1979 Texas 400

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1979 Texas 400
Race details
Race 14 of 31 in the 1979 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Texas World Speedway
Texas World Speedway
Date June 9, 1979 (1979-June-09)
Location Texas World Speedway (College Station, Texas)
Course Permanent racing facility
2.000 mi (3.218 km)
Distance 250 laps, 500 mi (804 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 90 °F (32 °C); wind speeds up to 11.8 miles per hour (19.0 km/h)[1]
Average speed 156.216 miles per hour (251.405 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Buddy Baker Ranier Racing
Most laps led
Driver Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports
Laps 155
No. 88
Darrell Waltrip
DiGard Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1979 Texas 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series) race that took place on June 3, 1979, at Texas World Speedway.[2][3]


Two hundred laps took place on an oval track spanning 2.0 miles (3.2 km).[2][3] Darrell Waltrip won the race; beating Bobby Allison by 60 seconds.[2]

Waltrip's overall speed for the race was 156.216 miles per hour (251.405 km/h) while Buddy Baker achieved the pole position for the race with a speed of 167.903 miles per hour (270.214 km/h).[2][3] Total winnings for this race were $161,250 ($523,970.08 in today's money); Darrell would receive $21,750 of the total purse ($70,675.03 in today's money).[2][3] Eleven thousand and five hundred fans would attend this live race with lasted more than two hours and thirty-three minutes.[2][3]

Some of the more notable names to make an appearance here were: Dale Earnhardt, Richard Childress, Cale Yarborough, Terry Labonte, Richard Petty, and J. D. McDuffie.[2][3] While Jim Hurlbert and John Rezek would make their NASCAR Cup Series debut, Billy Hagan would make his grand exit after this race along with three other drivers. Bill Meazel would make his only NASCAR appearance during this event.[4]

Finishing order[edit]

† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased
* Driver failed to finish race


  1. ^ "1979 Texas 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "1979 Texas 400 racing results". Stat Sheet. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "1979 Texas 400 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  4. ^ "Notable events at the 1979 Texas 400". Race Database. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
Preceded by
1979 World 600
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1979 NAPA Riverside 400