1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

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1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
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The 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season began on February 7 and ended on November 14. Dale Earnhardt of Richard Childress Racing won the title, the sixth of his career.

1993 was marked by the deaths of two Winston Cup drivers, though neither were on-track in any form. 1992 Champion Alan Kulwicki was killed on April 1 in a plane crash near Blountville, Tennessee. He was travelling to Bristol Motor Speedway in a corporate jet belonging to his sponsor, Hooters. Davey Allison died on July 13, a day after a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway left him with severe head trauma. The accidents robbed the sport of two of its brightest young stars.

1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Drivers[edit]

Team Make # Driver Sponsor Car Owner Crew Chief
Active Motorsports Chevrolet Lumina 32 Jimmy Horton Active Trucking Joe Horner Mike Hillman
Bahari Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 30 Michael Waltrip Pennzoil Chuck Rider Doug Hewitt
Bill Davis Racing Ford Thunderbird 22 Bobby Labonte (R) Maxwell House Bill Davis Tim Brewer
Bobby Allison Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 12 Jimmy Spencer Meineke Bobby Allison Jimmy Fennig
Bud Moore Engineering Ford Thunderbird 15 Geoff Bodine23 Motorcraft Bud Moore Donnie WingoAll
Lake Speed7
Butch Mock Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 75 Phil Parsons Factory Stores
of America
Butch Mock
Cale Yarborough Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 98 Derrike Cope Bojangles' Cale Yarborough Bob Johnson
Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Chevrolet Lumina 17 Darrell Waltrip Western Auto Darrell Waltrip Barry Dodson
Donlavey Racing Ford Thunderbird 90 Bobby Hillin Jr. Heilig-Meyers Junie Donlavey Doug Williams
AK Racing23 Ford Thunderbird 7 Alan Kulwicki5 The Family Channel
Hanes
Hooters
Alan Kulwicki23 Paul AndrewsAll
Jimmy Hensley22
Tommy Kendall2
Geoff Bodine Racing7 Geoff Bodine7 Geoff Bodine7
Hagan Racing Chevrolet Lumina 14 Terry Labonte Kellogg's Billy Hagan Pete Wright
Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Lumina 5 Ricky Rudd Tide Rick Hendrick Gary DeHart
24 Jeff Gordon (R) DuPont Ray Evernham
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 Mike Beam
27 Hut Stricklin McDonald's Mike Hill
King Racing Ford Thunderbird 26 Brett Bodine Quaker State Kenny Bernstein Donnie Richeson
Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet Lumina 41 Dick Trickle Manheim Auctions Larry Hedrick Doug Richert
Leo Jackson Motorsports Chevrolet Lumina 33 Harry Gant Skoal Bandit Leo Jackson
Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet Lumina 71 Dave Marcis STG[disambiguation needed] Helen Marcis Dave Fischlein
Means Racing Ford Thunderbird 52 Jimmy Means Hurley Limo Jimmy Means Bryan Dorsey
Melling Racing Ford Thunderbird 9 P.J. Jones (R) Melling Engine Parts Harry Melling Harry Hyde
Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet Lumina 4 Ernie Irvan21 Kodak Larry McClure Tony Gloverall
Jimmy Hensley7
Joe Nemechek2
Moroso Racing Ford Thunderbird 20 Bobby Hamilton Fina Dick Moroso Dick Meyer
Penske Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Genuine Draft Roger Penske Buddy Parrott
Petty Enterprises Pontiac Grand Prix 44 Rick Wilson STP Richard Petty Robbie Loomis
Precision Products Racing Ford Thunderbird 1 Rick Mast Skoal Classic Richard Jackson
RaDiUs Racing Ford Thunderbird 55 Ted Musgrave US Air Ray DeWitt
Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Lumina 3 Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Richard Childress Andy Petree
31 Neil Bonnett2
Robert Yates Racing29 Ford Thunderbird 28 Davey Allison16 Texaco
Havoline
Robert Yates Larry McReynoldsAll
Robby Gordon1
Lake Speed3
Ernie Irvan8
Roush Racing Ford Thunderbird 6 Mark Martin Valvoline Jack Roush Steve Hmiel
16 Wally Dallenbach, Jr Keystone Geoff Smith Howard Comstock
SABCO Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 40 Kenny Wallace (R) Dirt Devil Felix Sabates Jeff Hammond
42 Kyle Petty Mello Yello Robin Pemberton
Stavola Brothers Racing Ford Thunderbird 8 Sterling Marlin Raybestos Billy Stavola
Tri-Star Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 68 Greg Sacks Country Time Mark Smith Dave Fuge
Wood Brothers Racing Ford Thunderbird 21 Morgan Shepherd Citgo Glen Wood Eddie Wood

