1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

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1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
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The 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Season is the 35th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 12th modern-era Cup series season. The season began on Sunday February 20 and ended on Sunday November 20. Bobby Allison was Winston Cup champion at the end of the season finishing 47 points ahead of Darrell Waltrip. Sterling Marlin was named NASCAR Rookie of the Year.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Make No. Driver Car Owner Crew Chief
Arrington Racing Chrysler Imperial
Dodge Mirada
67 Buddy Arrington Buddy Arrington
Benfield Racing Buick Regal 98 Joe Ruttman Ron Benfield Buddy Parrott
Blue Max Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 27 Tim Richmond Raymond Beadle Tim Brewer
Bobby Hawkins Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 16 David Pearson Bobby Hawkins
Bud Moore Engineering Ford Thunderbird 15 Dale Earnhardt Bud Moore Bud Moore
Cliff Stewart Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 88 Geoff Bodine Cliff Stewart
DiGard Motorsports Buick Regal 22 Bobby Allison Bill Gardner Gary Nelson
Donlavey Racing Ford Thunderbird 90 Dick Brooks Junie Donlavey
Ellington Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1 Lake Speed Hoss Ellington Runt Pittman
Hagan Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 44 Terry Labonte Billy Hagan Dale Inman
Hamby Motorsports Pontiac Grand Prix 17 Sterling Marlin (R) Roger Hamby
Henderson Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Buick Regal
26 Ronnie Hopkins (R) Charlie Henderson
Hillin Racing Buick Regal 8 Bobby Hillin Jr. (R) Bobby Hillin Sr. Harry Hyde
Hylton Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 48 Trevor Boys (R)/James Hylton James Hylton
Jim Stacy Racing Buick Regal 2 Morgan Shepherd Jim Stacy
Johnny Hayes Racing Buick Regal
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
55 Benny Parsons Johnny Hayes Cliff Champion
Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet Monte Carlo 11 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson Jeff Hammond
Langley Racing Ford Thunderbird 64 Tommy Gale Elmo Langley
Mach 1 Racing Buick Regal 33 Harry Gant Hal Needham Travis Carter
Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 71 Dave Marcis Dave Marcis
McDuffie Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 70 J.D. McDuffie J.D. McDuffie
Means Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 52 Jimmy Means Jimmy Means
Melling Racing Ford Thunderbird 9 Bill Elliott Harry Melling Ernie Elliott
Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 4 Mark Martin Larry McClure
Petty Enterprises Pontiac Grand Prix 7 Kyle Petty Richard Petty Maurice Petty
43 Richard Petty Robin Pemberton
Race Hill Farm Team Buick Regal 47 Ron Bouchard Jack Beebe David Ifft
RahMoc Enterprises Chevrolet Monte Carlo 75 Neil Bonnett Bob Rahilly Bob Rahilly
Ranier-Lundy Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 28 Cale Yarborough Harry Ranier Waddell Wilson
Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 3 Ricky Rudd Richard Childress Kirk Shelmerdine
Robert McEntyre Racing Buick Regal
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
84 Jody Ridley Robert McEntyre
Thomas Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 41 Ronnie Thomas Ronnie Thomas
Ulrich Racing Buick Regal 6 D.K. Ulrich D.K. Ulrich
Wood Brothers Racing Ford Thunderbird 21 Buddy Baker Glen Wood Leonard Wood

Schedule[edit]

