1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Series (Jayverse)

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The 1978 NASCAR Grand National Winston Cup Series was the 30th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 7th modern era NASCAR Cup series. The season began on Sunday, January 22 and ended on Sunday, November 19.

Driver Roster

#0 John Kennedy - Avanti Ford (John Kennedy)

#01 Earle Canavan - Pepsi Dodge (Earle Canavan)

#05 Bruce Hill - Bearfinder Oldsmobile (Harry Clary)

#09 Nelson Oswald - Chevrolet (Nelson Oswald)

#1 Donnie Allison - Hawaiian Tropic Oldsmobile (Hoss Ellington)

#2 Dave Marcis - Shoney's Mercury Chevrolet (Roger Penske)

#3 Richard Childress - CRC Chevrolet Oldsmobile (Richard Childress)

#4 Gary Myers - Spencer's Baby Wear Pontiac (Gary Myers)

#5 Neil Bonnett - Armor All Dodge (Jim Stacy)

#6 Ferrel Harris - Autowize Dodge (Robert Gee)

#7 Dean Dalton - Chevrolet (Dean Dalton)

#8 Ed Negre - 10,000 RPM Speed Equipment Dodge (Ed Negre)

#9 Bill Elliott - Dahlonega Ford Sales Mercury (George Elliott)

#11 Cale Yarborough - 1st National City Travelers Checks Oldsmobile (Junior Johnson)

#12 Harry Gant - Chevrolet (Kennie Childers)

#14 Coo Coo Marlin - Cunningham-Kelley Chevrolet (H.B. Cunningham)

#15 Bobby Allison - Norris Industries Ford (Bud Moore)

#16 David Sisco - Sisco Engineering Chevrolet (David Sisco)

#17 Roger Hamby - Burger King Chevrolet (Roger Hamby)

#19 Dick May - Belden Asphalt Chevrolet (Henley Gray)

#21 David Pearson - Purolator Mercury (Wood Brothers)

#22 Ricky Rudd - Al Rudd Auto Parts Chevrolet (Al Rudd)

#24 Cecil Gordon - Transmission Unlimited Chevrolet (Cecil Gordon)

#25 Ronnie Thomas - Louise Smith Chevrolet (Don Robertson)

#27 Buddy Baker - Circus-Circus Hotel & Casino Oldsmobile (M.C. Anderson)

#30 Tighe Scott - Fram Oldsmobile (Walter Ballard)

#32 Bobby Wawak - Encyclopedia Britannica Chevrolet (John Gwinn)

#33 Earl Brooks - Handy's Transportation Chevrolet (Jeff Handy)

#39 Blackie Wangerin - Mercury (Blackie Wangerin)

#40 DK Ulrich - Chevrolet (J.R. DeLotto)

#41 Grant Adcox - Adcox-Kirby Chevrolet (Herb Adcox)

#42 Marty Robbins - Robbins Racing Dodge (Marty Robbins)

#43 Richard Petty - STP Dodge (Petty Enterprises)

#45 Baxter Price - Chevrolet (Baxter Price)

#47 Satch Worley - Race Hill Farm Chevrolet (Jack Beebe)

#48 Al Holbert/James Hylton - Southland Industries Chevrolet (James Hylton)

#49 Connie Saylor - Lady n' Son Auctions Dodge (G.C. Spencer)

#52 Jimmy Means - Posey's Auto Parts Chevrolet (Bill Gray)

#54 Lennie Pond - W.I.N., Inc. Oldsmobile (Ronnie Elder)

#57 Sam Sommers - McClure Motors Ford (Alfred McClure)

#61 Joe Mihalic - Mihalic Racing Oldsmobile (Joe Mihalic)

#64 Tommy Gale - Sunny King Ford-Honda Ford (Elmo Langley)

#67 Buddy Arrington - Rossmeyer Dodge (Buddy Arrington)

