1989 Daytona 500

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1989 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 29 in the 1989 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 19, 1989 (1989-02-19)
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 64 °F (18 °C); wind speeds approaching 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Average speed 148.466 miles per hour (238.933 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports
Duel 2 Winner Terry Labonte Junior Johnson & Associates
Most laps led
Driver Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 114
No. 17 Darrell Waltrip Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, Chris Economaki and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 8.1/21
(12 million viewers)

The 1989 Daytona 500, the 31st running of the event, was held February 19, 1989, at Daytona International Speedway. Darrell Waltrip won the race after Ken Schrader won the pole for the second time in a row.


In the last 53 laps without a pit stop and on a nearing empty tank, Darrell Waltrip took his #17 Tide-sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo to victory lane in the race. It was noted that the CBS announcers said that Darrell Waltrip resided in Franklin, Tennessee as opposed to his "real" home town of Owensboro, Kentucky.

The victory was Waltrip's first (and only) Daytona 500 race win in his 17th try, edging ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Ken Schrader, who led the most laps, by 7.64 seconds. "I won the Daytona 500! I won the Daytona 500!," Waltrip shouted on the radio to his crew, adding "I can't believe I won it! Don't lie to me, this is Daytona, ain't it? I'm not dreamin', am I?" Still in disbelief, Waltrip asked television reporter Mike Joy in victory circle, "This is the Daytona 500, isn't it? Don't tell it isn't." In celebration, Darrell performed his memorable 'Ickey Shuffle' dance with a helmet spike. The race is also remembered for Davey Allison flipping his car off of the dirt embankment separating the cars from Lake Lloyd. Waltrip's win gave Hendrick Motorsports their second Daytona 500 win. The first Daytona 500 win for Hendrick Motorsports was by Geoff Bodine three years prior.

With Dale Earnhardt and Geoff Bodine finishing third and fourth respectively, Chevrolet finished 1-2-3-4. Waltrip later won five additional races in the 1989 season, tying Rusty Wallace with the most wins of the season.

Finishing order[edit]

  1. 17-Darrell Waltrip, Led 25 of 200 Laps
  2. 25-Ken Schrader (polesitter), Led 114 Laps
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt, Led 3 Laps
  4. 5-Geoffrey Bodine, Led 9 Laps
  5. 55-Phil Parsons, Led 12 Laps
  6. 66-Rick Mast*, Led 6 Laps
  7. 7-Alan Kulwicki, Led 6 Laps
  8. 4-Rick Wilson, Led 7 Laps
  9. 11-Terry Labonte, Led 3 Laps
  10. 23-Eddie Bierschwale, Led 2 Laps
  11. 94-Sterling Marlin, 1 Lap down
  12. 33-Harry Gant, 1 Lap down
  13. 45-Joe Ruttman, 1 Lap down
  14. 16-Larry Pearson*, 1 Lap down
  15. 75-Morgan Shepherd, 1 Lap down
  16. 10-Ken Bouchard, 2 Laps down
  17. 43-Richard Petty, 2 Laps down
  18. 27-Rusty Wallace, 3 Laps down
  19. 26-Ricky Rudd, 3 Laps down; Led 2 Laps
  20. 71-Dave Marcis, 3 Laps down; Led 1 Lap
  21. 30-Michael Waltrip, 3 Laps down; Led 1 Lap
  22. 40-Ben Hess*, 4 Laps down
  23. 88-Greg Sacks, 4 Laps do
  24. 70-J.D. McDuffie, 7 Laps down
  25. 28-Davey Allison, 7 Laps down
  26. 69-Lee Raymond*, 11 Laps down
  27. 84-Mike Alexander, 12 Laps down
  28. 19-Ronnie Sanders, 16 Laps down
  29. 15-Brett Bodine, 177 Laps Completed (Valve)
  30. 83-Lake Speed, 50 Laps down
  31. 73-Phil Barkdoll, 143 Laps (Accident); Led 2 Laps
  32. 29-Dale Jarrett, 69 Laps down
  33. 6-Mark Martin, 110 Laps (Accident)
  34. 67-Mickey Gibbs*, 76 Laps (Engine Failure)
  35. 9-Bill Elliott (Jody Ridley took over;see other notes), 72 Laps (Accident)
  36. 90-Chad Little*, 72 Laps (Accident)
  37. 89-Rodney Combs, 72 Laps (Accident)
  38. 14-A.J. Foyt, 41 Laps (Shocks); Led 4 Laps
  39. 8-Bobby Hillin Jr., 39 Laps (Accident)
  40. 93-Charlie Baker*, 39 Laps (Accident)
  41. 2-Ernie Irvan, 8 Laps (Engine)
  42. 21-Neil Bonnett, 2 Laps (Oil line).
  • Failed to qualify:

52-Jimmy Means, 57-Hut Stricklin*, 68-Derrike Cope, 42-Kyle Petty, 31-Jim Sauter, 95-Trevor Boys, 77-Connie Saylor, 34-Charlie Glotzbach, 74-Randy LaJoie*, 80-Jimmy Horton, 1-Doug Heveron, 41-Jim Bown*, 32-Philip Duffie*, 49-Tony Spanos*, 0-Delma Cowart*, 85-Bobby Gerhart*, 59-Mark Gibson*, and 39-Ricky Woodward*.

Other notes[edit]

  • On lap 23, the #28 of Davey Allison spun and hit the earthen bank that separated the backstretch grass from the shore of Lake Lloyd. The car slowly rolled once, but Allison finished the race (albeit minus the hood).
  • On lap 145, the Phil Barkdoll in his #73 got loose and spun out of 18th place coming of turn 2, spun through the grass, hit the earthen bank, and ended up on his side.


  1. ^ "Weather of the 1989 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-25.