Busch Clash[edit]

The Busch Clash, an invitational event for all pole winners of the previous season, was held February 7 at Daytona International Speedway. Ernie Irvan drew the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 25-Ken Schrader
  3. 4-Ernie Irvan
  4. 6-Mark Martin
  5. 5-Ricky Rudd
  6. 28-Davey Allison
  7. 42-Kyle Petty
  8. 8-Sterling Marlin
  9. 11-Bill Elliott
  10. 7-Alan Kulwicki

Gatorade 125s[edit]

The Gatorade 125s, qualifying races for the Daytona 500, were held February 11 at Daytona International Speedway. Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett won the poles for both races, respectively.

Race One: Top Ten Results

  1. 24-Jeff Gordon
  2. 11-Bill Elliott
  3. 42-Kyle Petty
  4. 25-Ken Schrader
  5. 90-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  6. 28-Davey Allison
  7. 83-Lake Speed
  8. 44-Rick Wilson
  9. 9-Chad Little
  10. 14-Terry Labonte

Race Two: Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 15-Geoff Bodine
  3. 18-Dale Jarrett
  4. 4-Ernie Irvan
  5. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  6. 5-Ricky Rudd
  7. 8-Sterling Marlin
  8. 41-Phil Parsons
  9. 27-Hut Stricklin
  10. 26-Brett Bodine
  • With the win, Jeff Gordon became the first rookie ever to win a qualifying race, only to be surpassed by Denny Hamlin in 2006. In the second race, defending Indy 500 winner Al Unser, Jr. (entering his first NASCAR race) wrecked on lap 10, but still managed to qualify for the Daytona 500 based on speed.

Daytona 500 by STP[edit]

Main article: 1993 Daytona 500

The 1993 Daytona 500 by STP was held February 14 at Daytona International Speedway. Kyle Petty's Mello Yello-sponsored #42 won the pole, putting a Petty on the Daytona 500 pole for the first time since 1966, and only the second time ever. Kyle was also the first North Carolina driver to win the 500 pole since Benny Parsons in 1982. His father Richard waved the green flag in the first Winston Cup race held since his retirement. Dale Jarrett took the checkered flag after a last lap pass over Dale Earnhardt who led 107 laps, the most by far.

Top Ten Results

  1. 18-Dale Jarrett
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 15-Geoff Bodine
  4. 27-Hut Stricklin
  5. 24-Jeff Gordon*
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  8. 25-Ken Schrader
  9. 8-Sterling Marlin
  10. 16-Wally Dallenbach, Jr.

Failed to Qualify: 85-Dorsey Schroeder, 48-James Hylton, 45-Rich Bickle, 29-Kerry Teague, 0-Delma Cowart, 77-Mike Potter, 73-Stanley Smith, 99-Brad Teague, 31-Steve Kinser, 51-Jeff Purvis, 50-A.J. Foyt, 23-Eddie Bierschwale, and 95-Ken Ragan.

The race was marked by a grinding crash involving Rusty Wallace who was spun out by Michael Waltrip on the backstretch and sent Wallace on a series of horrific barrel rolls in the grass. He was uninjured although.

Jeff Gordon made his first Daytona 500 debut on his first Winston Cup full Season. He became the first rookie ever to win one of the Qualifying races. He also led Lap 1 and finished 5th, and is considered as one of the most successful's Daytona 500's debut ever.

The "Dale and Dale Show" commenced as Jarrett passed Earnhardt in the tri-oval as they took the white flag. As the leaders exited Turn 2, the CBS Sports producers came on the headsets of Ken Squier, Neil Bonnett, and Ned Jarrett, telling Ned to "call his son home", leading to an emotional finish.

