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1979 Talladega 500


Race 20 of 31


Talladega
188 laps
Time of race: 3:06:06
Average speed of winner: 161.229 mph
Margin of victory: 62 sec.
Lead changes: 34 among 8 leaders
Cautions: 5 for 28 laps
Lap leaders: Bonnett pole, Pearson 1, Bonnett 2-4, Waltrip 5, Bonnett 6-8, Yarborough 9, Bonnett 10-15, Yarborough 16, Bonnett 17-21, R. Petty 22-25, Yarborough 26-28, Bonnett 29, Yarborough 30, Bonnett 31-51, Yarborough 52, Waltrip 53-58, Pearson 59-62, Bonnett 63, Adcox 64-67, Pearson 68-73, Waltrip 74-81, Pearson 82-83, Yarborough 84, Pearson 85, Yarborough 86, Waltrip 87-90, Yarborough 91-94, Parsons 95-99, Millikan 100, Waltrip 101-108, Yarborough 109, Waltrip 110-129, Adcox 130, Pearson 131-133, Waltrip 134-188

Race notes: Debut for Kyle Petty. Finale for Bob Burcham and Al Holbert.

Video links: Highlights (Part 1), Highlights (Part 2), Highlights (Part 3), Highlights (Part 4)



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FinishStartDriverCar #SponsorCarOwnerCrew ChiefQualifying SpeedLapsX LedLaps LedStatusMoneyPoints
18Darrell Waltrip88GatoradeOldsmobileDiGardBuddy Parrott1887102running32325185
22David Pearson2OsterlundOldsmobileOsterlundElder188617running20925175
311Ricky Rudd90TruxmoreMercuryDonlavey18600running13920165
413Richard Petty43STPOldsmobilePettyInman18614running11475165
525Jody Ridley77Sunny King FordMercuryDonlavey18600running6025155
63Tighe Scott30Russ TogsBuickBallardHyde18600running8000150
721Harry Gant47Race Hill FarmOldsmobileJack Beebe18400running4815146
86Buddy Arrington67RossmeyerDodgeArrington18100running5980142
918Kyle Petty42STPDodgePetty18100running3315138
1020Richard Childress3CRC ChemicalsOldsmobileChildress17900running5520134
1124Dick Brooks05BearfinderOldsmobileMalloch17700running4560130
1222Bill Elliott9Yandle/Thermo-KingMercuryGeorge ElliottElliott17600running2865127
1337Jimmy Means52Mr. TransmissionChevroletMeans17500running4740124
1438Bob Burcham19Belden AsphaltChevroletHenley Gray17200running4480121
1534Rick Newsom20Mars, Inc.OldsmobileNewsom17200running2565118
1610Bruce Hill50Global Heat ExchangeOldsmobileBallard17100engine2465115
1739Steve Moore73Gilbert MooreChevroletGilbert Moore17000running2415112
1831J.D. McDuffie70Bailey ExcavatingChevroletMcDuffie16300running3920109
197Grant Adcox41Adcox-KirbyOldsmobileAdcox16225valve2515111
2030James Hylton48Palatine AutomotiveOldsmobileHylton15900running3510103
2112Benny Parsons27Griffin's MarineOldsmobileM.C. AndersonIfft14615engine3400105
2232Ronnie Thomas25Stone's CafeteriaBuickDon Robertson14300engine396597
239Frank Warren79Native TanDodgeFrank Warren14200running283094
245Cale Yarborough11BuschOldsmobileJohnsonCarter138914engine801596
2526Joe Millikan72Appliance WheelsOldsmobileL.G. DeWitt12011engine661593
2636Baxter Price45Iron PeddlersOldsmobileBaxter Price9500engine267085
2735D.K. Ulrich40UlrichBuickUlrich9200engine260082
2819Bobby Allison15Hodgdon/MooreFordMooreMoore9000engine536579
2933Coo Coo Marlin14Cunningham-KelleyChevroletCunningham-Kelley8700engine159076
3023Donnie Allison1Hawaiian TropicChevroletEllingtonPittman8300valve151573
3114Dave Marcis71Shoney'sChevroletMarcis8300timing chain135070
3240Marty Robbins36Robbins RacingDodgeRobbins7500engine132567
3315Terry Labonte44StratagraphBuickHagan7500engine230064
341Neil Bonnett21PurolatorMercuryWood BrothersLeonard Wood193.60071740engine602566
3516Jack Ingram12KencoalOldsmobileChilders7000clutch125058
3627Tommy Gale64Sunny King Ford & HondaFordLangley5800engine172555
3729Blackie Wangerin39WangerinMercuryWangerin5000oil pressure135052
3817Al Holbert7Holbert Porsche-AudiOldsmobileHolbert4700engine11750
394Buddy Baker28W.I.N., Inc.OldsmobileRanierWilson4100valve175046
4041Cecil Gordon24GordonOldsmobileCecil Gordon4000engine155043
4128Dick May87Fast Lane Ltd.OldsmobileHarvey100oil pressure10500

Points standings

RankDriverPointsStartsPolesWinsTop 5sTop 10s
1Darrell Waltrip324620461516
2Richard Petty301720021516
3Cale Yarborough294620031214
4Bobby Allison292420241113
5Benny Parsons266520101013
6Dale Earnhardt25881911710
7Joe Millikan25642010314
8Richard Childress2390200018
9J.D. McDuffie2377200016
10Buddy Arrington2312200015
11D.K. Ulrich2279200002
12Terry Labonte2255200018
13James Hylton2236190005
14Buddy Baker21711852710
15Frank Warren2096200003
16Ricky Rudd2085170028
17Ronnie Thomas1862190001
18Donnie Allison1750141047
19Cecil Gordon1703170000
20Tommy Gale1683170001
21Dick Brooks1640170015
22Jimmy Means1617170001
23Baxter Price1482150000
24Dave Marcis1456140001
25Harry Gant1418141004

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