1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

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1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
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Alan Kulwicki won the Winston Cup championship as an owner/driver.

The 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season began on February 9, 1992 and ended on November 15, 1992. Independent owner/driver Alan Kulwicki of AK Racing won the Winston Cup championship in the second-closest championship battle in NASCAR history to-date (after 2011).

The 1992 season was considered one of the most dramatic and emotional years in NASCAR. Seven-time champion, and "King of stock car racing," Richard Petty retired from the sport at season's end, concluding a year-long "Fan Appreciation Tour.". Petty appeared across the country for autographs and diecast were made of his #43 car for all 29 of the races he appeared in. The season also saw the quiet debut of future champion Jeff Gordon, who was planning to move up after two seasons in the Busch Series. Gordon debuted the rainbow #24 DuPont Chevrolet at the final race of the year.

The season-long championship battle narrowed down to six drivers, the most ever going into the final race of the season. Davey Allison won the season-opening Daytona 500, and despite a roller-coaster season, remained first, or near the top of the standings all season. Bill Elliott and Alan Kulwicki experienced more consistent results, placing them comfortably near the top. Harry Gant, Mark Martin, and Kyle Petty were also factors during the season. Two-time defending champion Dale Earnhardt, however, suffered a dismal season, winning only one race, dropping out several times, and finished outside the top ten at season's end, for just the second time in his Cup career.

The season's climax occurred at the final race of the season, the Hooters 500 at Atlanta. Six drivers entered the race with a mathematical chance at winning the Winston Cup championship. Davey Allison led the charge, but ultimately fell short when he was involved in an accident. The race, and the championship came down to a two-man battle between Bill Elliott and Alan Kulwicki. Elliott won the race, while Kulwicki finished second. Kulwicki led 103 laps during the race (compared to 102 by Elliott), clinched the 5 bonus points for leading the most laps, and won the Winston Cup title.

Tragically, only months later, both Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison would be killed in separate aviation crashes.

1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Drivers[edit]

Team Make # Driver Sponsor Car Owner Crew Chief
AK Racing Ford Thunderbird 7 Alan Kulwicki Hooters Alan Kulwicki Paul Andrews
Bahari Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 30 Michael Waltrip Pennzoil Chuck Rider Doug Hewitt
Bobby Allison Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 12 Hut Stricklin Raybestos Bobby Allison Jimmy Fennig
BS&S Motorsports Chevrolet Lumina 49 Stanley Smith Ameritron Batteries Stanley Smith
Bud Moore Engineering Ford Thunderbird 15 Geoff Bodine Motorcraft Bud Moore Donnie Wingo
Cale Yarborough Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 66 Jimmy Hensley (R) TropArctic Cale Yarborough
Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Chevrolet Lumina 17 Darrell Waltrip Western Auto Darrell Waltrip Jeff Hammond
Donlavey Racing Ford Thunderbird 90 Charlie Glotzbach Wrangs Junie Donlavey Junie Donlavey
Hagan Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 94 Terry Labonte Sunoco Billy Hagan Dewey Livengood
Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Lumina 5 Ricky Rudd Tide Rick Hendrick Gary DeHart
25 Ken Schrader Kodiak Joe Hendrick Ken Howes
Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet Lumina 18 Dale Jarrett Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs Jimmy Makar
Junior Johnson & Associates Ford Thunderbird 11 Bill Elliott Budweiser Junior Johnson Tim Brewer
22 Sterling Marlin Maxwell House Mike Beam
King Racing Ford Thunderbird 26 Brett Bodine Quaker State Kenny Bernstein Richard Broome
Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet Lumina 41 Greg Sacks Kellogg's Larry Hedrick Dennis Conner
Leo Jackson Motorsports Oldsmobile Cutlass 33 Harry Gant Skoal Bandit Leo Jackson Andy Petree
Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet Lumina 71 Dave Marcis Abilene Boots Helen Marcis Bob Marcis
Means Racing Ford Thunderbird 52 Jimmy Means Taco Bell Jimmy Means
Melling Racing Ford Thunderbird 9 Chad Little Melling Performance Harry Melling
Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet Lumina 4 Ernie Irvan Kodak Larry McClure Tony Glover
Penske Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Genuine Draft Roger Penske Buddy Parrott
Petty Enterprises Pontiac Grand Prix 43 Richard Petty STP Richard Petty Robbie Loomis
Precision Products Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 1 Rick Mast Skoal Classic Richard Jackson
RaDiUs Racing Ford Thunderbird 55 Ted Musgrave Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ray DeWitt
Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Lumina 3 Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Richard Childress Kirk Shelmerdine
Robert Yates Racing Ford Thunderbird 28 Davey Allison Texaco/Havoline Robert Yates Larry McReynolds
Roush Racing Ford Thunderbird 6 Mark Martin Valvoline Jack Roush Steve Hmiel
16 Wally Dallenbach Keystone Beer Geoff Smith Steve Lloyd
SABCO Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 42 Kyle Petty Mello Yello Felix Sabates Robin Pemberton
Speed Racing Ford Thunderbird 83 Lake Speed Purex Lake Speed
Stavola Brothers Racing Ford Thunderbird 8 Dick Trickle Snickers Billy Stavola Ken Wilson
Team Ireland Chevrolet Lumina 31 Bobby Hillin, Jr. Martin Birrane Doug Hewitt
Tri-Star Motorsports Oldsmobile Cutlass 68 Bobby Hamilton Country Time Mark Smith
Whitcomb Racing Chevrolet Lumina 10 Derrike Cope Purolator Bob Whitcomb Barry Dodson
Wood Brothers Racing Ford Thunderbird 21 Morgan Shepherd Citgo Glen Wood Eddie Wood

Busch Clash[edit]

The Busch Clash, an exhibition event for all 1991 Busch Pole winners, and one "wild card" (from the fastest second round qualifiers from 1991) consisted of a 15-car field. The event was held Saturday February 9 at Daytona International Speedway, a slight change from previous seasons, which usually saw the race held on Sunday. The move was made at the request of CBS, who wanted the additional time on Sunday for their coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics.

Brett Bodine drew the pole. The race consisted of two 10-lap "sprint" segments, separated by a competition yellow, during which the field would be inverted. Sterling Marlin won the first 10-lap segment, and Geoff Bodine won the second 10-lap segment, to claim the overall victory. Except for the 2-lap competition yellow, the race otherwise was completed caution-free.

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 15 Geoffrey Bodine Bud Moore Engineering 20
2 4 Ernie Irvan Morgan-McClure Motorsports 20
3 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing 20
4 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing 20
5 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing 20

Gatorade 125s[edit]

Sterling Marlin won the pole for the Daytona 500 during time trials on Sunday February 9. His Junior Johnson teammate Bill Elliott qualified second to take the "outside pole."

The Gatorade 125-mile qualifying races for the Daytona 500 were held Thursday February 13 at Daytona International Speedway. Sterling Marlin and Bill Elliott started first in each of the races, respectively.