GM Goodwrench 500[edit]

The GM Goodwrench 500 was held February 28 at North Carolina Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 4-Ernie Irvan
  4. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  5. 6-Mark Martin
  6. 18-Dale Jarrett
  7. 55-Ted Musgrave
  8. 41-Phil Parsons
  9. 15-Geoff Bodine, 1 Lap down
  10. 14-Terry Labonte, 1 Lap down

Failed to qualify: 49-Stanley Smith

Pontiac Excitement 400[edit]

The Pontiac Excitement 400 was held March 7 at Richmond International Raceway. Ken Schrader won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Davey Allison
  2. 2-Rusty Wallace
  3. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  4. 18-Dale Jarrett
  5. 42-Kyle Petty
  6. 24-Jeff Gordon
  7. 6-Mark Martin
  8. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  9. 33-Harry Gant
  10. 3-Dale Earnhardt, 1 Lap down

Failed to qualify: 45-Rich Bickle

This would be Davey Allison's final Winston Cup win.

Motorcraft Quality Parts 500[edit]

The Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 was scheduled March 14 but was held March 20 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race was postponed to the effects of the 1993 Superstorm. Rusty Wallace won the pole. Jeff Gordon appeared headed to his first Winston Cup win when he lost control and spun in the muddy grass. Morgan Shepherd passed him and won the event, his final victory as of 2013.

Top Ten Results

  1. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  2. 4-Ernie Irvan
  3. 2-Rusty Wallace
  4. 24-Jeff Gordon, 1 Lap down
  5. 5-Ricky Rudd, 1 Lap down
  6. 15-Geoff Bodine, 1 Lap dwn
  7. 42-Kyle Petty, 1 Lap down
  8. 26-Brett Bodine, 1 Lap down
  9. 11-Bill Elliott, 2 Laps down
  10. 12-Jimmy Spencer, 3 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 45-Rich Bickle, 84-Rick Crawford, 48-James Hylton, 61-Rick Carelli

TranSouth 500[edit]

The TranSouth 500 was held March 28 at Darlington Raceway. Dale Earnhardt won the pole. This was the last time the spring race was 500 miles until the track went to 1 race a year for the top division of NASCAR in 2005.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 18-Dale Jarrett
  4. 25-Ken Schrader
  5. 2-Rusty Wallace, 1 Lap down
  6. 7-Alan Kulwicki, 1 Lap down
  7. 42-Kyle Petty, 1 Lap down
  8. 15-Geoff Bodine, 1 Lap down
  9. 14-Terry Labonte, 1 Lap down
  10. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 2 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 62-John McFadden

Food City 500[edit]

The Food City 500 was held April 4 at Bristol International Raceway. Rusty Wallace won the pole. During the weekend of this race, defending Cup champion Alan Kulwicki and three Hooters executives were killed in a plane crash on their way to this race. After being spun out by Bobby Hillin Jr, Dale Jarrett threw his helmet at the #90 car during the caution period.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 42-Kyle Petty
  4. 12-Jimmy Spencer
  5. 28-Davey Allison
  6. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  7. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 1 Lap down
  8. 6-Mark Martin, 2 Laps down
  9. 26-Brett Bodine, 3 Laps down
  10. 1-Rick Mast, 3 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 48-James Hylton

After taking the checkered flag, Rusty Wallace made a Polish Victory Lap, in memory of the deceased Winston Cup Champion Alan Kulwicki, which made it famous.

First Union 400[edit]

The First Union 400 was held April 18 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Brett Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 42-Kyle Petty
  3. 25-Ken Schrader
  4. 28-Davey Allison
  5. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  6. 14-Terry Labonte
  7. 5-Ricky Rudd
  8. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  9. 8-Sterling Marlin
  10. 11-Bill Elliott, 2 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 49-Stanley Smith

The biggest news story of the week leading up to the race was the official announcement of the Inaugural Brickyard 400, scheduled for August 6, 1994.

