Yarborough continues to master Michigan

Sunday, June 20, 1982 – Three-time NASCAR premier series champion Cale Yarborough continued his mastery of the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway, recording his sixth career victory in the Gabriel 400. Yarborough’s No. 27 Buick, fielded by owner M.C. Anderson, led 73 of the race’s 200 laps and survived a last-lap encounter with Darrell Waltrip to earn the win.

Waltrip dove underneath Yarborough in Turn 3 on the white-flag lap and there was brief contact but Waltrip couldn’t make the pass. On the cool-down lap, Waltrip again made contact with Yarborough, but wound up spinning into the grass. Asked about the altercation, Yarborough said “Guess I’ll have to meet him in the Big K parking lot.” Waltrip, upset over fan reaction to his crash in the World 600 at Charlotte, had earlier suggested “putting out a bulletin that I’ll be at the Big K parking lot … and anybody that don’t like me can show up.”

Bill Elliott, Bobby Allison and Ricky Rudd completed the top five.

The race was delayed twice by rain for a total of 3 hr., six min. Once the rain stopped, the race didn’t go green again until 7:20 p.m. It finished at 9:12 p.m.

Robin McCall, 18 and only recently out of high school, made her NASCAR premier series debut, finishing 29th in the J.D. Stacy-owned No. 5 Buick.

Ron Bouchard started on the pole for the second time in his career.

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