1980 Coca-Cola 500

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1980 Coca-Cola 500
Race details
Race 19 of 31 in the 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Neil Bonnett in the winner's circle after winning the 1980 Coca-Cola 500
Neil Bonnett in the winner's circle after winning the 1980 Coca-Cola 500
Date July 27, 1980 (1980-July-27)
Location Pocono International Raceway (Long Pond, Pennsylvania)
Course Permanent racing facility
2.500 mi (3.400 km)
Distance 200 laps, 501.0 mi (804 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 79 °F (26 °C); average wind speeds of 6.6 miles per hour (10.6 km/h) with no precipitation reported with 24 hours of the race[1]
Average speed 124.395 miles per hour (200.194 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Time less than 60.000 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Neil Bonnett Wood Brothers Racing
Laps 59
No. 21
Neil Bonnett
Wood Brothers Racing
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Chris Economaki
Jackie Stewart

The 1980 Coca-Cola 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on July 27, 1980, at Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, U.S..[2]


It took four hours and one minute to complete 200 laps; Neil Bonnett defeated Buddy Baker by 6/10ths of a second.[2][3] There were forty American born drivers in the race.[2] Travis Tiller achieved the last-place finish of the race due to a problem in the ignition system during the pace laps of the race.[2] Five cautions were given out for 26 laps while 49 lead changes took place from the green flag to the checkered flag.[2][3] The other drivers who finished in the top ten were: Cale Yarborough, Dale Earnhardt, Harry Gant, Terry Labonte, Kyle Petty, Dave Marcis, Richard Childress (now the owner of Richard Childress Racing), and Ricky Rudd.[2][3] Most of the drivers competed with the Chevrolet marquee.[2]

Kenny Hemphill, Tim Richmond (12th place finish), and Bob Riley would start their NASCAR Cup Series career at this race while Janet Guthrie and Nelson Oswald would make this race into their swan songs.[3] Richard Petty broke his neck as a result of a crash on lap 57.[2][4] Fortunately, he managed to successfully rehab his serious injury. Guthrie would race fast and furiously with the male competitors until her engine failed after 134 laps.[5] Legendary driver and current NASCAR on Fox personality Darrell Waltrip competed in this race; he started in 7th and finished in 26th place in his #88 Chevrolet machine owned by DiGard Motorsports.[2]

20 lead changes were accomplished during the last 58 laps of the race.[3]

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Dale Earnhardt 2902
2 Richard Petty 2758
3 Cale Yarborough 2724
4 Benny Parsons 2627
5 Darrell Waltrip 2574


  1. ^ "1980 Coca-Cola 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "1980 Coca-Cola 500 racing information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "1980 Coca-Cola 500 racing information". Race Database. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  4. ^ "1980 Coca-Cola 500 - Richard Petty Crash". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  5. ^ "POCONO LOOK BACK: 1980 Coca-Cola 500". The Times-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
Preceded by
1980 Busch Nashville 420
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1980 Talladega 500
Preceded by
Coca-Cola 500 races
Succeeded by