyt)Buick6812,675crash0 
34 521   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury606,775crash061
353952   Jimmy Means Howard's Machine Shop   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet412,395engine058
362939   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury301,950engine055
373622   Ricky Rudd 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Al Rudd)Chevrolet214,375handling052
382489   Jim Vandiver O.L. NixonChevrolet191,975engine049
39 71   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Oldsmobile94,325body dam046
403784   Morgan Shepherd Makar Enterprises   (Jim Makar)Mercury81,650engine043
412066   Harry Gant C.C.C.   (Ray Emerson)Buick11,975engine040

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
John Utsman00Ed WhitakerChevrolet
Earle Canavan01Dodge
Bruce Hill05Harry ClaryOldsmobile
Steve Stolarek07Jerry HansenChevrolet
Ed Negre8Ed NegreDodge
Nelson Oswald09Chevrolet
Joe Frasson18Dodge
Woody Fisher19Henley GrayChevrolet
Sam Sommers25Don RobertsonChevrolet
Jim Hurtubise33Jeff HandyChevrolet
Nestor Peles34Chevrolet
Baxter Price45Chevrolet
Tommy Robbs59Porter & QueenChevrolet
Tom Frank60
Janet Guthrie68Lynda FerreriChevrolet
Bobby Wawak74
Claude Aubin83Ray RacingChevrolet
Earl Ross91Harold MillerChevrolet

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Cale Yarborough144
  Darrell Waltrip551
  Cale Yarborough661
  Darrell Waltrip771
  Cale Yarborough892
  Darrell Waltrip10101
  Richard Petty11177
  Darrell Waltrip18203
  Cale Yarborough21222
  Darrell Waltrip23286
  Richard Petty296032
  Cale Yarborough61611
  Buddy Baker62632
  Cale Yarborough64674
  Benny Parsons68692
  Cale Yarborough70712
  Bobby Allison72732
  Buddy Baker74807
  Cale Yarborough81811
  Buddy Baker82843
  Cale Yarborough85851
  Buddy Baker86861
  Cale Yarborough87926
  Buddy Baker93942
  Cale Yarborough95973
  Buddy Baker98992
  Bobby Allison1001001
  Cale Yarborough1011022
  Buddy Baker1031064
  Cale Yarborough10711711
  Buddy Baker11813316
  Cale Yarborough1341363
  Buddy Baker13716731
  Bobby Allison1681681
  Buddy Baker1691735
  Bobby Allison17418613
  Buddy Baker1871893
  Bobby Allison19020011

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 360    
2   Benny Parsons 345   -15  
3   Dave Marcis 305   -55  
4   Dick Brooks 273   -87  
5   Bobby Allison 253   -107  
6   D.K. Ulrich 246   -114  
7   Buddy Arrington 245   -115  
8   Neil Bonnett 242   -118  
9   Tighe Scott 239   -121  
10   David Pearson 231   -129  
11   Richard Childress 227   -133  
12   Skip Manning 227   -133  
13   Al Holbert 218   -142  
14   Frank Warren 215   -145  
15   Cecil Gordon 188   -172  
16   Richard Petty 184   -176  
17   Darrell Waltrip 178   -182  
18   Ron Hutcherson 160   -200  
19   Buddy Baker 156   -204  
20   J.D. McDuffie 152   -208