1980 Holly Farms 400

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1980 Holly Farms 400
Race details
Race 26 of 31 in the 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season

Date September 21, 1980 (1980-September-21)
Location North Wilkesboro Speedway (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina)
Course Permanent racing facility
0.625 mi (1.005 km)
Distance 400 laps, 250 mi (402 km)
Weather Temperatures between 68 °F (20 °C) and 89.1 °F (31.7 °C); average wind speeds of 3.5 miles per hour (5.6 km/h)[1]
Average speed 75.51 miles per hour (121.52 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Allison Bud Moore Engineering
Laps 166
No. 15
Bobby Allison
Bud Moore Engineering
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers unknown

The 1980 Holly Farms 400 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on September 21, 1980, at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Its total prize purse was finalized as $105,515 ($302,013.25 when adjusted for inflation); with the winner taking home $17,725 ($50,733.88 when adjusted for inflation).[2]


Just months prior to the race, a new kind of asphalt was placed but did not get a chance to completely solve the disintegration problem.[3] The racetrack developed a slick surface; that made qualifying speeds 2 miles per hour (3.2 km/h) slower and the cars more likely to spin and crash with each other.[3]

Richard Childress, the current owner of Richard Childress Racing, would compete as a driver.[4] There were 30 American-born drivers on the racing grid; no foreigners or women competed in this race.[4] Bobby Allison managed to defeat Darrell Waltrip by half a second after more than three hours of racing.[4] Cale Yarborough would acquire the pole position through driving his qualifying session at an incredible top speed of almost 112 miles per hour (180 km/h).[4] Another Ford vehicle would not win another race until the 1990 Tyson Holly Farms 400.[5] D.K. Ulrich received credit for the last-place finish due to an oil pressure problem on the second lap of this 400-lap race.[4] Nine drivers failed to complete the race; including legends such as J.D. McDuffie, Lake Speed and Lennie Pond.[4] Bub Strickler would retire from NASCAR after this race.[6] Dale Earnhardt would maintain his championship points lead after this event.[6]

Two months after the race, the track was treated again.[3] The disintegration issue managed to solve itself throughout the harsh winter months and was completely prepared for the 1981 season.[3]

Top ten finishers[edit]

  1. 15-Bobby Allison
  2. 88-Darrell Waltrip
  3. 71-Dave Marcis
  4. 47-Harry Gant
  5. 2-Dale Earnhardt
  6. 27-Benny Parsons
  7. 44-Terry Labonte
  8. 53-Slick Johnson
  9. 90-Jody Ridley
  10. 11-Cale Yarborough

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[4]
1 Dale Earnhardt 3847
2 Cale Yarborough 3757
3 Richard Petty 3741
4 Benny Parsons 3708
5 Darrell Waltrip 3662


  1. ^ Weather information for the 1980 Holly Farms 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ Total prize purse for 1980 Holly Farms 400 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  3. ^ a b c d September 21, 1980 Holly Farms 400 at SavetheSpeedway.net
  4. ^ a b c d e f g 1980 Holly Farms 400 racing information at Racing Reference
  5. ^ Ford's next race victory at Google News Archive Search
  6. ^ a b 1980 Holly Farms 400 racing results at Race Database
Preceded by
1980 CRC Chemicals 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1980 Old Dominion 500