Gatorade Duels
Top Ten Finishers - Race One Top Ten Finishers - Race Two
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing 50 1 11 Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates 50
2 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing 50 2 21 Morgan Shepherd Wood Brothers Racing 50
3 4 Ernie Irvan Morgan-McClure Motorsports 50 3 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing 50
4 41 Greg Sacks Larry Hedrick Motorsports 50 4 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports 50
5 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Motorsports 50 5 30 Michael Waltrip Bahari Racing 50
6 1 Rick Mast Precision Products Racing 50 6 17 Darrell Waltrip Darrell Waltrip Motorsports 50
7 25 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports 50 7 66 Chad Little Cale Yarborough Motorsports 50
8 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing 50 8 15 Geoffrey Bodine Bud Moore Engineering 50
9 9 Phil Parsons Melling Racing 50 9 26 Brett Bodine King Racing 50
10 03 Kerry Teague Kerry Teague Racing 50 10 10 Derrike Cope Whitcomb Racing 50

34th Daytona 500 by STP[edit]

Main article: 1992 Daytona 500

Junior Johnson's stablemates, Bill Elliott and Sterling Marlin, controlled the front row, qualifying 1st–2nd, and leading 58 of the first 91 laps. But on lap 92, Elliott, Marlin, and Ernie Irvan went three wide coming out of turn two. Marlin, sandwiched in the middle, bounced off both his teammate and Irvan, and all three lost control in front of the entire field, triggering the "Big One". In all, 14 cars were eliminated from the event. Richard Petty, in his final Daytona 500, was among the cars spinning to the infield grass, but he was not heavily damaged, and was able to continue.

Davey Allison and Morgan Shepherd were among the few cars who slipped by unscathed. Allison led 95 of the final 100 laps to claim his first Daytona 500 victory, following in the footsteps of his father Bobby. Shepherd was a surprise second, while Geoff Bodine was third. Alan Kulwicki started 41st after a crash in the Twin 125s qualifying race, but fought his way up to a fourth place finish.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing 200
2 21 Morgan Shepherd Wood Brothers Racing 200
3 15 Geoffrey Bodine Bud Moore Engineering 200
4 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing 200
5 75 Dick Trickle RahMoc Enterprises 200
6 42 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing 200
7 94 Terry Labonte Hagan Racing 199
8 55 Ted Musgrave RaDiUs Racing 199
9 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing 199
10 9 Phil Parsons Melling Racing 199

GM Goodwrench 500[edit]

The GM Goodwrench 500 was held March 1 at Rockingham. The #42 of Kyle Petty won the pole. Bill Elliott recovered from his crash at Daytona to lead the final 213 laps, and win in only his second start at Junior Johnson Motorsports. His margin of victory was a whopping 12.75 second, nearly half a lap. Davey Allison followed up his Daytona victory finishing second, and extended his points lead.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Bill Elliott
  2. 28-Davey Allison
  3. 33-Harry Gant
  4. 30-Michael Waltrip, 1 lap down
  5. 25-Ken Schrader, 1 lap down
  6. 6-Mark Martin, 2 laps down
  7. 94-Terry Labonte, 2 laps down
  8. 26-Brett Bodine, 2 laps down
  9. 12-Hut Stricklin, 2 laps down
  10. 17-Darrell Waltrip, 2 laps down
  • Bill Elliott and Davey Allison led a combined 450 of 492 laps. Allison left the weekend 56 points ahead of Morgan Shepherd, who led 1 lap and finished 3 laps down in 13th.
  • Polesitter Kyle Petty, the two-time defending race and pole position winner, was unable to make it three in a row. The Unocal 76 Challenge bonus money had now rolled over 25 races, and would be $197,600 for the next race.

Pontiac Excitement 400[edit]

The Pontiac Excitement 400 was held March 8 at Richmond International Raceway. Bill Elliott won the pole, and won his second consecutive race dominating most of the event. Elliott was pushed to the limit by Alan Kulwicki, who made a late charge and nearly pulled off a last-lap pass. The two raced clean on the final lap, and Elliott nipped Kulwicki at the finish line by 18 inches. It was just Elliott's second career win on a short track. Points leader Davey Allison finished 4th.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 11 Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates 400
2 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing 400
3 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Motorsports 400
4 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing 400
5 17 Darrell Waltrip Darrell Waltrip Motorsports 400
6 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports 400
7 22 Sterling Marlin Junior Johnson & Associates 399
8 94 Terry Labonte Hagan Racing 399
9 12 Hut Stricklin Bobby Allison Motorsports 399
10 21 Morgan Shepherd Wood Brothers Racing 399

Motorcraft Quality Parts 500[edit]

The Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 was held March 15 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The #6 of Mark Martin won the pole. It became evident late in the race that hometown favorite Elliott would not be victorious on this day. They had missed on the set-up and he was muddled near 15th all day. Late in the race, leaders Allison, Kulwicki and Gant pitted under green for what would be their final pit stop of the day. Every car on the lead lap had pitted for tires and fuel for the final run, except Elliott, whose Budweiser Ford has always enjoyed remarkable fuel mileage. Suddenly, Mike Wallace spun his Dick Moroso owned Oldsmobile in turn two, bringing out a caution with 40 laps to go. Astonishingly, the result left Elliott on a lap by himself. Elliott cruised the next 40 circuits for his third straight victory. Perhaps crew chief Tim Brewer said it best when he quipped, "Maybe we should have backed into Victory Lane, that's sure how we got here!" Gant, Eamhardt, Allison and Trickle rounded out the top five.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Bill Elliott
  2. 33-Harry Gant
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 28-Davey Allison
  5. 8-Dick Trickle
  6. 15-Geoff Bodine
  7. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  8. 42-Kyle Petty
  9. 94-Terry Labonte
  10. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  • Bill Elliott won this race as a result of superior fuel mileage (due to an ill-handling car, which did not allow a desirable race pace) and a lucky caution flag that fell at Lap 285 (for Hut Stricklin's blown engine) after everyone else had already made a green-flag pit stop. This put Elliott on a lap of his own and he easily kept the lead while he pitted under the yellow. 13 cars restarted on the tail end of the lead lap as they passed Bill when he pitted. Bill's handling evidently improved, as he easily defeated Harry Gant by 18 seconds. Elliott and Gant became tied for second in points, 58 behind Davey Allison.

TranSouth 500[edit]

The TranSouth 500 was held March 29 at Darlington Raceway. The #22 of Sterling Marlin won the pole. At a place where history was reared, Elliott put his name in the record books. In dramatic fashion, Elliott outran hard-charging Gant to post his fourth consecutive victory, tying the modern-era record for most successive wins. Ironically. it was Gant who completed the feat just six months earlier. Mark Martin was third and Ricky Rudd fifth. Allison remained consistent with a fourth-place showing, giving him a 58 point lead over Elliott.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Bill Elliott
  2. 33-Harry Gant
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 28-Davey Allison, 1 lap down
  5. 5-Ricky Rudd, 1 lap down
  6. 26-Brett Bodine, 1 lap down
  7. 8-Dick Trickle, 2 laps down
  8. 15-Geoff Bodine, 2 laps down
  9. 94-Terry Labonte, 2 laps down
  10. 3-Dale Earnhardt, 2 laps down
  • Bill Elliott tied the modern-era record for successive victories at four (earning the nickname "Mr. March"). This came 6 months after Harry Gant accomplished the same feat in September 1991. Bill Elliott continued to chip away at Davey Allison's lead by reducing it to 48 points. Harry Gant was also consistent in the early part of the season, as he sat just 53 points behind Allison.

