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1981 Talladega 500


Race 20 of 31


Talladega
188 laps
Time of race: 3:11:24
Average speed of winner: 156.737 mph
Margin of victory: 2 feet
Lead changes: 39 among 10 leaders
Cautions: 8 for 36 laps
Lap leaders: Gant pole, Allison 1, Gant 2, Bonnett 3-4, Earnhardt 5-7, Bonnett 8-11, Earnhardt 12-13, Allison 14-35, Labonte 36, Bouchard 37, Waltrip 38, Allison 39-49, Yarborough 50-51, Allison 52, Yarborough 53, Allison 54-57, Yarborough 58-60, Balough 61, Allison 62-83, Waltrip 84, Allison 85-92, Waltrip 93-94, Allison 95-96, Waltrip 97-102, Bouchard 103, Speed 104-110, Waltrip 111-114, Labonte 115-120, Bouchard 121-122, Labonte 123, Waltrip 124-139, Bouchard 140, Allison 141-149, Speed 150-152, Labonte 153-154, Gant 155, Allison 156-180, Labonte 181, Waltrip 182-187, Bouchard 188

Race notes: Only win for Ron Bouchard. Debut for Terry Herman. Finale for Sandy Satullo.

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FinishStartDriverCar #SponsorCarOwnerCrew ChiefQualifying SpeedLapsX LedLaps LedStatusMoneyPoints
110Ron Bouchard47Race Hill FarmBuickJack Beebe18856running38905180
213Darrell Waltrip11Mountain DewBuickJohnsonBrewer188736running23000175
34Terry Labonte44StratagraphBuickHaganElder188511running18500170
41Harry Gant33Skoal BanditBuickNeedhamCarter195.89718822running10000165
52Bobby Allison28Hardee'sBuickRanierWilson18810105running17825165
635Lake Speed66Speed Racing TeamBuickSpeed187210running9345155
731Kyle Petty42STPBuickPetty18700running6800146
827Jody Ridley90Truxmore/Sunny King Ford/HondaFordDonlavey18700running7665142
916Stan Barrett22Skoal BanditPontiacNeedham18600running3575138
1014Dave Marcis71Paul Young LeasingBuickMarcis18500running6305134
1118Bill Elliott9Mell-Gear Tuning ComponentsFordGeorge ElliottElliott18500running3200130
1226Elliott Forbes-Robinson86Cal-TexBuickHoward and Egerton18400running3175127
1322Benny Parsons15Melling Tool CompanyFordMooreMoore18400running8450124
1440Terry Herman99Kargas Sports/Jim DavisBuickUlrich18300running55350
1532Dick May19Belden AsphaltBuickHenley Gray18100running2800118
1628Jimmy Means52Broadway MotorsPontiacMeans18000running5200115
1734Cecil Gordon24Gordon RacingBuickCecil Gordon18000running4865112
1837Tommy Gale64Sunny King Ford & HondaFordLangley17700running4605109
1939Bobby Wawak94Louise Smith SpecialBuickWawak17500running2550106
209Rick Wilson62Florida Equipment & ServiceOldsmobileRick Wilson14800accident2625103
2119Rusty Wallace98Levi GarrettPontiacBenfieldBuddy Parrott14700engine2225100
228Joe Ruttman65 Racers Corp.BuickStacy13400brakes217597
2312Ricky Rudd88GatoradeBuickDiGardNelson13300running757594
2411Lennie Pond685 Racers Corp.BuickPond11300rear end207591
2541Gary Balough755 Racers Corp.BuickRahMocRahilly11311engine35700
2617Richard Childress3Ronnie SteelePontiacChildressShelmerdine11100engine355085
2736Mike Potter17Kings Inn DaytonaBuickHamby10000transmission34900
285Cale Yarborough27ValvolineBuickM.C. AndersonIfft8336accident272584
293Dale Earnhardt2Wrangler JeansPontiacStacyRichert8325transmission937581
3030Bruce Hill50Native TanBuickBruce Hill7500engine170073
3138Sandy Satullo38Copper Kettle MarinaBuickSatullo6800engine150070
327Buddy Baker1UNOBuickEllingtonPittman6400engine147567
3329Connie Saylor4Ball Equipment CompanyOldsmobileG.C. Spencer6400rocker arm145064
3433Tim Richmond12UNOBuickChilders5800engine142561
3524Mike Alexander37Rogers Auto LeasingBuickBob Rogers5500engine170058
3615Morgan Shepherd5Performance ConnectionPontiacCliff StewartDarrell Bryant5500engine632555
376Neil Bonnett21PurolatorFordWood BrothersLeonard Wood4126ignition215057
3823Jack Ingram13Carolina Tool & EquipmentFordHawkins2900valve spring132549
3925James Hylton48STPBuickHylton2900vibration300546
4020Richard Petty43STPBuickPettyHmiel1200oil pan665043
4121Buddy Arrington67Hills RacingChryslerArrington1000valve273540
4242Joe Booher25Thomas RacingPontiacRonnie Thomas400engine17000

Points standings

RankDriverPointsStartsPolesWinsTop 5sTop 10s
1Bobby Allison302920241315
2Darrell Waltrip293520571114
3Harry Gant27772010913
4Ricky Rudd266420201012
5Dale Earnhardt26082000711
6Terry Labonte25732020410
7Jody Ridley25662001213
8Richard Petty256220021012
9Benny Parsons2417200299
10Kyle Petty2272200018
11Dave Marcis2216201036
12Buddy Arrington2173200004
13Richard Childress2144200011
14Morgan Shepherd2117181138
15Jimmy Means2116200001
16J.D. McDuffie2041190001
17Tommy Gale1993190000
18Tim Richmond1877180004
19James Hylton1872190000
20Cecil Gordon1753200000
21Lake Speed1701160005
22Ronnie Thomas1492160000
23Cale Yarborough1488122258
24Neil Bonnett1442141034
25Mike Alexander1392150002

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