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The 1980 Talladega 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place on August 3, 1980, at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Alabama, USA.

1980 Talladega 500
Race details[1][2]
Race 20 of 31 in the 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
Date August 3, 1980 (1980-August-03)
Official name Talladega 500
Location Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega, Alabama
Course Permanent racing facility
2.660 mi (4.280 km)
Distance 188 laps, 500.1 mi (804.8 km)
Weather Hot with temperatures of 97.9 °F (36.6 °C); wind speeds of 11.8 miles per hour (19.0 km/h)
Average speed 166.894 miles per hour (268.590 km/h)
Attendance 70,000[3]
Pole position
Driver Ranier Racing
Most laps led
Driver Buddy Baker Ranier Racing
Laps 56
No. 21 Neil Bonnett Wood Brothers Racing
Television in the United States
Network MRN TV
Announcers Eli Gold
Barney Hall


Talladega Superspeedway, originally known as Alabama International Motor Superspeedway (AIMS), is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base in the small city of Lincoln. The track is a Tri-oval and was constructed by International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family, in the 1960s. Talladega is most known for its steep banking and the unique location of the start/finish line - located just past the exit to pit road. The track currently hosts the NASCAR series such as the Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. Talladega Superspeedway is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66 miles (4.28 km), and the track at its peak had a seating capacity of 175,000 spectators.[4]

Race reportEdit

The race consisted of 188 laps for a total of 500.1 miles (804.8 km).[3][2] The race took two hours and fifty-nine minutes in complete.[3][5] Neil Bonnett defeated Cale Yarborough by six car lengths in front of 70000 spectators.[3] Five cautions slowed the field for 25 laps while the average speed was 166.894 miles per hour (268.590 km/h).[3][2][5]

Buddy Baker would qualify for the pole with a speed of 198.545 miles per hour (319.527 km/h).[3] Bruce Hill would finish last due to an engine issue on lap 12. There were a lot of failures in the race as seven of the top ten starters all blew engines; the last top ten starting driver would end his day on lap 174. [3]

Hill would make $1,050 in race winnings ($3,193 when adjusted for inflation) while Bonnett would earn $35,675 ($108,480 when adjusted for inflation).[6]

Mercury would score its last NASCAR Cup victory in this race. Coo Coo Marlin would retire from NASCAR after this race while Tennessee's Harry Dinwiddle would make his only NASCAR Cup Series appearance here. Country music singing legend and NASCAR Cup Series driver Marty Robbins would start 37th and finish the race in 13th while driving his 1978 Dodge Magnum number 6.[7]


Grid[3] No. Driver Manufacturer Owner
1 28 Buddy Baker Oldsmobile Harry Ranier
2 21 Neil Bonnett Mercury Wood Brothers
3 11 Cale Yarborough Oldsmobile Junior Johnson
4 30 Tighe Scott Oldsmobile Walter Ballard
5 43 Richard Petty Oldsmobile Petty Enterprises
6 68 Lennie Pond Oldsmobile Jim Testa
7 88 Darrell Waltrip Oldsmobile DiGard
8 27 Benny Parsons Oldsmobile M.C. Anderson
9 12 Donnie Allison Oldsmobile Kennie Childers
10 1 David Pearson Oldsmobile Hoss Ellington

Finishing orderEdit

Section reference: [3]

† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased
* Driver failed to finish race

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[3] Differential
1 Dale Earnhardt 3072 0
2 Cale Yarborough 2902 -150
3 Richard Petty 2872 -200
4 Benny Parsons 2787 -285
5 Darrell Waltrip 2709 -363


  1. ^ Weather information for the 1980 Talladega 500 at The Old Farmer's Almanac
  2. ^ a b c 1980 Talladega 500 race information at Database Racing
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 1980 Talladega 500 race information at Racing Reference
  4. ^ "Track Facts". Talladega Superspeedway. November 1, 2012. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  5. ^ a b 1980 Talladega 500 information at Decades of Racing
  6. ^ 1980 Talladega 500 information at Everything Stock Car
  7. ^ 1980 Talladega 500 information at
Preceded by
1980 Coca-Cola 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1980 Champion Spark Plug 400
Preceded by
Talladega 500 races
Succeeded by