Winston Western 500

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Winston Western 500
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NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Venue Riverside International Raceway
Location Moreno Valley, California
Corporate sponsor Winston
First race 1958 Crown America 500
Last race 1987 Winston Western 500
Distance 311.8 miles (502 km)
Laps 119
Previous names Crown America 500 (1958)
Unnamed (1961)
Riverside 500 (1963)
Motor Trend 500 (1964–1971)
Winston Western 500 (1972–1987)
Most wins (driver) Dan Gurney (5)
Most wins (manufacturer) Ford (11)

The Winston Western 500 was an annual NASCAR Winston Cup race held at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California, United States, in January, and then in later years, November. From 1963 to 1981, the race was held in January and was the season opening race. NASCAR elected to start its season with the Daytona 500 beginning in 1982, so a second Winston Western 500 was run in November to accommodate the change; the change resulted in Riverside hosting three Winston Cup races in 1981. The race ran in November from 1981 to 1987, serving as the Winston Cup Series' final race of the year from 1981 to 1986. The race distance was 500 miles until 1977 when it was shortened to 311 miles (500 kilometers). The other race held at Riverside, the Budweiser 400, was held in June.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1958 June 1 98 Eddie Gray Vel Miletich Ford 190 499.89 (804.494) 6:17:00 79.481 Report
1959

1960
Not held
1961 May 21 44 Lloyd Dane Lloyd Dane Chevrolet 39 100.62 (161.932) 1:13:10 82.512 Report
1962 Not held
1963 January 20 28 Dan Gurney Holman-Moody Ford 185 499.5 (803.867) 5:53:20 84.965 Report
1964 January 19 121 Dan Gurney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 185 499.5 (803.867) 5:28:47 91.245 Report
1965 January 17 121 Dan Gurney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 185 499.5 (803.867) 5:41:42 87.708 Report
1966 January 23 121 Dan Gurney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 185 499.5 (803.867) 5:05:58 97.952 Report
1967 January 22 115 Parnelli Jones Bill Stroppe Ford 185 499.5 (803.867) 5:29:03 91.08 Report
1968 January 21 121 Dan Gurney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 186 502.2 (808.212) 4:57:55 100.598 Report
1969 February 1 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Ford 186 502.2 (808.212) 4:45:37 105.498 Report
1970 January 18 11 A.J. Foyt Jack Bowsher Ford 193 505.66 (813.78) 5:11:19 97.45 Report
1971 January 10 96 Ray Elder Fred Elder Dodge 191 500.42 (805.347) 4:57:55 100.783 Report
1972 January 23 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 149* 390.38 (628.255) 3:45:11 104.016 Report
1973 January 21 16 Mark Donohue Penske Racing Matador 191 500.42 (805.347) 4:48:33 104.055 Report
1974 January 26 11 Cale Yarborough Richard Howard Chevrolet 191 500.42 (805.347) 4:56:52 101.14 Report
1975 January 19 16 Bobby Allison Penske Racing Matador 191 500.42 (805.347) 5:04:25 98.627 Report
1976 January 18 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 191 500.42 (805.347) 5:02:44 99.18 Report
1977 January 16 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 119 311.78 (501.761) 2:54:46 107.038 Report
1978 January 22 11 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates Oldsmobile 119 311.78 (501.761) 3:02:55 102.269 Report
1979 January 14 88 Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 119 311.78 (501.761) 2:53:30 107.82 Report
1980 January 13/19* 88 Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 119 311.78 (501.761) 3:16:58 94.974 Report
1981 January 11 28 Bobby Allison Ranier-Lundy Chevrolet 119 311.78 (501.761) 3:16:18 95.263 Report
November 22 28 Bobby Allison Ranier-Lundy Buick 119 311.78 (501.761) 3:16:19 95.288 Report
1982 November 21 2 Tim Richmond Jim Stacy Buick 119 311.78 (501.761) 3:07:24 99.823 Report
1983 November 20 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 119 311.78 (501.761) 3:15:09 95.859 Report
1984 November 18 5 Geoffrey Bodine All-Star Racing Chevrolet 119 311.78 (501.761) 3:10:01 98.448 Report
1985 November 17 15 Ricky Rudd Bud Moore Engineering Ford 119 311.78 (501.761) 2:58:03 105.065 Report
1986 November 16 25 Tim Richmond Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 119 311.78 (501.761) 3:04:48 101.246 Report
1987 November 8 27 Rusty Wallace Blue Max Racing Pontiac 119 311.78 (501.761) 3:10:49 98.035 Report
  • 1972: Race shortened due to fog.
  • 1980: Race started on January 13; finished on January 19 because of rain.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
5 Dan Gurney 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968
3 Bobby Allison 1975, 1981, 1981
2 Richard Petty 1969, 1972
David Pearson 1976, 1977
Cale Yarborough 1974, 1978
Darrell Waltrip 1979, 1980
Tim Richmond 1982, 1986

Multiple winners (manufacturers)[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
11 Ford 1958, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1983, 1985
7 Chevrolet 1961, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986
2 Matador 1973, 1975
Mercury 1976, 1977
Buick 1981, 1982

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
1982 TBS Ken Squier Buddy Baker
1983 Cale Yarborough
1984 Phil Parsons
1985 Benny Parsons
1986 Phil Parsons
1987 Johnny Hayes
Buddy Baker

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