1992 Daytona 500

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1992 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 29 in the 1992 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 16, 1992 (1992-02-16)
Official name Daytona 500 by STP
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 82.9 °F (28.3 °C); wind speeds approaching 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)[1]
Average speed 160.256 miles per hour (257.907 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Junior Johnson & Associates
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing
Duel 2 Winner Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates
Most laps led
Driver Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing
Laps 127
No. 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, Neil Bonnett and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 9.2/25
(13.4 million viewers)

The 1992 Daytona 500, the 34th running of the event, was held February 16 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida as the first race of the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup season.Davey Allison won the race. Sterling Marlin won the pole, driving the #22 Maxwell House-sponsored Ford for Junior Johnson & Associates. Richard Petty gave the command to start the engines from the cockpit of the famous #43 STP-sponsored Pontiac for his team in his final appearance in the race as a driver. This would also be the final Daytona 500 start for 1972 winner A.J. Foyt, who would also start his final Indianapolis 500 later that year. This marked the debut of Joe Gibbs Racing in the green and black #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet with Dale Jarrett as the driver.

The start[edit]

The initial part of the race was clean, though Geoff Bodine and Morgan Shepherd touched exiting Turn 4 with no further incident. Brett Bodine and Ricky Rudd fell out in the first half of the race with separate engine failures, as the Junior Johnson cars of Sterling Marlin and Bill Elliott established themselves as the cars to beat. Davey Allison's crew gambled with a two-tire change, but caught a lucky break when Geoff Bodine was penalised for speeding, and gained a drafting partner.

The Big One[edit]

Rain fell after 80 laps, and when the race restarted Ernie Irvan went for the lead on lap 92. He came up in front of Sterling Marlin, but hadn't cleared him, and also moved him up the track into his teammate Bill Elliott who was on the outside. The ensuing mayhem collected polesitter Sterling Marlin, Ernie Irvan, Bill Elliott, Mark Martin, Ken Schrader and Dale Earnhardt. Also, Bobby Hillin Jr., Dale Jarrett, Alan Kulwicki, Chad Little, Richard Petty, Hut Stricklin, Rusty Wallace, and Darrell Waltrip were involved.

The wreck ended the race for Jarrett, Schrader, Marlin, Hillin, and Little, with their cars being terminally damaged.

The finish[edit]

On Lap 144 Rick Wilson was planning to pit the Stavola Brothers Ford, but Kerry Teague didn't realise it and ran into him. This brought out the third yellow flag in the race. On Lap 166 Ernie Irvan's crippled car spun to bring out the fourth caution flag. Leaders Allison, Shepherd, and Michael Waltrip made their final stops. Waltrip fell back after the restart with an engine that was quitting. This left the two Ford Thunderbirds of Allison and Shepherd to race for the win, finishing in this order. This win made the Allisons the second father-son duo to win the Daytona 500, joining Lee and Richard Petty. Alan Kulwicki finished a quiet fourth which kicked off an unlikely championship run.


