OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS

CHAMPION SPARK PLUG 400

Richard Petty won the 1979 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion Spark Plug 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

TRACK

  • NAME: Michigan International Speedway
  • LOCATION: Michigan
  • LENGTH: 2.000 Miles
  • SURFACE: Pavement
  • PURSE: $142,905

RACE

  • NUMBER: 21
  • NAME: Champion Spark Plug 400
  • DATE: 08-19-1979
  • LAPS / MILES: 200 / 400
  • CAUTIONS / LAPS: 5 / 35

WINNER

  • NAME: Richard Petty
  • CAR MAKE: Chevrolet
  • AVG SPEED: 130.376
  • START POSITION: 5th
  • LEAD CHANGES: 21
Finish Start # Driver Make Sponsor Points Laps Led Status Money
1 5 43 Richard Petty Chevrolet STP 180 200 9 Running 21,100
2 11 28 Buddy Baker Chevrolet W.I.N. 180 200 115 Running 12,425
3 6 27 Benny Parsons Chevrolet Melling Tool 165 200 0 Running 12,820
4 1 2 David Pearson Chevrolet Rod Osterlund 160 199 0 Running 10,215
5 20 08 John Anderson Chevrolet Draime Race Engines 155 199 0 Running 4,355
6 7 72 Joe Millikan Chevrolet Appliance Wheels 155 199 8 Running 7,195
7 16 90 Ricky Rudd Mercury Truxmore 146 199 0 Running 5,320
8 28 30 Tighe Scott Buick Russ Togs 142 197 0 Running 4,890
9 15 70 J.D. McDuffie Chevrolet Bailey Excavating 138 197 0 Running 4,670
10 12 3 Richard Childress Oldsmobile CRC Chemicals 134 197 0 Running 4,550
11 13 17 Bill Elliott Mercury Knutsons RV 130 195 0 Running 4,120
12 31 48 James Hylton Chevrolet Palatine Automotive Parts 127 195 0 Running 3,850
13 34 42 Kyle Petty Dodge STP 124 195 0 Running 1,675
14 18 64 Tommy Gale Ford Sunny King Ford & Honda 121 193 0 Running 3,130
15 29 0 John Kennedy Chevrolet Avanti CB 0 188 0 Running 1,490
16 30 79 Frank Warren Dodge Native Tan 115 188 0 Running 2,725
17 8 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet Busch 117 185 3 Engine 6,270
18 35 24 Cecil Gordon Oldsmobile Gordon Racing 109 183 0 Running 2,300
19 10 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet Gatorade 106 173 0 Running 4,775
20 22 67 Buddy Arrington Dodge Hills Racing 103 150 0 Engine 1,965
21 26 45 Baxter Price Oldsmobile Iron Peddlers 100 146 0 Running 1,920
22 19 52 Jimmy Means Chevrolet Mr. Transmission 97 145 0 Running 1,875
23 2 15 Bobby Allison Ford Hodgdon / Moore 99 141 38 Engine 4,935
24 32 25 Ronnie Thomas Chevrolet Stone's Cafeteria 91 131 0 Overheating 2,785
25 9 47 Harry Gant Chevrolet Race Hill Farm 93 129 5 Clutch 875
26 4 44 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Stratagraph 90 108 5 Engine 1,475
27 33 6 Marty Robbins Dodge Marty Robbins 82 96 0 Engine 825
28 17 40 D.K. Ulrich Buick Midwestern Farm Lines 79 85 0 Running 1,300
29 14 05 Dick Brooks Chevrolet Bearfinder 76 81 0 Exhaust 785
30 21 71 Dave Marcis Chevrolet Transmissions Unlimited 73 67 0 Engine 765
31 24 19 Lennie Pond Chevrolet Belden Asphalt 70 57 0 Overheating 1,250
32 23 22 Al Rudd, Jr. Chevrolet Bill Lewis 0 39 0 Clutch 740
33 3 21 Neil Bonnett Mercury Purolator 69 28 17 Ignition 1,405
34 36 01 Earle Canavan Dodge Scope Mount 0 23 0 Engine 720
35 25 36 H.B. Bailey Pontiac Caldwell Knapp Cadillac 58 2 0 Crash 710
36 27 39 Blackie Wangerin Mercury Blackie Wangerin 55 2 0 Crash 700