1990 NASCAR Busch Series

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1990 NASCAR Busch Series season
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The 1990 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 17 and ended October 28. Chuck Bown of Hensley Motorsports won the championship.

See also: 1990 in NASCAR

Goody's 300[edit]

The Goody's 300 was held February 17 at Daytona International Speedway. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 7-Harry Gant
  3. 46-Greg Sacks*
  4. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  5. 41-Elton Sawyer
  6. 44-Bobby Labonte
  7. 58-Ernie Irvan
  8. 87-Joe Nemechek
  9. 32-Dale Jarrett
  10. 2-L.D. Ottinger
  • The #46 of Greg Sacks was actually a movie car for the 1990 movie Days of Thunder. In addition, shots of the big crash on lap 13 were used in the movie.

Pontiac 200[edit]

The Pontiac 200 was held February 24 at Richmond International Raceway. Michael Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 30-Michael Waltrip
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 44-Bobby Labonte
  4. 32-Dale Jarrett
  5. 36-Kenny Wallace
  6. 63-Chuck Bown
  7. 96-Tom Peck
  8. 4-Elton Sawyer
  9. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  10. 99-Tommy Ellis

Goodwrench 200[edit]

The Goodwrench 200 was held March 3 at North Carolina Speedway. Harry Gant won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 42-Kyle Petty
  3. 36-Kenny Wallace
  4. 7-Harry Gant
  5. 58-Ernie Irvan
  6. 99-Tommy Ellis
  7. 32-Dale Jarrett
  8. 1-Mark Martin 1 lap down
  9. 44-Bobby Labonte 1 lap down
  10. 25-Jimmy Hensley 1 lap down

Miller Classic[edit]

The Miller Classic was a 200 lap race held March 11 at Martinsville Speedway. Tommy Ellis won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Tommy Houston
  2. 27-Elton Sawyer
  3. 32-Dale Jarrett
  4. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  5. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  6. 08-Bobby Dotter
  7. 96-Tom Peck
  8. 42-Todd Bodine
  9. 99-Tommy Ellis
  10. 63-Chuck Bown

Mountain Dew 400[edit]

The Mountain Dew 400 was held March 25 at Hickory Motor Speedway. Chuck Bown won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Tommy Houston
  2. 99-Tommy Ellis
  3. 63-Chuck Bown
  4. 59-Robert Pressley
  5. 44-Bobby Labonte
  6. 36-Kenny Wallace 1 lap down
  7. 11-Jack Ingram 1 lap down
  8. 31-Steve Grissom 1 lap down
  9. 7-Harry Gant 1 lap down
  10. 27-Elton Sawyer 2 laps down

Pontiac 200[edit]

The Pontiac 200 was held March 31 at Darlington Raceway. Kenny Wallace won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 7-Harry Gant
  2. 44-Bobby Labonte
  3. 52-Ken Schrader
  4. 2-L.D. Ottinger
  5. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  6. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  7. 6-Tommy Houston
  8. 36-Kenny Wallace 1 lap down
  9. 12-Jeff Burton 1 lap down
  10. 4-Ed Berrier 1 lap down

Budweiser 250[edit]

The Budweiser 250 was held April 7 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bobby Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-L.D. Ottinger
  2. 32-Dale Jarrett
  3. 42-Kyle Petty
  4. 1-Mark Martin
  5. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  6. 25-Jimmy Hensley 1 lap down
  7. 96-Tom Peck 2 laps down
  8. 44-Bobby Labonte 2 laps down
  9. 87-Joe Nemechek 2 laps down
  10. 63-Chuck Bown 2 laps down
  • This race is best remembered for an infamous wreck involving Michael Waltrip. Waltrip's Kool-Aid sponsored #30 Pontiac Grand Prix hit the wall at the crossover gate in turn 2. The gate was not locked properly, so it opened, sending the #30 into the blunt end of the wall. The car was literally ripped apart. Miraculously, Waltrip emerged unscathed and competed in the Winston Cup Series' Valleydale Meats 500 the next day.