Hanes 500[edit]

The Hanes 500 was held April 25 at Martinsville Speedway. Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 28-Davey Allison
  3. 18-Dale Jarrett
  4. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  5. 42-Kyle Petty, 1 Lap down
  6. 15-Geoff Bodine, 3 Laps down
  7. 26-Brett Bodine, 3 Laps down
  8. 24-Jeff Gordon, 3 Laps down
  9. 14-Terry Labonte, 3 Laps down
  10. 6-Mark Martin, 4 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 52-Jimmy Means, 9-P.J. Jones

Winston 500[edit]

Main article: 1993 Winston 500

The Winston 500 was held May 2 at Talladega Superspeedway. Dale Earnhardt won the pole. On the final lap approaching the checkered flag, Rusty Wallace was spun and flipped end over end.

Top Ten Results

  1. 4-Ernie Irvan
  2. 12-Jimmy Spencer
  3. 18-Dale Jarrett
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 20-Joe Ruttman
  6. 2-Rusty Wallace
  7. 28-Davey Allison
  8. 98-Derrike Cope
  9. 7-Jimmy Hensley
  10. 30-Michael Waltrip

Failed to qualify: 9-P. J. Jones, 48-James Hylton, 0-Delma Cowart, 31-Steve Kinser, 62-Ben Hess, 71-Dave Marcis, 73-Phil Barkdoll, 65-Jerry O'Neil, 49-Stanley Smith.

Save Mart Supermarkets 300K[edit]

The Save Mart Supermarkets 300K was held May 16 at Sears Point International Raceway. Dale Earnhardt won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 15-Geoff Bodine
  2. 4-Ernie Irvan
  3. 5-Ricky Rudd
  4. 25-Ken Schrader
  5. 42-Kyle Petty
  6. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  7. 16-Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
  8. 44-Rick Wilson
  9. 14-Terry Labonte
  10. 27-Hut Stricklin

Failed to qualify: 51-Rick Scribner, 09-R.K. Smith, 48-Jack Sellers

This was the last win for the famous Bud Moore team.

Geoff Bodine celebrated the win at the same time as he was finalizing a deal to purchase the assets to the late Alan Kulwicki's #7 team.

Coca-Cola 600[edit]

The Coca-Cola 600 was held May 30 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ken Schrader won the pole. For the first time, the race was moved to a late afternoon start, and ended under the lights. The race was no longer to be held at the same time as the Indianapolis 500.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 24-Jeff Gordon
  3. 18-Dale Jarrett
  4. 25-Ken Schrader
  5. 4-Ernie Irvan
  6. 11-Bill Elliott
  7. 12-Jimmy Spencer
  8. 22-Bobby Labonte
  9. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 1 Lap down
  10. 15-Geoff Bodine, 1 Lap down

Failed to qualify: 85-Ken Bouchard, 48-James Hylton, 84-Rick Crawford, 38-Bobby Hamilton, 65-Jerry O'Neil, 49-Stanley Smith, 64-Johnny Chapman

Budweiser 500[edit]

The Budweiser 500 was held June 6 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Ernie Irvan won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 18-Dale Jarrett
  3. 28-Davey Allison
  4. 6-Mark Martin
  5. 25-Ken Schrader
  6. 1-Rick Mast
  7. 33-Harry Gant, 1 Lap down
  8. 12-Jimmy Spencer, 1 Lap down
  9. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 2 Laps down
  10. 38-Bobby Hamilton, 5 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 80-Jimmy Horton, 56-Jerry Hill, 85-Ken Bouchard

Champion Spark Plug 500[edit]

The Champion Spark Plug 500 was held June 13 at Pocono Raceway. Ken Schrader won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 42-Kyle Petty
  2. 25-Ken Schrader
  3. 33-Harry Gant
  4. 12-Jimmy Spencer
  5. 55-Ted Musgrave
  6. 28-Davey Allison
  7. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  8. 8-Sterling Marlin
  9. 5-Ricky Rudd
  10. 11-Bill Elliott

Failed to qualify: 80-Jimmy Horton

Miller Genuine Draft 400[edit]

The Miller Genuine Draft 400 was held June 20 at Michigan International Speedway. Brett Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 5-Ricky Rudd
  2. 24-Jeff Gordon
  3. 4-Ernie Irvan
  4. 18-Dale Jarrett
  5. 2-Rusty Wallace
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  8. 8-Sterling Marlin
  9. 11-Bill Elliott
  10. 33-Harry Gant

Failed to qualify: 48-Trevor Boys, 81-Jeff Davis

Pepsi 400[edit]