Food City 500[edit]

The Food City 500 was held April 5 at Bristol International Raceway. Alan Kulwicki won the pole. Coach Joe Gibbs started 0–5 as head coach over the Washington Redskins. As car owner of the Interstate Batteries Chevrolet driven by Dale Jarrett, Gibbs was again 0–5. But, as he did in football, Gibbs appeared headed for victory in his sixth try. Jarrett led the late stages of the event, but on lap 474 of the 500-lap event, Kulwicki used lapped traffic to maneuver around Jarrett and post his first victory of 1992. Meanwhile, points leader Allison hit the wall separating the cartilage around his rib cage and knocking two vertebrae out of place and finished 28th. Elliott finished 20th and Allison's points lead was 29 over Elliott and 61 over Gant.

Top Ten Results

  1. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  2. 18-Dale Jarrett
  3. 25-Ken Schrader
  4. 94-Terry Labonte, 1 lap down
  5. 8-Dick Trickle, 1 lap down
  6. 5-Ricky Rudd, 3 laps down
  7. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 4 laps down
  8. 12-Hut Stricklin, 5 laps down
  9. 2-Rusty Wallace, 6 laps down
  10. 10-Derrike Cope, 6 laps down

Failed to Qualify: 98-Jimmy Spencer

  • Bill Elliott experienced trouble during the race, finishing 30 laps down in 20th. Davey Allison led 50 laps, but broke a few ribs in a hard crash. He finished 165 laps down in 28th after leading 50 laps. His point lead shrunk to 29 points over Bill Elliott and 61 over Harry Gant, who finished 29th due to an engine failure after 277 laps.

First Union 400[edit]

The First Union 400 was held April 12 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Alan Kulwicki won the pole. In one of the grittiest runs of the year, Allison overcame excruciating pain to collect his second win of the season. The pain was so overwhelming, Jimmy Hensley was called to qualify the Texaco Ford. He gave Davey a seventh-place starting position. Wearing a flak jacket and using an electrode-shock apparatus to help ease the pain, Allison held off a stiff challenge from Rusty Wallace and expanded his points lead to 86 over Gant, 106 over Elliott, 116 over Terry Labonte and 123 over Kulwicki.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Davey Allison
  2. 2-Rusty Wallace
  3. 5-Ricky Rudd
  4. 15-Geoff Bodine
  5. 33-Harry Gant
  6. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  7. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  8. 22-Sterling Marlin
  9. 94-Terry Labonte
  10. 26-Brett Bodine

DNQ: 32-Jimmy Horton, 9-Dave Mader III*, 48-James Hylton.

Hanes 500[edit]

The Hanes 500 was held April 26 at Martinsville Speedway. Darrell Waltrip won the pole. This will long be remembered as "Camber Day". With new trick rear ends tilted slightly to help get a better drive through the corners, one leader after another fell to the wayside with broken rear axles. First to be victimized was then-dominating Kulwicki, followed by Dale Earnhardt and Ernie Irvan-all in the final 50 laps. With 10 laps remaining, Brett Bodine assumed the lead, until his rear axle broke, leaving Mark Martin standing. Martin's rear axle withstood the strain a few more laps and came out victorious, his first win in 1992. Sterling Marlin posted a second-place finish, followed by Darrell Waltrip, Labonte and Gant. Allison suffered another spin and crash, re injuring his rib cage, but he held a scant 16 point lead over Gant.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Mark Martin
  2. 22-Sterling Marlin
  3. 17-Darrell Waltrip, 1 lap down
  4. 94-Terry Labonte, 1 lap down
  5. 33-Harry Gant, 2 laps down
  6. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 2 laps down
  7. 25-Ken Schrader, 2 laps down
  8. 26-Brett Bodine, 2 laps down
  9. 3-Dale Earnhardt, 3 laps down
  10. 11-Bill Elliott, 3 laps down

Winston 500[edit]

The Winston 500 was held May 3 at Talladega Superspeedway. Ernie Irvan won the pole. This was Buddy Baker's 700th and final Grand National/Winston Cup start. He would later attempt but fail to qualify for the 1993 DieHard 500, and at Daytona and Atlanta in 1994. Allison's resiliency was evident again. Coming off his second crash of the season, Allison held off Elliott by two car lengths in one of the most exciting finishes of the year. Everyone teamed up against Allison for a final shot coming out of the Talladega tri-oval. Chevrolet teammates Ernie Irvan and Dale Earnhardt on the right and Junior Johnson teammates Elliott and Sterling Marlin on the left. But Allison held them off for his second consecutive Winston 500 victory. The win made Allison the only remaining contender for the Winston Million. He had claimed two of the legs required to claim the $1 million bonus from Winston-the Daytona 500 and Winston 500. He would have two shots at the bonus, Charlotte and Darlington

Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Davey Allison
  2. 11-Bill Elliott
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 22-Sterling Marlin
  5. 4-Ernie Irvan
  6. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  7. 18-Dale Jarrett
  8. 6-Mark Martin
  9. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  10. 42-Kyle Petty

Failed to Qualify: 0-Delma Cowart, 23-Eddie Bierschwale, 48-James Hylton, 73-Phil Barkdoll, 77-Mike Potter

  • The #98 Moly Black Gold Chevrolet of Jimmy Spencer had a spectacular crash late in race on the backstretch. After contact in the middle of the backstretch from the #16 Keystone Ford of Wally Dallenbach, Jr., the #98 spun and became airborne (almost completely vertical). Luckily, the car came back down on all 4 wheels without flipping over. However, the suspension broke in the car as a result of the landing.

The Winston[edit]

Main article: The Winston VIII

Lights were installed at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and it became the first non-short track to host night racing. The lights debuted for this popular exhibition "all star" event, The Winston on Saturday night, May 16.

In a race nicknamed "One Hot Night," Davey Allison won in shocking fashion. During the final 10-lap sprint, Dale Earnhardt led Kyle Petty and Davey Allison. On the final lap, Petty nudged Earnhardt in turn three, spinning him out. Petty took the lead into turn four, but as he entered the qual-oval, Davey Allison pulled alongside. The two cars touched as they crossed the finish line, with Allison edging out Petty by less than half a car length. The two cars clipped, and Allison crashed hard into the outside wall, showering bright sparks over the track. Allison spent the night in the hospital instead of victory lane.

Coca-Cola 600[edit]

Main article: 1992 Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 was held Sunday May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The #11 of Bill Elliott won the pole. All eyes focused on Allison, as he was recovering from his injuries the previous weekend during The Winston. Allison spent two days in the hospital, nursing a broken collarbone, re-injured ribs and bruises covering 60% of his body. After winning at Daytona and Talladega, Allison was eligible for the Winston Million if he was victorious at Charlotte. Allison had won the Coca-Cola 600 in 1991, and Charlotte was considered Robert Yates's best track.

In the late stages, Kyle Petty and Ernie Irvan battled for 1st-2nd. Dale Earnhardt was running third, about 3 seconds behind. After the final round of pit stops (laps 345-346), Dale Earnhardt moved in front of both Kyle Petty and Ernie Irvan to post his first - and only - win of 1992. Allison finished fourth in his bid for the $1 million bonus, but still expanded his point lead over Elliott to 111 points. Allison still had one more chance to win the Winston Million, later in the season at Darlington.

