1982 Winston 500
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|Race 9 of 30 in the 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
The program from the 1982 Winston 500.
|Date||May 2, 1982|
|Official name||Winston 500|
|Location||Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega, Alabama|
Permanent racing facility|
2.660 mi (4.280 km)
|Distance||188 laps, 500.1 mi (804.8 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures between 54.9 °F (12.7 °C) and 81.0 °F (27.2 °C); wind speeds averaging around 3.3 miles per hour (5.3 km/h) with no precipitation within 24 hours of the race|
|Average speed||156.597 miles per hour (252.018 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Benny Parsons||Ranier Racing|
|No. 11||Darrell Waltrip||Junior Johnson & Associates|
|Television in the United States|
Bob Jenkins |
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.
There were 40 drivers on the grid; all of them were American-born. Darrell Waltrip defeated Terry Labonte by slightly less than one car length; earning $44,250 in the process ($114,882 when adjusted for inflation). In the final laps before the checkered flag, the race became a battle between Benny Parsons, Darrell Waltrip, Terry Labonte and Kyle Petty. Parsons would lead seven of those laps while Waltrip led 13 followed by Labonte leading two. The green flag was waved at 1:00 P.M. while the checkered flag was waved at approximately 4:19 P.M.; There were eight cautions for 39 laps. There were 51 lead changes and the average speed of the race was 156.597 miles per hour (252.018 km/h). The race covered 188 laps of the 2.660-mile (4.281 km) track, totaling 500.1 miles (804.8 km). Attendance was announced at 100,000 spectators.
David Simko crashed his vehicle on lap 4 while L.W. Wright blew his engine on lap 13. Further engine failures would be caused by Jody Ridley on lap 16, Cale Yarborough on lap 17 and Ron Bouchard on lap 23. Steve Moore's vehicle developed problems with its clutch that forced Moore out of the race on lap 32. Lake Speed blew his engine on lap 39 while Geoffrey Bodine did the same thing on lap 53. A haphazard valve sidelined Rick Wilson on lap 57. Lennie Pond would cause terminal damage to his vehicle on lap 66 while Dave Marcis blew his engine on the same lap. Elliott Forbes-Robinson would be relegated to the sidelines due to a nonworking engine on lap 73 while a problematic piston took Bill Scott out of the race on lap 75.
Richard Petty had an issue with his vehicle's fuel pump that would knock him out of the race on lap 82 while transmission problems took out Bill Elliott on lap 100. Buddy Baker developed steering problems with his vehicle on lap 109; forcing his early exit from the race. An engine issue took out Joe Ruttman on lap 159 and John Anderson on lap 164.
Terry Labonte took the championship lead after this race. Ferrel Harris would retire after this race with a 23rd-place finish. One-time NASCAR driver L.W. Wright would race his only professional stock car event on this day. Wright was a con artist who managed to swindle people into financing him getting a ride for this race; his credentials as a licensed NASCAR driver weren't asked for during the early 1980s.
- Darrell Waltrip (No. 11)
- Terry Labonte (No. 44)
- Benny Parsons (No. 28)
- Kyle Petty (No. 42)
- Morgan Shepherd (No. 98)
- Donnie Allison (No. 37)
- Tim Richmond (No. 2)
- Dale Earnhardt (No. 15)
- Jimmy Means (No. 52)
- Mark Martin (No. 02)
- Buddy Arrington (No. 67)
- Slick Johnson (No. 48)
- Bobby Allison (No. 88)
- Harry Gant (No. 33)
- D.K. Ulrich (No. 6)
- Tommy Gale (No. 64)
- Philip Duffie (No. 99)
- J.D. McDuffie (No. 70)
- Neil Bonnett (No. 21)
- John Anderson* (No. 19)
- Lowell Cowell (No. 66)
- Joe Ruttman* (No. 75)
- Ferrel Harris (No. 40)
- Ricky Rudd (No. 3)
- Buddy Baker* (No. 1)
- Bill Elliott* (No. 9)
- Richard Petty* (No. 43)
- Bill Scott* (No. 07)
- Elliott Forbes-Robinson* (No. 96)
- Dave Marcis* (No. 71)
- Lennie Pond* (No. 24)
- Rick Wilson* (No. 62)
- Geoffrey Bodine* (No. 50)
- Lake Speed* (No. 17)
- Steve Moore* (No. 73)
- Ron Bouchard* (No. 47)
- Cale Yarborough* (No. 27)
- Jody Ridley* (No. 90)
- L.W. Wright* (No. 34)
- David Simko* (No. 54)
* Driver failed to finish race
Standings after the raceEdit
- "1982 Winston 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. 2012-03-10.
- "1982 Winston 500 racing information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. 2011-08-12.
- "1982 Winston 500 racing information". Racing Reference. 2011-07-19.
- "1982 Winston 500 racing information". Driver Averages. 2011-08-10. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- "Track Facts". talladegasuperspeedway.com. Talladega Superspeedway. November 1, 2012. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
- "1982 Winston 500 qualifying information". How Stuff Works. 2011-08-10.
- "1982 Winston 500 - Finish". YouTube. 2015-06-29.
- "L.W. Wright's Only NASCAR Race". Race Database. 2015-06-29.
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