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1981 Budweiser NASCAR 400

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Official name  Texas 400
1981 Budweiser NASCAR 400
Date  June 7, 1981 (1981-June-07)
Location  Texas World Speedway, College Station, Texas
Course  Permanent racing facility 2.000 mi (3.218 km)
Distance  250 laps, 400 mi (404 km)
Weather  Hot with temperatures approaching 91 °F (33 °C); wind speeds up to 12.8 miles per hour (20.6 km/h)

The 1981 Budweiser NASCAR 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on June 7, 1981, at Texas World Speedway in the American community of College Station, Texas.

Summary

During the preceding 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.

34 drivers qualified for this 200-lap race; with Baxter Price, Kirk Shelmerdine and D.K. Ulrich quitting the race early on in this three-hour-long session. Benny Parsons and Dale Earnhardt would dominate the later portion of the race. Parsons would end up beating the Intimidator by slightly more than half a second. All of the drivers were born in the United States of America. Only three drivers remained on the lead lap at the end of the race: Benny Parsons, Dale Earnhardt, and Bobby Allison. Eighteen thousand people would come to see 35 different lead changes.

Other notable participants at the race were: Richard Petty, J.D. McDuffie, Richard Childress, Terry Labonte, Ricky Rudd, and Kyle Petty. Crashes and engine problems also made up the bulk of the drivers who failed to finish the race. The winner received $22,750 in total winnings ($59,931.09 when considering inflation) while last-place finisher Baxter Price received a meager $900 ($2,370.90 when considering inflation). The total purse for this event was $179,075 ($471,743.33 when considering inflation).

References

1981 Budweiser NASCAR 400 Wikipedia


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