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Stock Car Racing 1979

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Stock Car Racing

Stock Car Racing 1979

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1979's Series and Champions
NASCAR National Touring Series Drivers
Race Schedule
NASCAR Winston Cup Points Standings
The 1979 Winston Cup season would be a symbolic change of eras, as the first 7-time Grand National/Cup Champion Richard Petty would win his final championship while Dale Earnhardt, the second 7-time Cup champion won Rookie of the Year in his first full-time season, finishing 7th place overall in points, one position ahead of his future employer, Richard Childress.  NASCAR would also begin the transition from southern regional sport to one of America's most popular sporting events nationally with the first flag-to-flag coverage of a NASCAR race, the 1979 Daytona 500.

1979's Series and Champions

SanctionSeriesDrivers' ChampionPoints Standings
NASCARWinston CupRichard PettyNWC 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, John Anderson, Buddy Arrington, Joey Arrington, H.B. Bailey, Buddy Baker, Claude Ballot-Léna, Gary Balough, Darrell Basham, Geoff Bodine, Neil Bonnett, John Borneman, Chuck Bown, Bobby Brack, Richard Brickhouse, Dick Brooks, Earl Brooks, Wayne Broome, Bob Burcham, Hal Callentine, Earle Canavan, Richard Childress, Keith Davis, Bill Dennis, Dave Dion, Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Al Elmore, Bill Elswick, Paul Fess, Joe Fields, Jimmy Finger, Bobby Fisher, AJ Foyt, Tommy Gale, Harry Gant, Louis Gatto, Vince Giamformaggio, Cecil Gordon, Harry Goularte, Don Graham, Steve Gray, Bill Green, Billy Hagan, Ed Hale, Jeff Halverson, Roger Hamby, Ferrel Harris, Butch Hartman, John Haver, Bruce Hill, Jimmy Hindman, Al Holbert, Bill Hollar, Kevin Housby, James Hurlbert, Ron Hutcherson, James Hylton, Jack Ingram, Jimmy Insolo, Larry Isley, Glenn Jarrett, Slick Johnson, Jerry Jolly, Henry Jones, Ralph Jones, Mike Kempton, Terry Labonte, John Kennedy, Dick Kranzler, Elmo Langley, Butch Lindley, Jocko Maggiacomo, Skip Manning, Dave Marcis, Coo Coo Marlin, Sterling Marlin, Dick May, Rick McCray, J.D. McDuffie, Jimmy Means, Bill Meazel, Joe Millikan, Butch Mock, Chris Monoleos, Steve Moore, Ed Negre, Rick Newsom, Don Noel, Randy Ogden, Nelson Oswald, Norm Palmer, Benny Parsons, David Pearson, Nestor Peles, Steve Peles, Kyle Petty, Richard Petty, Steve Pfeifer, Lennie Pond, Mike Potter, Baxter Price, Don Puskarich, Melvin Revis, John Rezek, Jody Ridley, Marty Robbins, Jim Robinson, Al Rudd Jr., Ricky Rudd, Sandy Satullo, Connie Saylor, Bill Schmitt, Tighe Scott, Bill Seifert, Ernie Shaw, Buck Simmons, Billy Smith, Freddy Smith, Roy Smith, David Sosebee, Steve Spencer, Bub Strickler, Robert Tartaglia, Jim Thirkettle, Ronnie Thomas, Travis Tiller, D.K. Ulrich, John A. Utsman, Jim Vandiver, Darrell Waltrip, Blackie Wangerin, Frank Warren, Wayne Watercutter, Dave Watson, Bobby Wawak, Dick Whalen, Richard White, Tim Williamson, Cale Yarborough


