1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
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Dale Earnhardt, the 1980 champion
Dale Earnhardt, the 1980 champion

The 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series was the 32nd season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 9th modern-era NASCAR Cup season. It was the final year with the Gen 2 car. The season began on Sunday, January 13 and ended on Sunday, November 15. Dale Earnhardt won his first Winston Cup championship, winning by 19 points over Cale Yarborough. Jody Ridley was crowned NASCAR Rookie of the Year.

Teams and drivers

Team Make No. Driver Car Owner Crew Chief
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Oldsmobile Cutlass 51 A. J. Foyt A. J. Foyt
Don Whittington
Arrington Racing Dodge Magnum 67 Buddy Arrington Buddy Arrington Joey Arrington
77 Dick May
Eddie Dickerson
97
B&B Racing Buick Century 03 Jimmy Finger Don Bierschwale
Ballard Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 30 Tighe Scott Walter Ballard Harry Hyde
Billie Harvey Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Oldsmobile Cutlass

87 Billie Harvey Billie Harvey
Gary Balough
Billy Matthews Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 41 Dick Brooks Billy Matthews
Borneman Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 81 John Borneman John Borneman
Bud Moore Engineering Ford Thunderbird 15 Bobby Allison Bud Moore Bud Moore
DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 88 Darrell Waltrip Bill Gardner Buddy Parrott
Jake Elder
Donlavey Racing Ford Thunderbird 90 Jody Ridley Junie Donlavey
Ellington Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Oldsmobile Cutlass
1 David Pearson Hoss Ellington Runt Pittman
Elliott Racing Mercury Cougar 9 Bill Elliott11 George Elliott Ernie Elliott
G. C. Spencer Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Oldsmobile Cutlass 1

4 Gary Baker 2 G. C. Spencer
Connie Saylor 5
Gordon Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 24 Cecil Gordon Cecil Gordon
Gray Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 19 John Anderson (R) Henley Gray
Hagan Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 44 Terry Labonte Billy Hagan Darrell Bryant
Halpern Enterprises Oldsmobile Cutlass

Chevrolet Monte Carlo

02 Donnie Allison Joel Halpern
Chuck Bown Harold Fagan
Hamby Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 17 Roger Hamby Roger Haɰmby
Hollar Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 99 Dick May Bill Hollar
Hylton Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 48 James Hylton James Hylton
John Kieper Dodge Magnum 93 Chuck Bown John Kieper
Chevrolet Monte Carlo 98 Hershel McGriff
Johnson Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 53 Slick Johnson J. D. Johnson
Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet Monte Carlo 11 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson Tim Brewer
Junior Miller Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 79 Junior Miller Junior Miller
Kennie Childers Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12 Donnie Allison Kennie Childers
Langley Racing Ford Thunderbird 64 Tommy Gale Elmo Xey
M. C. Anderson Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 27 Benny Parsons M. C. Anderson David Ifft
Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 71 Dave Marcis Dave Marcis
McDuffie Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 70 J. D. McDuffie J. D. McDuffie
Means Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 52 Jimmy Means Jimmy Means
Nelson Malloch Racing Ford Thunderbird 7 Dick Brooks Nelson Malloch
Ricky Rudd
Lake Speed
Osterlund Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2 Dale Earnhardt Rod Osterlund Jake Elder
Doug Richert
Petty Enterprises Chevrolet Monte Carlo 42 Kyle Petty 16 Richard Petty Maurice Petty
43 Richard Petty Dale Inman
Price Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 45 Baxter Price Baxter Price Robert Beadle
Charlie Chamblee
Jimmy Means
Roy Smith
Joel Stowe
Race Hill Farm Team Chevrolet Monte Carlo 47 Harry Gant Jack Beebe Bob Johnson
RahMoc Enterprises Chevrolet Monte Carlo 75 Bill Elswick 12 Bob Rahilly Butch Mock
Joe Millikan 3
John Anderson 7
Chuck Bown 1
Harry Gant 3
Kyle Petty 1
Lennie Pond 2
Jim Sauter 1
Ranier-Lundy Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 28 Buddy Baker Harry Ranier Waddell Wilson
Buddy Parrott
Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 3 Richard Childress Richard Childress
Robertson Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 25 Ronnie Thomas Don Robertson
Speed Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 66 Lake Speed (R) Lake Speed
Testa Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Oldsmobile Cutlass

68 Chuck Bown 1 Jim Testa Ron Kelly
Lennie Pond 14
John Greenwood 2
Ulrich Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Buick Century

40 Bill Whittington 2 D. K. Ulrich
Joe Booher 1
Ricky Rudd 3 D. K. Ulrich
Dick May 2
D. K. Ulrich 10
Dick Skillen 1
Mike Alexander 1
J. D. McDuffie 1
Tommy Gale1
Lennie Pond 1
Sterling Marlin 1
Tim Richmond 5 D. K. Ulrich
Harry Dinwiddle 1
Stan Barrett 3
Warren Racing Dodge Magnum

