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Stock Car Racing 1978

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Stock Car Racing

Stock Car Racing 1978

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1978's Series and Champions
NASCAR National Touring Series Drivers
Race Schedule
NASCAR Winston Cup Points Standings


1978's Series and Champions

SanctionSeriesDrivers' ChampionPoints Standings
NASCARWinston CupCale YarboroughNWC Schedule
NWC Points Standings
ARCAARCA Racing SeriesMarvin Smith
NASCARThe Baby Grand SeriesLarry Hoopaugh


NASCAR National Touring Series Drivers

The Top 25 in Winston Cup points at season's end are in bold.

Grant Adcox, Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Buddy Arrington, Joey Arrington, Bill Baker, Buddy Baker, Walter Ballard, Claude Ballot-Léna, Charlie Blanton, Neil Bonnett, Joe Booher, John Borneman, Chuck Bown, Eddie Bradshaw, Kenny Brightbill, Dick Brooks, Bob Burcham, Earle Canavan, Jimmy Lee Capps, Lynn Carroll, Richard Childress, Bill Dennis, Dave Dion, Dale Earnhardt, Ray Elder, Bill Elliott, Paul Fess, Bobby Fisher, Woody Fisher, AJ Foyt, Joe Frasson, Tommy Gale, Harry Gant, Louis Gatto, Vince Giamformaggio, Cecil Gordon, Harry Goularte, Don Graham, Bill Green, Janet Guthrie, Johnny Halford, Roger Hamby, Ferrel Harris, Butch Hartman, Greg Heller, Bruce Hill, Frank Hill, Al Holbert, Bill Hollar, Ron Hutcherson, James Hylton, Jimmy Insolo, Glenn Jarrett, Gary Johnson, Jerry Jolly, Ralph Jones, John Kennedy, Terry Labonte, Elmo Langley, Mel Larson, Jocko Maggiacomo, Skip Manning, Dave Marcis, Coo Coo Marlin, Sterling Marlin, Dick May, Rick McCray, J.D. McDuffie, Billy McGinnis, Hershel McGriff, Jimmy Means, Joe Mihalic, Junior Miller, Butch Mock, Steve Moore, Rocky Moran, Wayne Morgan, Gary Myers, Ed Negre, Don Noel, Nelson Oswald, Norm Palmer, Benny Parsons, David Pearson, Nestor Peles, Richard Petty, Steve Pfeifer, Lennie Pond, Baxter Price, Don Puskarich, Marty Robbins, Ricky Rudd, Connie Saylor, Bill Schmitt, Tighe Scott, Morgan Shepherd, Jack Simpson, Roy Smith, Sam Sommers, Ernie Stierly, Jim Thirkettle, Jabe Thomas, Ronnie Thomas, Dick Trickle, D.K. Ulrich, John A. Utsman, Jim Vandiver, Chuck Wahl, Darrell Waltrip, Blackie Wangerin, Frank Warren, Richard Waters, Dave Watson, Bobby Wawak, Richard White, Ray Williams, Roland Wlodyka, Satch Worley, Cale Yarborough,


