MRN Flashback: 1978 Delaware 500
By: MRN Staff on September 25, 2013 | 3:17 P.M. EST
In 1978, Future NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison closed the year with a hot streak that saw him win three of the final seven races. (Photo: ISC Archives)
In 1978, Future NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison closed the year with a hot streak that saw him win three of the final seven races.
Allison’s late-season run of success began Sept. 17 with a victory in the Delaware 500 at Dover Downs. He started second and led a race-high 267 laps, including the final 182, to claim the third of his five wins that season which led to a runner-up finish in the championship standings.
Cale Yarborough ran second at "The Monster Mile," the only driver on the lead lap with Allison at the checkered flag. Buddy Baker finished third with David Pearson and Darrell Waltrip completing the top five.
Allison’s margin of victory in his Bud Moore-owned Ford was 19.7 seconds.
Pole sitter J.D. McDuffie led only the first 10 laps and retired early with engine failure, finishing 33rd in the 37-car field. The race included just seven lead changes among five drivers: Allison, Baker, McDuffie, Waltrip and Yarborough. There were only three cautions for 18 laps.
Despite Allison’s late-season charge in 1978, Yarborough easily won his third straight Cup Series championship – by 474 points.
This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Dover Downs – now known as Dover International Speedway – for Sunday’s AAA 400. It’s the third round of the 2013 post-season Chase.
Visit MRN.com on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET) to hear the complete broadcast of the 1978 Delaware 500, anchored by Barney Hall and Jack Arute. Motor Racing Network – "The Voice of NASCAR" – features a classic race broadcast each week on "Throwback Thursday" throughout the 2013 season at MRN.com.