1982 Daytona 500
|Race 1 of 30 in the 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
Daytona International Speedway
|Date||February 14, 1982|
|Location||Daytona International Speedway|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 72 °F (22 °C); wind speeds approaching 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)|
|Average speed||153.991 miles per hour (247.824 km/h)|
|Driver||Benny Parsons||Harry Ranier|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Bobby Allison||DiGard Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
The 1982 Daytona 500, the 24th running of the event, was the first race of the 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup season. It was the first time that the Daytona 500 was chosen by NASCAR as the first race of the season.
Bobby Allison would take the win in the #88 Gatorade Buick Regal. Allison holds the distinction of leading the most laps in consecutive Daytona 500s in 1981 and 1982, and then win the next year. A live audience consisting of 120,000 patrons would witness a 194-minute race where five cautions would last for 34 laps and 31 changes to the dominant position were made. The victory gap between Yarborough and Allison was nearly 23 seconds.
Allison's win caused controversy when Allison's rear bumper fell off during the race.
- Bobby Allison
- Cale Yarborough
- Joe Ruttman
- Terry Labonte
- Bill Elliott
- Ron Bouchard
- Harry Gant
- Buddy Baker
- Jody Ridley
- Roy Smith
Fourteen cars competed in a consolation race for non-qualifiers. Slick Johnson started from the pole in the event; he finished second, with Tim Richmond winning the 30-lap race. Ronnie Thomas, Bill Meazel and James Hylton rounded out the top five.
- "Weather of the 1982 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
- "1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-reference. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- "1982 Daytona 500 results". Racing-reference. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- Hinshaw, Lydia (February 13, 1982). "Richmond Slips By Slick For Win". The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Daytona Beach, FL). p. 4B. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
1981 Winston Western 500
|NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
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