NASCAR in the 1979 season. Full information

31st season of the NASCAR proved to be an exhilarating ride for motorsport enthusiasts worldwide. Spanning from 14th January to 18th November in 1979, this season showcased thrilling races, unexpected twists, and fierce competition. Join us as we relive the excitement and drama that unfolded throughout this unforgettable season of NASCAR!

Beginners of the season: Kyle Petty , Tim Williamson , Jim Robinson , Geoffrey Bodine , Gary Balough , Slick Johnson , Joe Fields , Keith Davis , Mike Potter , Kevin Housby , Wayne Broome , Steve Spencer , Al Elmore , Steve Peles , John Rezek , Jim Hurlbert , Bill Meazell , Hal Callentine , Ed Hale , Dick Whalen , Robert Tartaglia , Chris Monoleos , Sandy Satullo , David Sosebee , Wayne Watercutter , Henry Jones , Steve Gray , John Anderson , Billy Smith , Bill Elswick , Jeff Halverson , Butch Lindley , Larry Isley , Buck Simmons

List of races and tracks in the 1979 season

Race Winner Track Race Start
Riverside NASCAR 1979 Riverside NASCAR Race 1 Darrell Waltrip
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #88
Riverside 14th January 1979
Daytona 500 1979 Daytona 500 Richard Petty
Oldsmobile Cutlass, #43
Daytona 18th February 1979
North Carolina NASCAR 1979 North Carolina NASCAR Race 1 Bobby Allison
Ford Torino, #15
North Carolina 4th March 1979
Richmond NASCAR 1979 Richmond NASCAR Race 1 Cale Yarborough
Oldsmobile Cutlass, #11
Richmond 11th March 1979
Atlanta NASCAR 1979 Atlanta NASCAR Race 1 Buddy Baker
Oldsmobile Cutlass, #28
Atlanta 18th March 1979
North Wilkesboro NASCAR 1979 North Wilkesboro NASCAR Race 1 Bobby Allison
Ford Torino, #15
North Wilkesboro 25th March 1979
Bristol NASCAR 1979 Bristol NASCAR Race 1 Dale Earnhardt
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #2
Bristol 1st April 1979
Darlington NASCAR 1979 Darlington NASCAR Race 1 Darrell Waltrip
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #88
Darlington 8th April 1979
Martinsville NASCAR 1979 Martinsville NASCAR Race 1 Richard Petty
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #43
Martinsville 22nd April 1979
Talladega NASCAR 1979 Talladega NASCAR Race 1 Bobby Allison
Ford Torino, #15
Talladega 6th May 1979
Nashville NASCAR 1979 Nashville NASCAR Race 1 Cale Yarborough
Oldsmobile Cutlass, #11
Nashville Fairgrounds 12th May 1979
Dover Downs NASCAR 1979 Dover Downs NASCAR Race 1 Neil Bonnett
Mercury Montego, #21
Dover Downs 20th May 1979
World 600 1979 World 600 Darrell Waltrip
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #88
Charlotte 27th May 1979
Texas NASCAR 1979 Texas NASCAR Darrell Waltrip
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #88
Texas World Speedway 3rd June 1979
Riverside NASCAR 1979 Riverside NASCAR Race 2 Bobby Allison
Ford Torino, #15
Riverside 10th June 1979
Michigan NASCAR 1979 Michigan NASCAR Race 1 Buddy Baker
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #28
Michigan 17th June 1979
Daytona NASCAR 1979 Daytona NASCAR Neil Bonnett
Mercury Montego, #21
Daytona 4th July 1979
Nashville NASCAR 1979 Nashville NASCAR Race 2 Darrell Waltrip
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #88
Nashville Fairgrounds 14th July 1979
Pocono NASCAR 1979 Pocono NASCAR Cale Yarborough
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #11
Pocono 30th July 1979
Talladega NASCAR 1979 Talladega NASCAR Race 2 Darrell Waltrip
Oldsmobile Cutlass, #88
Talladega 5th August 1979
Michigan NASCAR 1979 Michigan NASCAR Race 2 Richard Petty
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #43
Michigan 19th August 1979
Bristol NASCAR 1979 Bristol NASCAR Race 2 Darrell Waltrip
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #88
Bristol 25th August 1979
Darlington NASCAR 1979 Darlington NASCAR Race 2 David Pearson
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #2
Darlington 3rd September 1979
Richmond NASCAR 1979 Richmond NASCAR Race 2 Bobby Allison
Ford Torino, #15
Richmond 9th September 1979
Dover Downs NASCAR 1979 Dover Downs NASCAR Race 2 Richard Petty
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #43
Dover Downs 16th September 1979
Martinsville NASCAR 1979 Martinsville NASCAR Race 2 Buddy Baker
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #28
Martinsville 23rd September 1979
Charlotte NASCAR 1979 Charlotte NASCAR Cale Yarborough
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #11
Charlotte 7th October 1979
North Wilkesboro NASCAR 1979 North Wilkesboro NASCAR Race 2 Benny Parsons
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #27
North Wilkesboro 14th October 1979
North Carolina NASCAR 1979 North Carolina NASCAR Race 2 Richard Petty
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #43
North Carolina 21st October 1979
Atlanta NASCAR 1979 Atlanta NASCAR Race 2 Neil Bonnett
Mercury Montego, #21
Atlanta 4th November 1979
Ontario NASCAR 1979 Ontario NASCAR Benny Parsons
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, #27
Ontario 18th November 1979