Race Schedule

DateSeriesRaceTrackPoleWinnerWinner's Make
January 14Winston CupWinston Western 500Riverside International RacewayDavid PearsonDarrell WaltripChevrolet
February 18Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayBuddy BakerRichard PettyOldsmobile
March 4Winston CupCarolina 500North Carolina Motor SpeedwayBobby AllisonBobby AllisonFord
March 11Winston CupRichmond 400Richmond International RacewayBobby AllisonCale YarboroughOldsmobile
March 18Winston CupAtlanta 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayBuddy BakerBuddy BakerOldsmobile
March 25Winston CupNorthwestern Bank 400North Wilkesboro SpeedwayBenny ParsonsBobby AllisonFord
April 1Winston CupVolunteer 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayBuddy BakerDale EarnhardtChevrolet
April 8Winston CupCRC Rebel 500Darlington RacewayDonnie AllisonDarrell WaltripChevrolet
April 22Winston CupVirginia 500Martinsville SpeedwayDarrell WaltripRichard PettyChevrolet
May 6Winston CupWinston 500Talladega SuperspeedwayDarrell WaltripBobby AllisonFord
May 12Winston CupMusic City 420Nashville International RacewayJoe MillikanCale YarboroughOldsmobile
May 20Winston CupMason-Dixon 500Dover International SpeedwayDarrell WaltripNeil BonnettMercury
May 27Winston CupWorld 600Charlotte Motor SpeedwayNeil BonnettDarrell WaltripChevrolet
June 3Winston CupTexas 400Texas World SpeedwayBuddy BakerDarrell WaltripChevrolet
June 10Winston CupNAPA 400Riverside International RacewayDale EarnhardtBobby AllisonFord
June 17Winston CupGabriel 400Michigan International SpeedwayNeil BonnettBuddy BakerChevrolet
July 4Winston CupFireCracker 400Daytona International SpeedwayBuddy BakerNeil BonnettMercury
July 14Winston CupBusch Nashville 420Nashville International RacewayDarrell WaltripDarrell WaltripChevrolet
July 30Winston CupCoca-Cola 500Pocono RacewayHarry GantCale YarboroughChevrolet
August 5Winston CupTalladega 500Talladega SuperspeedwayNeil BonnettDarrell WaltripOldsmobile
August 19Winston CupChampion 400Michigan International SpeedwayDavid PearsonRichard PettyChevrolet
August 25Winston CupSouthEastern 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayRichard PettyDarrell WaltripChevrolet
September 3Winston CupSouthern 500Darlington RacewayBobby AllisonDavid PearsonChevrolet
September 9Winston CupCapital City 400Richmond International RacewayDale EarnhardtBobby AllisonFord
September 16Winston CupCRC Chemicals 500Dover International SpeedwayDale EarnhardtRichard PettyChevrolet
September 23Winston CupOld Dominion 500Martinsville SpeedwayDarrell WaltripBuddy BakerChevrolet
October 7Winston CupNAPA 500Charlotte Motor SpeedwayNeil BonnettCale YarboroughChevrolet
October 14Winston CupHolly Farms 400North Wilkesboro SpeedwayDale EarnhardtBenny ParsonsChevrolet
October 21Winston CupAmerican 500North Carolina Motor SpeedwayBuddy BakerRichard PettyChevrolet
November 4Winston CupDixie 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayBuddy BakerNeil BonnettMercury
November 18Winston CupLos Angeles Times 500Ontario Motor SpeedwayCale YarboroughBenny ParsonsChevrolet


