1985 Daytona 500

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1985 Daytona 500
Race details[1]
Race 1 of 28 in the 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Date February 17, 1985 (1985-02-17)
Location Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (800 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 73 °F (23 °C); wind speeds approaching 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)[2]
Average speed 172.265 miles per hour (277.234 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Melling Racing
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Bill Elliott Melling Racing
Duel 2 Winner Cale Yarborough Ranier-Lundy
Most laps led
Driver Bill Elliott Melling Racing
Laps 136
Winner
No. 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, David Hobbs, and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 8.3/23
(9.8 million viewers)

The 1985 Daytona 500, the 27th running of the event, was held on February 17, 1985 at Daytona International Speedway. Bill Elliott won the pole at a then-record speed of 205.114 mph. After a mediocre run in the Busch Clash, Elliott nearly lapped the field in his 125 mile qualifying race, then thoroughly dominated the Daytona 500, leading 136 of the 200 laps in his Coors/Melling-sponsored #9 Ford Thunderbird. The race restarted on the last lap after a Neil Bonnett spin out with less than four laps to go; Bonnett got out of his car and was credited for a 10th-place finish. The race however was marked for a number of engine problems, which knocked most of the contenders, including two-time defending race winner Cale Yarborough who was trying to win his third straight Daytona 500 victory.[3]

Results[edit]

Top 10 Results[edit]

  1. 9 – Bill Elliott[4] (polesitter)
  2. 75 – Lake Speed[4]
  3. 11 – Darrell Waltrip[4]
  4. 88 – Buddy Baker[4]
  5. 15 – Ricky Rudd[4]
  6. 51 – Greg Sacks[4]
  7. 5 – Geoffrey Bodine[4]
  8. 2 – Rusty Wallace[4]
  9. 8 – Bobby Hillin, Jr.[4]
  10. 12 – Neil Bonnett[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1985 Daytona 500". Racing-Reference.info. 1985-02-17. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Weather of the 1985 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  3. ^ Mark Aumann, Turner Sports Interactive (2003-01-29). "1985: Absolutely awesome – January 29, 2003". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "1985 DAYTONA 500 Results". daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Retrieved 2011-02-25.