1994 Daytona 500

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1994 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 31 in the 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Map of the speedway
Map of the speedway
Date February 20, 1994 (1994-02-20)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 77 °F (25 °C); wind speeds approaching 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)[1]
Average speed 156.931 miles per hour (252.556 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Loy Allen, Jr. TriStar Motorsports
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Ernie Irvan Robert Yates Racing
Duel 2 Winner Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing
Most laps led
Driver Ernie Irvan Robert Yates Racing
Laps 84
Winner
No. 4
Sterling Marlin
Morgan-McClure Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, Chris Economaki and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 9.6/26
(13.6 million viewers)

The 1994 Daytona 500, the 36th running of the event, was held February 20 at Daytona International Speedway. Loy Allen Jr., ARCA graduate and Winston Cup rookie, driving the No. 19 for Tri-Star Motorsports, won the pole. Speedweeks 1994 was marked by tragedy when two drivers, Neil Bonnett and Rodney Orr, were killed in separate practice accidents for this race. Sterling Marlin in the Morgan-McClure Motorsports No. 4 won the race, the first career win of his NASCAR career.

Summary[edit]

Loy Allen, Jr. failed to lead a lap. Ernie Irvan and Dale Earnhardt swapped the lead several times in the first 60 laps (which turned out to be a preview of the Championship battle), with Jeff Gordon leading briefly. The Big One happened on lap 62 when Chuck Bown and Kyle Petty touched in Turn 4. Petty, Robert Pressley, John Andretti and Rusty Wallace were done for the day. Hut Stricklin, Harry Gant, Bobby Hillin Jr., and rookie Jeff Burton, among others, were also involved. The race restarted with Daytona 500 rookie Todd Bodine in the lead. He was soon passed by Earnhardt, and was then tagged by Gordon whom Todd thought he was clear of. Jimmy Spencer, Ted Musgrave, Brett Bodine and Michael Waltrip were caught up in a chain reaction to Bodine's spin; Brett and Waltrip would continue.

The finish[edit]

The yellow flag was displayed with 60 laps to go when Morgan Shepherd spun, which made for interesting fuel mileage strategy. Earnhardt, Irvan, and Mark Martin came into the pits again for extra fuel. 1990 winner Derrike Cope led the field at the restart, only to be passed by Marlin and Irvan a couple of laps later. Irvan took the lead with 43 laps to go, but on Lap 180 he suddenly got loose in Turn 4. He recovered the car, but Marlin retook the lead as Irvan fell back to 7th. With 12 laps to go, Irvan was repassed by Martin, whom he had passed a few laps before, but with eight laps to go the Ford duo tag-teamed Jeff Gordon for 3rd and 4th. The two Fords swapped positions with five laps to go, and Irvan passed Terry Labonte (who was hung up behind Jimmy Hensley) in the tri-oval with three laps to go. But Sterling Marlin's Morgan-McClure Chevrolet was untouchable, and he finally won a Winston Cup race in his 279th start after eight second place finishes. He broke Dave Marcis' previous record for most starts before his first Cup win (227th start, at Martinsville in 1975). Martin ran out of fuel with two to go, but he managed to take the white flag to complete 199 laps.