Chevrolet Monte Carlo

74 Dick May 2 Frank Warren
Jim Hurlbert 1
Joey Arrington 1
Frank Warren 7
Travis Tiller 1
Junior Miller 5
Joe Booher 2
Marty Robbins 1
Wawak Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Buick Century
74 Joe Booher 2 Bobby Wawak
Bobby Wawak 19
Bob Riley 1
Stuart Hoffman 1
Henry Jones 1
Wood Brothers Racing Mercury Cougar 21 Neil Bonnett Glen Wood Leonard Wood

Season recap

No. Date Race title Track Winning driver
1 January 13
January 19
Winston Western 500 Riverside International Raceway Darrell Waltrip
February 10 Busch Clash Daytona International Speedway Dale Earnhardt
2 February 17 Daytona 500 Buddy Baker
3 February 24 Richmond 400 Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway Darrell Waltrip
4 March 9 Carolina 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway Cale Yarborough
5 March 16 Atlanta 500 Atlanta International Raceway Dale Earnhardt
6 March 30 Valleydale Southeastern 400 Bristol International Raceway Dale Earnhardt
7 April 13 CRC Rebel 500 Darlington International Raceway David Pearson
8 April 20 Northwestern Bank 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway Richard Petty
9 April 27 Virginia 500 Martinsville Speedway Darrell Waltrip
10 May 4 Winston 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway Buddy Baker
11 May 10 Music City 420 Nashville Speedway Richard Petty
12 May 18 Mason-Dixon 500 Dover Downs International Speedway Bobby Allison
13 May 25 World 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway Benny Parsons
14 June 1 NASCAR 400 Texas World Speedway Cale Yarborough
15 June 8 Warner W. Hodgdon 400 Riverside International Raceway Darrell Waltrip
16 June 15 Gabriel 400 Michigan International Speedway Benny Parsons
17 July 4 Firecracker 400 Daytona International Speedway Bobby Allison
18 July 12 Busch Nashville 420 Nashville Speedway Dale Earnhardt
19 July 27 Coca-Cola 500 Pocono Raceway Neil Bonnett
20 August 3 Talladega 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway Neil Bonnett
21 August 17 Champion Spark Plug 400 Michigan International Speedway Cale Yarborough
22 August 23 Busch Volunteer 400 Bristol International Raceway Cale Yarborough
23 September 1 Southern 500 Darlington International Raceway Terry Labonte
24 September 7 Capital City 400 Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway Bobby Allison
25 September 14 CRC Chemicals 500 Dover Downs International Speedway Darrell Waltrip
26 September 21 Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway Bobby Allison
27 September 28 Old Dominion 500 Martinsville Speedway Dale Earnhardt
28 October 5 National 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway Dale Earnhardt
29 October 19 American 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway Cale Yarborough
30 November 2 Atlanta Journal 500 Atlanta International Raceway Cale Yarborough
31 November 15 Los Angeles Times 500 Ontario Motor Speedway Benny Parsons

