1982 Virginia National Bank 500

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1982 Virginia National Bank 500
Race details
Race 8 of 30 in the 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Map of the track
Map of the track
Date April 25, 1982 (1982-April-25)
Location Martinsville Speedway (Martinsville, Virginia)
Course Permanent racing facility
0.525 mi (0.844 km)
Distance 500 laps, 262.5 mi (442.4 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 74.8 °F (23.8 °C); wind speeds up to 12.8 miles per hour (20.6 km/h)[1]
Average speed 75.073 miles per hour (120.818 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Terry Labonte Hagan Enterprises
Most laps led
Driver Harry Gant Mach 1 Racing
Laps 167
No. 33
Harry Gant
Mach 1 Racing
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1982 Virginia National Bank 500 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that was set on April 25, 1982, at Martinsville Speedway in the American community of Martinsville, Virginia.


A total starting grid of 31 drivers competed for three and a half hours in this 500-lap racing competition. D.K. Ulrich was involved in a crash on lap 14; leading to his last-place finish. An audience consisting of 36,500 live spectators eventually got to see Harry Gant defeat Butch Lindley by a distance of slightly more than a lap.[2]

The majority of the field was driving Buick vehicles while participating in the event. Terry Labonte and Ricky Rudd would dominate the first one hundred laps of this race while Harry Gant would monopolize the closing laps of this race with an outstanding 144-lap lead over everyone else. Joe Ruttman would become the lowest finishing driver to complete the race; albeit more than 50 laps behind the only driver on the lead lap, who was Harry Gant.[2] This would be his first victory ever in the NASCAR Cup Series.[3]

The pole position earned was Terry Labonte with his amazing solo qualifying speed of 89.998 miles per hour (144.838 km/h); actual racing speeds for this event averaged around 75.073 miles per hour (120.818 km/h).[2] National sponsors for this race included: Piedmont Airlines, Mountain Dew, Food Country USA, Gatorade and Wrangler Jeans.[2] Winnings for this event ranged from the winner's share of $26,795 ($65,481.44 when adjusted for inflation) to the last-place finisher's share of $1,300 ($3,176.93 when adjusted for inflation). The overall prize purse for this racing event added up to $170,500 ($416,666.72 when adjusted for inflation).[4]

Top ten finishers[edit]

  1. 33-Harry Gant
  2. 01-Butch Lindley
  3. 21-Neil Bonnett
  4. 3-Ricky Rudd
  5. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  6. 71-Dave Marcis
  7. 02-Mark Martin
  8. 67-Buddy Arrington
  9. 40-Jimmy Hensley
  10. 48-Slick Johnson

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Terry Labonte 1235
2 Darrell Waltrip 1155
3 Benny Parsons 1134
4 Harry Gant 1122
5 Bobby Allison 1069


Preceded by
1982 Northwest Bank 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1982 Winston 500