This was the first victory of the season for GM, as all races up to this point had been won by Fords.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing 400
2 4 Ernie Irvan Morgan-McClure Motorsports 400
3 42 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing 400
4 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing 400
5 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Motorsports 400
6 94 Terry Labonte Hagan Racing 400
7 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing 400
8 55 Ted Musgrave RaDiUs Racing 399
9 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports 398
10 8 Dick Trickle Stavola Brothers Racing 398
  • The Coca-Cola 600 would be Dale Earnhardt's lone victory of 1992 (with the exception of the Gatorade 125 qualifier at Daytona). Approaching his final green-flag pit stop, Earnhardt trailed by 3 seconds, but emerged with a 1.5 second lead, prompting several of his competitors to believe that Earnhardt broke the 55 mph pit road speed limit while exiting. No penalty was assessed.
  • The would be the final Coca-Cola 600 scheduled to run during the daytime. Starting in 1993, the race was moved to a late afternoon/night race.
  • Davey Allison led 33 laps after starting 17th. Polesitter Bill Elliott failed to lead any laps (Ricky Rudd led the first lap from 3rd) en route to a 14th place finish, 4 laps down. Elliott was now 111 points behind, closely followed by Harry Gant, Alan Kulwicki, and Dale Earnhardt.

Budweiser 500[edit]

The Budweiser 500 was held May 31 at Dover Downs International Speedway. The #26 driven by Brett Bodine won the pole. Harry Gant couldn't outduel the field, so he outfueled them en route to his first victory of '92. While other drivers were forced to pit late for fuel, Gant stretched his to the absolute limit and beat Darrell Waltrip in a fuel mileage war. Waltrip ran out with two laps remaining, leaving second for Earnhardt, third for Rusty Wallace and fourth for Ernie Inrvan. Points leader Allison was never a contender, finishing 11th, while Elliott was 13th. Allison's point lead dwindled to 70 points over Gant and just 99 over Earnhardt.

Top Ten Results

  1. 33-Harry Gant
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 2-Rusty Wallace, 1 lap down
  4. 4-Ernie Irvan, 1 lap down
  5. 17-Darrell Waltrip, 1 lap down
  6. 5-Ricky Rudd, 2 laps down
  7. 12-Hut Stricklin, 2 laps down
  8. 66-Jimmy Hensley, 2 laps down
  9. 8-Dick Trickle, 2 laps down
  10. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 2 laps down
  • Harry Gant won on great fuel mileage. His final pit stop was on Lap 403, and Darrell Waltrip's last stop was on Lap 406. But Waltrip was the one who ran out of fuel (with a lap and one half remaining), while Gant ran out on the backstretch on Lap 500 with a one lap lead. Dale Earnhardt passed him in Turns 3 and 4 to unlap himself and finish 26 seconds behind Gant.

Save Mart 300K[edit]

The Save Mart 300K was held June 7 at Sears Point International Raceway. Ricky Rudd won the pole. On the day of this race NASCAR founder William France Sr. died. Ernie Irvan started 2nd in this race, but jumped the start and was given a stop-and-go penalty in the pits. Irvan came through the entire field to win in the fastest Winston Cup race held on the 2.52-mile (4.06 km) version of Sears Point. Irvan forged one of the most astonishing comebacks in NASCAR history. Irvan, qualifying second, was black-flagged for jumping the start of the race, relegating him to dead last on a road course with road cause demons Rusty Wallace, Ricky Rudd and Terry Labonte leading the field. Irvan blazed through the backmarkers, picked off the middle of the pack, then steadily reeled in leader Labonte with 10 laps remaining. Finally, on lap 67 of the 74-lap event, Irvan retook the top spot and drove on to a 3.6-second win. Irvan dedicated the race to Bill France Sr., the founder of NASCAR who died the morning of the race. Allison ran off course into a tire wall and finished 28th, tightening the points considerably. Earnhardt trailed by just 28 points, Elliott by 31 and Gant by 32.

Top Ten Results

  1. 4-Ernie Irvan
  2. 94-Terry Labonte
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 5-Ricky Rudd
  5. 11-Bill Elliott
  6. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  7. 2-Rusty Wallace
  8. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  9. 25-Ken Schrader
  10. 15-Geoff Bodine
  • Points leader Davey Allison had a terrible day. He spun into a tire barrier early in the race, and later spun in front of the leaders while trying to get out of the way. His 28th place finish (last car 1 lap down) tightened up the points race in favor of Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, and Harry Gant, who now trailed by 28, 31 and 32 points respectively.

Champion Spark Plug 500[edit]

The Champion Spark Plug 500 was held June 14 at Pocono Raceway. Ken Schrader won the pole. Kulwicki overcame a charging Mark Martin and a brush with danger while passing a lapped car in the final 15 laps to notch his second '92 win. Kulwicki nearly drove into the wall on the backstretch with 12 laps remaining while passing lapped traffic, yielding the lead to Elliott. But with 10 laps to go, Kulwicki blew by Elliott for a lead he would never again relinquish. Martin also moved by Elliott in the final five laps for second. Earnhardt had motor problems, dropping him back to 28th finishing position and fifth in the points. Allison's point lead over Elliott was 21 and now just 58 over Kulwicki.

Top Ten Results

  1. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 11-Bill Elliott
  4. 25-Ken Schrader
  5. 28-Davey Allison
  6. 42-Kyle Petty
  7. 22-Sterling Marlin
  8. 26-Brett Bodine
  9. 66-Jimmy Hensley
  10. 94-Terry Labonte
  • This would be Alan Kulwicki's last win. 1992 was also the only year in which Kulwicki won twice.
  • Davey Allison's points lead continued to dwindle, as Bill Elliott chopped off another 10 points with 21 remaining. Alan Kulwicki's win reduced his deficit to Allison to just 58 points, as he also led the most laps (58 of 200).

Miller Genuine Draft 400[edit]

The Miller Genuine Draft 400 was held June 21 at Michigan International Speedway. After four wrecks and a plethora of misfortune, Allison was up to his old tricks — flat out dominating. Allison guided his Texaco Ford to an easy victory at Michigan, his fourth of the '92 season. Darrell Waltrip and Kulwicki ran in the top five all day and finished second and third, respectively. Allison padded his points lead to 67 over Elliott and 73 over Kulwicki.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Davey Allison
  2. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  3. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  4. 42-Kyle Petty
  5. 5-Ricky Rudd
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 33-Harry Gant
  8. 55-Ted Musgrave, 1 lap down
  9. 3-Dale Earnhardt, 1 lap down
  10. 11-Bill Elliott, 1 lap down

Indianapolis Motor Speedway test[edit]

On the way home from Michigan, on June 22–23, nine top NASCAR Winston Cup series teams were invited to Indianapolis to participate in a Goodyear tire test. Although no official announcements were made, it was in fact an unofficial feasibility test to see if stock cars would be competitive at the circuit (see 1994 Brickyard 400). An estimated 10,000 spectators watched a rather exciting two days of history in the making. A. J. Foyt took a few laps around the track in Dale Earnhardt's car on the second day. ESPN covered the test.