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status Led Points
1 4 4 Sterling Marlin Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running 30 180
2 3 28 Ernie Irvan Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 Running 84 180
3 9 5 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running 1 170
4 6 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running 7 165
5 12 21 Morgan Shepherd Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 Running 7 160
6 31 77 Greg Sacks U.S. Racing Ford 200 Running 0 150
7 2 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 Running 45 151
8 20 10 Ricky Rudd Rudd Performance Motorsports Ford 200 Running 0 142
9 8 11 Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 200 Running 0 138
10 13 25 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running 0 134
11 39 7 Geoff Bodine Geoff Bodine Racing Ford 200 Running 1 135
12 23 40 Bobby Hamilton Team SABCO Chevrolet 200 Running 2 132
13 7 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 199 Out of fuel 5 129
14 22 15 Lake Speed Bud Moore Engineering Ford 199 Running 0 121
15 25 55 Jimmy Hensley RaDiUs Motorsports Ford 199 Running 0 118
16 42 22 Bobby Labonte Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 199 Running 0 115
17 18 43 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Petty Enterprises Pontiac 199 Running 0 112
18 34 9 Joe Ruttman Melling Racing Ford 199 Running 0 109
19 28 80 Jimmy Horton Hover Motorsports Ford 199 Running 0 106
20 29 32 Dick Trickle Active Motorsports Ford 198 Running 0 103
21 16 98 Derrike Cope Cale Yarborough Motorsports Ford 198 Running 7 105
22 1 19 Loy Allen, Jr. # TriStar Motorsports Ford 198 Running 0 97
23 37 12 Chuck Bown Bobby Allison Motorsports Ford 198 Running 0 94
24 33 90 Bobby Hillin, Jr. Donlavey Racing Ford 198 Running 0 91
25 27 71 Dave Marcis Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet 198 Running 0 88
26 35 8 Jeff Burton # Stavola Brothers Racing Ford 197 Running 0 85
27 30 1 Rick Mast Precision Products Racing Ford 197 Running 0 82
28 32 17 Darrell Waltrip DarWal Inc. Chevrolet 197 Running 0 79
29 17 97 Chad Little Mark Rypien Motorsports Ford 196 Running 1 81
30 40 95 Jeremy Mayfield # Sadler Brothers Racing Ford 195 Out of fuel 0 73
31 14 30 Michael Waltrip Bahari Racing Pontiac 194 Running 0 70
32 10 26 Brett Bodine King Racing Ford 185 Running 0 67
33 38 23 Hut Stricklin Travis Carter Enterprises Ford 174 Running 0 64
34 36 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Motorsports Chevrolet 165 Running 0 61
35 41 18 Dale Jarrett Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 146 Engine 3 63
36 11 75 Todd Bodine Butch Mock Motorsports Ford 79 Accident 7 60
37 21 27 Jimmy Spencer Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 79 Accident 0 52
38 24 16 Ted Musgrave Roush Racing Ford 79 Accident 0 49
39 26 42 Kyle Petty Team SABCO Pontiac 64 Accident 0 46
40 19 54 Robert Pressley Leo Jackson Motorsports Chevrolet 62 Accident 0 43
41 5 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing South Ford 61 Accident 0 40
42 15 14 John Andretti # Hagan Racing Chevrolet 47 Accident 0 37
Failed to Qualify
43 89 Jim Sauter Mueller Racing Ford
44 41 Joe Nemechek # Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet
45 52 Brad Teague Means Racing Ford
46 45 Rich Bickle # Isenhour Racing Chevrolet
47 34 Bob Brevak Brevak Racing Ford
48 02 T. W. Taylor Taylor Racing Ford
49 0 Delma Cowart H. L. Waters Racing Ford
50 48 Trevor Boys Hylton Racing Pontiac
51 47 Billy Standridge # Johnson Racing Ford
52 56 Jerry Hill Tierney Motorsports Ford
53 74 Kerry Teague KT Motorsports Chevrolet
54 29 Steve Grissom # Diamond Ridge Motorsports Chevrolet
55 73 Phil Barkdoll Barkdoll Racing Chevrolet
56 20 Buddy Baker Moroso Racing Ford
57 53 Ritchie Petty Petty Brothers Racing Ford
58 61 Rick Carelli Chesrown Racing Chevrolet
59 31 Ward Burton # Dillard Racing Chevrolet
60 37 Rodney Orr #1 Orr Motorsports Ford
61 51 Neil Bonnett1 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
62 99 Danny Sullivan2 Virtue Motorsports Chevrolet
63 84 Rick Crawford2 Circle Bar Racing Ford
# Rookie of the Year candidate / 1 Withdrawn due to driver fatality/ 2 Withdrawn
Source:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weather of the 1994 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  2. ^ "1994 Daytona 500". Racing-Reference.info. 1994-02-20. Retrieved 1994-06-03.