Race Schedule

DateSeriesRaceTrackPoleWinnerWinner's Make
January 22Winston CupWinston Western 500Riverside International RacewayDavid PearsonCale YarboroughOldsmobile
February 19Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayCale YarboroughBobby AllisonFord
February 26Winston CupRichmond 400Richmond International RacewayNeil BonnettBenny ParsonsChevrolet
March 5Winston CupCarolina 500North Carolina SpeedwayNeil BonnettDavid PearsonMercury
March 19Winston CupAtlanta 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayCale YarboroughBobby AllisonFord
April 2Winston CupVolunteer 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayNeil BonnettDarrell WaltripChevrolet
April 9Winston CupRebel 500Darlington RacewayBobby AllisonBenny ParsonsChevrolet
April 16Winston CupGwyn Staley 400North Wilkesboro SpeedwayBenny ParsonsDarrell WaltripChevrolet
April 23Winston CupVirginia 500Martinsville SpeedwayLennie PondDarrell WaltripChevrolet
May 14Winston CupWinston 500Talladega SuperspeedwayCale YarboroughCale YarboroughOldsmobile
May 21Winston CupMason-Dixon 500Dover International SpeedwayBuddy BakerDavid PearsonMercury
May 28Winston CupWorld 600Charlotte Motor SpeedwayDavid PearsonDarrell WaltripChevrolet
June 3Winston CupMusic City 420Nashville SpeedwayLennie PondCale YarboroughOldsmobile
June 11Winston CupNAPA 400Riverside International RacewayDavid PearsonBenny ParsonsChevrolet
June 18Winston CupGabriel 400Michigan International SpeedwayDavid PearsonCale YarboroughOldsmobile
July 4Winston CupFireCracker 400Daytona International SpeedwayCale YarboroughDavid PearsonMercury
July 15Winston CupNashville 420Nashville SpeedwayLennie PondCale YarboroughOldsmobile
July 30Winston CupCoca-Cola 500Pocono RacewayBenny ParsonsDarrell WaltripChevrolet
August 6Winston CupTalladega 500Talladega SuperspeedwayCale YarboroughLennie PondOldsmobile
August 20Winston CupChampion 400Michigan International SpeedwayDavid PearsonDavid PearsonMercury
August 26Winston CupSouthEastern 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayLennie PondCale YarboroughOldsmobile
September 4Winston CupSouthern 500Darlington RacewayDavid PearsonCale YarboroughOldsmobile
September 10Winston CupCapital City 400Richmond International RacewayDarrell WaltripDarrell WaltripChevrolet
September 17Winston CupDelaware 500Dover International SpeedwayJ.D. McDuffieBobby AllisonFord
September 24Winston CupOld Dominion 500Martinsville SpeedwayLennie PondCale YarboroughOldsmobile
October 1Winston CupWilkes 400North Wilkesboro SpeedwayDarrell WaltripCale YarboroughOldsmobile
October 8Winston CupNational 400Charlotte Motor SpeedwayDavid PearsonBobby AllisonFord
October 22Winston CupAmerican 500North Carolina SpeedwayCale YarboroughCale YarboroughOldsmobile
November 5Winston CupDixie 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayCale YarboroughDonnie AllisonChevrolet
November 19Winston CupLos Angeles Times 500Ontario Motor SpeedwayCale YarboroughBobby AllisonFord


