1993 Daytona 500

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1993 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 30 in the 1993 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 14, 1993 (1993-02-14)
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 Chilly with temperatures reaching up to 66.9 °F (19.4 °C); wind speeds approaching 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)[1]
Average speed 154.972 miles per hour (249.403 km/h)
Pole position
Driver SABCO Racing
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Duel 2 Winner Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing
Most laps led
Driver Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing
Laps 107
No. 18 Dale Jarrett Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, Neil Bonnett and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 8.4/23
(12.7 million viewers)

The 1993 Daytona 500, the 35th running of the event, was held February 14 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida as the first race of the 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup season. Dale Jarrett won the race.


Kyle Petty's Mello Yello-sponsored #42 won the pole, putting a Petty on the Daytona 500 pole for the first time since 1966, and only the second time ever. Kyle was also the first North Carolina driver to win the 500 pole since Benny Parsons in 1982. His father Richard waved the green flag in the first Winston Cup race held since his retirement.

The Start[edit]

The first lap was led by rookie Jeff Gordon, who was the youngest winner of a Gatorade 125-mile qualifier on Thursday. Shortly after this, CBS reporter Chris Economaki said that Rookie of the Year is an award he would be almost assured of. Engine failures for Dick Trickle and Jimmy Hensley (the latter would crash in Turn 1 in his substitution for the injured Jimmy Means) brought out the first two caution flags in the first 15 laps.

Mid-Race Summary[edit]

Over the next 110 laps, Dale Earnhardt, Ken Schrader, and Kyle Petty would lead the majority of the laps, with Jeff Gordon and Bobby Hillin Jr. leading a handful of laps as legitimate leaders. 1990 winner Derrike Cope and Harry Gant also led several of these laps, but they had pitted under the early yellows to stretch their fuel runs.

Meanwhile, two-time winner Bill Elliott dropped out of the race on lap 99, the victim of overheating in his #11 Budweiser Ford Thunderbird.

Closing Stages[edit]

Dale Earnhardt was the leader on Lap 130 when Wally Dallenbach, Jr. brushed the Turn 4 wall. Sterling Marlin and Michael Waltrip were lined up behind him, and when Marlin backed off, Waltrip tagged him and sent him into a spin. Marlin caught air as he spun by Joe Ruttman, who was coming to the pitlane to retire with engine failure. 5 laps after the restart, Rick Wilson and Bobby Hamilton collided on the backstretch. Approaching 50 laps to go, 1991 Daytona 500 winner Ernie Irvan was turned into the wall exiting Turn 2, eliminating a possible winner. The first major wreck happened when Dale Earnhardt touched 1992 Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. (competing in his only Winston Cup race). His #46 Valvoline Chevrolet crashed into the #90 of Bobby Hillin Jr., who spun into the path of polesitter Kyle Petty. Both had a heated verbal exchange, Hillin reportedly was telling Petty he had no brakes, but both were victims of circumstances. With 31 laps to go, Derrike Cope and Michael Waltrip touched in Turn 2. Waltrip spun down into 1989 Winston Cup Champion Rusty Wallace and sent him into a horrific series of barrel rolls in the grass. A little more than minute later, Ken Squier reported that Rusty came on the radio to crew chief Buddy Parrott and said, "I'm okay."

The Finish[edit]

By this time, Hut Stricklin and Sterling Marlin presented themselves as contenders. Earnhardt led from the restart, only to be passed briefly by Dale Jarrett. The #3 was soon in the lead again, as he was pursued by the Chevrolets of Jarrett and Jeff Gordon, and the Fords of 1986 Daytona 500 winner Geoff Bodine, Hut Stricklin, Mark Martin, and Morgan Shepherd. The "Dale and Dale Show" commenced as Jarrett passed Earnhardt in the tri-oval as they took the white flag. As the leaders exited Turn 2, the CBS Sports producers came on the headsets of Ken Squier and Neil Bonnett to let Ned Jarrett to "call his son Dale home".

