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1979 Firecracker 400


Race 17 of 31


Daytona
160 laps
Time of race: 2:18:49
Average speed of winner: 172.890 mph
Margin of victory: 1 sec.
Lead changes: 28 among 8 leaders
Cautions: 2 for 11 laps
Lap leaders: Baker 1-3, Waltrip 4-5, Baker 6-7, Waltrip 8-14, Baker 15-17, Waltrip 18, Baker 19, Waltrip 20, Hylton 21, Foyt 22-24, Waltrip 25-28, Baker 29-30, Waltrip 31-34, Baker 35, Waltrip 36, Baker 37, Waltrip 38-47, Baker 48, Waltrip 49, Baker 50-51, Waltrip 52-57, Parsons 58, Petty 59-60, Waltrip 61-77, Bonnett 78-91, Earnhardt 92, Bonnett 93-127, Parsons 128-132, Bonnett 133-160

Race notes: Finale for Claude Ballot-Léna.

Video links: Finish



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FinishStartDriverCar #SponsorCarOwnerCrew ChiefQualifying SpeedLapsX LedLaps LedStatusMoneyPoints
12Neil Bonnett21PurolatorMercuryWood BrothersLeonard Wood160377running21705185
23Benny Parsons27Griffin's MarineOldsmobileM.C. AndersonIfft16026running16875175
321Dale Earnhardt2OsterlundOldsmobileOsterlundElder16011running14980170
46Darrell Waltrip88GatoradeOldsmobileDiGardBuddy Parrott1591154running12280165
511Richard Petty43STPOldsmobilePettyInman15812running9480160
612Chuck Bown68King Mountain TruckBuickTesta15700running4990150
715Harry Gant47Race Hill FarmOldsmobileJack Beebe15700running4240146
824Joe Millikan72Appliance WheelsOldsmobileL.G. DeWitt15600running7540142
937Dick Brooks05Sub-TropicOldsmobileMalloch15600running5575138
108A.J. Foyt51ValvolineOldsmobileFoyt15613running31400
1127Bill Elliott9Yandle/Thermo-KingMercuryGeorge ElliottElliott15600running2960130
1223Donnie Allison1Hawaiian TropicChevroletEllingtonPittman15500running2935127
1319Ricky Rudd90TruxmoreMercuryDonlavey15500running5075124
149Tighe Scott30Russ TogsBuickBallardHyde15400running4865121
157Buddy Arrington67RossmeyerDodgeArrington15400running4555118
1626Gary Balough87Fast Lane Ltd.OldsmobileHarvey15400running17500
1722Dave Marcis71Shoney'sChevroletMarcis15100running3635112
1835D.K. Ulrich40U.S. ArmyBuickUlrich15100running3775109
1930James Hylton48Palatine AutomotiveChevroletHylton15111running3415111
205Cale Yarborough11BuschOldsmobileJohnsonCarter14900running6960103
2132J.D. McDuffie70Bailey ExcavatingChevroletMcDuffie14600running2855100
2238Jimmy Means52Mr. TransmissionChevroletMeans14600running264597
2340Rick Newsom20MarsOldsmobileNewsom14500running141094
2433Blackie Wangerin39WangerinMercuryWangerin14400tire138591
2528Coo Coo Marlin14Cunningham-KelleyChevroletCunningham-Kelley13800engine136088
2617Roger Hamby17Kings InnOldsmobileHamby13700running226085
2736Tommy Gale64Sunny King Ford & HondaFordLangley12100rear end222582
2813Lennie Pond12KencoalOldsmobileChilders10500engine128579
2910Terry Labonte44StratagraphBuickHagan8900accident216576
3020Bobby Allison15Hodgdon/MooreFordMooreMoore8900accident492573
3131Claude Ballot-Léna6Lady & SonOldsmobileG.C. Spencer8300engine11300
3218Al Holbert7Holbert Porsche-AudiChevroletHolbert8200spindle8950
334Grant Adcox41Adcox-KirbyOldsmobileAdcox8100engine118064
341Buddy Baker28SpectraOldsmobileRanierWilson193.19657916ignition425566
3541Cecil Gordon24GordonOldsmobileCecil Gordon5000valve191558
3639Travis Tiller46Ring EnterprisesDodgeTiller4600valve102555
3716Richard Childress3CRC ChemicalsOldsmobileChildress2800piston152052
3829Sandy Satullo38Copper Kettle MarinaBuickSatullo1800accident101549
3934Jimmy Finger32Vita Fresh/Pharis ChevyBuickBierschwale1700accident101046
4014Frank Warren79Native TanDodgeFrank Warren700engine150543
4125Bruce Hill50Global Heat ExchangeBuickBallard100engine103040

Points standings

RankDriverPointsStartsPolesWinsTop 5sTop 10s
1Darrell Waltrip272017341313
2Bobby Allison258717241112
3Richard Petty252217021213
4Cale Yarborough250017021012
5Dale Earnhardt2342171169
6Benny Parsons22401710811
7Joe Millikan22211710313
8Terry Labonte2009170018
9J.D. McDuffie2002170015
10Richard Childress1983170016
11D.K. Ulrich1973170002
12Buddy Arrington1961170014
13Buddy Baker1955165269
14James Hylton1919160004
15Frank Warren1775170003
16Ricky Rudd1765150006
17Donnie Allison1677131047
18Ronnie Thomas1506160000
19Tommy Gale1437140001
20Cecil Gordon1421140000
21Dave Marcis1386130001
22Dick Brooks1301140015
23Jimmy Means1244140000
24Baxter Price1218120000
25Neil Bonnett1169112233

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