The 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup season was one for the record books. Over the course of the 31-race series, fans witnessed 772 lead changes -- a mark that still stands today, despite the fact that five races have been added to the annual schedule. A record five races were also determined by a last-lap pass, another 1981 NASCAR mark that still stands. In the chart below, you will find the results for all of the 31 races that comprised the 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series Season.

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Number 1 Buddy Baker leads #33 Harry Gant, #11 Darrell Waltrip, and #50 Bruce Hill during the World 600.
Buddy Baker, in the #1 Oldsmobile, leads #33 Harry
Gant, #11 Darrell Waltrip, #50 Bruce Hill, and #27 Cale
Yarborough during the May 24 World 600 at Charlotte
Motor Speedway. Gant became one of the most
popular pilots in NASCAR, but sour luck hounded
him throughout the season. See more
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Number Date
Site
Race Winner
Car
Speed
1 1/11/81 Riverside, CA
Bobby Allison Chevrolet
95.263
2
2/15/81
Daytona Beach, FL
Richard Petty
Buick
169.651
3 2/22/81 Richmond, VA Darrell Waltrip Buick 76.570
4
3/01/81
Rockingham, NC
Darrell Waltrip
Buick
114.594
5
3/15/81
Atlanta, GA
Cale Yarborough
Buick
133.619
6
3/29/81
Bristol, TN
Darrell Waltrip
Buick
89.530
7
4/05/81
N.Wilkesboro, NC
Richard Petty
Buick
85.381
8
4/12/81
Darlington, SC
Darrell Waltrip
Buick
126.703
9
4/26/81
Martinsville, VA
Morgan Shepherd
Pontiac
75.019
10
5/03/81
Talladega, AL
Bobby Allison
Buick
149.376
11
5/09/81
Nashville, TN
Benny Parsons
Ford 89.756
12
5/17/81
Dover, DE
Jody Ridley
Ford 116.595
13
5/24/81
Charlotte, NC
Bobby Allison
Buick
129.326
14
6/07/81
College Station, TX
Benny Parsons
Ford 132.475
15
6/14/81
Riverside, CA
Darrell Waltrip
Buick 93.597
16
6/21/81
Brooklyn, MI
Bobby Allison
Buick
130.589
17
7/04/81
Daytona Beach, FL
Cale Yarborough
Buick
142.588
18
7/11/81
Nashville, TN
Darrell Waltrip
Buick 90.052
19
7/26/81
Pocono, PA
Darrell Waltrip
Buick 119.111
20
8/02/81
Talladega, AL
Ron Bouchard
Buick 156.737
21
8/16/81
Brooklyn, MI
Richard Petty
Buick 123.457
22
8/22/81
Bristol, TN
Darrell Waltrip
Buick 84.723
23
9/07/81
Darlington, SC
Neil Bonnett
Ford 126.410
24
9/13/81
Richmond, VA
Benny Parsons
Ford 69.998
25
9/20/81
Dover, DE
Neil Bonnett
Ford 119.561
26
9/27/81
Martinsville, VA
Darrell Waltrip
Buick 70.089
27
10/04/81
N.Wilkesboro, NC
Darrell Waltrip
Buick 93.091
28
10/11/81
Charlotte, NC
Darrell Waltrip
Buick 117.483
29
10/11/81
Charlotte, NC
Darrell Waltrip
Buick 117.483
30
11/08/81
Atlanta, GA
Neil Bonnett
Ford
130.391
31 11/22/81
Ontario, CA
Bobby Allison
Buick
95.288

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