Drivers championship 1979

Richard Petty

United States

Champion

Darrell Waltrip

United States

2nd place

Bobby Allison

United States

3rd place

List of all drivers for the 1979 season

Name Points
Richard Petty 4830
Darrell Waltrip 4819
Bobby Allison 4633
Cale Yarborough 4604
Benny Parsons 4256
Joe Millikan 4014
Dale Earnhardt 3749
Richard Childress 3735
Ricky Rudd 3642
Terry Labonte 3615
Buddy Arrington 3589
D.K. Ulrich 3508
J.D. McDuffie 3473
James Hylton 3405
Buddy Baker 3249
Frank Warren 3199
Ronnie Thomas 2912
Tommy Gale 2795
Cecil Gordon 2737
Dave Marcis 2736
Harry Gant 2664
Dick Brooks 2622
Jimmy Means 2575
Donnie Allison 2508
Baxter Price 2364
Neil Bonnett 2223
Tighe Scott 1879
Bill Elliott 1548
Lennie Pond 1415
Dick May 1390
Roger Hamby 1231
David Pearson 1203
Coo Coo Marlin 613
Bruce Hill 594
Blackie Wangerin 571
Grant Adcox 560
Kyle Petty 559
Chuck Bown 523
John Anderson 496
Ralph Jones 477
Earle Canavan 456
Nelson Oswald 431
Slick Johnson 431
Dave Watson 413
Al Holbert 402
Bobby Wawak 376
Jody Ridley 374
Bill Hollar 371
Rick Newsom 355
Bill Schmitt 342
Ed Negre 336
John Kennedy 322
Tim Williamson 320
Richard White 264
Jimmy Insolo 258
H.B. Bailey 255
Elmo Langley 246
Jim Robinson 240
Henry Jones 237
Steve Spencer 230
Travis Tiller 229
Jim Vandiver 225
Bill Elswick 221
Jack Ingram 219
Jimmy Finger 213
Wayne Watercutter 212
Bob Burcham 212
Mike Potter 209
John Rezek 209
Marty Robbins 207
Steve Peles 203
Bill Dennis 200
Buck Simmons 197
Dave Dion 191
Mike Kempton 185
Vince Giamformaggio 176
Connie Saylor 170
Paul Fess 164
Sandy Satullo 155
David Sosebee 146
Norm Palmer 142
Jim Thirkettle 142
Geoffrey Bodine 139
Louis Gatto 137
Steve Pfeifer 134
Sterling Marlin 123
Butch Hartman 121
Al Elmore 118
Ed Hale 118
Gary Balough 116
Keith Davis 116
Skip Manning 116
Kevin Housby 115
Ernie Shaw 115
Billy Hagan 112
Steve Moore 112
Nestor Peles 106
Dick Whalen 106
John Borneman 103
Joe Fields 103
Roy Smith 100
Don Graham 97
Larry Isley 97
Jerry Jolly 97
Hal Callentine 94
Harry Goularte 94
Jim Hurlbert 91
Jocko Maggiacomo 91
Robert Tartaglia 91
Joey Arrington 85
Rick McCray 82
Butch Lindley 79
Don Puskarich 79
John Utsman 79
Dick Kranzler 76
Wayne Broome 73
Bobby Fisher 70
Don Noel 70
Glenn Jarrett 67
Bill Meazell 67
Billy Smith 64
Bobby Brack 63
Chris Monoleos 61
Jeff Halverson 55
Bill Seifert 55
Bub Strickler 55
Richard Brickhouse 46
Steve Gray 46
Butch Mock 46
Ron Hutcherson 40

List of all cars in the 1979 season