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1978 American 500


Race 28 of 30


Rockingham
492 laps
Time of race: 4:15:58
Average speed of winner: 117.288 mph
Margin of victory: 2 laps
Lead changes: 22 among 13 leaders
Cautions: 5 for 52 laps
Lap leaders: Yarborough 1-4, D. Allison 5-16, Yarborough 17-36, Scott 37-39, Hylton 40-49, Waltrip 50-51, Pond 52-56, Waltrip 57-77, Pond 78, Brooks 79, Baker 80-93, Pearson 94-101, Pond 102, Marcis 103-104, McDuffie 105, Petty 106-120, Parsons 121-125, Pond 126-131, Parsons 132-137, Petty 138-140, Yarborough 141-492

Race notes: Finale for Charlie Blanton, Joe Frasson, and Johnny Halford.



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FinishStartDriverCar #SponsorCarOwnerCrew ChiefQualifying SpeedLapsX LedLaps LedStatusMoneyPoints
11Cale Yarborough111st National City Travelers ChecksOldsmobileJohnsonCarter142.0674923376running17310185
24Bobby Allison15Norris IndustriesFordMooreMoore49000running11650170
33Darrell Waltrip88GatoradeChevroletDiGardBuddy Parrott488223running9550170
412Benny Parsons721st National City Travelers ChecksChevroletL.G. DeWittElder486211running7900165
58Dick Brooks90TruxmoreFordDonlavey48611running6050160
611Richard Petty43STPChevroletPettyInman485218running7000155
75Lennie Pond54W.I.N.ChevroletRanierWilson485413running6100151
810Dave Marcis2OsterlundChevroletOsterlundLivengood48412running4200147
921Buddy Arrington67Falls RadiatorDodgeArrington47300running4230138
1024Richard Childress3Kansas JackChevroletChildress47200running4320134
1114Dick May92Duck IndustriesChevroletHagan47100running3560130
1220J.D. McDuffie70Bailey ExcavatingChevroletMcDuffie46811running3240132
1323Jimmy Means52Means RacingChevroletMeans46500running2960124
1413James Hylton48Palatine AutomotiveChevroletHyltonShelmerdine464110running2720126
1526Cecil Gordon24Transmissions UnlimitedChevroletCecil Gordon45900running2510118
1628Frank Warren79Native TanDodgeFrank Warren44800running2250115
1727Gary Myers4Spencer's Baby WearChevroletGary Myers44400running1300112
1818Tommy Gale64Sunny King Ford & HondaFordLangley44400running1865109
1930Baxter Price45Price RacingChevroletBaxter Price44100running1730106
202Donnie Allison1Hawaiian TropicChevroletEllingtonPittman423312driver ill1250108
2117Tighe Scott30Russ TogsChevroletBallard37413spindle1495105
227Buddy Baker27M.C. AndersonChevroletM.C. AndersonIfft324114cylinder head1400102
2325Joe Frasson18Frasson RacingBuickFrasson29300engine77594
2416David Pearson21PurolatorMercuryWood BrothersLeonard Wood28418clutch132596
256Ricky Rudd221st National City Travelers ChecksChevroletAl Rudd26200valve222588
2619Roger Hamby17Hamby/Ellis AutomotiveChevroletHamby21500head gasket120085
2736Bobby Wawak31Jim NorrisChevroletNorris21400engine67582
2833Junior Miller95Miller RoofingChevroletJunior Miller12200withdrew63079
2929Elmo Langley19Belden AsphaltChevroletHenley Gray8800engine112076
3032Johnny Halford87Satterfield HeatingChevroletSatterfield8400engine6100
319Neil Bonnett5Armor-AllChevroletStacy7600engine430070
3234Charlie Blanton59Danny QueenChevrolet5200ignition5900
3322Ronnie Thomas25Louise SmithChevroletDon Robertson3400engine108064
3431Ferrel Harris81L.R. CookChevroletRobert Gee600accident57061
3515Ed Negre8D&D MedialDodgeNegre400engine106058
3635Bill Hollar29Hollar Auto PartsChevroletHollar000withdrew55055

Points standings

RankDriverPointsStartsPolesWinsTop 5sTop 10s
1Cale Yarborough4519286102222
2Darrell Waltrip412328261819
3Dave Marcis408328001323
4Benny Parsons404328231419
5Bobby Allison402728141320
6Richard Petty370828001016
7Lennie Pond359326511118
8Dick Brooks35042800516
9Buddy Arrington3453280017
10Richard Childress33632800112
11J.D. McDuffie3049281016
12Neil Bonnett30162830712
13Tighe Scott3013280007
14Frank Warren2878280000
15Dick May2760260002
16David Pearson264020641111
17Jimmy Means2565250002
18Ronnie Thomas2542250002
19Tommy Gale2457240000
20D.K. Ulrich2452220003
21Baxter Price2418240000
22Cecil Gordon2414240001
23Roger Hamby2360240002
24Buddy Baker1860171037
25James Hylton1850180004

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