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1978 Coca-Cola 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 18 of 30
Sunday, July 30, 1978 at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:30:28
Average Speed: 142.54 mph
Pole Speed: 149.235 mph
Cautions: 1 for 3 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.7 sec
Attendance: 70,000
Lead changes: 37

Glossary    1978 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 488   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Chevrolet20020,890running125185
2 321   David Pearson Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury20011,165running66175
30 843   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge1524,655engine578
26 211   Cale Yarborough 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile1666,255running490
3 915   Bobby Allison Norris Industries   (Bud Moore)Ford19910,965running0165
4 62   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet1976,665running0160
5 527   Buddy Baker M.C. AndersonChevrolet1975,615running0155
61722   Ricky Rudd 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Al Rudd)Chevrolet1975,745running0150
7 790   Dick Brooks Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury1974,135running0146
81930   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Chevrolet1943,775running0142
92547   Satch Worley Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile1942,215running0138
101870   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1943,455running0134
111457   Dick May McClure Motors   (Alfred McClure)Ford1941,915running0130
121548   Al Holbert Southland Industries   (James Hylton)Chevrolet1903,045running0127
131652   Jimmy Means Means Racing   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1892,835running0124
142367   Buddy Arrington Falls Radiator   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1872,625running0121
152039   Blackie Wangerin Crane's Parts   (Blackie Wangerin)Mercury1862,015running0118
162464   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford1862,265running0115
171305   Bruce Hill Bearfinder   (Harry Clary)Oldsmobile1841,295engine0112
183279   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1841,910running0109
19344   Gary Myers Spencer's Baby Wear   (Gary Myers)Chevrolet1831,245running0106
20318   Ferrel Harris Autowize   (Robert Gee)Chevrolet1811,850running0103
214034   Nestor Peles Steve PelesChevrolet1801,180running0100
223319   Joe Booher Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet1781,775running097
232684   Kenny Brightbill Arnold Enterprises   (Jim Makar)Mercury1771,130running0 
24123   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1771,705running091
251040   D.K. Ulrich Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich)Chevrolet1661,580engine088
272717   Roger Hamby Hamby-Ellis   (Roger Hamby)Chevrolet1661,030running082
282845   Baxter Price Baxter PriceChevrolet1651,505running079
29 172   Benny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (L.G. DeWitt)Chevrolet1545,080running076
312268   Janet Guthrie Kelly Girl   (Lynda Ferreri)Buick1171,430engine070
323961   Joe Mihalic DuraBond   (Jim Norris)Chevrolet99905engine067
332925   Ronnie Thomas Louise Smith   (Don Robertson)Chevrolet691,380rear end064
343885   Bobby Wawak Heller Spring   (Greg Heller)Ford65850engine061
35111   Donnie Allison Grog Pond   (Pee Wee Griffin)Oldsmobile59840engine0 
36215   Neil Bonnett Armor All   (Rod Osterlund)Chevrolet454,020engine055
373763   Jocko Maggiacomo Miron Products   (Jocko Maggiacomo)Matador45815engine052
383529   Dave Dion Green Mountain   (Dave Dion)Ford12810transmission049
393018   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Chevrolet5805engine0 
403624   Cecil Gordon Transmissions Unlimited   (Cecil Gordon)Chevrolet31,300engine043

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson177
  Cale Yarborough881
  David Pearson9102
  Darrell Waltrip11122
  David Pearson13153
  Darrell Waltrip16161
  Cale Yarborough17171
  Darrell Waltrip18181
  Cale Yarborough19191
  David Pearson203314
  Darrell Waltrip34385
  David Pearson395012
  Darrell Waltrip51511
  Cale Yarborough52521
  Darrell Waltrip53542
  Richard Petty55551
  David Pearson56572
  Richard Petty58614
  Darrell Waltrip62665
  David Pearson67726
  Darrell Waltrip73731
  David Pearson74741
  Darrell Waltrip75762
  David Pearson77782
  Darrell Waltrip7911840
  David Pearson1191191
  Darrell Waltrip1201234
  David Pearson1241252
  Darrell Waltrip1261327
  David Pearson1331331
  Darrell Waltrip1341363
  David Pearson1371459
  Darrell Waltrip14617732
  David Pearson1781781
  Darrell Waltrip1791846
  David Pearson1851873
  Darrell Waltrip18820013

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Cale Yarborough 2812    
2   Dave Marcis 2703   -109  
3   Benny Parsons 2631   -181  
4   Darrell Waltrip 2502   -310  
5   Bobby Allison 2429   -383  
6   Richard Petty 2364   -448  
7   Lennie Pond 2211   -601  
8   Buddy Arrington 2210   -602  
9   Richard Childress 2190   -622  
10   Dick Brooks 2107   -705  
11   D.K. Ulrich 2033   -779  
12   Tighe Scott 1973   -839  
13   Frank Warren 1890   -922  
14   Neil Bonnett 1858   -954  
15   J.D. McDuffie 1841   -971  
16   David Pearson 1712   -1100  
17   Cecil Gordon 1669   -1143  
18   Dick May 1654   -1158  
19   Jimmy Means 1641   -1171  
20   Skip Manning 1616   -1196