NASCAR Winston Cup Points Standings

Pos.DriverPointsBehindStartsPolesWinsTop 5Top 10Winnings
1Cale Yarborough4841Leader308102324$422,980
2Bobby Allison4367-47430151422$293,250
3Darrell Waltrip4362-47930261920$306,470
4Benny Parsons4350-49130231521$255,250
5Dave Marcis4335-50630001424$143,105
6Richard Petty3949-89230001117$196,960
7Lennie Pond3794-104728511119$143,535
8Dick Brooks3769-10723000517$116,870
9Buddy Arrington3626-1215300017$96,240
10Richard Childress3566-12753000112$93,075
11J.D. McDuffie3255-1586301016$75,275
12Neil Bonnett3129-17123030712$148,610
13Tighe Scott3110-1731290007$75,480
14Frank Warren3036-1805300000$58,480
15Dick May2936-1905280002$58,625
16David Pearson2756-208522741111$147,760
17Jimmy Means2756-2085270002$55,170
18Ronnie Thomas*2733-2108270002$59,260
19Cecil Gordon2641-2200260001$47,260
20Tommy Gale2639-2202260000$54,200
21Roger Hamby2617-2224260002$40,565
22D.K. Ulrich2452-2389220003$53,800
23Baxter Price2418-2423240000$35,810
24Buddy Baker2130-2711191048$103,515
25Donnie Allison1993-2848170178$97,435
26James Hylton1965-2876190004$47,295
27Gary Myers1915-2926190000$21,390
28Ed Negre1857-2984210001$28,245
29Skip Manning1802-3039170014$52,820
30Grant Adcox1467-3374140013$35,700
31Ricky Rudd1260-3581130004$49,610
32Bruce Hill1214-3627140002$25,620
33Bill Elliott1176-3665100005$42,065
34Al Holbert1142-3699120003$31,075
35Ferrel Harris1066-3775140005$39,535
36Coo Coo Marlin765-407690002$18,170
37Blackie Wangerin760-4081100000$13,515
38Bobby Wawak680-416180000$5,870
39Terry Labonte659-418250013$20,545
40Ralph Jones634-420770000$6,305
41Janet Guthrie592-424970001$17,120
42Earle Canavan559-428290000$8,740
43Roland Wlodyka549-429260000$9,910
44Dale Earnhardt548-429350012$20,145
45Joe Frasson533-430850000$8,560
46Nelson Oswald501-434060000$2,955
47Joe Mihalic419-442260000$6,030
48Jim Thirkettle389-445230002$6,850
49Jimmy Insolo369-447230002$8,665
50Satch Worley368-447340001$6,205
51John Kennedy350-449150000$2,900
52Bill Schmitt330-451130001$9,430
53Harry Gant325-451650001$14,150
54Connie Saylor318-452330001$9,115
55Richard White308-453330000$4,505
56Chuck Bown301-454040000$3,585
57Rick McCray297-454430000$4,585
58Nestor Peles297-454430000$2,880
59John A. Utsman290-455140000$7,040
60Joe Booher273-456830000$3,205
61Joey Arrington273-456830000$2,790
62John Borneman264-457730000$3,320
63Rocky Moran261-458030000$3,195
64Jimmy Lee Capps258-458330000$3,880
65Dave Dion256-458540000$2,285
66Ray Elder254-458730001$5,305
67Elmo Langley243-459830000$2,765
68Woody Fisher237-460430000$4,145
69Sterling Marlin226-461520001$10,170
70Ron Hutcherson221-462030011$22,420
71Jerry Jolly201-464030000$5,740
72Junior Miller197-464420000$2,110
73Bill Hollar189-465230000$1,360
74Norm Palmer179-466220000$2,100
75Ernie Stierly176-466520000$2,520
76Morgan Shepherd170-467120000$8,115
77Harry Goularte170-467120000$1,975
78Mel Larson140-470120000$2,290
79Roy Smith138-470310001$2,300
80Chuck Wahl134-470720000$1,520
81Jim Vandiver131-471020000$3,530
82Sam Sommers127-471420000$3,190
83Wayne Morgan122-471920000$785
84Hershel McGriff112-472920001$4,490
85Marty Robbins109-473210000$2,240
86Glenn Jarrett103-473810000$2,940
87Jack Simpson97-474410000$1,105
88Don Graham97-474410000$875
89Bob Burcham97-474410000$2,790
90Butch Mock85-475620000$2,390
91Steve Moore82-475910000$1,590
92Don Noel79-476220000$1,765
93Billy McGinnis79-476210000$875
94Vince Giamformaggio76-476510000$805
95Richard Waters76-476510000$265
96Ray Williams76-476510000$1,290
97Walter Ballard73-476810000$505
98Bill Green73-476810000$400
99Don Puskarich70-477110000$700
100Steve Pfeifer67-477410000$955
101Eddie Bradshaw64-477710000$600
102Bill Baker61-478010000$550
103Gary Johnson58-478310000$500
104Louis Gatto58-478310000$500
105Butch Hartman55-478610000$640
106Jocko Maggiacomo52-478910000$815
107Jabe Thomas52-478910000$480
108Bill Dennis52-478910000$1,560
109Dick Trickle46-479510000$910
110Bobby Fisher43-479820000$1,410
111AJ Foyt0-484120011$22,575
112Lynn Carroll0-484110000$650
113Dave Watson0-484110000$1,600
114Claude Ballot-Léna0-484140000$7,770
115Kenny Brightbill0-484110000$1,130
116Paul Fess0-484110000$835
117Greg Heller0-484110000$575
118Johnny Halford0-484110000$610
119Charlie Blanton0-484110000$590
120Frank Hill0-484110000$1,280
*=Rookie



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