1980 CRC Chemicals 500

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1980 CRC Chemicals 500
Race details
Race 25 of 31 in the 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Dover International Speedway
Layout of Dover International Speedway
Date September 14, 1980; 34 years ago (1980-09-14)
Location Dover International Speedway (Dover, Delaware)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.000 mi (1.609 km)
Distance 500 laps, 500.0 mi (804.6 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 88 °F (31 °C); wind speeds up to 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)[1]
Average speed 116.024 miles per hour (186.723 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Most laps led
Driver Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports
Laps 264
No. 88
Darrell Waltrip
DiGard Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1980 CRC Chemicals 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on September 14, 1980, at Dover Downs International Speedway (Dover, Delaware).[2]


Twenty-nine lead changes were noticed amongst 11 different drivers.[3]

A combination of racing veterans and relative newcomers to the sport made the 1980 NASCAR Cup Series racing amongst the closest ever seen within the 1970s and 1980s decades.[4] The 1980 NASCAR season was also a rare period in time where the "little teams" could compete almost on a completely equal level against the "big organizations" of stock car racing.[4] Today, independent organizations like NEMCO Motorsports and Robby Gordon Motorsports have a very harsh degree of difficulty to overcome when trying to overtake powerhouses like Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, and Joe Gibbs Racing. The approximate time it took to complete the race was four hours and fourteen minutes using 500 laps of racing.[2][3] Eight yellow flags were given out for 39 laps while Darrell Waltrip defeated Harry Gant[5][6] by almost ½ of a second.[2][3] The attendance for this paved oval track race was 35,500 live audience members.[2][6] Waltrip would earn $22,900 just by winning this race ($65,546.16 when adjusted for inflation).[4]

Frank Warren would retire from NASCAR after this race along with Eddie Dickerson.[3] Meanwhile, John Callis and Joel Stowe used this racing event to make their respective NASCAR debuts.[3] Steve Gray was the last-place driver with a head gasket incident; earning only a meager prize amount of $450 for his 35 laps of racing ($1,288.03 when adjusted for inflation).[2] Speeds for this race were: 116.024 miles per hour (186.723 km/h) as the average racing speed[6] and 137.583 miles per hour (221.418 km/h) for the pole position winner Cale Yarborough.[2] This would be one of the few races where Bobby Allison didn't win at the track that is now known as Dover International Speedway.[2] Dale Earnhardt would have the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship after this race.[7] This would eventually lead to his 1980 NASCAR championship.[8]

Top ten finishers[edit]

  1. Darrell Waltrip – #88
  2. Harry Gant – #47
  3. Buddy Baker – #28
  4. Cale Yarborough – #11
  5. Benny Parsons – #27
  6. Neil Bonnett – #21
  7. Donnie Allison – #12
  8. Lennie Pond – #68
  9. Jody Ridley – #90
  10. Ronnie Thomas – #25

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Dale Earnhardt 3692
2 Richard Petty 3632
3 Cale Yarborough 3618
4 Benny Parsons 3558
5 Darrell Waltrip 3487


  1. ^ "1980 CRC Chemicals 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "1980 CRC Chemicals 500 racing information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "People entering/exiting NSACAR after the 1980 CRC Chemicals 500 race w/ other information". Race Database. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "General summary of the 1980 NASCAR Cup Series season" (PDF). Dover Speedway. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  5. ^ "1980 CRC Chemicals 500 racing information (second reference)". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  6. ^ a b c "1980 CRC Chemicals 500 racing information (third reference)". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Dale Earnhardt's championship hopes". Driver Averages. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Dale Earnhardt's 1980 Championship Win". Driver Averages. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
Preceded by
1980 Capital City 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1980 Holly Farms 400