Pos Grid Car Driver Sponsor Team Make Laps Led Status
1 6 28 Davey Allison Havoline Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 127 Running
2 4 21 Morgan Shepherd Citgo Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 7 Running
3 16 15 Geoff Bodine (W) Motorcraft Bud Moore Engineering Ford 200 0 Running
4 41 7 Alan Kulwicki Hooters AK Racing Ford 200 0 Running
5 28 75 Dick Trickle n/a RahMoc Enterprises Oldsmobile 200 0 Running
6 33 42 Kyle Petty Mello Yello SABCO Racing Pontiac 200 0 Running
7 34 94 Terry Labonte Sunoco Hagan Racing Oldsmobile 199 0 Flagged
8 40 55 Ted Musgrave Jasper Engines RaDiUs Motorsports Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
9 3 3 Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
10 19 9 Phil Parsons Melling Performance Melling Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
11 24 47 Buddy Baker (W) n/a Close Racing Oldsmobile 199 0 Flagged
12 11 33 Harry Gant Skoal Bandit Leo Jackson Motorsports Oldsmobile 199 0 Flagged
13 13 1 Rick Mast Skoal Classic Precision Products Racing Oldsmobile 199 0 Flagged
14 9 41 Greg Sacks Kellogg's Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
15 37 16 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. (R) Keystone Beer Roush Racing Ford 198 0 Flagged
16 32 43 Richard Petty (W) STP Petty Enterprises Pontiac 198 0 Flagged
17 25 73 Phil Barkdoll X-1R Barkdoll Racing Oldsmobile 198 0 Flagged
18 10 30 Michael Waltrip Pennzoil Bahari Racing Pontiac 197 3 Flagged
19 31 90 Dorsey Schroeder (R) Whistler Radar Donlavey Racing Ford 196 0 Flagged
20 23 71 Dave Marcis Abilene Boots Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet 195 0 Flagged
21 39 14 A. J. Foyt (W) Copenhagen B&B Racing Chevrolet 195 0 Flagged
22 30 49 Stanley Smith (R) Ameritron Batteries BS&S Motorsports Chevrolet 195 0 Flagged
23 38 8 Rick Wilson Snickers Stavola Brothers Racing Ford 195 0 Flagged
24 42 12 Hut Stricklin Raybestos Brakes Bobby Allison Motorsports Chevrolet 188 0 Flagged
25 27 0 Delma Cowart Master's Economy Inns H. L. Waters Motorsports Ford 188 0 Flagged
26 12 17 Darrell Waltrip (W) Western Auto Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Chevrolet 180 1 Flagged
27 2 11 Bill Elliott (W) Budweiser Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 178 23 Flagged
28 8 4 Ernie Irvan (W) Kodak Film Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 166 0 Handling
29 5 6 Mark Martin Valvoline Roush Racing Ford 162 0 Flagged
30 29 77 Mike Potter (R) Kenova Construction Kenova Motorsports Chevrolet 151 0 Fuel Pump
31 17 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Genuine Draft Penske Racing South Pontiac 150 0 Flagged
32 22 68 Bobby Hamilton Country Time TriStar Motorsports Oldsmobile 125 0 Piston
33 21 03 Kerry Teague (R) Team USA KT Motorsports Oldsmobile 122 0 Contact T4
34 20 10 Derrike Cope (W) Purolator Whitcomb Racing Chevrolet 120 0 Radiator
35 1 22 Sterling Marlin Maxwell House Coffee Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 91 0 Contact BS
36 35 18 Dale Jarrett Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 91 0 Contact BS
37 15 25 Ken Schrader Kodiak Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 91 6 Contact BS
38 26 31 Bobby Hillin, Jr. n/a Team Ireland Chevrolet 91 0 Contact BS
39 14 66 Chad Little TropArctic Cale Yarborough Motorsports Ford 90 0 Contact BS
40 8 5 Ricky Rudd Tide Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 79 0 Engine
41 18 26 Brett Bodine Quaker State King Racing Ford 13 0 Distributor
42 36 95 Bob Schacht (R) Shoney's Sadler Brothers Racing Oldsmobile 7 0 Engine
Failed to Qualify
99 Brad Teague Traffic Engineering[disambiguation needed] Ball Motorsports Chevrolet
59 Andy Belmont (R) Slick 50 Rissi Racing Ford
89 Jim Sauter Evinrude Mueller Brothers Racing Pontiac
23 Eddie Bierschwale Splitfire Spark Plugs B&B Racing Oldsmobile
83 Lake Speed Purex Speed Racing Chevrolet
13 Dave Mader III (R) n/a Seal-Tech Motorsports Chevrolet
98 Jimmy Spencer Moly Black Gold Travis Carter Enterprises Chevrolet
20 Mike Wallace (R) Daily's 1st Ade Moroso Racing Oldsmobile
62 Ben Hess n/a Gray Racing Ford
13 Mike Skinner (R) Glidden Paints Mansion Motorsports Chevrolet
88 Joe Booher n/a 88 Racing Pontiac
50 Clay Young (R) Aflac Young Motorsports Pontiac
48 James Hylton Rumple Furniture Hylton Motorsports Chevrolet
52 Jimmy Means n/a Means Racing Pontiac
97 Mark Gibson (R) n/a Collins Racing Oldsmobile

Promotion and aftermath[edit]

  • Racing Champions ran a promotion for the race and gave out a 3-car gift set of the top 3 finishers, Davey Allison, Morgan Shepherd, and Geoff Bodine in a blister pack. There are some packs that came with errors that had Bodine listed in second but in the same order on the box. The package is considered rare today, but can still be found in some novelty shops.
  • Richard Petty ran a promotion where he ran a diecast car of each race he ran in 1992 season, including the Daytona 500.
  • A.J. Foyt ran diecast cars for both the Daytona 500 and his final Indy 500 that year.
  • The winning car Davey Allison used was auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson car auction complete with the winning driver's trophy and driving uniform.

Additional facts[edit]

  • Since this Daytona 500, the leader of lap 100 has never gone on to win the race.


  1. ^ "Weather of the 1992 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  2. ^ "1992 Daytona 500". Racing-Reference.info. 1993-02-16. Retrieved 2013-12-21.