The Pepsi 400 was held July 3 at Daytona International Speedway. Ernie Irvan won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 8-Sterling Marlin
  3. 25-Ken Schrader
  4. 5-Ricky Rudd
  5. 24-Jeff Gordon
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 4-Ernie Irvan
  8. 18-Dale Jarrett
  9. 14-Terry Labonte
  10. 55-Ted Musgrave

Failed to qualify: 45-Rich Bickle, 62-Clay Young, 29-Kerry Teague, 0-Delma Cowart, 31-Stan Fox, 49-Stanley Smith, 35-Bill Venturini, 65-Jerry O'Neil, 48-James Hylton, 73-Phil Barkdoll, 79-Andy Belmont, 77-Mike Potter, 86-Mark Thompson, 82-Mark Stahl, 83-Lake Speed, 85-Ken Bouchard, 89-Jim Sauter, 95-Jeremy Mayfield, 23-Eddie Bierschwale, 99-Brad Teague

Slick 50 300[edit]

The Slick 50 300 was the first Winston Cup race held at New Hampshire International Speedway (July 11). Mark Martin won the pole. This was the last race for Davey Allison, who would die from injuries suffered in a helicopter accident during the next week. Jeff Burton and Joe Nemechek made their Winston Cup debuts in this race. Both would fall out before the halfway point.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 28-Davey Allison
  4. 18-Dale Jarrett
  5. 5-Ricky Rudd
  6. 8-Sterling Marlin
  7. 24-Jeff Gordon
  8. 42-Kyle Petty, 1 Lap down
  9. 11-Bill Elliott, 1 Lap down
  10. 22-Bobby Labonte, 1 Lap down

Failed to qualify: 62-Clay Young

Miller Genuine Draft 500[edit]

The Miller Genuine Draft 500 was held July 18 at Pocono Raceway. Ken Schrader won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 2-Rusty Wallace
  3. 11-Bill Elliott
  4. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  5. 26-Brett Bodine
  6. 25-Ken Schrader
  7. 8-Sterling Marlin
  8. 18-Dale Jarrett
  9. 33-Harry Gant
  10. 17-Darrell Waltrip

Failed to qualify: 52-Jimmy Means, 78-Jay Hedgecock, 56-Jerry Hill, 57-Bob Schacht

DieHard 500[edit]

The DieHard 500 was held July 25 at Talladega Superspeedway. Bill Elliott won the pole.

The race was marked by two major accidents: Stanley Smith suffered near-fatal head injuries in a Lap 69 accident while Jimmy Horton flew over the wall and landed on an access road outside the track in the same crash. Later in the race, on Lap 132, Neil Bonnett flew into the catch fence similar to the Bobby Allison crash in 1987. That resulted in the introduction of roof flaps in 1994.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 4-Ernie Irvan
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 42-Kyle Petty
  5. 18-Dale Jarrett
  6. 68-Greg Sacks
  7. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  8. 33-Harry Gant
  9. 26-Brett Bodine
  10. 16-Wally Dallenbach, Jr.

Failed to Qualify: 45-Rich Bickle, 38-Bobby Hamilton, 46-Buddy Baker, 62-Clay Young, 29-Kerry Teague

  • The margin of victory was 5 one-thousandths of a second (.005), setting a new record.

Budweiser At The Glen[edit]

The Budweiser At The Glen was held August 8 at Watkins Glen International. Mark Martin won the pole and had the all-dominating car in the race. However, problems in the pits at one point put him out of the top 20 in the race. Martin raced up through the field and inherited the lead with 5 laps when the two leaders, Kyle Petty and Dale Earnhardt, crashed in the esses.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Mark Martin
  2. 16-Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
  3. 12-Jimmy Spencer
  4. 11-Bill Elliott
  5. 25-Ken Schrader
  6. 8-Sterling Marlin
  7. 22-Bobby Labonte
  8. 9-P. J. Jones
  9. 40-Kenny Wallace
  10. 33-Harry Gant

Failed to qualify: 77-Davy Jones, 71-Dave Marcis, 81-Jeff Davis, 29-Kerry Teague, 65-Jerry O'Neil

Champion Spark Plug 400[edit]