Top speeds
Pos No. Driver Car Make Entrant Speed
1 11 Bill Elliott Ford Junior Johnson & Associates 168.767
2 4 Ernie Irvan Chevrolet Morgan-McClure Motorsports 167.817
3 2 Rusty Wallace Pontiac Penske Racing 166.704
4 42 Kyle Petty Pontiac SABCO Racing 166.199
5 5 Ricky Rudd Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 165.001
6 17 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet Darrell Waltrip Motorsports 164.567
7 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 163.194
8 6 Mark Martin Ford Roush Racing 162.346
9 3 A.J. Foyt Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 161.452
10 28 Davey Allison Ford Robert Yates Racing 161.261

Pepsi 400[edit]

The Pepsi 400 was held Saturday July 4 at Daytona International Speedway. Sterling Marlin won the pole position, and Richard Petty qualified second, in his final race at Daytona. President George H. W. Bush attended pre-race ceremonies which honored Richard Petty, and Bush served as the grand marshal. At the start, Petty whipped the capacity crowd into a frenzy when he led the first five laps. Before long, the fastest cars shuffled to the front, and the race became a battle between Ernie Irvan, Sterling Marlin, Dale Jarrett, Geoff Bodine and Bill Elliott. Irvan held off a furious charge by Marlin and Jarrett by two car lengths.

Frustration increased for Dale Earnhardt, now-midway through what would turn out to be his worst Winston Cup season. He was the first car out, suffering engine failure, dropping him 252 points behind points leader Allison, who still held a 46-point lead over Elliott.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 4 Ernie Irvan Morgan-McClure Motorsports 160
2 22 Sterling Marlin Junior Johnson & Associates 160
3 18 Dale Jarrett Joe Gibbs Racing 160
4 15 Geoffrey Bodine Bud Moore Engineering 160
5 11 Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates 160
6 25 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports 160
7 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports 160
8 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing 160
9 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing 160
10 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing 160

Winston Cup points standings at halfway point (after 15 of 29 races)

  1. Davey Allison, 2257 points
  2. Bill Elliott, 2211 (−46)
  3. Alan Kulwicki, 2123 (−134)
  4. Harry Gant, 2085 (−172)
  5. Dale Earnhardt, 2005 (−252)
  6. Mark Martin, 1955 (−302)
  7. Terry Labonte, 1941 (−316)
  8. Geoff Bodine, 1905 (−352)
  9. Ricky Rudd, 1872 (−385)
  10. Morgan Shepherd, 1869 (−388)
  • This race was attended by President George H. W. Bush.
  • A special ceremony was held during the pre-race festivities, honoring Richard Petty's final race at Daytona. Petty had spent time before the race testing at Daytona, in hopes that he might win the pole position and possibly be a factor in the race. He held the provisional pole for quite some time, and ultimately qualified second. He led the first 5 laps (the final laps led of his long career). He dropped out in 36th due to heat-related fatigue. A futile effort was made for Eddie Bierschwale to take over the #43 car and bring it to the finish, but he lasted only a couple laps.
  • The race went 109 laps before the first caution, and was on-pace for a record average speed until a crash on lap 129 (of 160) slowed the pace. The average speed of 170.457 mph stood as the fastest restrictor plate at Daytona race until 1998.

Miller Genuine Draft 500[edit]

The Miller Genuine Draft 500 was held July 19 at Pocono Raceway. Davey Allison won the pole. This race changed the face of the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup season. Allison had set a new track record during his pole run, then totally dominated the first 140 laps. An air wrench broke during yellow flag pit stops, putting Allison in seventh for the lap 146 restart. He moved quickly up to fourth on lap 148. But on lap 149, disaster struck. Allison and Darrell Waltrip tangled while jockeying for position exiting turn 2, sending Allison spinning and flipping through the infield grass, and over the inside guardrail. Allison suffered a broken right forearm, a dislocated wrist and a severe concussion. Waltrip drove to victory, and Allison was hospitalized in Pennsylvania for four days. Elliott finished 13th, but took over the points lead for the first time of the year. Allison, his immediate future unknown, now trailed by 13 points.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  2. 33-Harry Gant
  3. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  4. 5-Ricky Rudd
  5. 55-Ted Musgrave
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 42-Kyle Petty
  8. 26-Brett Bodine
  9. 8-Dick Trickle
  10. 18-Dale Jarrett
  • Davey Allison dominated the race, leading 115 of the first 139 laps, but on lap 150 he was tagged by Darrell Waltrip in the left-rear quarter panel, spinning him into the grass exiting Turn 2 (the high-speed "Tunnel Turn"). The air got under Allison's car and sent it into a frightening barrel along the top of the inside guardrail. The car flipped 11 times, eventually landing upside down, completely demolished. Allison suffered a skull fracture and a broken wrist in the crash. The severity of the crash was such that when Mark Martin drove by, he told his crew, "They may as well get a body bag for Davey."
  • The first thing Darrell Waltrip wanted to know after he won was whether or not Davey was okay.
  • Bill Elliott finished 1 lap down in 13th but he did lead two laps. He took over the point lead by 9 over Allison, while Alan Kulwicki (-47 points) and Harry Gant (-80 points) continued to stay within reach.

DieHard 500[edit]

The DieHard 500 was held July 26 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. Sterling Marlin won the pole. In awe-inspiring fashion, Allison walked into the garage area at Talladega, determined to put on his uniform and drive in the DieHard 500. With a tailor-made cast, a wrist brace and velcro on the shifter, Allison started the race and gained the all-important Winston Cup points. After four laps, backup driver Bobby Hillin Jr. took over the wheel and nearly drove the Texaco Ford to victory. Irvan and Marlin again battled for superspeedway supremacy with Irvan nipping the winless Marlin by a scant .19 seconds. Earnhardt had engine failure again and finished dead last for the second time in three races, taking him out of contention for a third consecutive Winston Cup title. Remarkably, Hillin's third-place run in Allison's sted gave the Texaco/Havoline team a one-point lead over Elliott in the points chase. Kulwicki trailed by 120 points and Gant by 129.

Top Ten Results

  1. 4-Ernie Irvan
  2. 22-Sterling Marlin
  3. 28-Davey Allison/Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  4. 5-Ricky Rudd, 1 lap down
  5. 11-Bill Elliott, 1 lap down
  6. 42-Kyle Petty, 1 lap down
  7. 30-Michael Waltrip, 1 lap down
  8. 9-Chad Little, 1 lap down
  9. 25-Ken Schrader, 1 lap down
  10. 26-Brett Bodine, 1 lap down
  • Davey Allison found the strength to start this race (thus receiving all points scored by the #28 car) after suffering the skull fracture the previous week at Pocono. At the first caution, he handed the driving duties over to 1986 winner Bobby Hillin, Jr., who gave the car a great third place run.
  • The race only saw two yellows, at Lap 6 and Lap 70. The long green runs caused the field to spread out, and the strongest cars in the field (the 4, 22, and 28) lapped everyone else.
  • Ernie Irvan suffered a flat tire on Lap 5. When the yellow came out, he sped out of the pits to stay on the lead lap, but failed to beat leader Ricky Rudd to the line and was penalised to the rear of the field for speeding. He went on to pass everyone and get his lap back, and when the second (and only other) caution came out, he made up his lost lap.

Budweiser At The Glen[edit]

The Budweiser At The Glen was held August 9 at Watkins Glen International. Dale Earnhardt won the pole. It was the first race for Winston Cup cars since the new bus stop chicane was added in light of J. D. McDuffie's fatal accident in 1991. Nifty pit strategy and Mother Nature helped Kyle Petty notch the first road course victory of his career. Rain pushed back the start of the race more than three hours, and once the green flag finally fell, it was fairly evident it would be a sprint to the halfway point. Petty won a heated battle for the lead with Ernie Irvan between laps 32–36, a pivotal point in the race. After a caution, the race was restarted on lap 44, one lap before the halfway point, which would make the race official regardless of the weather. Petty brushed off then-leader Dick Trickle on lap 45 and on lap 46, the skies opened. After five laps under caution, the race was red-flagged, then called with Petty as the winner. Still suffering from his Pocono injuries, Allison needed help from road-race extraordinaire Dorsey Schroeder to post a 20th-place finish. Elliott was 14th, extending his points lead over Allison to 17.

