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1980 Holly Farms 400

The 1980 Holly Farms 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on September 21, 1980, at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Its total prize purse was finalized as $105,515 ($306,700.91 when adjusted for inflation); with the winner taking home $17,725 ($51,521.33 when adjusted for inflation).

1980 Holly Farms 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 26 of 31 in the 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
North Wilkesboro Speedway
North Wilkesboro Speedway
Date September 21, 1980 (1980-September-21)
Official name Holly Farms 400
Location North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
0.625 mi (1.005 km)
Distance 400 laps, 250 mi (402 km)
Weather Temperatures between 68 °F (20 °C) and 89.1 °F (31.7 °C); average wind speeds of 3.5 miles per hour (5.6 km/h)
Average speed 75.51 miles per hour (121.52 km/h)
Attendance 25,000[3]
Pole position
Driver Junior Johnson & Associates
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Allison Bud Moore Engineering
Laps 166
Winner
No. 15 Bobby Allison Bud Moore Engineering
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers unknown

By 1980, NASCAR had completely stopped tracking the year model of all the vehicles and most teams did not take stock cars to the track under their own power anymore.

Contents

SummaryEdit

Just months prior to the race, a new kind of asphalt was placed but did not get a chance to completely solve the disintegration problem.[4] The racetrack developed a slick surface; that made qualifying speeds 2 miles per hour (3.2 km/h) slower and the cars more likely to spin and crash with each other.[4] Conditions for the race would become very poor by the standards of the early 1980s; causing the pace car to crash into a parked car getting back into pit lane.

Richard Childress, the current owner of Richard Childress Racing, would compete as a driver.[3] There were 30 American-born drivers on the racing grid; no foreigners or women competed in this race.[3] Bobby Allison managed to defeat Darrell Waltrip by half a second after more than three hours of racing.[3] Cale Yarborough would acquire the pole position through driving his qualifying session at an incredible top speed of almost 112 miles per hour (180 km/h).[3] Another Ford vehicle would not win another race until the 1990 Tyson Holly Farms 400.[5] D.K. Ulrich received credit for the last-place finish due to an oil pressure problem on the second lap of this 400-lap race.[3] Nine drivers failed to complete the race; including legends such as J.D. McDuffie, Lake Speed and Lennie Pond.[3] Bub Strickler would retire from NASCAR after this race.[6] Dale Earnhardt would maintain his championship points lead after this event.[6]

Two months after the race, the track was treated again.[4] The disintegration issue managed to solve itself throughout the harsh winter months and was completely prepared for the 1981 season.[4]

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer
1 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet
2 15 Bobby Allison Ford
3 68 Lennie Pond Chevrolet
4 27 Benny Parsons Chevrolet
5 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet
6 71 Dave Marcis Chevrolet
7 47 Harry Gant Chevrolet
8 2 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet
9 44 Terry Labonte Chevrolet
10 90 Jody Ridley Ford
11 79 Junior Miller Chevrolet
12 40 D.K. Ulrich Chevrolet
13 25 Ronnie Thomas Chevrolet
14 43 Richard Petty Chevrolet
15 7 Lake Speed Chevrolet
16 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet
17 70 J.D. McDuffie Chevrolet
18 19 John Anderson Chevrolet
19 24 Cecil Gordon Oldsmobile
20 17 Roger Hamby Chevrolet

Top ten finishersEdit

Pos[3] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps led Points
1 2 15 Bobby Allison Ford 400 166 185
2 5 88 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 400 131 175
3 6 71 Dave Marcis Chevrolet 400 4 170
4 7 47 Harry Gant Chevrolet 399 0 160
5 8 2 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet 399 0 155
6 4 27 Benny Parsons Chevrolet 399 0 150
7 9 44 Terry Labonte Chevrolet 399 0 146
8 24 53 Slick Johnson Chevrolet 391 0 142
9 10 90 Jody Ridley Ford 390 0 138
10 1 11 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet 389 54 139

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[3] Differential
1   Dale Earnhardt 3847 0
2   Cale Yarborough 3757 -90
3   Richard Petty 3741 -106
4   Benny Parsons 3708 -139
5   Darrell Waltrip 3662 -185
6   Bobby Allison 3537 -310
7   Jody Ridley 3273 -574
8   Harry Gant 3242 -605
9   Richard Childress 3125 -722
10   Dave Marcis 3099 -748

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1980 Holly Farms 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ Total prize purse for 1980 Holly Farms 400 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i 1980 Holly Farms 400 racing information at Racing Reference
  4. ^ a b c d September 21, 1980 Holly Farms 400 at SavetheSpeedway.net
  5. ^ Ford's next race victory at Google News Archive Search
  6. ^ a b 1980 Holly Farms 400 racing results at Race Database
Preceded by
1980 CRC Chemicals 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1980
Succeeded by
1980 Old Dominion 500