Notable races

Final standings

Further information: List of NASCAR points scoring systems

Driver's standings

Finish Driver Points Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles
1 Dale Earnhardt 4661 31 5 19 24 0
2 Cale Yarborough 4642 31 6 19 22 14
3 Benny Parsons 4278 31 3 16 21 2
4 Richard Petty 4255 31 2 15 19 0
5 Darrell Waltrip 4239 31 5 16 17 5
6 Bobby Allison 4019 31 4 12 18 2
7 Jody Ridley 3972 31 0 2 18 0
8 Terry Labonte 3766 31 1 6 16 0
9 Dave Marcis 3745 31 0 4 14 0
10 Richard Childress 3742 31 0 0 10 0
11 Harry Gant 3703 31 0 9 14 0
12 Buddy Arrington 3461 31 0 0 7 0
13 James Hylton 3449 31 0 0 4 0
14 Ronnie Thomas 3066 30 0 0 4 0
15 Cecil Gordon 2993 29 0 0 3 0
16 J.D. McDuffie 2968 31 0 0 3 0
17 Jimmy Means 2947 28 0 0 0 0
18 Tommy Gale 2885 29 0 0 0 0
19 Neil Bonnett 2865 22 2 10 13 0
20 Roger Hamby 2606 26 0 0 0 0
21 Buddy Baker 2603 19 2 10 12 6
22 Lake Speed 1853 19 0 0 5 0
23 Slick Johnson 1851 18 0 0 5 0
24 John Anderson 1805 20 0 0 2 0
25 Bobby Wawak 1742 19 0 0 1 0
26 Donnie Allison 1730 18 0 3 6 1
27 Dick Brooks 1698 19 0 2 5 0
28 Kyle Petty 1690 15 0 0 6 0
29 Baxter Price 1689 18 0 0 0 0
30 Lennie Pond 1558 17 0 2 7 0
31 Junior Miller 1402 16 0 0 0 0
32 Dick May 1323 21 0 0 2 0
33 Joe Millikan 1274 12 0 2 6 0
34 Bill Elliott 1232 11 0 0 4 0
35 Ricky Rudd 1213 13 0 1 3 0
36 Bill Elswick 1053 12 0 0 0 0
37 David Pearson 1004 9 1 4 5 1
38 D.K. Ulrich 935 11 0 0 1 0
39 Tighe Scott 791 10 0 1 2 0
40 Frank Warren 559 7 0 0 0 0
41 Tim Richmond 527 5 0 0 0 0
42 Bill Schmitt 503 4 0 1 1 0
43 Buck Simmons 495 6 0 0 0 0
44 Rick Newsom 483 6 0 0 0 0
45 Dave Dion 441 4 0 0 1 0
46 Don Whittington 429 7 0 0 1 0
47 Steve Moore 412 4 0 0 0 0
48 Tommy Houston 396 4 0 0 0 0
49 Sterling Marlin 387 5 0 0 2 0
50 Bruce Hill 348 6 0 0 0 0
51 Chuck Bown 329 8 0 0 0 0
52 Jim Vandiver 328 4 0 0 1 0
53 Jeff McDuffie 327 3 0 0 0 0
54 Coo Coo Marlin 303 3 0 0 0 0
55 Don Sprouse 303 4 0 0 0 0
56 Joe Booher 294 6 0 0 0 0
57 Rusty Wallace 291 2 0 1 1 0
58 Jim Robinson 273 3 0 0 0 0
59 Hershel McGriff 270 3 0 0 0 0
60 Roy Smith 263 3 0 0 0 0
61 Don Puskarich 255 3 0 0 0 0
62 Kenny Hemphill 252 5 0 0 1 0
63 Blackie Wangerin 237 3 0 0 0 0
64 Mike Potter 237 3 0 0 0 0
65 Travis Tiller 237 4 0 0 0 0
66 Rick McCray 231 3 0 0 0 0
67 Connie Saylor 227 5 0 0 0 0
68 Rick Wilson 225 3 0 0 0 0
69 Janet Guthrie 209 2 0 0 0 0
70 Wayne Watercutter 206 2 0 0 0 0
71 Marty Robbins 204 4 0 0 0 0
72 Randy Ogden 204 3 0 0 0 0
73 Eddie Dickerson 197 2 0 0 0 0
74 Don Waterman 191 2 0 0 0 0
75 Kevin Housby 185 3 0 0 0 0
76 John Utsman 182 2 0 0 0 0
77 Steve Pfeifer 182 2 0 0 0 0
78 Nelson Oswald 152 2 0 0 0 0
78 Phil Finney 152 2 0 0 0 0
80 Jocko Maggiacomo 137 2 0 0 0 0
81 John Borneman 131 2 0 0 0 0
82 Harry Dinwiddie 127 1 0 0 0 0
83 Mike Miller 125 2 0 0 0 0
84 Joey Arrington 124 1 0 0 0 0
84 Jimmy Finger 124 1 0 0 0 0
86 Jimmy Ingram 118 1 0 0 0 0
87 Billie Harvey 115 4 0 0 0 0
88 Bill Osborne 110 2 0 0 0 0
89 Joel Stowe 109 2 0 0 0 0
90 Vince Giamformaggio 103 1 0 0 0 0
91 John Callis 100 2 0 0 0 0
92 Bill Hollar 94 1 0 0 0 0
92 Bruce Jacobi 94 1 0 0 0 0
94 Ralph Jones 88 2 0 0 0 0
95 Jim Hopkinson 82 1 0 0 0 0
96 Stuart Huffman 79 2 0 0 0 0
96 Nestor Peles 79 1 0 0 0 0
96 Dick Skillen 79 1 0 0 0 0
99 Ed Hale 76 1 0 0 0 0
100 Bobby Sands 73 1 0 0 0 0
101 A.J. Foyt 70 1 0 0 0 0
102 Glenn Francis 67 1 0 0 0 0
102 Bill Whittington 67 2 0 0 1 0
104 Melvin Revis 64 1 0 0 0 0
105 Glen Ward 58 1 0 0 0 0
106 Henry Jones 52 4 0 0 0 0
107 Jim Hurlbert 49 1 0 0 0 0
108 Gary Balough 46 1 0 0 0 0
109 Jim Sauter 40 1 0 0 0 0
Glenn Jarrett 2 0 0 0 0
Bob Riley 2 0 0 0 0
Joe Ruttman 1 0 0 0 0
Steve Spencer 3 0 0 0 0
Bub Strickler 5 0 0 0 0
Chuck Wahl 1 0 0 0 0
Ferrel Harris 2 0 0 0 0
Dan Gurney 1 0 0 0 0
John Greenwood 2 0 0 0 0
Steve Gray 1 0 0 0 0
Ernie Cline 1 0 0 0 0
Charlie Chamblee 1 0 0 0 0
Stan Barrett 3 0 0 1 0
Gary Baker 1 0 0 0 0
Mike Alexander 1 0 0 1 0
Clay Young 1 0 0 0 0

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References

  1. ^ "1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Central - The Third Turn". www.thethirdturn.com. Retrieved 2021-04-29.