U-Can-Rent 200[edit]

The U-Can-Rent 200 was held April 28 at Lanier National Speedway. Chuck Bown won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 63-Chuck Bown*
  2. 36-Kenny Wallace
  3. 99-Tommy Ellis
  4. 8-Bobby Hamilton 1 lap down
  5. 31-Steve Grissom 1 lap down
  6. 79-Dave Rezendes 1 lap down
  7. 44-Bobby Labonte 1 lap down
  8. 08-Bobby Dotter 1 lap down
  9. 25-Jimmy Hensley 1 lap down
  10. 59-Robert Pressley 2 laps down

Roses Stores 200[edit]

The Roses Stores 200 was held May 5 at South Boston Speedway. Jimmy Hensley won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 63-Chuck Bown
  2. 12-Jeff Burton
  3. 31-Steve Grissom
  4. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  5. 22-Rick Mast
  6. 6-Tommy Houston
  7. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  8. 11-Jack Ingram
  9. 59-Robert Pressley
  10. 27-Elton Sawyer

Pontiac 300[edit]

The Pontiac 300 was held May 12 at Nazareth Speedway. Davey Allison won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  2. 79-Dave Rezendes
  3. 63-Chuck Bown
  4. 9-Morgan Shepherd
  5. 31-Steve Grissom
  6. 26-Davey Johnson
  7. 36-Kenny Wallace
  8. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  9. 6-Tommy Houston
  10. 28-Davey Allison

Granger Select 200[edit]

The Granger Select 200 was held May 19 at Hickory Motor Speedway. Chuck Bown won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 63-Chuck Bown
  2. 6-Tommy Houston
  3. 77-Jimmy Spencer
  4. 59-Robert Pressley
  5. 44-Bobby Labonte
  6. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  7. 31-Steve Grissom
  8. 22-Rick Mast
  9. 7-Harry Gant 1 lap down
  10. 36-Kenny Wallace 1 lap down

Champion 300[edit]

The Champion 300 was held May 26 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dick Trickle won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 32-Dale Jarrett
  2. 92-Dick Trickle
  3. 7-Harry Gant
  4. 48-Sterling Marlin
  5. 99-Tommy Ellis
  6. 28-Davey Allison
  7. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  8. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  9. 36-Kenny Wallace
  10. 44-Bobby Labonte

Budweiser 200[edit]

The Budweiser 200 was held June 2 at Dover International Speedway. Bobby Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 30-Michael Waltrip
  2. 7-Harry Gant
  3. 44-Bobby Labonte
  4. 96-Tom Peck
  5. 56-Ronald Cooper
  6. 6-Tommy Houston
  7. 33-Dick Trickle
  8. 63-Chuck Bown
  9. 27-Elton Sawyer
  10. 11-Jack Ingram

Roses Stores 200[edit]

The Roses Stores 200 was held June 9 at Orange County Speedway. Jeff Burton won the pole. The race was televised by SportsChannel.

Top Ten Results

  1. 63-Chuck Bown
  2. 79-Dave Rezendes
  3. 11-Jack Ingram
  4. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  5. 12-Jeff Burton
  6. 34-Jack Sprague
  7. 42-Todd Bodine
  8. 86-Dana Patten
  9. 96-Tom Peck
  10. 44-Bobby Labonte 1 lap down
  • This race featured a thrilling race for the lead late in the event. Bown, Rezendes and Ingram were 3 wide for the lead with about 20 laps to go.

Firecracker 200[edit]

The Firecracker 200 was held June 23 at Volusia County Speedway. Chuck Bown won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Tommy Houston
  2. 27-Elton Sawyer
  3. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  4. 31-Steve Grissom
  5. 63-Chuck Bown
  6. 87-Joe Nemechek
  7. 11-Jack Ingram
  8. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  9. 08-Bobby Dotter
  10. 79-Dave Rezendes

Carolina Pride / Budweiser 200[edit]

The Carolina Pride / Budweiser 200 was held June 30 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Tommy Ellis won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 1-Mark Martin
  2. 2-L.D. Ottinger
  3. 36-Kenny Wallace
  4. 08-Bobby Dotter
  5. 87-Joe Nemechek
  6. 56-Dave Mader III
  7. 99-Tommy Ellis
  8. 96-Tom Peck -1 lap
  9. 63-Chuck Bown -1 lap
  10. 44-Bobby Labonte -1 lap

True Value Oxford 250[edit]

The True Value Oxford 250 was a 250 green flag lap race held July 8 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine. Joey Kourafas won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 63-Chuck Bown
  2. 6-Tommy Houston
  3. 01-Joey Kourafas
  4. 22-Rick Mast
  5. 79-Dave Rezendes 1 lap down
  6. 41-Jamie Aube 1 lap down
  7. 44-Bobby Labonte 1 lap down
  8. 31-Steve Grissom 2 laps down
  9. 7-Billy Clark 2 laps down
  10. 15-Mike Rowe 3 laps down

NOTE: This is a joint Busch/Busch North series race. Under the rules of Oxford Plains Speedway for the Oxford 250, only green flag laps count towards the 250-lap distance.