Top Ten Results

  1. 42-Kyle Petty
  2. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  3. 4-Ernie Irvan
  4. 6-Mark Martin
  5. 16-Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
  6. 2-Rusty Wallace
  7. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  8. 94-Terry Labonte
  9. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  10. 26-Brett Bodine

Champion Spark Plug 400[edit]

The Champion Spark Plug 400 was held August 16 at Michigan International Speedway. The #7 of Alan Kulwicki won the pole. The physical pain Allison endured could not have prepared him for the emotional anguish the Alabama native would suffer through this weekend. On Thursday during Busch Grand National practice, Davey's younger brother, Clifford, died as the result of a single-car crash in turn three. The entire racing family mourned for the Allisons. Davey decided to race. He qualified third and finished fifth in a courageous effort. Harry Gant won another fuel mileage war, beating Darrell Waltrip and Elliott to the finish line by nearly five seconds. Elliott's lead moved to 37 points over Allison, 135 over Gant and 143 over Kulwicki.

Top Ten Results

  1. 33-Harry Gant
  2. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  3. 11-Bill Elliott
  4. 4-Ernie Irvan
  5. 28-Davey Allison
  6. 42-Kyle Petty
  7. 22-Sterling Marlin
  8. 18-Dale Jarrett
  9. 6-Mark Martin
  10. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  • This was Harry Gant's last Winston Cup victory. He set a new record for oldest winner of a Winston Cup race at 52 years and 219 days. This was also Oldsmobile's last victory in NASCAR
  • Bill Elliott's point lead grew from 17 to 37 after he led a race-high 72 of 200 laps. Harry Gant shaved 5 points from his deficit to Elliott (down to 135). Polesitter Alan Kulwicki faded to 14th, 1 lap down, after leading 46 laps. This lackluster result put him 143 points behind.

Bud 500[edit]

The Bud 500 was held Saturday night, August 29 at Bristol International Raceway. The #4 of Ernie Irvan won the pole. The track surface had been changed from asphalt to concrete. Darrell Waltrip, the winningest driver in history at Bristol, won for the 12th time at the popular track. Waltrip out-dueled Dale Earnhardt and Ken Schrader in one of the most exciting races of the season. Davey Allison was running fifth when he lost control and hit the wall. After extensive repairs, Allison rejoined the race, only to crash into the inside wall on the frontstretch. He dropped out and finished 30th. Elliott was steady with a sixth-place finish, padding his Winston Cup points lead to 99 over Allison and 112 over Kulwicki.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 17 Darrell Waltrip Darrell Waltrip Motorsports 500
2 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing 500
3 25 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports 500
4 42 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing 500
5 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing 499
6 11 Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates 499
7 66 Jimmy Hensley Cale Yarborough Motorsports 499
8 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports 499
9 26 Brett Bodine King Racing 499
10 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing 498
  • This was the first race at Bristol after the track was re-surfaced with concrete.
  • Darrell Waltrip won this race four days after the birth of his second daughter, Sarah.
  • On Lap 8 polesitter Ernie Irvan spun on the backstretch and backed into the pit wall after leading the first 7 laps. He lost more than 100 laps and eventually parked the car after completing 285 laps, finishing a disappointing 28th.
  • Among the points contenders, Bill Elliott had the cleanest day, finishing 6th. Harry Gant, Mark Martin, and Davey Allison all dropped out from crashes. Kyle Petty and Alan Kulwicki received minor damage in separate incidents, but both continued and posted top-5 finishes. Bill Elliott gained significant ground, stretching his lead to 109 points over Davey Allison.

Mountain Dew Southern 500[edit]

The Mountain Dew Southern 500 was held September 6 at Darlington Raceway. The #22 of Sterling Marlin won the pole position. The attention largely focused on Davey Allison, who was eligible for the Winston Million. Cloudy skies and rain were in the forecast, but the race started on time and cruised well beyond the halfway point before rain entered the area. As the race progressed, Allison ran in the top three most of the day, and was in contention for victory, and the coveted Winston Million bonus.

Allison's biggest challenges, however, were impending rain, and hard-charging Mark Martin. Allison pitted first on lap 286 of the 367-lap event. Martin, pitting on the backstretch, came in on lap 289. Just moments later on lap 295, the skies opened and the rain that had threatened all day finally came. Darrell Waltrip, Bill Elliott, and Brett Bodine were among a handful of drivers who had not yet pitted. When the red flag was displayed on lap 298, Waltrip was scored as the leader. Shortly thereafter, the race was called and Waltrip was declared the winner. It was Waltrip's second consecutive win, but more importantly, his first Southern 500 victory. Martin was second, with points contender Elliott coming home a surprising third. Allison was shuffled back to 5th.

A dejected Allison lost his chance at the Winston Million, and also lost ground to Elliott in the season standings. Elliott now led by 119 points over Allison. Alan Kulwicki was still in striking distance at 161 points behind.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 17 Darrell Waltrip Darrell Waltrip Motorsports 298
2 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing 298
3 11 Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates 298
4 26 Brett Bodine King Racing 298
5 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing 298
6 18 Dale Jarrett Joe Gibbs Racing 298
7 42 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing 298
8 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing 298
9 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing 298
10 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports 297

Miller Genuine Draft 400[edit]

The Miller Genuine Draft 400 was held Saturday night, September 12 at Richmond International Raceway. The #4 of Ernie Irvan won the pole. Rusty Wallace was driving for newly acquired crew chief Buddy Parrott. Wallace led the final 139 laps and beat Mark Martin by 3.59 seconds for the win. Points leader Bill Elliott struggled home 14th a lap down, while Davey Allison spun twice and finished 19th. Darrell Waltrip's hot streak ended at two wins, but he followed it up here with a third place finish.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing 400
2 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing 400
3 17 Darrell Waltrip Darrell Waltrip Motorsports 400
4 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing 400
5 15 Geoffrey Bodine Bud Moore Engineering 400
6 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports 400
7 21 Morgan Shepherd Wood Brothers Racing 400
8 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Motorsports 400
9 25 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports 400
10 55 Ted Musgrave RaDiUs Racing 400

Peak Antifreeze 500[edit]

The Peak Antifreeze 500 was held September 20 at Dover Downs International Speedway. The #7 of Alan Kulwicki won the pole. Points leader Bill Elliott returned to his dominating ways, but late pit stop strategy cost him the victory. While battling Ricky Rudd for the lead, Elliott pitted first, taking on four tires and fuel. Rudd pitted for fuel only, and came out of the pits with a 9-second lead over Elliott. Rudd held on to beat Elliott to the finish line by 0.5 seconds, his only victory of the season. Elliott left Dover with a commanding 154-point lead over Allison.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports 500
2 11 Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates 500
3 42 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing 500
4 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing 499
5 21 Morgan Shepherd Wood Brothers Racing 498
6 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Motorsports 497
7 94 Terry Labonte Hagan Racing 496
8 55 Ted Musgrave RaDiUs Racing 496
9 10 Derrike Cope Whitcomb Racing 495
10 68 Bobby Hamilton Tri-Star Motorsports 495
  • Ricky Rudd's victory kept a his streak alive of consecutive seasons with at least one victory – extending it to ten.
  • Bill Elliott led the most laps and extended his point lead over Davey Allison to 154 points, the highest margin of the season. Harry Gant was third, 239 points behind Elliott. Polesitter Alan Kulwicki crashed out of the race on lap 91, finishing 34th and leaving him 278 points out of the lead with six races left.

