1978 Capital City 400

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1978 Capital City 400
Race details
Race 23 of 30 in the 1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Richmond International Speedway
Richmond International Speedway
Date September 10, 1978 (1978-September-10)
Location Richmond Fairgrounds (Richmond, Virginia)
Course Permanent racing facility
0.542 mi (0.872 km)
Distance 400 laps, 216.8 mi (348.9 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 95 °F (35 °C); wind speeds up to 17.26 miles per hour (27.78 km/h)[1]
Average speed 79.568 miles per hour (128.052 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Neil Bonnett Osterlund Motorsports
Laps 276
No. 5
Darrell Waltrip
DiGard Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1978 Capital City 400 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place on September 10, 1978, at Richmond Fairgrounds in the American community of Richmond, Virginia.[2][3][4]


Four hundred laps were completed on an oval track spanning 0.546 miles (0.879 km) per lap for a grand total of 216.8 miles (348.9 km) of racing.[2] The race was completed within two hours and forty-three minutes of the first official green flag of the race.[2] Darrell Waltrip would end up defeating Bobby Allison (who drove a 1978 Ford Thunderbird) by only one second.[2][4] Eighteen thousand people were a live witness to five yellow flags being used for twenty-seven laps in addition to 16 lead changes by the drivers.[2] The pole position speed was acquired by Darrell Waltrip's Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a qualifying speed of 91.964 miles per hour (148.002 km/h) during his solo run.[2][4] Meanwhile, the average speed of the actual race would be 79.568 miles per hour (128.052 km/h).[2][4]

Ed Negre would receive the last-place finish for a brake problem acquired on lap 6 of the race.[2][3][4] The top prize of the race was $13,800 ($49,898.27 when adjusted for inflation) while last placed awarded the driver with a meager $300 ($1,084.74 when adjusted for inflation).[2][3][4] Cale Yarborough would retain his lead in the championship points after this race.[2][3] 30 drivers would attend this race; all of them were born in the United States of America.[2]

By 1980, NASCAR had completely stopped tracking the year model of all the vehicles and most teams did not take stock cars to the track under their own power anymore.

Top ten finishers[edit]

  1. 88-Darrell Waltrip
  2. 15-Bobby Allison
  3. 5-Neil Bonnett
  4. 11-Cale Yarborough
  5. 90-Dick Brooks
  6. 72-Benny Parsons
  7. 92-Terry Labonte
  8. 70-J.D. McDuffie
  9. 2-Dave Marcis
  10. 17-Roger Hamby


  • Lap 1: Darrell Waltrip started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 6: Ed Negre abused his vehicle's brakes; causing him to exit the race prematurely
  • Lap 16: Wayne Morgan's vehicle overheated; causing him to leave the race
  • Lap 28: Ferrel Harris' vehicle also overheated; with the same consequences
  • Lap 49: Tighe Scott had a terminal crash; causing him to withdraw from the event
  • Lap 52: Dave Marcis gained the lead from Darrell Waltrip
  • Lap 53: Lennie Pond gained the lead from Dave Marcis
  • Lap 54: Neil Bonnett gained the lead from Lennie Pond
  • Lap 85: The rear end of Dave Dion's vehicle was unserviceable; causing him to leave the race
  • Lap 172: Nelson Oswald's vehicle overheated; ending his day on the track early
  • Lap 182: Darrell Waltrip gained the lead from Neil Bonnett
  • Lap 183: Bobby Allison gained the lead from Darrell Waltrip
  • Lap 184: Darrell Waltrip gained the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 191-394: Neil Bonnett, Richard Petty and Bobby Allison would trade the lead amongst themselves
  • Lap 198: Tommy Gale's engine became problematic; causing him not to finish the race
  • Lap 256: Frank Warren's vehicle had some handling issues; ending his race prematurely
  • Lap 356: Issues with his vehicle's rear end would make Richard Petty humble; settling for a rather embarrassing 20th place "finish"
  • Lap 395: Darrell Waltrip gained the lead from Neil Bonnett; making this the final lead change of the event
  • End of race: Darrell Waltrip won the race

Championship standings[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Cale Yarborough 3692
2 Benny Parsons 3394
3 Dave Marcis 3340
4 Darrell Waltrip 3263
5 Bobby Allison 3176
6 Richard Petty 3074
7 Lennie Pond 2840
8 Buddy Arrington 2839
9 Dick Brooks 2798
10 Richard Childress 2176


  1. ^ "1978 Capital City 400 weather information". Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "1978 Capital City 400 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-07-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d "1978 Capital City 400 racing results". Driver Averages. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "1978 Capital City 400 racing results". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
Preceded by
1978 Southern 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1978 Delaware 500