Budweiser 300[edit]

The inaugural Budweiser 300 was held July 15 at New Hampshire International Speedway. The #25 of Jimmy Hensley won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 99-Tommy Ellis
  2. 7-Harry Gant
  3. 63-Chuck Bown
  4. 9-Morgan Shepherd
  5. 22-Rick Mast
  6. 51-Mike McLaughlin
  7. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  8. 32-Dale Jarrett
  9. 08-Bobby Dotter
  10. 96-Tom Peck
  • Bobby Labonte had flipped in this race when he was clipped hard, got it upside down, hit the wall and tumbled 2 times.

Coors 200[edit]

The Coors 200 was held July 21 at South Boston Speedway. The #25 of Jimmy Hensley won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Tommy Houston
  2. 63-Chuck Bown
  3. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  4. 22-Rick Mast
  5. 31-Steve Grissom
  6. 9-Ward Burton 1 lap down
  7. 99-Tommy Ellis 1 lap down
  8. 44-Bobby Labonte 2 laps down
  9. 21-Tommy Sigmon 2 laps down
  10. 33-Ed Berrier 2 laps down

Granger Select 200[edit]

The Granger Select 200 was held July 28 at New River Valley Speedway in Dublin, Virginia. Steve Grissom won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 31-Steve Grissom*
  2. 63-Chuck Bown
  3. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  4. 6-Tommy Houston
  5. 87-Joe Nemechek
  6. 79-Dave Rezendes
  7. 9-Ward Burton
  8. 59-Robert Pressley
  9. 36-Kenny Wallace
  10. 35-Mike Porter

Kroger 200[edit]

The Kroger 200 was held August 4 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The #25 of Jimmy Hensley won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 31-Steve Grissom
  2. 75-Ernie Irvan
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 63-Chuck Bown
  5. 59-Robert Pressley
  6. 27-Elton Sawyer
  7. 96-Tom Peck
  8. 33-Ed Berrier
  9. 79-Dave Rezendes
  10. 56-Dave Mader III

Texas Pete 200[edit]

The Texas Pete 200 was held August 11 at Orange County Speedway. The #33 of Ed Berrier won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 63-Chuck Bown
  2. 2-L.D. Ottinger
  3. 59-Robert Pressley
  4. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  5. 27-Elton Sawyer
  6. 8-Bobby Hamilton 1 lap down
  7. 08-Bobby Dotter 1 lap down
  8. 85-Bobby Moon 1 lap down
  9. 99-Tommy Ellis 1 lap down
  10. 22-Rick Mast 2 laps down

Jay Johnson 250[edit]

The Jay Johnson 250 was held August 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The #44 of Bobby Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 22-Rick Mast
  2. 32-Dale Jarrett
  3. 31-Steve Grissom
  4. 79-Dave Rezendes
  5. 6-Tommy Houston
  6. 1-Mark Martin
  7. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  8. 28-Davey Allison 1 lap down
  9. 99-Tommy Ellis 1 lap down
  10. 25-Jimmy Hensley 1 lap down

Gatorade 200[edit]

The Gatorade 200 was held September 1 at Darlington Raceway. The #17 of Greg Sacks won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 32-Dale Jarrett
  2. 7-Harry Gant
  3. 30-Michael Waltrip
  4. 42-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  5. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  6. 9-Morgan Shepherd
  7. 28-Davey Allison
  8. 56-Dave Mader III 1 lap down
  9. 36-Kenny Wallace 1 lap down
  10. 44-Bobby Labonte 1 lap down

Autolite 200[edit]

The Autolite 200 was held September 8 at Richmond International Raceway. Michael Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 22-Rick Mast
  2. 31-Steve Grissom
  3. 30-Michael Waltrip
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  6. 36-Kenny Wallace
  7. 59-Robert Pressley
  8. 32-Dale Jarrett
  9. 96-Tom Peck
  10. 7-Harry Gant

Ames/Splitfire 200[edit]

The Ames/Splitfire 200 was held September 15 at Dover International Speedway. The #99 of Tommy Ellis won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 7-Harry Gant
  2. 22-Rick Mast
  3. 81-Todd Bodine
  4. 32-Dale Jarrett
  5. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  6. 96-Tom Peck 1 lap down
  7. 31-Steve Grissom 2 laps down
  8. 36-Kenny Wallace 2 laps down
  9. 56-Dave Mader III 2 laps down
  10. 25-Jimmy Hensley 2 laps down

Zerex 150[edit]

The Zerex 150 was held September 22 at Martinsville Speedway. The #22 of Rick Mast won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 12-Jeff Burton*
  2. 59-Robert Pressley
  3. 32-Dale Jarrett
  4. 85-Bobby Moon
  5. 2-L.D. Ottinger
  6. 75-Jimmy Spencer
  7. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  8. 36-Kenny Wallace
  9. 08-Bobby Dotter
  10. 56-Dave Mader III

