May 12, 1979 - 250 Miles - Purse $70,100

  Cale Yarborough won his third straight NASCAR Winston Cup event at Nashville.

J.D. McDuffie led 111 laps and ran an extremely competitive race. This would be McDuffie's fourth fifth place finish at Nashville. The Sanford NC driver ran the race on McCreary tires while the rest of the field was on Goodyear.

This would also be the final Top-Five finish of J.D. McDuffie's 653 race career.

This would be the only NASCAR Winston Cup start for Darrell Basham.

Dale Earnhardt made his first of 12 Nashville starts.  He would record two wins at the track.

Joe Milikan won his only pole in his 79 race NASCAR career.

Joe Milikan leads Dale Earnhardt and Bobby Allison into turn three at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

Average Speed:   88.652   Time of Race:     2:49:25 Margin:     2.8 seconds
Pole Winner:         Joe Milikan  104.155 Attendance:        16,000 Cautions:   3 for 27 Laps
Lap Leaders:         Milikan 1-31, McDuffie 32-43, Waltrip 44-72, McDuffie 73-139, Waltrip 140-141, McDuffie 142-146, Petty 147-249, McDuffie 250-276, Petty 277-337. Yarborough 338-420
 
Driver Fin Str Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Cale Yarborough 1 4 11 Busch  - Junior Johnson & Assoc Olds 420 12,275 running 83
Richard Petty 2 5 43 STP  -  Petty Enterprises Chev 420 8,150 running 164
Bobby Allison 3 6 15 Hodgdon     -  Bud Moore Ford 419 6,450 running 0
Dale Earnhardt 4 7 2 Rod Osterlund Chev 419 5,350 running 0
J.D. McDuffie 5 9 70 Bailey Excavating - J D McDuffie Chev 418 3,080 running 111
Richard Childress 6 21 3 CRC Chemicals  -  Richard Childress Racing Chev 418 2,450 running 0
Benny Parsons 7 8 27 M.C. Anderson Chev 417 1,830 running 0
Buddy Baker 8 2 28 Spectra -  Harry Ranier Chev 412 3,910 running 0
Terry Labonte 9 10 44 Stratagraph  -  Billy Hagan Chev 411 1,875 running 0
Ricky Rudd 10 12 90 Truxmore  -  Junie Donlavey Ford 410 1,850 running 0
Jimmy Means 11 16 52 Mr. Transmission  -  Jimmy Means Chev 408 1,685 running 0
Steve Spencer 12 15 19 Belden Asphalt   - Henley Gray Buick 405 1,595 running 0
Tommy Gale 13 19 64 Sunny King Ford & Honda   -  Elmo Langley Ford 396 1,415 running 0
Bobby Wawak 14 26 74 Bobby Wawak Chev 390 525 running 0
Al Elmore
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Midwestern Farm Lines   (D.K. Ulrich ) Chev 389 1,265 running 0
D.K. Ulrich 16 13 24 Cecil Gordon Olds 383 1,135 running 0
Ronnie Thomas 17 25 25 1st National City Travelers Checks   - Ronnie Thomas Chev 378 2,020 running 0
Mike Kempton 18 28 69 Pro Shoppe -  Mike Kempton Chev 364 455 running 0
Baxter Price 19 22 45 Baxter Price Chev 356 890 clutch 0
Frank Warren 20 17 79 Native Tan     -  Frank Warren Dodge 355 675 engine 0
Darrell Waltrip 21 3 88 Gatorade    -  DiGard Racing Chev 335 3,115 running 31
James Hylton 22 14 48 Palatine Auto Parts -  James Hylton Chev 324 655 running 0
Joe Millikan 23 1 72 Appliance Wheels   - L G DeWitt Chev 124 5,345 engine 31
Darrell Basham 24 24 34 Marine Welding  -  Jim Patrick Merc 101 385 rear end 0
Nelson Oswald 25 27 09 Nelson Oswald Chev 95 375 ignition 0
Buddy Arrington 26 23 67 Reid Trailer Sales -  Buddy Arrington Dodge 63 620 engine 0
Dick Brooks 27 20 05 Bearfinder - Nelson Malloch Chev 36 365 trans 0
Harry Gant 28 11 47 Race Hill Farm -  Jack Beebe Chev 18 360 engine