The Champion Spark Plug 400 was held August 15 at Michigan International Speedway. Ken Schrader won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Mark Martin
  2. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  3. 24-Jeff Gordon
  4. 18-Dale Jarrett
  5. 55-Ted Musgrave
  6. 2-Rusty Wallace
  7. 28-Lake Speed
  8. 22-Bobby Labonte
  9. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  10. 11-Bill Elliott

Failed to qualify: 37-Loy Allen, 48-James Hylton, 95-Jeremy Mayfield, 53-Richie Petty, 85-Ken Bouchard, 76-Ron Hornaday, Jr., 62-Clay Young, 29-John Krebs, 81-Jeff Davis, 02-T.W. Taylor, 48-Andy Genzman

Brickyard 400 test session[edit]

A day after the Champion Spark Plug 400, the top 35 teams in the standings were invited to participate in an open test session for the 1994 Brickyard 400. On the way home from Michigan, the teams stopped at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for two days of practice. Retired driver Richard Petty took a few fast laps on the second day, then donated the car to the Speedway museum.

Bud 500[edit]

The Bud 500 was held August 28 at Bristol International Raceway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Mark Martin
  2. 2-Rusty Wallace
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 33-Harry Gant
  5. 1-Rick Mast
  6. 7-Jimmy Hensley
  7. 26-Brett Bodine
  8. 15-Geoff Bodine
  9. 40-Kenny Wallace*, 1 Lap down
  10. 30-Michael Waltrip, 2 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 55-Ted Musgrave, 75-Todd Bodine, 9-P.J. Jones, 45-Rich Bickle

Mountain Dew Southern 500[edit]

The Mountain Dew Southern 500 was held September 5 at Darlington Raceway. Ken Schrader won the pole. Ernie Irvan negotiated out of his contract with Morgan-McClure Motorsports in order to take over the #28 Texaco-Havoline Ford for Robert Yates Racing. Mark Martin won his fourth Winston Cup race in a row.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Mark Martin
  2. 26-Brett Bodine
  3. 2-Rusty Wallace
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 28-Ernie Irvan, 1 Lap down
  6. 5-Ricky Rudd, 1 Lap down
  7. 33-Harry Gant, 1 Lap down
  8. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 2 Laps down
  9. 25-Ken Schrader, 2 Laps down
  10. 40-Kenny Wallace, 3 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 48-Trevor Boys, 56-Jerry Hill, 29-Jeff McClure

  • This was Mark Martin's 4th consecutive victory, tying the Modern-era record for most consecutive victories.
  • The race was shortened by 15 laps. The start of the race had been delayed by more than 3 hours. As the race came towards the end the teams were told on a restart with 25 laps to go that there would only be 10 laps remaining due to darkness

Miller Genuine Draft 400[edit]

The Miller Genuine Draft 400 was held September 11 at Richmond International Raceway. Bobby Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 11-Bill Elliott
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 5-Ricky Rudd
  5. 26-Brett Bodine
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  8. 14-Terry Labonte
  9. 42-Kyle Petty
  10. 24-Jeff Gordon

Failed to qualify: 80-Jimmy Horton, 45-Rich Bickle, 53-Richie Petty, 02-T.W. Taylor

SplitFire Spark Plug 500[edit]

The SplitFire Spark Plug 500 was held September 19 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Rusty Wallace won the pole. Among other driver changes, Geoff Bodine left Bud Moore Engineering after the previous race to drive for the #7 Family Ford team, a car that he had just purchased from the family of the late Alan Kulwicki.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 25-Ken Schrader
  3. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  4. 18-Dale Jarrett
  5. 33-Harry Gant
  6. 12-Jimmy Spencer
  7. 22-Bobby Labonte
  8. 14-Terry Labonte
  9. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 1 Lap down
  10. 11-Bill Elliott, 2 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 48-Trevor Boys, 84-Norm Benning, 66-Mike Wallace, 02-T.W. Taylor, 9-P.J. Jones, 77-Mike Potter

  • This race was mired with tire issues resulting in cut tires and 16 cautions for 103 of the 500 laps, and the average speed was 100.334 mph. The race took 4 hours and 59 minutes to complete.

