1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

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1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
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The 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series began on Sunday, January 13 and ended on Sunday, November 15. Dale Earnhardt won his first Winston Cup championship, winning by 19 points over Cale Yarborough. Jody Ridley was crowned NASCAR Rookie of the Year.

1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Drivers[edit]

Team Make # Driver Sponsor Car Owner Crew Chief
Darn Racing Dodge Magnum 67 Buddy Arrington Reid Trailer Sales Buddy Daen
Ballard Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 30 Tighe Scott Russ Togs Walter Ballard Harry Hyde
Bud Moore Engineering Ford Thunderbird 15 Bobby Allison Mike Curb
Bud Moore
DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 88 Darrell Waltrip Gatorade Bill Gardner Buddy Parrott
Jake Elder
Donlavey Racing Ford Thunderbird 90 Jody Ridley Truxmore
Sunny King
Ellington Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Oldsmobile Cutlass
1 David Pearson Hawaiian Tropic Hoss Ellington Runt Pittman
Bill Elliott Racing Mercury Montego 9 Bill Elliott11 Melling Timing Components Bill Elliott Ernie Elliott
Gordon Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 24 Cecil Gordon Boston Texaco Cecil Gordon
Gray Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 19 John Anderson (R) Belden Asphalt Henley Gray
Hagan Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 44 Terry Labonte Apache Stoves Billy Hagan
Hamby Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 17 Roger Hamby Days Inn Daytona Roger Haɰmby
Hollar Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 99 Dick May Hollar Auto Parts Bill Hollar
Hylton Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 48 James Hylton Parts James Hylton
Johnson Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 53 Slick Johnson Johnson Racing J.D. Johnson
Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet Monte Carlo 11 Cale Yarborough Busch Junior Johnson Travis Carter
Junior Miller Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 79 Junior Miller Miller RoofΠing Junior Miller
Kennie Childers Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12 Donnie Allison Ramey's Chevy City Kennie Childers
Langley Racing Ford 64 Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda Elmo Xey
M.C. Anderson Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 27 Benny Parsons Melling Tool M.C. Anderson David Ifft
Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 71 Dave Marcis Buck Stove
Hudson Transmissions
Dave Marcis
McDuffie Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 70 J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating J.D. McDuffie
Means Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 52 Jimmy Means Thompson Industries Jimmy Means
Nelson Malloch Racing Ford Thunderbird 7 Dick Brooks
Ricky Rudd
Lake Speed
Sanyo Nelson Malloch
Osterlund Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2 Dale Earnhardt Mike Curb
Rod Osterlund Jake Elder
Doug Richert
Petty Enterprises Chevrolet Monte Carlo 42 Kyle Petty16 STP Richard Petty Maurice Petty
43 Richard Petty Dale Inman
Price Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 45 Baxter Price Iron Peddlers Baxter Price
Race Hill Farm Team Chevrolet Monte Carlo 47 Harry Gant Race Hill Farm Jack Beebe
RahMoc Enterprises Chevrolet Monte Carlo 75 Bill Elswick
Joe Millikan
RahMoc Enterprises Bob Rahilly Bob Rahilly
Ranier-Lundy Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 28 Buddy Baker NAPA Harry Ranier Waddell Wilson
Buddy Parrott
RCR Chevrolet Monte Carlo 3 Richard Childress CRC Chemicals Richard Childress
Robertson Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 25 Ronnie Thomas Stone's Cafeteria Don Robertson
Speed Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 66 Lake Speed (R) Speed Racing Lake Speed
Testa Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 68 Lennie Pond King Mountain Truck Plaza Jim Testa
Ulrich Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 40 D.K. Ulrich Ulrich Racing D.K. Ulrich
Wawak Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Buick Century
74 Bobby Wawak Wawak Racing Bobby Wawak
Wood Brothers Racing Ford Montego 21 Neil Bonnett Purolator Glen Wood Leonard Wood

Season recap[edit]

