1977 Winston 500

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1977 Winston 500
Race details
Race 10 of 30 in the 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Map of the Talladega Superspeedway
Map of the Talladega Superspeedway
Date May 1, 1977 (1977-May-01)
Location Talladega International Motor Speedway (Talladega, Alabama)
Course Permanent racing facility
2.660 mi (4.280 km)
Distance 188 laps, 500.1 mi (804.8 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 84 °F (29 °C); wind speeds up to 11.8 miles per hour (19.0 km/h)[1]
Average speed 164.887 miles per hour (265.360 km/h)
Pole position
Driver A.J. Foyt A.J. Foyt
Most laps led
Driver Donnie Allison Hoss Ellington
Laps 71
No. 88
Darrell Waltrip
DiGard Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier

The 1977 Winston 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place on May 1, 1977, at Alabama International Motor Speedway (now Talladega Superspeedway) in Talladega, Alabama. The tenth of 30 races of the 1977 Winston Cup Grand National season, the Winston 500 started 41 cars.

The race's pole was won by A.J. Foyt, driving a Chevrolet Laguna racecar. His pole speed was 192 miles per hour or 309 kilometres per hour. Benny Parsons qualified second while the race's defending champion Buddy Baker timed in 20th. Darrell Waltrip qualified 11th a month following a breakthrough win in the Rebel 500 at Darlington.


The race was a very competitive event, as the lead changed 63 times among 11 drivers. Donnie Allison, driving a Chevrolet for Hoss Ellington, raced to the lead on the opening lap and would lead 71 laps total. Foyt fell out on Lap 18 when his engine blew and he spun through Turns Three and Four. Richard Petty, who passed seven cars on Lap Six to take the lead, fell out in the final 35 laps with engine failure, while Baker, who passed both Petty and Foyt for the lead on Lap Seven, fell out 90 laps in with engine failure.

Waltrip was leading on the final lap with Allison, Cale Yarborough, and Parsons in his draft; in the first turn Waltrip pinched his Chevy to the bottom lane of Turns One and Two and momentarily broke the draft; Allison caught him on the backstretch but Cale and Parsons blew past; Cale swung high entering Three but was sideswiped by Waltrip and lost just enough momentum that Waltrip cleared and Parsons raced nose to nose with Yarborough all the way to the stripe. The win was Waltrip's second of the 1977 season and second on a superspeedway.

Individual earnings for each driver varied from the winner's portion of $26,875 ($104,592.6 when adjusted for inflation) to the last-place finisher's portion of $1,705 ($6,635.55 when adjusted for inflation). NASCAR allowed the officials to hand out a grand total of $211,405 for all the qualifying drivers ($822,749.72 when adjusted for inflation).[2] Only manual transmission vehicles were allowed to participate in this race; a policy that NASCAR has retained to the present day.

Top ten finishers[3][edit]

  1. Darrell Waltrip – #88
  2. Cale Yarborough – #11
  3. Benny Parsons – #72
  4. Donnie Allison – #1
  5. Dave Marcis – #2
  6. Ron Hutcherson – #36
  7. Dick Brooks – #90
  8. Coo Coo Marlin – #14
  9. Terry Bivins – #80
  10. Sam Sommers – #27

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[3]
1 Cale Yarborough 1725
2 Richard Petty 1558
3 Darrell Waltrip 1502
4 Benny Parsons 1497
5 Buddy Baker 1302


  1. ^ Weather information for the 1977 Winston 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ Winnings information for the 1977 Winston 500 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  3. ^ a b 1977 Winston 500 racing information at Racing Reference
Preceded by
1977 Virginia 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1977 Music City USA 420
Preceded by
1976 Winston 500
Talladega spring race
Succeeded by
1978 Winston 500