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1981 Daytona 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 2 of 31
Sunday, February 15, 1981 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 2:56:50
Average Speed: 169.651 mph
Pole Speed: 194.624 mph
Cautions: 4 for 18 laps
Margin of Victory: 3.5 sec
Attendance: 130,000
Lead changes: 48

Glossary    1981 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
2 128   Bobby Allison Tuf-Lon   (Harry Ranier)Pontiac20084,050running117180
1 843   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick20090,575running27180
33 321   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Ford12310,625clutch2669
4 61   Buddy Baker UNO   (Hoss Ellington)Oldsmobile20035,740running10165
3 588   Ricky Rudd Gatorade   (DiGard)Oldsmobile20053,115running8170
5 72   Dale Earnhardt Wrangler   (Rod Osterlund)Pontiac20037,365running4160
6169   Bill Elliott Mell-Gear   (George Elliott)Ford19930,615running4155
29 916   David Pearson Halpern Enterprises   (Joel Halpern)Chevrolet1444,350engine381
163841   Dick Brooks Matthews Racing   (Billy Matthews)Buick1937,920running1120
72790   Jody Ridley Truxmore / Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Ford19829,665running0146
82927   Cale Yarborough Valvoline   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile19720,325running0142
93475   Joe Millikan RahMoc EnterprisesBuick19721,500running0138
103598   Johnny Rutherford Levi Garrett   (Ron Benfield)Pontiac19517,285running0134
112157   Bill Elswick Performance Boat   (RahMoc Enterprises)Oldsmobile19514,365running0130
123312   Donnie Allison The 5 Racers   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile19512,660running0127
132222   Stan Barrett Skoal Bandit   (Hal Needham)Pontiac19512,870running0124
141393   Don Whittington Smith Racing   (Scott Smith)Oldsmobile19411,585running0121
151571   Dave Marcis Buck Stove / Hudson Transmission   (Dave Marcis)Oldsmobile19413,225running0118
172864   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford19211,835running0112
181719   Ronnie Sanders Home Trend Realty   (Henley Gray)Buick1917,635running0109
192317   Glenn Jarrett Tuf-Lon of Florida   (Roger Hamby)Buick1869,830running0106
203937   Don Sprouse Rogers Auto Leasing   (Bob Rogers)Oldsmobile1815,900running0103
212652   Jimmy Means Broadway Motors   (Jimmy Means)Pontiac1797,425running0100
221423   Geoffrey Bodine Bahre Racing   (Dick Bahre)Pontiac1785,260running097
233147   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Buick1756,375running094
244170   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Pontiac1696,205running091
253786   Elliott Forbes-RobinsonHoward & Egerton   (Richard Howard)Buick1673,835axle088
262067   Buddy Arrington Hills Racing   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge15910,655running085
273268   Lennie Pond Burger King   (Jim Testa)Buick1554,600oil pump082
281925   Ronnie Thomas Thomas Racing   (Ronnie Thomas)Pontiac1515,125clutch079
304099   Tim Richmond UNO   (D.K. Ulrich)Buick1444,690transmission073
31 415   Benny Parsons Melling Tool   (Bud Moore)Ford13513,750overheating070
321142   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Buick1283,755engine067
342548   James Hylton Palatine Auto Parts   (James Hylton)Pontiac1234,530piston061
351051   A.J. Foyt Gilmore / Valvoline   (A.J. Foyt)Oldsmobile1203,750valve058
36 211   Darrell Waltrip Mountain Dew   (Junior Johnson)Buick11720,475engine055
374224   Cecil Gordon Home Craft Homes   (Cecil Gordon)Buick1163,955running052
38183   Richard Childress Wachovia Carpet   (Richard Childress)Pontiac1103,825valve049
39247   Bruce Hill Native Tan   (Nelson Malloch)Buick543,450crash046
401244   Terry Labonte Stratagraph / Apache Stove   (Billy Hagan)Buick478,775engine043
413631   Billie Harvey Graf Lear Jets   (Billie Harvey)Pontiac452,915engine040
423039   Blackie Wangerin Wangerin / Clements   (Blackie Wangerin)Ford172,750crash037

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Steve Moore73Kings InnWillard MooreChevrolet
H.B. Bailey36Almeda Auto PartsH.B. BaileyPontiac
Harry Dinwiddie49Pabst Blue RibbonHarry DinwiddiePontiac
Rick Wilson62Florida Equipment & ServiceRick WilsonOldsmobile
Sal Tovella60Rick JaynesOldsmobile
Tom Sneva5Derby & Co.Buick
John Anderson77Warren FabricatingJohn RebhanOldsmobile
Baxter Price45Price RacingBaxter PriceBuick
Dick May8Dick Brooks HondaNorman NegreDodge
Connie Saylor4MitcoG.C. SpencerOldsmobile
Bobby Wawak94Louise Smith SpecialBobby WawakBuick
Lake Speed66Speed RacingLake SpeedOldsmobile

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bobby Allison133
  Neil Bonnett441
  Bobby Allison551
  Buddy Baker672
  Bobby Allison881
  Neil Bonnett9113
  Bobby Allison12143
  Neil Bonnett15151
  Dale Earnhardt16161
  Neil Bonnett17204
  Ricky Rudd21288
  Bobby Allison29302
  Neil Bonnett31311
  Bobby Allison32365
  Neil Bonnett37382
  Bobby Allison395012
  Dick Brooks51511
  Dale Earnhardt52543
  Bobby Allison55551
  Neil Bonnett56561
  Bobby Allison576913
  Buddy Baker70701
  Neil Bonnett71711
  Bobby Allison72754
  Neil Bonnett76772
  Bobby Allison78836
  Neil Bonnett84852
  Bobby Allison86927
  Bill Elliott93964
  Bobby Allison97993
  Neil Bonnett1001001
  Bobby Allison1011033
  Neil Bonnett1041041
  Buddy Baker1051051
  Neil Bonnett1061072
  Bobby Allison1081092
  Neil Bonnett1101101
  Bobby Allison1111144
  Neil Bonnett1151173
  Bobby Allison11813316
  David Pearson1341363
  Bobby Allison1371426
  Buddy Baker1431453
  Bobby Allison1461549
  Buddy Baker1551551
  Bobby Allison1561649
  Buddy Baker1651662
  Bobby Allison1671737
  Richard Petty17420027

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Bobby Allison 365    
2   Richard Petty 340   -25  
3   Dale Earnhardt 325   -40  
4   Jody Ridley 292   -73  
5   Ricky Rudd 281   -84  
6   Joe Millikan 267   -98  
7   Don Whittington 242   -123  
8   Elliott Forbes-Robinson230   -135  
9   Buddy Arrington 223   -142  
10   Terry Labonte 218   -147  
11   Richard Childress 214   -151  
12   Harry Gant 212   -153  
13   Jimmy Means 209   -156  
14   Dave Marcis 202   -163  
15   James Hylton 191   -174  
16   Benny Parsons 185   -180  
17   J.D. McDuffie 185   -180  
18   Darrell Waltrip 172   -193  
19   Kyle Petty 170   -195  
20   Buddy Baker 165   -200