Race # Date Event Circuit Winner
January 13
January 19
Winston Western 500 Riverside International Raceway Darrell Waltrip
February 10 Busch Clash Daytona International Speedway Dale Earnhardt
1 February 17 Daytona 500 Buddy Baker
2 February 24 Richmond 400 Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway Darrell Waltrip
3 March 9 Carolina 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway Cale Yarborough
4 March 16 Atlanta 500 Atlanta International Raceway Dale Earnhardt
5 March 30 Valleydale Southeastern 400 Bristol International Raceway Dale Earnhardt
6 April 13 CRC Rebel 500 Darlington International Raceway David Pearson
7 April 20 Northwestern Bank 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway Richard Petty
8 April 27 Virginia 500 Martinsville Speedway Darrell Waltrip
9 May 4 Winston 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway Buddy Baker
10 May 10 Music City 420 Nashville Speedway Richard Petty
11 May 18 Mason-Dixon 500 Dover Downs International Speedway Bobby Allison
12 May 25 World 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway Benny Parsons
13 June 1 NASCAR 400 Texas World Speedway Cale Yarborough
14 June 8 Warner W. Hodgdon 400 Riverside International Raceway Darrell Waltrip
15 June 15 Gabriel 400 Michigan International Speedway Benny Parsons
16 July 4 Firecracker 400 Daytona International Speedway Bobby Allison
17 July 12 Busch Nashville 420 Nashville Speedway Dale Earnhardt
18 July 27 Coca-Cola 500 Pocono Raceway Neil Bonnett
19 August 3 Talladega 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway Neil Bonnett
20 August 17 Champion Spark Plug 400 Michigan International Speedway Cale Yarborough
21 August 23 Busch Volunteer 400 Bristol International Raceway Cale Yarborough
22 September 1 Southern 500 Darlington International Raceway Terry Labonte
23 September 7 Capital City 400 Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway Bobby Allison
24 September 14 CRC Chemicals 500 Dover Downs International Speedway Darrell Waltrip
25 September 21 Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway Bobby Allison
26 September 28 Old Dominion 500 Martinsville Speedway Dale Earnhardt
27 October 5 National 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway Dale Earnhardt
28 October 19 American 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway Cale Yarborough
29 November 2 Atlanta Journal 500 Atlanta International Raceway Cale Yarborough
30 November 15 Los Angeles Times 500 Ontario Motor Speedway Benny Parsons

Notable Races[edit]

  • Virginia 500 - NASCAR banned tire changes under caution on short tracks in an effort to save money for race teams. Darrell Waltrip led 303 laps from the pole to the win.
  • Winston 500 – On a newly repaved surface Buddy Baker ran down Dale Earnhardt with two laps to go for the win, but was informed on his way to postrace interviews he would be replaced in the Ranier Racing car in 1981.
  • Music City 420 - Cale Yarborough cut a tire but could not pit under yellow to change it; as a result Richard Petty took his eighth win at the Nashville Fairgrounds. Petty and Cale were critical of NASCAR's new rule for short tracks banning tire changes under yellow.
  • Mason-Dixon 500 - Bobby Allison won after leading 126 laps, edging Richard Petty for his first win of the season. Allison was critical of the Ford racecars he was running, saying "We still need a Chevy for the other tracks."
  • Firecracker 400 – Bobby Allison edged Earnhardt and Pearson before a scary crash erupted off Turn Four as Phil Finney plowed into an earthen bank and flew twenty feet into the air before landing at the pit road entrance. The lead changed 41 times.
  • Summer 500 – At Pocono Raceway Neil Bonnett survived a physical last lap with Buddy Baker and Yarborough. The lead changed 50 times, but the story of the race was a bad wreck on Lap 57 as Richard Petty, holding the lead, broke a wheel entering the track's Tunnel Turn, shot into the wall, and bounced into the path of traffic; Petty suffered a broken neck and his title chances effectively ended.
  • Champion Spark Plug 400 - Darrell Waltrip crashed during practice and had to purchase the Joel Halpern Chevrolet to run the 400 at Michigan International Speedway; it was the second time in two seasons Waltrip had to drive another car after his primary DiGard entry was knocked out before the race; Waltrip led 67 laps but a late caution allowed Cale Yarborough to catch up and storm to the win. Following the race Waltrip stated he was "fed up" with the DiGard situation, saying "I fight the same battles every day." Richard Petty ran the entire race despite his broken neck and finished fifth.
  • Southern 500 – In a wild final five laps David Pearson rocketed from midpack into the lead and held off Dale Earnhardt and Benny Parsons, then with two to go all three crashed in Turn Two in oil from a backmarker's blown engine; Pearson limped to the race-deciding yellow, but Terry Labonte raced from nowhere and edged Pearson by a bumper for the win, his first career win.
  • American 500 - Cale Yarborough led 167 laps en route to his fifth win of the season, but the key development of the race was the 18th place for Dale Earnhardt; his point lead fell to just 44 with two races to go.
  • Dixie 500 – An early accident eliminated the Allison brothers and Cale Yarborough dominated to the win. Dale Earnhardt lost a lap and crowded Cale for a prolonged stretch; his point lead over Yarborough was now just 29 points.
  • Los Angeles Times 500 – Earnhardt lost a lap but made it up and despite taking off from a late green-flag stop with unsecured lug nuts on his tires finished fifth with Yarborough third and Benny Parsons the race winner. The race was switched from Sunday to Saturday to accommodate live CBS Sports coverage. Earnhardt's fifth allowed him to win the driving title by 19 points over Yarborough.

Final Point Standings[edit]

  1. 2-Dale Earnhardt 4661
  2. 11-Cale Yarborough 4642
  3. 27-Benny Parsons 4278
  4. 43-Richard Petty 4255
  5. 88-Darrell Waltrip 4239
  6. 15-Bobby Allison 4019
  7. 90-Jody Ridley 3972
  8. 44-Terry Labonte 3766
  9. 71-Dave Marcis 3745
  10. 3-Richard Childress 3742

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