Goody's 500[edit]

The Goody's 500 was held Monday September 28 at Martinsville Speedway. Kyle Petty won the pole. Rain delayed the race from Sunday until Monday. Spirited battles throughout the field were the order of the day as the cold and humidity led to slick racing conditions. Geoff Bodine emerged through the constant melees to his first win for owner Bud Moore. Points leader Bill Elliott suffered his first engine failure of the season and finished 30th, next to last place. His lead was still a substantial 112 points over Allison.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 15 Geoffrey Bodine Bud Moore Engineering 500
2 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing 500
3 26 Brett Bodine King Racing 500
4 42 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing 500
5 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing 500
6 8 Dick Trickle Stavola Brothers Racing 500
7 22 Sterling Marlin Junior Johnson & Associates 500
8 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing 499
9 1 Rick Mast Precision Products Racing 499
10 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports 499
  • This race was run on a Monday as a result of rain on Sunday. The previous day's rain left the infield very soggy. Kyle Petty, who finished 4th, actually got stuck in the mud and lost 2 laps at one point.
  • Bill Elliott finished 30th as a result of engine failure after 158 laps. Davey Allison finished 4 laps down in 16th, not gaining much but reducing Elliott's lead to 112 points.

Tyson Holly Farms 400[edit]

The Tyson Holly Farms 400 was held October 5 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. The #7 of Alan Kulwicki won the pole. In a complete contrast from the previous week, the result was the same. Geoff Bodine recorded his second consecutive win, but in the caution- and incident-free Holly Farms 400. Bodine led the final 144 laps and lapped everyone except runner-up Mark Martin. He lapped Winston Cup points leader Bill Elliott eight times under green. Elliott's lead dwindled to 67 points over 11th-place finishing Allison and 144 over Kulwicki. Bodine's victory, in the Ford/Motorcraft sponsored car, clinched the first manufacturer's championship for Ford Motor Co. since 1969.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 15 Geoffrey Bodine Bud Moore Engineering 400
2 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing 400
3 42 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing 399
4 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing 399
5 22 Sterling Marlin Junior Johnson & Associates 399
6 4 Ernie Irvan Morgan-McClure Motorsports 399
7 26 Brett Bodine King Racing 398
8 94 Terry Labonte Hagan Racing 398
9 17 Darrell Waltrip Darrell Waltrip Motorsports 397
10 18 Dale Jarrett Joe Gibbs Racing 397
  • This race was postponed to Monday as a result of rain (the 2nd week in a row that this occurred).
  • This race was run caution-free. As a result, only 2 cars finished on the lead lap. However, Geoff Bodine won by only 5.3 seconds.
  • Bill Elliott stubbed his toe again with another poor finish. He was 8 laps down in 26th at Junior Johnson's home track. Davey Allison was 3 laps down in 11th, and he continued to gain on Elliott as he sat 67 points behind with 4 races to go.

Mello Yello 500[edit]

The Mello Yello 500 was held October 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Alan Kulwicki won the pole. Martin charged past mid-race dominator Kyle Petty in the late stages, then held off Kulwicki in the final 50 laps to post what he called "the most important victory of his career." Martin led 107 laps en route to his second win of the season, which suddenly vaulted him back in contention for the 1992 Winston Cup title. He trailed leader Elliott by just 91 points with three races remaining. Elliott led Allison by just 39 points and Kulwicki by 47.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing 334
2 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing 334
3 42 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing 334
4 12 Jimmy Spencer Bobby Allison Motorsports 334
5 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports 334
6 4 Ernie Irvan Morgan-McClure Motorsports 334
7 25 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports 334
8 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Motorsports 334
9 8 Dick Trickle Stavola Brothers Racing 333
10 15 Geoffrey Bodine Bud Moore Engineering 333

Winston Cup points standings (after 26 of 29 races)

  1. Bill Elliott, 3653 points
  2. Davey Allison, 3614 (−39)
  3. Alan Kulwicki, 3606 (−47)
  4. Mark Martin, 3562 (−91)
  5. Harry Gant, 3555 (−98)
  6. Kyle Petty, 3539 (−114)
  7. Ricky Rudd, 3409 (−244)
  8. Darrell Waltrip, 3303 (−350)
  9. Ernie Irvan, 3263 (−390)
  10. Terry Labonte, 3261 (−392)

AC Delco 500[edit]

The AC Delco 500 was held October 25 at North Carolina Speedway. Kyle Petty won the pole. In the most dominating performance of the season, Kyle Petty continued his sensational second half of 1992 with a convincing AC-Delco 500 win. Petty led all but eight of the 492 laps in his father's final race in North Carolina. He only relinquished the lead during green flag pit stops. The outcome was never in doubt, so the attention moved to the points battle, which marched into Rockingham with six drivers in contention. After Petty's Victory Lane celebration, those six still remained in the title picture, with Elliott leading by 70 over Allison, 85 over Kulwicki, 94 over Petty and 113 over Gant.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 42 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing 492
2 4 Ernie Irvan Morgan-McClure Motorsports 492
3 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports 491
4 11 Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates 491
5 22 Sterling Marlin Junior Johnson & Associates 491
6 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Motorsports 491
7 26 Brett Bodine King Racing 491
8 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing 490
9 94 Terry Labonte Hagan Racing 490
10 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing 490

Winston Cup points standings (after 27 of 29 races)

  1. Bill Elliott, 3818 points
  2. Davey Allison, 3748 (−70)
  3. Alan Kulwicki, 3733 (−85)
  4. Kyle Petty, 3724 (−94)
  5. Harry Gant, 3705 (−113)
  6. Mark Martin, 3640 (−178)
  7. Ricky Rudd, 3574 (−244)
  8. Ernie Irvan, 3438 (−380)
  • Kyle Petty led 484 of 492 laps. Mark Martin (before he crashed) and Bill Elliott led 3 laps each, and Ernie Irvan led 2 during green flag pit stops. As a result of the domination and only 2 cautions in a 500-mile (805 km) race, only 2 cars finished on the lead lap. Despite the green flag look of the race, Petty beat Irvan by just under a second.
  • Bill Elliott finally had a good finish after 3 successive finishes of 26th or worse.

Pyroil 500K[edit]

The Pyroil 500K was held November 1 at Phoenix International Raceway. The #2 of Rusty Wallace won the pole. Smoke billowed from Elliott's Budweiser Ford, signaling an opportunity for the rest of the Winston Cup contenders. Allison and Kulwicki took full advantage. While Elliott's car suffered from a cracked cylinder head and overheating problems, which relegated him to a 31st-place finish, Allison patiently made his way to the front and won his second consecutive Pyroil 500. The emotional victory — Allison's first since the Pocono accident, vaulted him back into the points lead. Kulwicki ran strong all day and finished fourth, also moving him past Elliott in the point standings. Heading into the season's final event at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Allison led Kulwicki by 30 points, Elliott by 40, Gant by 97, Petty by 98 and Martin by 113. It was the first time in the sport's history that six drivers were still in contention heading into the final event.