Goody's 500[edit]

The Goody's 500 was held September 26 at Martinsville Speedway. Ernie Irvan won the pole. It was the Robert Yates team's first trip to victory lane since Davey Allison's death and the crew was reported to have had tears in their eyes as they went to victory lane.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Ernie Irvan
  2. 2-Rusty Wallace
  3. 12-Jimmy Spencer
  4. 5-Ricky Rudd
  5. 18-Dale Jarrett, 1 Lap down
  6. 26-Brett Bodine, 1 Lap down
  7. 14-Terry Labonte, 1 Lap down
  8. 30-Michael Waltrip, 1 Lap down
  9. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 2 Laps down
  10. 42-Kyle Petty, 2 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 52-Jimmy Means

Tyson/Holly Farms 400[edit]

The Tyson/Holly Farms 400 was held October 3 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Ernie Irvan won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 28-Ernie Irvan
  4. 42-Kyle Petty
  5. 5-Ricky Rudd, 1 Lap down
  6. 33-Harry Gant, 2 Laps down
  7. 14-Terry Labonte, 2 Laps down
  8. 1-Rick Mast, 3 Laps down
  9. 18-Dale Jarrett, 3 Laps down
  10. 25-Ken Schrader, 3 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 52-Jimmy Means, 48-James Hylton, 68-Greg Sacks, 71-Dave Marcis, 45-Rich Bickle, 37-Loy Allen Jr.

Mello Yello 500[edit]

The Mello Yello 500 was held October 10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Ernie Irvan
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 2-Rusty Wallace
  5. 24-Jeff Gordon
  6. 12-Jimmy Spencer
  7. 42-Kyle Petty
  8. 5-Ricky Rudd, 1 Lap down
  9. 25-Ken Schrader, 2 Laps down
  10. 11-Bill Elliott, 2 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 71-Dave Marcis, 47-Billy Standridge, 37-Loy Allen Jr., 35-Bill Venturini, 63-Norm Benning, 99-Brad Teague, 83-Jeff McClure, 02-T.W. Taylor

AC Delco 500[edit]

The AC Delco 500 was held October 24 at North Carolina Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 11-Bill Elliott
  4. 33-Harry Gant
  5. 6-Mark Martin, 1 Lap down
  6. 28-Ernie Irvan, 1 Lap down
  7. 17-Darrell Waltrip, 1 Lap down
  8. 25-Ken Schrader, 1 Lap down
  9. 41-Dick Trickle, 2 Laps down
  10. 7-Geoff Bodine, 2 Laps down

Failed to qualify: 47-Billy Standridge, 63-Norm Benning, 65-Jerry O'Neil, 05-Ed Ferree

Slick 50 500[edit]

The Slick 50 500 was held October 31 at Phoenix International Raceway. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Mark Martin
  2. 28-Ernie Irvan
  3. 42-Kyle Petty
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 11-Bill Elliott
  6. 5-Ricky Rudd
  7. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  8. 22-Bobby Labonte
  9. 30-Michael Waltrip
  10. 1-Rick Mast

Failed to qualify: 52-Scott Gaylord, 36-Butch Gilliland, 13-Stan Fox, 48-Jack Sellers, 81-Jeff Davis, 51-Rick Scribner

Hooters 500[edit]

The Hooters 500 was held November 14 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Harry Gant won the pole. In this race, Dale Earnhardt clinched his sixth championship, only needing a 34th place finish or better to claim the title; he finished 10th. 1989 champion Rusty Wallace gave his maximum effort in his 300th Winston Cup start but was still 80 points short of the Winston Cup Championship.

During practice, Dale Earnhardt, Ken Schrader, and Jeff Gordon all had crashes. However, all three were uninjured and qualified for the race.