No. Race Title Track Date TV
Busch Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 14 CBS
UNO Twin 125 Qualifiers February 17 USA
February 17 USA
1 Daytona 500 February 20 CBS
2 Richmond 400 Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, Richmond February 27 TBS
3 Hodgdon Carolina 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham March 6 & 13 ESPN
4 Coca-Cola 500 Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton March 27 ABC
5 TranSouth 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington April 10 ABC
6 Northwestern Bank 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro April 17 ESPN
7 Virginia National Bank 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway April 24
8 Winston 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega May 1 NBC
9 Marty Robbins 420 Nashville Speedway, Nashville May 8 TNN
10 Mason-Dixon 500 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover May 15 Mizlou
11 Valleydale 500 Bristol International Raceway, Bristol May 22
12 World 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord May 29 Mizlou
13 Budweiser 400 Riverside International Raceway, Riverside June 5 ESPN
14 Van Scoy Diamond Mine 500 Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond June 12 Mizlou
15 Gabriel 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn June 19 CBS
16 Firecracker 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 4 ABC
17 Busch Nashville 420 Nashville Speedway, Nashville July 16
18 Like Cola 500 Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond July 24 Mizlou
19 Talladega 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega July 31 CBS
20 Champion Spark Plug 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 21 ESPN
21 Busch 500 Bristol International Raceway, Bristol August 27
22 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 5 ABC
23 Wrangler Sanfor-Set 400 Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, Richmond September 11 ESPN
24 Budweiser 500 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover September 18 TNN
25 Goody's 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway September 25
26 Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro October 2 ESPN
27 Miller 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord October 9 Mizlou
28 Warner W. Hodgdon American 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham October 30 ESPN
29 Atlanta Journal 500 Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton November 6
30 Winston Western 500 Riverside International Raceway, Riverside November 20 TBS

Season summary[edit]

Race reports[edit]

Speedweeks 1983

Race 1: Daytona 500

Race 2: Richmond 400

Race 3: Hodgdon Carolina 500

Race 4: Coca-Cola 500

Race 5: TranSouth 500

Race 6: Northwestern Bank 400

Race 7: Virginia National Bank 500

Race 8: Winston 500

Race 9: Marty Robbins 420

Race 10: Mason-Dixon 500

Race 11: Valleydale 500

Race 12: World 600

Race 13: Budweiser 400

Race 14: Van Scoy 500

Race 15: Gabriel 400

Race 16: Firecracker 400

Race 17: Busch National 420

Race 18: Like Cola 500

Race 19: Talladega 500

Race 20: Champion Spark Plug 400

Race 21: Busch 500

Race 22: Southern 500

Race 23: Wrangler SanforSet 400

Race 24: Budweiser 500

Race 25: Goody's 500

Race 26: Holly Farms 400

Race 27: Miller High Life 500

Race 28: Hodgdon American 500

Race 29: Atlanta Journal 500

Race 30: Winston Western 500

Results and Standings[edit]

Races[edit]

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Manufacturer Report
8 Winston 500 Cale Yarborough Richard Petty Richard Petty Pontiac Report
19 Talladega 500 Cale Yarborough Dale Earnhardt
Tim Richmond
Dale Earnhardt Ford Report

Winston Cup Standings[edit]

(keyBold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by final practice results or 1982 Owner's points. * – Most laps led.

Pos. # Driver Make ALA ALA Pts
1 22 Bobby Allison Buick 9 1 10 25 8 2 3 10 2 1* 2 3* 22 1* 2 14 4 3* 9 34 3 1* 1* 1* 2 3 7 16 3* 9 4667
2 11 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 36 3 40 2 1* 1* 33 1* 2 1* 4 2 4 2 2 2 2 1* 3 3 1* 3 2 4620
3 9 Bill Elliott Ford 5 8 4279
4 43 Richard Petty Pontiac 1* 4 4042
5 44 Terry Labonte Chevrolet 6 29 4004
6 75 Neil Bonnett Chevrolet 15 35 3842
7 33 Harry Gant Buick 4 5 3790
8 15 Dale Earnhardt Ford 24 1* 3732
9 3 Ricky Rudd Chevrolet 8 16 3693
10 27 Tim Richmond Pontiac 27 3* 3612
11 71 Dave Marcis Chevrolet 9 32 3361
12 98 Joe Ruttman Buick
Chevrolet
11 15 3342
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