1982 Winston Western 500

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1982 Winston Western 500
Race details
Race 30 of 30 in the 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Riverside International Raceway
Riverside International Raceway
Date November 21, 1982 (1982-November-21)
Location Riverside International Raceway (Riverside, California)
Course Permanent racing facility
2.700 mi (4.345 km)
Distance 119 laps, 311.8 mi (501.7 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 59 °F (15 °C); wind speeds up to 2.9 miles per hour (4.7 km/h)[1]
Average speed 99.823 miles per hour (160.650 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates
Most laps led
Driver Tim Richmond Jim Stacy Racing
Laps 92
No. 2
Tim Richmond
Jim Stacy Racing
Television in the United States
Network TBS
Announcers Buddy Baker
Ken Squier

The 1982 Winston Western 500 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event held on November 21, 1982, at Riverside International Raceway in the American community of Riverside, California.


Tim Richmond would defeat Ricky Rudd after more than three hours (119 laps) of racing action in front of 38000 people.[2] Seven seconds would end up separating the winner from the second-place finisher.[2] Darrell Waltrip would qualify for the race with the pole position driving at speeds of up to 114.995 miles per hour (185.067 km/h) in his individual qualifying session.[2] Dale Earnhardt, known to most racing fans as The Intimidator, would end up becoming "intimidated" himself due to a last-place finish on lap 8 due to an oil leak.[2] There would be 42 drivers on the grid; two of them would be Canadian while the other 40 were born in the United States of America.[2] Only one Chevrolet vehicle would participate in the race; driven by Mr. Jim Reich and owned by Mr. Ivan Baldwin.[2]

Other notable drivers at this race were Benny Parsons, Morgan Shepherd, Mark Martin, J.D. McDuffie, and Terry Labonte.[2] Trevor Boys and Derrike Cope would make their introduction into NASCAR during this race while Reich, Jim Lee, and Terry Herman would retire after this race.[3]

While the total purse of the race would be $203,745 in American dollars ($497,910.63 when adjusted for inflation), the winner of the race would receive $24,730 of the purse ($60,435 when adjusted for inflation) while 41st place finisher Kevin Terris would receive a meager $525 of that same amount ($1,282.99 when adjusted for inflation).[4]

Top ten finishers[edit]

  1. 2-Tim Richmond
  2. 3-Ricky Ruddy
  3. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  4. 21-Neil Bonnett
  5. 02-Mark Martin
  6. 47-Ron Bouchard
  7. 55-Benny Parsons
  8. 98-Morgan Shepherd
  9. 90-Jody Ridley
  10. 16-Jim Bown

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Darrell Waltrip 4489
2 Bobby Allison 4417
3 Terry Labonte 4211
4 Harry Gant 3877
5 Richard Petty 3814


  1. ^ Weather information for the 1982 Winston Western 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h 1982 Winston Western 500 information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ 1982 Winston Western 500 information at Race-Database
  4. ^ 1982 Winston Western 500 information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
Preceded by
1982 Atlanta Journal 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1983 Daytona 500
Preceded by
Winston Western 500 races
Succeeded by