October 29, 1978 - Cardinal 500 at Martinsville

TMC Chase
4 years ago
3,921 posts

Martinsville hosted its annual Cardinal 500 Classic modified-late model sportsman races on October 29, 1978. -Thomas Craig

Geoff Bodine set a track record in winning the pole for the modified race. Maynard Troyer qualified 2nd, and eventual season champion Richie Evans timed third. -Schenectady Gazette

A day later, the LMS cars hit the track for qualifying. Bodine's track record lasted less than 24 hours as Butch Lindley set his own track record to nab the pole for his 250-lap event. -Spartanburg Herald

The start of the 250-lap modified race with Geoff Bodine on the pole. -Getty

Bodine won in a rout. He got an early jump from his top starting spot, set the pace and led all 250 laps en route to a dominating victory.

Darrell Waltrip spent an off-weekend from the Cup series to race in the Cardinal 500 and qualified second alongside Lindley. Lennie Pond - whose Cup history was often linked to Waltrip going back to 1973 - started 3rd as he too enjoyed a weekend away from the Cup series to race in his home state. The start of the LMS 250-lap feature. -Getty

Waltrip coming off turn 4 as Lindley (16) leads followed by Jimmy Hensley (63). -Getty

Several photos from the late model sportsman race have been shared here on RacersReunion by Dennis Beck including:

Lennie Pond

Darrell Waltrip

Paul Radford

A young Sterling Marlinwho drove up from Columbia, TN

Sonny Hutchins

Harry Gant

Jimmy Hensley

Geoff Bodinewho pulled double duty by racing in both events

And Dale Earnhardtone season before he began racing the Cup series full-time as a rookie.

The LMS race was far more competitive than the modified race with 10 lead changes throughout the day. Sam Ard came from a deep starting spot in the field to navigate many cars and cautions. Ard battled all race, finally took the lead for the first time with about 35 laps to go, and narrowly nipped native Virginian Hutchins for the win.

The two winners pose with the trophy. I'm guessing each eventually got one of their own. I'd hate to think the two of them had to pull a single trophy apart like the pulley bone after a chicken dinner. -Getty

Race report -Schenectady Gazette

Race report fromFree Lance Star

I haven't found a complete run-down for either race. But I've tried to cobble together starting and finishing positions as best I could. Hopefully someone like Dave Fulton or Jack Walker has the full finishing order.

Modified Race

Fin St Driver Car
1 1 GeoffBodine Ford Pinto
2 ? GeorgeSummers Ford Pinto
3 5 RayHendrick Ford Pinto
4 ? BugsStevens Ford Pinto
5 ? CharlieJarzombek Chevrolet Vega
6 ? SatchWorley Ford Pinto
7 ? DonBiederman Chevy Camaro
8 ? GilHearne Ford Pinto
9 ? WayneAnderson Ford Pinto
10 ? TomGush Ford Pinto
11 ? EdFlemke Ford Pinto
12 ? FredHarbach Ford Pinto
13 ? JohnRosati Ford Pinto
14 ? GaryCretty Chevrolet Vega
15 ? BrianRoss Ford Pinto
20 3 RichieEvans ?
24 2 MaynardTroyer ?
28 ? JerryCook ?
? 4 George Kent Jr ?
? 6 Ken Bouchard ?
? 7 Chuck Ciprich ?
? 8 Greg Sacks ?
? 9 George Summers ?
? 10 Paul Radford ?

LMS Race

Fin St Driver Car
1 23 SamArd Oldsmobile
2 ? SonnyHutchins Chevrolet
3 ? J.E.Beard Chevrolet
4 7 MorganShepherd Pontiac
5 ? JoeThurman Pontiac
6 ? Monk Tate Oldsmobile
7 ? Jody Ridley Pontiac
8 ? Satch Worley Pontiac
9 5 Bob Pressley Chevrolet
10 6 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet
14 9 JimmyHensley
? 1 Butch Lindley
? 2 Darrell Waltrip
? 3 Lennie Pond
? 4 Tommy Houston
? 8 Ray Hendrick
? 10 Paul Radford
? 20 Jack Bland
? ? Sterling Marlin

Schaefer: It's not just for racing anymore.

updated by @tmc-chase: 12/05/16 04:00:58PM
Dave Fulton
4 years ago
9,105 posts

3rd place LMS finisher J.E. Beard of Bailey, NC was a former Wilson County Speedway dirt track champion, whose father, Edsel Beard sold some of the coldest beer in NC (don't remember if he stocked Schafer) at his little country store on NC Highway 581 between Bailey and Spring Hope. That's J.E. running to the inside of Butch Lindley and in front of Jimmy Hensley in the Dennis Beck photo below. If the "Flying 59" logo and paint color resemble Ray Hendrick's old Jack Tant/Clayton Mitchell "Flying 11" cars, that's because J.E. was at the time working for Tant in Littleton, NC building motors. He'd later build the winning motor for Lake Speed's only Winston Cup win, at Darlington in the Rebel 500.

The Tim Hamm photo below shows the same J.E. Beard in car #22 fighting with Elliott and Hermie Sadler's uncle, Bud Elliott in car #77 for the 1975 Wilson County Speedway dirt championship:

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Dave Fulton
4 years ago
9,105 posts

Here's a closer look at 3rd place Cardinal 500 LMS driver, J.E. Beard's "Flying 59" entering Caraway Speedway carrying the same Viking Tire Stores of Wilson, NC sponsorship the car ran at Martinsville:

Randy Murphy photo - previously posted on this site

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Dennis  Garrett
10 months ago
521 posts

October 29, 1978 - Cardinal 500 At Martinsville Modified/Late Model Sportsman Race Lineup/Stats







Dennis Garrett



updated by @dennis-garrett: 04/12/17 01:55:00AM