1980 Daytona 500

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1980 Daytona 500
Race details[1]
Race 2 of 31 in the 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Date February 17, 1980 (1980-02-17)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Average speed 177.602 miles per hour (285.823 km/h)
Winner
No. 28 Buddy Baker Ranier-Lundy Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS

The 22nd annual Daytona 500 was held February 17, 1980, at Daytona International Speedway. Buddy Baker started the decade by winning the fastest Daytona 500 in history, at 177.602 mph (285.823 km/h), it was Baker's only 500 win and did so in his 18th start, the longest until Dale Earnhardt in 1998.[2] The 1980 Daytona Speedweeks was also marred by the death of Ricky Knotts, who was killed during the Gatorade Twin 125 qualifying races.[3][4] There were 42 cars in the field, after planning to only run 40 cars.

Top ten finishers[edit]

Pos[1] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Winnings Laps led Points
1 1 28 Buddy Baker Oldsmobile 200 $102,475 143 185
2 9 15 Bobby Allison Mercury 200 $54,450 9 175
3 3 21 Neil Bonnett Mercury 199 $51,100 8 170
4 32 2 Dale Earnhardt Oldsmobile 199 $36,350 10 165
5 14 27 Benny Parsons Oldsmobile 197 $32,375 0 155
6 17 44 Terry Labonte Oldsmobile 197 $26,745 0 150
7 2 1 Donnie Allison Oldsmobile 195 $35,160 2 151
8 36 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet 194 $17,180 0 142
9 12 75 Lennie Pond Buick 194 $18,000 0 138
10 27 90 Jody Ridley Mercury 194 $20,305 0 134

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1980 Daytona 500". Racing-Reference.info. 
  2. ^ Aumann, Mark (January 26, 2005). "Daytona Countdown: '80". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  3. ^ "Driver Young dies in crash at Daytona". Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago. February 14, 1987. p. 94. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  4. ^ Holliman, Ray. Desire for success kills Ricky Knotts, St. Petersburg Times, February 15, 1980, Retrieved 2010-06-25
Preceded by
1980 Winston Western 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1980
Succeeded by
1980 Richmond 400