All Pro 300[edit]

The All Pro 300 was held October 6 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The #63 of Chuck Bown won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 48-Sterling Marlin*
  2. 15-Greg Sacks
  3. 32-Dale Jarrett
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  6. 6-Tommy Houston
  7. 9-Ward Burton
  8. 56-Dave Mader III
  9. 96-Tom Peck
  10. 52-Ken Schrader

NE Chevy 250[edit]

The inaugural NE Chevy 250 was held October 14 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Ricky Craven won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 22-Rick Mast
  2. 44-Bobby Labonte
  3. 51-Mike McLaughlin
  4. 25-Ricky Craven
  5. 99-Tommy Ellis 1 lap down
  6. 27-Elton Sawyer 1 lap down
  7. 08-Bobby Dotter 1 lap down
  8. 85-Bobby Moon 1 lap down
  9. 12-Jeff Burton 1 lap down
  10. 33-Ed Berrier 1 lap down

AC-Delco 200[edit]

The AC-Delco 200 was held October 20 at North Carolina Speedway. Dave Mader III won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 31-Steve Grissom
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 97-Morgan Shepherd
  4. 1-Mark Martin
  5. 56-Dave Mader III
  6. 28-Davey Allison
  7. 7-Harry Gant 1 lap down
  8. 99-Tommy Ellis 1 lap down
  9. 32-Dale Jarrett 1 lap down
  10. 42-Bobby Hillin, Jr. 1 lap down

Winston Classic[edit]

The Winston Classic was a 200 lap race held October 28 at Martinsville Speedway. The #63 of Chuck Bown won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 31-Steve Grissom
  2. 6-Tommy Houston
  3. 96-Tom Peck
  4. 51-Mike McLaughlin
  5. 11-Jack Ingram
  6. 40-Mike Wallace
  7. 44-Bobby Labonte
  8. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  9. 2-L.D. Ottinger
  10. 62-John Linville

Final Points Standings[edit]

  1. 63-Chuck Bown - 4372
  2. 25-Jimmy Hensley - 4172
  3. 31-Steve Grissom - 3982
  4. 44-Bobby Labonte - 3977
  5. 96-Tom Peck - 3868
  6. 99-Tommy Ellis - 3829
  7. 36-Kenny Wallace - 3829
  8. 2-L.D. Ottinger - 3693
  9. 6-Tommy Houston - 3667
  10. 22-Rick Mast - 3617
  11. 8-Bobby Hamilton - 3616
  12. 59-Robert Pressley - 3504
  13. 27-Elton Sawyer - 3442
  14. 08-Bobby Dotter - 3351
  15. 12-Jeff Burton - 3342
  16. 79-Dave Rezendes - 3217
  17. 87-Joe Nemechek - 3022
  18. 11-Jack Ingram - 2902
  19. 32-Dale Jarrett - 2473
  20. 85-Bobby Moon - 2295
  21. 5/9-Ward Burton - 2271
  22. 45-Patty Moise - 2190
  23. 7-Harry Gant - 2134
  24. 34-Jack Sprague - 2106
  25. 86-Dana Patten - 2013
  26. 3-Dale Earnhardt - 1947
  27. 26-Davey Johnson - 1809
  28. 33-Ed Berrier - 1748
  29. 47-Billy Standridge - 1594
  30. 56-Dave Mader III - 1432
  31. 1-Mark Martin - 1321
  32. 41-Jamie Aube - 1274
  33. 30-Michael Waltrip - 1185
  34. 9/97-Morgan Shepherd - 1171
  35. 42-Kyle Petty - 1079
  36. 28-Davey Allison - 1018
  37. 52-Ken Schrader - 1010
  38. 14-Wayne Patterson - 955
  39. 81/42-Todd Bodine - 772
  40. 21-Tommy Sigmon - 763
  41. 49-Ed Ferree - 762
  42. 75-Ernie Irvan - 742
  43. 56-Ronald Cooper - 729
  44. 98-Ron Lamell - 686
  45. 17/46/15-Greg Sacks - 654
  46. 77/75-Jimmy Spencer - 642
  47. 51-Mike McLaughlin - 633
  48. 48-Sterling Marlin - 625
  49. 75/0-Brad Teague - 609
  50. 17-Darrell Waltrip - 533

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Joe Nemechek was named the 1990 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year, posting two top-five finishes and garnering a seventeenth-place points finish despite missing three races. The top runner-up was Bobby Moon, followed closely Ward Burton and Dana Patten, the only other candidates to try a full schedule. Among the other rookies in 1990 were Jack Sprague, Dave Mader III, and Clifford Allison.