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1982 Winston Western 500

The 1982 Winston Western 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event held on November 21, 1982, at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California.

1982 Winston Western 500
Race details[1]
Race 30 of 30 in the 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Riverside International Raceway
Layout of Riverside International Raceway
Date November 21, 1982 (1982-November-21)
Official name Winston Western 500
Location Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, California
Course Permanent racing facility
2.700 mi (4.345 km)
Distance 119 laps, 311.8 mi (501.7 km)
Weather Cold with temperatures reaching up to 59 °F (15 °C); wind speeds up to 2.9 miles per hour (4.7 km/h)
Average speed 99.823 miles per hour (160.650 km/h)
Attendance 38,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Junior Johnson & Associates
Most laps led
Driver Tim Richmond Jim Stacy Racing
Laps 92
Winner
No. 2 Tim Richmond Jim Stacy Racing
Television in the United States
Network TBS
Announcers Buddy Baker
Ken Squier

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

Tim Richmond would defeat Ricky Rudd after more than three hours (119 laps) of racing action in front of 38000 people.[2] Seven seconds would end up separating the winner from the second-place finisher.[2] Darrell Waltrip would qualify for the race with the pole position driving at speeds of up to 114.995 miles per hour (185.067 km/h) in his individual qualifying session.[2] Dale Earnhardt, known to most racing fans as The Intimidator, would end up becoming "intimidated" himself due to a last-place finish on lap 8 due to an oil leak.[2] There would be 42 drivers on the grid; two of them would be Canadian while the other 40 were born in the United States of America.[2] Only one Chevrolet vehicle would participate in the race; driven by Mr. Jim Reich and owned by Mr. Ivan Baldwin.[2]

Other notable drivers at this race were Benny Parsons, Morgan Shepherd, Mark Martin, J.D. McDuffie, and Terry Labonte. Clive Skipton was the only non-qualifier for this event. [2] Trevor Boys and Derrike Cope would make their introduction into NASCAR during this race while Reich, Jim Lee, and Terry Herman would retire after this race.[3]

While the total purse of the race would be $203,745 in American dollars ($505,638.88 when adjusted for inflation), the winner of the race would receive $24,730 of the purse ($61,373.04 when adjusted for inflation) while 41st place finisher Kevin Terris would receive a meager $525 of that same amount ($1,302.91 when adjusted for inflation).[4]

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer
1 11 Darrell Waltrip Buick
2 88 Bobby Allison Pontiac
3 28 Joe Ruttman Pontiac
4 2 Tim Richmond Buick
5 3 Ricky Rudd Pontiac
6 50 Geoffrey Bodine Pontiac
7 15 Dale Earnhardt Ford
8 17 Lake Speed Pontiac
9 33 Harry Gant Buick
10 75 Jimmy Insolo Pontiac

Failed to qualify: Clive Skilton (#61)[5]

Top ten finishersEdit

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Winnings Laps led Points
1 4 2 Tim Richmond Buick 119 $24,730 92 185
2 5 3 Ricky Rudd Pontiac 119 $16,980 1 175
3 1 11 Darrell Waltrip Buick 119 $25,100 8 170
4 13 21 Neil Bonnett Ford 119 $6,100 1 165
5 20 02 Mark Martin Buick 118 $7,760 0 155
6 15 57 Ron Bouchard Buick 117 $10,120 0 150
7 29 55 Benny Parsons Buick 117 $2,850 0 146
8 16 98 Morgan Shepherd Buick 116 $5,300 0 142
9 25 90 Jody Ridley Ford 115 $9,850 0 138
10 23 16 Jim Bown Buick 115 $2,550 0 134

TimelineEdit

  • Start of race: Darrell Waltrip had the pole position as the green flag was waved
  • Lap 5: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Darrell Waltrip
  • Lap 8: A sudden oil leak from Dale Earnhardt's vehicle made him the last-place finisher of the event
  • Lap 9: Tim Richmond took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 12: Kevin Terris' vehicle suddenly developed engine troubles
  • Lap 14: Ricky Rudd took over the lead from Tim Richmond
  • Lap 15: J.D. McDuffie took over the lead from Ricky Rudd
  • Lap 16: Don Waterman took over the lead from J.D. McDuffie
  • Lap 17: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Don Waterman
  • Lap 20: The transmission on Joe Ruttman's vehicle stopped working properly
  • Lap 21: Tim Richmond took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 31: Randy Becker's vehicle suddenly developed engine troubles
  • Lap 40: John Krebs had a terminal crash
  • Lap 42: An oil leak came out of Derrike Cope's vehicle
  • Lap 46: Bobby Allison took over the lead from Tim Richmond
  • Lap 48: Tim Richmond took over the lead from Bobby Allison
  • Lap 62: Rick McCray's vehicle suddenly developed engine troubles
  • Lap 72: Darrell Waltrip took over the lead from Tim Richmond
  • Lap 76: Harry Gant took over the lead from Darrell Waltrip
  • Lap 81: Tim Richmond took over the lead from Harry Gant
  • Lap 92: The transmission on Hershel McGriff's vehicle stopped working properly
  • Lap 94: Terry Labonte had a terminal crash
  • Lap 95: An oil leak came out of Harry Gant's vehicle
  • Lap 97: Neil Bonnett took over the lead from Tim Richmond
  • Lap 98: Tim Richmond took over the lead from Neil Bonnett
  • Lap 111: Bobby Allison's vehicle suddenly developed engine troubles
  • Finish: Tim Richmond was officially declared the winner of the event

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1   Darrell Waltrip 4489 0
2   Bobby Allison 4417 -72
3   Terry Labonte 4211 -278
4   Harry Gant 3877 -612
5   Richard Petty 3814 -675
6   Dave Marcis 3666 -823
7   Buddy Arrington 3642 -847
8   Ron Bouchard 3545 -944
9   Ricky Rudd 3542 -947
10   Morgan Shepherd 3451 -1038

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1982 Winston Western 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 1982 Winston Western 500 information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ 1982 Winston Western 500 information at Race-Database
  4. ^ 1982 Winston Western 500 information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  5. ^ Qualifying information for the 1982 Winston Western 500 at Racing Reference
Preceded by
1982 Atlanta Journal 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1982-3
Succeeded by
1983 Daytona 500
Preceded by
1981
Winston Western 500 races
1982
Succeeded by
1983