1990 Miller Genuine Draft 400 (September)

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1990 Miller Genuine Draft 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 22 of 29 in the 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Layout of Richmond Speedway
Layout of Richmond Speedway
Date September 9, 1990 (1990-September-09)
Official name Miller Genuine Draft 400
Location Richmond Fairgrounds, Richmond, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.542 mi (0.872 km)
Distance 400 laps, 300.0 mi (480.9 km)
Weather Warm with temperatures reaching up to 79 °F (26 °C); wind speeds up to 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)
Average speed 95.567 miles per hour (153.800 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Morgan-McClure Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing
Laps 173
Winner
No. 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racin
Television in the United States
Network TBS
Announcers Ken Squier
Johnny Hayes
Chris Economaki

The 1990 Miller Genuine Draft 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on September 9, 1990, at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. This race spanned 300 miles or 480 kilometres on a permanent oval track; which each lap lasting 0.750 miles or 1.207 kilometres.

Background[edit]

In 1953, Richmond International Raceway began hosting the Grand National Series with Lee Petty winning that first race in Richmond.[3] The original track was paved in 1968.[4] In 1988, the track was re-designed into its present D-shaped configuration

The name for the raceway complex was "Strawberry Hill" until the Virginia State Fairgrounds site was bought out in 1999 and renamed the "Richmond International Raceway". The Strawberry Hill Races, which are a series of steeplechase horse races were formerly held the third Saturday of April at the Richmond Raceway Complex. In 2001, the races were moved to Colonial Downs in New Kent County, Virginia's first Thoroughbred racetrack.[5]

Summary[edit]

There was a starting grid of 36 American-born drivers; J.D. McDuffie, Jack Pennington, and Kerry Teague failed to qualify for this race.[2]

Harry Gant was credited as the last-place finisher after acquiring an engine failure at lap 12 of this 400-lap racing event. Jimmy Spencer was the last driver to actually finish the race; being 82 laps shy of the lead lap. Dale Earnhardt would defeat Mark Martin by nearly 0.90 seconds in this three-hour legendary race.[2] Several accidents and debris caused nine caution flags while Rusty Wallace and Dale Earnhardt were competing for the lead during the climax of the race. Ernie Irvan, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, and Ken Schrader would duke it out for supremacy during the first 101 laps of this event.[2]

Ron Esau would retire from the NASCAR Cup Series after this race.[6] Earnhardt would walk away from this race taking home a then-impressive amount of $59,225 ($108,569.11 when adjusted for inflation) while Harry Gant had to take home a modest $8,855 ($16,232.66 when adjusted for inflation).[7]

Top ten finishers[edit]

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps led Points
1 6 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet 400 173 185
2 7 6 Mark Martin Ford 400 31 175
3 27 17 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 400 0 165
4 16 9 Bill Elliott Ford 400 0 160
5 11 27 Rusty Wallace Pontiac 400 75 160
6 9 42 Kyle Petty Pontiac 400 0 150
7 5 66 Dick Trickle Pontiac 400 0 146
8 14 5 Ricky Rudd Chevrolet 399 0 142
9 10 11 Geoffrey Bodine Ford 399 0 138
10 3 25 Ken Schrader Chevrolet 399 2 139

Timeline[edit]

  • Start of race: Ernie Irvan started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 10: Caution due to Rusty Wallace spinning his vehicle into turn two, ended on lap 11
  • Lap 12: Harry Gant noticed his engine reacted in an adverse manner, making him the last-place finisher
  • Lap 33: Caution due to Jimmy Spencer's accident, ended on lap 35
  • Lap 34: Alan Kulwicki took over the lead from Ernie Irvan
  • Lap 77: Mark Martin took over the lead from Alan Kulwicki
  • Lap 102: Ken Schrader took over the lead from Mark Martin
  • Lap 120: Derrike Cope witnessed his engine acting strangely
  • Lap 123: Caution due to Derrike Cope's engine problems, ended on lap 128
  • Lap 147: Caution due to a four-car accident, ended on lap 156
  • Lap 161: Mickey Gibbs had a terminal crash, forcing him to leave the race early
  • Lap 164: Dale Earnhardt took over the lead from Rusty Wallace
  • Lap 185: D.K. Ulrich saw his engine acting weird, forcing him to exit the event
  • Lap 236: Caution for debris throughout the track, ended on lap 240
  • Lap 237: Rusty Wallace took over the lead from Dale Earnhardt
  • Lap 239: Chad Little had a terminal crash, ending his race weekend prematurely
  • Lap 241: Dale Earnhardt took over the lead from Rusty Wallace
  • Lap 245: Brett Bodine had a terminal crash along with four other drivers, causing him to retire to the pits
  • Lap 270: Morgan Shepherd's engine died down on this lap, ending his hopes for a respectable finish
  • Lap 276: Rob Moroso and Dale Jarrett had a terminal crash, making him the final DNF for the race
  • Lap 277: Rusty Wallace took over the lead from Dale Earnhardt
  • Lap 288: Dale Earnhardt took over the lead from Rusty Wallace
  • Lap 304: Rusty Wallace took over the lead from Dale Earnhardt
  • Lap 305: Dale Earnhardt took over the lead from Rusty Wallace
  • Lap 311: Rusty Wallace took over the lead from Dale Earnhardt
  • Lap 312: Dale Earnhardt took over the lead from Rusty Wallace
  • Lap 329: Rusty Wallace took over the lead from Dale Earnhardt
  • Lap 347: Mark Martin took over the lead from Rusty Wallace
  • Lap 376: Dale Earnhardt took over the lead from Mark Martin
  • Lap 396: Caution due to Ernie Irvan spinning his vehicle into turn four, ended on lap 397
  • Finish: Dale Earnhardt was officially declared the winner of the event

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1 1rightarrow.png Mark Martin 3344 0
2 1rightarrow.png Dale Earnhardt 3328 -16
3 1rightarrow.png Geoffrey Bodine 3120 -224
4 1rightarrow.png Rusty Wallace 2952 -392
5 1rightarrow.png Bill Elliott 2921 -423
6 1rightarrow.png Ricky Rudd 2837 -507
7 Increase Kyle Petty 2768 -576
8 Decrease Morgan Shepherd 2734 -610
9 1rightarrow.png Ernie Irvan 2719 -625
10 1rightarrow.png Ken Schrader 2673 -671

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1990 Miller Genuine Draft 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f 1990 Miller Genuine Draft 400 race information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ http://racing.ballparks.com/Richmond/index.htm "Richmond International Raceway has hosted the NASCAR Winston Cup Series since 1953. Lee Petty won the first race that year. "
  4. ^ http://racing.ballparks.com/Richmond/index.htm "The original track was paved in 1968."
  5. ^ Strawberry Hill Races Traditions[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ 1990 Miller Genuine Draft 400 race information at Race Database
  7. ^ 1990 Miller Genuine Draft 400 racing informnation at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
Preceded by
1990 Heinz Southern 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1990
Succeeded by
1990 Peak AntiFreeze 500