#68 Janet Guthrie - Singer Chevrolet (Lynda Ferreri)

#70 JD McDuffie - Bailey Excavating Chevrolet (J.D. McDuffie)

#72 Benny Parsons - 1st National City Travelers Checks Oldsmobile (L.G. Dewitt)

#73 Bill Schmitt - Old Milwaukee Chevrolet (Bill Schmitt)

#74 Joe Booher - Booher Farms Chevrolet (Joe Booher)

#75 Butch Hartman - Hartman Autocar Chevrolet (Butch Hartman)

#79 Frank Warren - Native Tan Dodge (Frank Warren)

#88 Darrell Waltrip - Gatorade Chevrolet (DiGard Racing)

#90 Dick Brooks - Truxmore Mercury (Junie Donlavey)

#91 Harold Miller - Bartow Pacing Chevrolet (Harold Miller)

#92 Terry Labonte/Skip Manning - Valvoline Buick (Billy Hagan)

#96 Dale Earnhardt - Cardinal Tractor Chevrolet (Will Cronkrite)

#98 Roland Wlodyka - Buick (Rod Osterlund)

Season Recap

Date Event Circuit Winner
January 22 Winston Western 500 Riverside International Raceway Benny Parsons
February 19 Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway Donnie Allison
February 26 Richmond 400 Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway Neil Bonnett
March 5 Carolina 500 North Carolina Speedway Darrell Waltrip
March 19 Atlanta 500 Atlanta International Raceway Cale Yarborough
April 2 Southeastern 400 Bristol International Raceway Ricky Rudd
April 9 Rebel 500 Darlington Raceway Benny Parsons
April 16 Gwyn Staley 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway Buddy Baker
April 23 Virginia 500 Martinsville Speedway Dave Marcis
May 14 Winston 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway Dave Marcis
May 21 Mason-Dixon 500 Dover Downs International Speedway Cale Yarborough
May 28 World 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway Dick Brooks
June 3 Music City USA 420 Nashville Speedway Lennie Pond
June 11 Riverside 400 Riverside International Raceway Benny Parsons
June 18 Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 Michigan International Speedway Cale Yarborough
July 4 Firecracker 400 Daytona International Speedway Ferrel Harris
July 15 Nashville 420 Nashville Speedway Benny Parsons
July 30 Coca-Cola 500 Pocono Raceway Benny Parsons
August 6 Talladega 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway James Hylton
August 20 Champion Spark Plug 400 Michigan International Speedway Richard Petty
August 26 Volunteer 400 Bristol International Raceway Dave Marcis
September 4 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway David Pearson
September 10 Capital City 400 Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway Buddy Baker
September 17 Delaware 500 Dover Downs International Speedway Richard Petty
September 24 Old Dominion 500 Martinsville Speedway Buddy Baker
October 1 Wilkes 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway Cale Yarborough
October 8 National 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway D.K. Ulrich
October 22 American 500 North Carolina Speedway Benny Parsons
November 5 Dixie 500 Atlanta International Raceway Darrell Waltrip
November 19 Los Angeles Times 500 Ontario Motor Speedway Benny Parsons

Final Standings

  1. Lennie Pond - 4,106
  2. Benny Parsons - 4,025
  3. Buddy Baker - 3,977
  4. Cale Yarborough - 3,859
  5. Dave Marcis - 3,788
  6. Richard Petty - 3,758
  7. Darrell Waltrip - 3,616
  8. Dick Brooks - 3,547
  9. Skip Manning - 3,501
  10. David Pearson - 3,416
  11. Buddy Arrington - 3,392
  12. Bobby Allison - 3,392
  13. James Hylton - 3,371
  14. JD McDuffie - 3,362
  15. Richard Childress - 3,204
  16. Tighe Scott - 3,193
  17. Dick May - 3,156
  18. Frank Warren - 3,154
  19. Neil Bonnett - 3,115
  20. Cecil Gordon - 3,060