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1978 Old Dominion 500

The 1978 Old Dominion 500 is a NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series) race that took place on September 24, 1978 at Martinsville Speedway in the American community of Martinsville, Virginia.[1] This race was the 28th to be held as a part of what is now known as the Tums Fast Relief 500.


Five hundred laps were done on a paved oval track spanning 0.525 miles (0.845 km) for a grand total of 262.5 miles (422.5 km).[1] The complete time of the race was three hours, nineteen minutes, and fifty-four seconds.[1] There were four cautions given out by the NASCAR officials for nineteen laps.[1] Cale Yarborough defeated Darrell Waltrip by three car lengths.[1] Notable speeds recorded in both the qualifying session and the race were: 79.185 miles per hour (127.436 km/h) as the average speed and 86.558 miles per hour (139.302 km/h) as the pole position speed.[1] Twenty thousand people attended this live race.[1]

Harry Gant would led a NASCAR Cup Series race for the first time in his career. However, he would only run ninety laps before having to leave the race due to an engine problem.[1] This would cause him to be relegated to a 28th place finish and only $1,070 in prize winnings ($3,868.92 in today's money).[1] Total winnings for this race were $101,430 ($366,752.25 in today's money) and Cale Yarborough took the lion's share of $24,950 ($90,214.62 in today's money).[2]

Satch Worley would retire from NASCAR after this race while Lennie Pond would never earn another pole position start after this race.[3]

Finishing order

  1. Cale Yarborough
  2. Darrell Waltrip (highest finishing Chevrolet vehicle)
  3. Benny Parsons
  4. Neil Bonnett
  5. Lennie Pond
  6. Richard Petty
  7. Bobby Allison (highest finishing Ford vehicle)
  8. Dave Marcis
  9. Terry Labonte
  10. Buddy Arrington (highest finishing Dodge vehicle)
  11. James Hylton
  12. Richard Childress
  13. Dick Brooks
  14. Satch Worley*
  15. Gary Myers
  16. Ronnie Thomas
  17. Dick May
  18. Ed Negre
  19. Baxter Price
  20. Ferrel Harris
  21. Frank Warren
  22. J.D. McDuffie*†
  23. Jimmy Means*
  24. Roger Hamby*
  25. David Pearson*
  26. Buddy Baker*
  27. Tommy Gale*†
  28. Harry Gant*
  29. Tighe Scott*
  30. Cecil Gordon*†

* Driver failed to finish race
† Driver is deceased


Preceded by
1978 Delaware 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1978 Wilkes 400
Preceded by
Old Dominion 500 races
Succeeded by
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