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The 1983 Talladega 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series event on July 31, 1983, at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Alabama.

1983 Talladega 500
Race details[1]
Race 19 of 30 in the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
Date July 31, 1983 (1983-July-31)
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 Cloudy, 81°F, 70% humidity, 20% chance of precipitation, wind from the NW at 12 mph[2]
Average speed 170.611 miles per hour (274.572 km/h)
Attendance 95,000[3]
Pole position
Driver Harry Ranier
Most laps led
Driver Dale Earnhardt
Tim Richmond
Bud Moore
Raymond Beadle
Laps 41
Winner
No. 15 Dale Earnhardt Bud Moore
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier
Ned Jarrett
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Barney Hall
Eli Gold
Turn Announcers Dave DeSpain (1 & 2)
Mike Garrell (Backstretch)
Dave Sutherland (3 & 4)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

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]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Speed
1 28 Cale Yarborough 201.744
2 9 Bill Elliott Ford 199.675
3 55 Benny Parsons Chevrolet
4 15 Dale Earnhardt Bud Moore Engineering Ford 199.309
5 90 Dick Brooks
6 21 Buddy Baker
7 44 Terry Labonte
8 4 Mark Martin
9 88 Geoff Bodine
10 11 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 198.322
11 1 Lake Speed
12 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Pontiac 196.737
13 7 Kyle Petty
14 75 Neil Bonnett
15 16 David Pearson
16 29 Grant Adcox
17 3 Ricky Rudd
18 27 Tim Richmond Blue Max Racing Pontiac 196.145
19 47 Ron Bouchard
20 84 Jody Ridley
21 98 Joe Ruttman
22 17 Sterling Marlin
23 33 Harry Gant Mach 1 Racing Buick 195.090
24 22 Bobby Allison Buick
25 67 Buddy Arrington Chrysler
26 48 Trevor Boys
27 74 Bobby Wawak
28 24 Cecil Gordon
29 77 Ken Ragan
30 31 Billie Harvey
31 8 Bobby Hillin Jr.
32 2 Morgan Sheperd
33 6 Al Elmore
34 64 Tommy Gale
35 76 Mike Potter
36 71 Dave Marcis
37 41 Ronnie Thomas
38 70 J.D. McDuffie
39 78 Dick Skillen
40 46 Travis Tiller

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RaceEdit

Forty drivers made the grid; Trevor Boys was the only driver not to be born in the United States. The race lasted almost three hours for the scheduled 188 laps. Dick Skillen was the last-place finisher due to a crash on the first lap with Travis Tiller, Tommy Gale, Billie Harvey, Grant Adcox, and Neil Bonnett. J.D. McDuffie was the lowest-finishing driver to finish the race; he was 44 laps behind the leaders. 95,000 people attended this race.[3] Neil Bonnett was leading the race with 12 laps to go when he pitted for fuel only. The car stalled and it took long enough to get it re-fired that Earnhardt and Waltrip were able to get by.

Cale Yarborough would qualify for the pole position with a speed of 201.744 miles per hour (324.675 km/h). Dale Earnhardt would defeat Darrell Waltrip by four car lengths in this race; securing his last victory for an owner other than Richard Childress.[3] Harvey and Tiller would retire from NASCAR after this race.[6] Individual earnings for each driver ranged from the winner's share of $46,950 ($118,104.43 when adjusted for inflation) to the last-place finisher's share of $1,450 ($3,647.53 when adjusted for inflation). The total prize purse was $316,700 ($796,670.33 when adjusted for inflation).[7]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 4 15 Dale Earnhardt Bud Moore Engineering Ford 188 185
2 10 11 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 188 175
3 18 27 Neil Bonnett† Blue Max Racing Pontiac 188 175
4 12 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Pontiac 188 165
5 23 33 Harry Gant Mach 1 Racing Buick 188 155
6 9 88 Geoff Bodine
7 5 90 Dick Brooks
8 2 9 Bill Elliott Ford
9 24 22 Bobby Allison Buick
10 8 4 Mark Martin
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† Bonnett crashed his car on lap 2, but drove Richmond's car after Richmond retired due to debris in his eyes

Race summaryEdit

  • Lead changes: 46 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 2 for 16
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 55 minutes and 52 seconds
  • Average speed: 170.611 miles per hour (274.572 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

CBS Television
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Ken Squier
Color-commentator: Ned Jarrett
Larry Nuber
Mike Joy

RadioEdit

MRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Barney Hall
Announcer: Eli Gold
Turns 1 & 2: Dave DeSpain
Backstretch: Mark Garrell
Turns 3 & 4: Dave Sutherland
Jerry Punch
Bill Bowser

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1983 Talladega 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ "1983 Talladega 500". Youtube.com. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d 1983 Talladega 500 racing information at Racing Reference
  4. ^ "Track Facts". talladegasuperspeedway.com. Talladega Superspeedway. November 1, 2012. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "1983 Talladega 500". Youtube.com. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  6. ^ 1983 Talladega 500 results at Race-Database
  7. ^ 1983 Talladega 500 racing information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
Preceded by
1983 Like Cola 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1983
Succeeded by
1983 Champion Spark Plug 400
Preceded by
1982
Talladega 500 races
1983
Succeeded by
1984