This race was a day of remembrance, as mentioned in the television broadcast opening. Exactly a one year prior, the 1992 race ended up being one of the greatest races of all time - and two of the key fixtures, Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison were killed in aviation accidents during the season.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 5-Ricky Rudd
  3. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  4. 11-Bill Elliott
  5. 41-Dick Trickle
  6. 30-Michael Waltrip
  7. 18-Dale Jarrett
  8. 55-Ted Musgrave
  9. 75-Phil Parsons
  10. 3-Dale Earnhardt, 1 Lap down

Failed to qualify: 47-Billy Standridge, 95-Jeremy Mayfield, 52-Jimmy Means, 62-Clay Young, 57-Bob Schacht, 72-John Andretti, 63-Norm Benning, 9-P. J. Jones, 84-Rick Crawford, 48-Andy Genzman

Neil Bonnett qualified for the race in a backup car (#31) for RCR, and executed one of the first start and park situations in NASCAR. The team arranged that Bonnett would step aside from the #31 car, in the last minute, in the event that Earnhardt's car, after pre-race inspection, suffered mechanical failure on the grid or during the pace laps. If Earnhardt started the race in the #31 car, by rule, he would be awarded full points for that entry. The car Bonnett qualified was set up with Earnhardt's exact chassis set up. Earnhardt started his primary car as expected, and Bonnett pulled off the track to finish last after 3 laps. The team gave the reason of "engine failure." Bonnett's intentional "start and park" helped maximize Earnhardt's finishing position, as only seven other cars had to drop out for Earnhardt to clinch the title. RCR pulled out all the stops in preparation for the race. They brought a truck filled with extra spare parts, including an entire pre-assembled rear end and a framing machine to fix the car in case of a crash.

Due to fog at the airport, several pit crew members on several teams were late arriving at the track. Darrell Waltrip started the race without his entire pit crew.

By lap 117, enough cars had dropped out of the race to mathematically clinch the championship for Earnhardt.

Jeff Gordon secured the rookie of the year award; but in a mild surprise, he did not manage to win a points-paying race during the season.

Final points standings[edit]

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt – 4526
  2. 2-Rusty Wallace – 4446
  3. 6-Mark Martin – 4150
  4. 18-Dale Jarrett – 4000
  5. 42-Kyle Petty – 3860
  6. 28-Ernie Irvan – 3834
  7. 21-Morgan Shepherd – 3807
  8. 11-Bill Elliott – 3774
  9. 25-Ken Schrader – 3715
  10. 5-Ricky Rudd – 3644
  11. 33-Harry Gant – 3524
  12. 12-Jimmy Spencer – 3496
  13. 17-Darrell Waltrip – 3479
  14. 24-Jeff Gordon – 3447
  15. 8-Sterling Marlin – 3355
  16. 7-Geoff Bodine – 3338
  17. 30-Michael Waltrip – 3291
  18. 14-Terry Labonte – 3280
  19. 22-Bobby Labonte – 3221
  20. 26-Brett Bodine – 3183
  21. 1-Rick Mast – 3001
  22. 16-Wally Dallenbach, Jr. – 2978
  23. 40-Kenny Wallace – 2893
  24. 27-Hut Stricklin – 2866
  25. 55-Ted Musgrave – 2853
  26. 98-Derrike Cope – 2787
  27. 90-Bobby Hillin, Jr. – 2717
  28. 44-Rick Wilson – 2647
  29. 75-Phil Parsons – 2454
  30. 41-Dick Trickle – 2224
  31. Davey Allison – 2104
  32. 4-Jimmy Hensley – 2001
  33. 71-Dave Marcis – 1970
  34. 15-Lake Speed – 1956
  35. 68-Greg Sacks – 1730
  36. 52-Jimmy Means – 1471
  37. 20-Bobby Hamilton – 1348
  38. 32-Jimmy Horton – 841
  39. Jeff Purvis – 774
  40. Todd Bodine – 715
  41. Alan Kulwicki – 625
  42. 9-P. J. Jones – 498
  43. Joe Ruttman – 417
  44. Joe Nemechek – 389
  45. 37-Loy Allen Jr. – 362
  46. 66-Mike Wallace – 343
  47. Jim Sauter – 295
  48. 45-Rich Bickle – 292
  49. 61-Rick Carelli – 258
  50. 72-John Andretti – 250

Rookie of the Year[edit]

After his contract was bought from Bill Davis Racing, Jeff Gordon drove the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy in 1993. He won one pole, had eleven top-tens and finished 14th in points. His next closest competitor was Bobby Labonte who had replaced Gordon at BDR. He had six top-tens and one pole, while third-place finisher Kenny Wallace had only three top-tens. The last place runner was P. J. Jones, who declared late in the season and only ran six races for Melling Racing.

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