NASCAR Winston Cup Points Standings

Pos.DriverPointsBehindStartsPolesWinsTop 5Top 10Winnings
1Richard Petty4830Leader31152327$416,650
2Darrell Waltrip4819-1131571922$450,870
3Bobby Allison4633-19731351822$362,825
4Cale Yarborough4604-22631141922$379,515
5Benny Parsons4256-57431121621$207,680
6Joe Millikan4014-8163110520$199,460
7Dale Earnhardt3749-108127411117$237,575
8Richard Childress3735-10953100111$111,415
9Ricky Rudd3642-11882800417$135,605
10Terry Labonte3615-12153100213$119,860
11Buddy Arrington3589-1241310017$118,390
12D.K. Ulrich3508-1322310005$99,985
13J.D. McDuffie3473-1357310017$89,885
14James Hylton3405-1425300005$85,485
15Buddy Baker3249-158126731215$255,455
16Frank Warren3199-1631310003$87,410
17Ronnie Thomas2912-1918300003$92,950
18Tommy Gale2795-2035280001$65,680
19Cecil Gordon2737-2093280000$62,210
20Dave Marcis2736-2094250016$48,305
21Harry Gant2664-2166251005$46,435
22Dick Brooks2622-2208260018$61,235
23Jimmy Means2575-2255270001$54,730
24Donnie Allison2508-23222010710$142,620
25Baxter Price2364-2466240000$44,415
26Neil Bonnett2223-2607214346$140,735
27Tighe Scott1879-2951170017$87,260
28Bill Elliott1548-3282130015$56,580
29Lennie Pond1415-3415150002$31,220
30Dick May1390-3440200000$25,595
31Roger Hamby1231-3599130000$21,000
32David Pearson1203-362792145$87,680
33Coo Coo Marlin613-421770002$27,540
34Bruce Hill594-423670000$17,260
35Blackie Wangerin571-425970000$14,300
36Grant Adcox560-427060000$15,290
37Kyle Petty559-427150001$10,810
38Chuck Bown523-430770002$31,380
39John Anderson496-433440011$11,210
40Ralph Jones477-435360000$12,785
41Earle Canavan456-437470000$6,675
42Slick Johnson431-439940001$5,360
43Nelson Oswald431-439960000$3,610
44Dave Watson413-441740001$7,170
45Al Holbert402-442860001$14,170
46Bobby Wawak376-445440000$7,295
47Jody Ridley374-445630012$11,245
48Bill Hollar371-445950000$2,545
49Rick Newsom355-447540000$5,530
50Bill Schmitt342-448830011$11,695
51Ed Negre336-449430000$11,215
52John Kennedy322-450850000$4,515
53Tim Williamson320-451030001$5,580
54Richard White264-456630000$4,180
55Jimmy Insolo258-457230000$6,905
56H.B. Bailey255-457540000$5,835
57Jim Robinson240-459030000$3,005
58Henry Jones237-459330000$1,160
59Steve Spencer230-460020000$2,270
60Travis Tiller229-460150000$5,065
61Jim Vandiver225-460540000$8,015
62Bill Elswick221-460930000$3,400
63Jack Ingram219-461140000$4,240
64Jimmy Finger213-461730000$5,020
65Wayne Watercutter212-461830000$2,380
66Bob Burcham212-461820000$6,565
67John Rezek209-462140000$5,035
68Mike Potter209-462140000$3,165
69Marty Robbins207-462330000$3,120
70Steve Peles203-462720000$2,180
71Bill Dennis200-463020000$12,675
72Buck Simmons197-463320000$3,025
73Dave Dion191-463920000$1,265
74Mike Kempton185-464520000$1,605
75Vince Giamformaggio176-465420000$4,295
76Connie Saylor170-466020000$4,435
77Paul Fess164-466620000$4,860
78Sandy Satullo155-467520000$2,360
79David Sosebee146-468430000$2,910
80Jim Thirkettle142-468810001$2,450
81Norm Palmer142-468810001$2,500
82Geoff Bodine139-469130000$4,820
83Louis Gatto137-469320000$1,445
84Elmo Langley137-469320000$1,600
85Steve Pfeifer134-469630000$4,220
86Sterling Marlin123-470710000$505
87Butch Hartman121-470910000$2,225
88Al Elmore118-471210000$1,155
89Ed Hale118-471210000$2,155
90Gary Balough116-471430000$6,015
91Keith Davis116-471420000$2,310
92Skip Manning116-471420000$5,880
93Kevin Housby115-471510000$3,190
94Ernie Shaw115-471510000$625
95Billy Hagan112-471810000$3,280
96Steve Moore112-471810000$2,415
97Dick Whalen106-472410000$950
98Nestor Peles106-472410000$1,000
99Joe Fields103-472710000$1,385
100John Borneman103-472710000$1,315
101Roy Smith100-473010000$2,690
102Don Graham97-473310000$1,495
103Jerry Jolly97-473310000$2,440
104Larry Isley97-473310000$925
105Hal Callentine94-473620000$2,975
106Harry Goularte94-473610000$1,460
107James Hurlbert91-473910000$1,400
108Robert Tartaglia91-473910000$1,175
109Jocko Maggiacomo91-473910000$1,105
110Joey Arrington85-474510000$650
111Rick McCray82-474810000$750
112Don Puskarich79-475110000$855
113John A. Utsman79-475110000$2,850
114Butch Lindley79-475110000$570
115Dick Kranzler76-475410000$700
116Wayne Broome73-475720000$2,595
117Don Noel70-476010000$700
118Bobby Fisher70-476010000$1,465
119Glenn Jarrett67-476320000$2,745
120Bill Meazel67-476310000$1,000
121Billy Smith64-476610000$1,575
122Bobby Brack63-476710000$930
123Chris Monoleos61-476910000$550
124Bill Seifert55-477510000$960
125Jeff Halverson55-477510000$490
126Bub Strickler55-477510000$550
127Butch Mock46-478410000$2,165
128Steve Gray46-478410000$1,305
129Richard Brickhouse46-478410000$870
130AJ Foyt0-483020012$41,690
131Freddy Smith0-483020000$2,950
132Darrell Basham0-483010000$385
133Claude Ballot-Léna0-483020000$2,080
134Earl Brooks0-483010000$405
135Randy Ogden0-483030000$2,465
136Melvin Revis0-483010000$410
137Jimmy Hindman0-483010000$350
138Al Rudd, Jr.0-483010000$740
139John Haver0-483010000$950
140Bill Green0-483010000$980
141Ferrel Harris0-483010000$1,260
142Ron Hutcherson0-483010000$1,165




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