OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS

SOUTHERN 500

David Pearson won the 1979 NASCAR WINSTON CUP SERIES Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

TRACK

  • NAME: Darlington Raceway
  • LOCATION: Darlington
  • LENGTH: 1.366 Miles
  • SURFACE: Pavement
  • PURSE: $221,200

RACE

  • NUMBER: 23
  • NAME: Southern 500
  • DATE: 09-03-1979
  • LAPS / MILES: 367 / 501
  • CAUTIONS / LAPS: 9 / 52

WINNER

  • NAME: David Pearson
  • CAR MAKE: Chevrolet
  • AVG SPEED: 126.259
  • START POSITION: 5th
  • LEAD CHANGES: 18
POINTS LAPS
Fin St # Driver Make Sponsor Tot Race Bonus Tot Led Status Money
1 5 2 David Pearson Chevrolet Rod Osterlund 180 175 5 367 74 Running 29,925
2 6 17 Bill Elliott Mercury Kings Inn 175 170 5 365 6 Running 19,235
3 16 44 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Stratagraph 165 165 0 365 0 Running 13,460
4 10 28 Buddy Baker Chevrolet W.I.N. 165 160 5 365 1 Running 7,975
5 13 27 Benny Parsons Chevrolet M.C. Anderson 155 155 0 364 0 Running 8,915
6 19 71 Dave Marcis Chevrolet Shoney's 150 150 0 362 0 Running 5,650
7 8 05 Dick Brooks Chevrolet Dubie Corp. 146 146 0 361 0 Running 4,900
8 14 90 Ricky Rudd Mercury Truxmore 142 142 0 361 0 Running 7,105
9 4 43 Richard Petty Chevrolet STP 138 138 0 361 0 Running 7,800
10 1 15 Bobby Allison Ford Hodgdon / Moore 139 134 5 356 37 Running 10,950
11 3 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet Gatorade 140 130 10 355 165 Running 12,200
12 7 47 Harry Gant Chevrolet Race Hill Farm 127 127 0 352 0 Running 4,100
13 17 40 DK Ulrich Buick U.S. Army 124 124 0 350 0 Running 5,595
14 22 67 Buddy Arrington Dodge Reid Trailer Sales 121 121 0 347 0 Running 5,375
15 12 72 Joe Millikan Chevrolet Appliance Wheels 118 118 0 347 0 Running 7,000
16 24 52 Jimmy Means Chevrolet Mr. Transmission 115 115 0 345 0 Running 5,015
17 21 68 Chuck Bown Buick Kings Mountain Truck Plaza 112 112 0 342 0 Running 3,100
18 38 70 JD McDuffie Chevrolet Bailey Excavating 109 109 0 341 0 Running 4,530
19 11 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet Busch 106 106 0 336 0 Running 8,000
20 33 8 Ed Negre Chrysler Dick Brooks Honda 103 103 0 333 0 Running 2,850
21 30 64 Tommy Gale Ford Sunny King Ford & Honda 100 100 0 332 0 Running 3,845
22 32 79 Frank Warren Dodge Native Tan 97 97 0 331 0 Running 3,585
23 35 45 Baxter Price Chevrolet Iron Peddlers 94 94 0 324 0 Running 3,300
24 28 25 Ronnie Thomas Chevrolet Stone's Cafeteria 91 91 0 310 0 Running 4,215
25 15 19 Lennie Pond Chevrolet Belden Asphalt 88 88 0 281 0 Running 3,280
26 31 24 Cecil Gordon Oldsmobile Gordon Racing 85 85 0 246 0 Running 2,885
27 36 36 HB Bailey Pontiac Almeda Auto Parts 82 82 0 244 0 Overheating 1,825
28 26 9 Jim Vandiver Chevrolet Kings Inn 79 79 0 240 0 Running 1,800
29 25 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet CRC Chemicals 76 76 0 224 0 Engine 2,200
30 20 12 Jack Ingram Oldsmobile Kencoal Mining 73 73 0 206 0 Engine 1,650
31 2 1 Donnie Allison Chevrolet Hawaiian Tropic 75 70 5 195 82 Engine 4,550
32 9 21 Neil Bonnett Mercury Purolator 72 67 5 185 2 Steering 2,150
33 39 10 Billy Smith Ford Tidewater Glass 64 64 0 179 0 Driveshaft 1,575
34 23 65 Dick May Ford Spohn's Body Shop 61 61 0 148 0 Crash 1,450
35 29 30 Tighe Scott Buick Russ Togs 58 58 0 133 0 Crash 2,400
36 18 14 Coo Coo Marlin Chevrolet Cunningham-Kelley 55 55 0 112 0 Engine 1,300
37 40 98 Ralph Jones Ford Ralph Jones 52 52 0 83 0 Engine 1,275
38 27 48 James Hylton Chevrolet Palatine Automotive Parts 49 49 0 46 0 Engine 1,750
39 37 01 Earle Canavan Dodge Earle Canavan 46 46 0 17 0 Oil leak 1,225
40 34 96 Ferrel Harris Ford Will Cronkrite 43 43 0 2 0 Flagged 1,260