Throwback: Dale Earnhardt Sr. wins 1980 Atlanta 500

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. won his second NASCAR Cup Series win in 1980. At the time, the series was known as the NASCAR Winston Cup.

Earnhardt won the Atlanta 500 on Sunday, March 16th, 1980, at Atlanta International Raceway in Hampton, Georgia. Like his first win, he drove for Rod Osterlund and was sponsored by Mike Curb and Hodgdon.

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His first career win came nearly a year earlier at the Southern 500 at Bristol International Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.

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He won the event in three hours and 42 minutes. He won the race by 9.55 seconds.

Earnhardt started from the 31st position to get the win in the No. 2 entry. He led five of the 328 laps.

Team Penske driver Rusty Wallace was the second-place driver. Mike Curb and Hodgdon sponsored driver Bobby Allison was the third-place driver.

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Allison was the only Ford driver in the Top 3. Both Earnhardt and Wallace drove a Chevrolet in the race.

NASCAR legend Cale Yarborough led the race with a race-high 183 laps led. Earnhardt was second with 50 laps led.

Donnie Allison had 33 laps led, while his brother Bobby Allison had 32 laps led. Terry Labonte, Darrell Waltrip, Ricky Rudd, Dave Marcis, Richard Petty, and Buddy Baker also led multiple laps. Bill Elliott also led a lap.

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Following this race, Earnhardt led the points standings with 840. He had a 65-point lead over his nearest competitor in Bobby Allison.

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