| Texas 400|
| June 9, 1979 (1979-June-09)|
Texas World Speedway, College Station, Texas
Permanent racing facility
2.000 mi (3.218 km)
250 laps, 500 mi (804 km)
Hot with temperatures approaching 90 °F (32 °C); wind speeds up to 11.8 miles per hour (19.0 km/h)
The 1979 Texas 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) race that took place on June 3, 1979, at Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas.
By the following season, NASCAR had completely stopped tracking the year model of all the vehicles and most teams did not take stock cars to the track under their own power anymore. Only manual transmission vehicles were allowed to participate in this race; a policy that NASCAR has retained to the present day.
1979 Texas 400 Wikipedia
Two hundred laps took place on an oval track spanning 2.0 miles (3.2 km). Darrell Waltrip won the race; beating Bobby Allison by 60 seconds. Eleven thousand and five hundred fans would attend this live race with lasted more than two hours and thirty-three minutes.
Waltrip's overall speed for the race was 156.216 miles per hour (251.405 km/h) while Buddy Baker achieved the pole position for the race with a speed of 167.903 miles per hour (270.214 km/h). Total winnings for this race were $161,250 ($532,102.82 when considering inflation); Darrell would receive $21,750 of the total purse ($71,772.01 when considering inflation). Dale Earnhardt was Waltrip's top challenger before he crashed late in the race.
Some of the more notable names to make an appearance here were: Dale Earnhardt, Richard Childress, Cale Yarborough, Terry Labonte, Richard Petty, and J. D. McDuffie. While Jim Hurlbert and John Rezek would make their NASCAR Cup Series debut, Billy Hagan would make his grand exit after this race along with three other drivers. Bill Meazel would make his only NASCAR appearance during this event.
† signifies that the driver is known to be deceasedStart: Terry Labonte was leading the other drivers as the green flag was waved in the air
Lap 5: Jimmy Finger managed to blow his vehicle's engine
Lap 36: John Haver managed to blow his vehicle's engine
Lap 46: Bill Meazel managed to blow his vehicle's engine
Lap 70: Lennie Pond managed to blow his vehicle's engine
Lap 113: Dick May managed to blow his vehicle's engine
Lap 135: Ricky Rudd managed to blow his vehicle's engine
Lap 139: Baxter Price's vehicle developed a problematic transmission
Lap 140: The wheel on Ronnie Thomas' vehicle became non-functional
Lap 143: The spindle on Benny Parsons' vehicle developed problems
Lap 194: Caution due to Dale Earnhardt's accident on turn 3; caution ended on lap 198
Finish: Darrell Waltrip was officially declared the winner of the event
* Driver failed to finish race