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing 312
2 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing 312
3 17 Darrell Waltrip Darrell Waltrip Motorsports 312
4 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing 312
5 12 Jimmy Spencer Bobby Allison Motorsports 312
6 25 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports 312
7 10 Derrike Cope Whitcomb Racing 312
8 68 Bobby Hamilton Tri-Star Motorsports 312
9 22 Sterling Marlin Junior Johnson & Associates 311
10 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing 311

Winston Cup points standings (after 28 of 29 races)

  1. Davey Allison, 3928 points
  2. Alan Kulwicki, 3898 (−30)
  3. Bill Elliott, 3888 (−40)
  4. Harry Gant, 3831 (−97)
  5. Kyle Petty, 3830 (−98)
  6. Mark Martin, 3815 (−113)
  • Point leader Bill Elliott had engine troubles again in Phoenix. As a result of his 31st place finish, the Winston Cup was up for grabs among six drivers for the first time in history.

Hooters 500[edit]

Main article: 1992 Hooters 500

The Hooters 500 was held November 15 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In what is largely considered one of the greatest NASCAR races of all-time, six drivers entered the race with a mathematical chance to win the Winston Cup (Bill Elliott, Alan Kulwicki, Davey Allison, Kyle Petty, Harry Gant, and Mark Martin). The race was the highly publicized final start for 7-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, and quietly, the first start for future champion Jeff Gordon. Davey Allison had to finish 6th or better to automatically clinch the championship.

Rick Mast won his first career Winston Cup pole, but crashed out on lap 2 and did not lead any laps. Championship contenders Mark Martin and Kyle Petty dropped out with engine trouble, while Harry Gant faded and was not a factor in the second half.

On lap 254, Davey Allison's fate was sealed. While running 6th — good enough to clinch the title — and charging to the front, suddenly disaster struck. Ernie Irvan had a tire going down, lost control and spun directly in front of Rusty Wallace and Allison. Wallace dodged the spinning Irvan, but Allison was not so lucky. Irvan pancaked the wall and bounced off into Allison. Allison spun into the inside pit wall, and damaged the tirerod. His car still had power, and tried desperately to get his car rolling, but to no avail. The crash effectively ended his day and his run at the championship. Elliott and Kulwicki were left to battle for the title.

Elliot and Kulwicki ran 1st-2nd for most of the second half, swapping the lead on several occasions. It became evident that the driver who led the most laps (receiving the 5 bonus points for leading the most laps) would clinch the championship. After the final gas-and-go pit stops, Kulwicki had led 103 laps. Elliott took over the lead, with Kulwicki settling into a comfortable second. Elliott led the rest of the way, his fifth victory of the season, bringing his laps led total to 102 laps, one short of Kulwicki's total — giving the 5 bonus points to Kulwicki.

Elliott won the Hooters 500, but Kulwicki's second place finish allowed him to claim the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup championship by a scant 10 points, the third-narrowest margin in the sport's history (after 2011, in which Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards finished tied, the title going to Stewart by virtue of more wins in the season, and Kurt Busch's 8 point margin over Jimmie Johnson in 2004). Meanwhile, the STP crew patched Richard Petty's car back together and "The King" rejoined the field with two laps to go and was running at the finish in his final race to receive the checkered flag.

Jeff Gordon started the race 21st and finished in 31st

Top Ten Finishers
Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps
1 11 Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates 328
2 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing 328
3 15 Geoff Bodine Bud Moore Engineering 328
4 12 Jimmy Spencer Bobby Allison Motorsports 328
5 94 Terry Labonte Hagan Racing 328
6 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing 328
7 22 Sterling Marlin Junior Johnson & Associates 327
8 66 Jimmy Hensley Cale Yarborough Motorsports 326
9 55 Ted Musgrave RaDiUs Racing 326
10 18 Dale Jarrett Joe Gibbs Racing 326

Final Points Standings[edit]

  1. 7-Alan Kulwicki – 4078
  2. 11-Bill Elliott – 4068
  3. 28-Davey Allison – 4015
  4. 33-Harry Gant – 3955
  5. 42-Kyle Petty – 3945
  6. 6-Mark Martin – 3887
  7. 5-Ricky Rudd – 3735
  8. 94-Terry Labonte – 3674
  9. 17-Darrell Waltrip – 3659
  10. 22-Sterling Marlin – 3603
  11. 4-Ernie Irvan – 3580
  12. 3-Dale Earnhardt – 3574
  13. 2-Rusty Wallace – 3556
  14. 21-Morgan Shepherd – 3549
  15. 26-Brett Bodine – 3491
  16. 15-Geoff Bodine – 3437
  17. 25-Ken Schrader – 3404
  18. 55-Ted Musgrave – 3315
  19. 18-Dale Jarrett – 3251
  20. 8-Dick Trickle – 3097
  21. 10-Derrike Cope – 3033
  22. 1-Rick Mast – 2830
  23. 30-Michael Waltrip – 2825
  24. 16-Wally Dallenbach, Jr. – 2799
  25. 68-Bobby Hamilton – 2787
  26. 43-Richard Petty – 2731
  27. 41-Hut Stricklin – 2689
  28. 66-Jimmy Hensley – 2410
  29. 71-Dave Marcis – 2348
  30. Greg Sacks – 1759
  31. 9-Chad Little – 1669
  32. 52-Jimmy Means – 1531
  33. 12-Jimmy Spencer – 1284
  34. 90-Bobby Hillin, Jr. – 1135
  35. 49-Stanley Smith – 959
  36. Mike Potter – 806
  37. Jim Sauter – 729
  38. 83-Lake Speed – 726
  39. 32-Jimmy Horton – 660
  40. 57-Bob Schacht – 611
  41. Charlie Glotzbach – 592
  42. James Hylton – 476
  43. Andy Belmont – 467
  44. Jeff Purvis – 453
  45. Dave Mader III – 436
  46. Jerry O'Neil – 429
  47. 23-Eddie Bierschwale – 277
  48. Buddy Baker – 255
  49. 45-Rich Bickle – 252
  50. 88-Mike Wallace – 248

Other information[edit]

  • Dale Earnhardt (the 1990 and 1991 defending Cup champion) and Rusty Wallace who finished 12th and 13th respectively would finish 1–2 in the championship in 1993.
  • Two cars numbered 24 were fielded during the season; Butch Gilliland used the number in a car owned by himself at Phoenix and Jeff Gordon drove the number 24 in his first race car with Hendrick Motorsports. The 1993 Winston Cup Series Media Guide shows that Butch Gilliland also fielded the #24 Aneheim Elect. Gear Pontiac in the Sonoma race in June 1992 finishing 38th after starting 36th.
  • This was the final year in NASCAR for the Oldsmobile brand.

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Jimmy Hensley, driving Cale Yarborough's #66 Ford, was named Rookie of the Year after posting four top-ten finishes in 22 starts. Veteran Chad Little drove the car in the first six races, but was replaced by Bobby Hillin, Jr. at North Wilkesboro and by Hensley in the following race at Martinsville. Hensley had previously never started more than 4 Winston Cup races in a season (doing so in 1984 and in 1991). Bob Schacht, Andy Belmont, and Dave Mader III were also declared for the award, but did not run enough races to compete for the award.

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