"Come on, Dale! Go, buddy, go! All right, come on! I know he's got it to the floorboard; he can't do anymore! Come on! Take 'er to the inside! Don't let 'em get on the inside of you comin' around this turn! Here he comes, Earnhardt; it's the "Dale and Dale Show" as we come off Turn 4! You know who I'm pulling for, it's Dale Jarrett. Bring her to the inside, Dale! Don't let him get down there! He's gonna make it! Dale Jarrett's gonna win the Daytona 500!!!"

The next weekend at Rockingham, Ned reportedly apologized to Earnhardt for his obvious show of bias, to which an understanding Earnhardt replied, "I'm a daddy too."


Pos Grid Car Driver Sponsor Team Make Laps Led Status
1 2 18 Dale Jarrett Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 200 8 Running
2 4 3 Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 107 Running
3 6 15 Geoff Bodine (W) Motorcraft Bud Moore Engineering Ford 200 1 Running
4 18 27 Hut Stricklin McDonald's Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 200 7 Running
5 3 24 Jeff Gordon (R) DuPont Auto Finishes Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 2 Running
6 23 6 Mark Martin Valvoline Roush Racing Ford 200 0 Running
7 32 21 Morgan Shepherd Citgo Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 0 Running
8 7 25 Ken Schrader Kodiak Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 14 Running
9 14 8 Sterling Marlin Raybestos Brakes Stavola Brothers Racing Ford 200 1 Running
10 22 16 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Keystone Beer Roush Racing Ford 200 0 Running
11 19 14 Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes Hagan Racing Chevrolet 200 0 Running
12 31 1 Rick Mast Skoal Classic Precision Products Racing Ford 200 0 Running
13 30 12 Jimmy Spencer Meineke Bobby Allison Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
14 13 83 Lake Speed Purex Speed Racing Ford 200 0 Running
15 33 55 Ted Musgrave Jasper Engines/USAir RaDiUs Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
16 28 30 Michael Waltrip Pennzoil Bahari Racing Pontiac 200 0 Running
17 20 26 Brett Bodine Quaker State King Racing Ford 200 0 Running
18 26 17 Darrell Waltrip (W) Western Auto DarWal Inc. Chevrolet 200 0 Running
19 39 89 Jim Sauter Evinrude Mueller Brothers Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
20 25 22 Bobby Labonte (R) Maxwell House Bill Davis Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
21 37 33 Harry Gant Skoal Classic Leo Jackson Motorsports Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
22 16 41 Phil Parsons Manheim Auctions Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
23 24 40 Kenny Wallace (R) Dirt Devil SABCO Racing Pontiac 199 0 Flagged
24 17 9 Chad Little Mayflower Transit Melling Racing Ford 198 0 Flagged
25 29 32 Jimmy Horton Active Trucking Active Motorsports Chevrolet 198 0 Flagged
26 10 7 Alan Kulwicki Hooters AK Racing Ford 197 0 Flagged
27 27 68 Bobby Hamilton Country Time TriStar Motorsports Ford 197 0 Flagged
28 11 28 Davey Allison (W) Havoline Robert Yates Racing Ford 197 1 Flagged
29 35 66 Derrike Cope (W) Bojangles Cale Yarborough Motorsports Ford 189 30 Flagged
30 12 5 Ricky Rudd Tide/Exxon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 177 0 Flagged
31 1 42 Kyle Petty Mello Yello SABCO Racing Pontiac 170 19 Contact TO
32 34 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Genuine Draft Penske Racing South Pontiac 168 0 Contact BS
33 41 71 Dave Marcis STG/Wehre Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet 164 0 Flagged
34 15 44 Rick Wilson STP Petty Enterprises Pontiac 163 1 Contact BS
35 9 90 Bobby Hillin, Jr. Heilig-Meyers Donlavey Racing Ford 157 3 Contact TO
36 40 46 Al Unser, Jr. (R) Valvoline Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 157 0 Contact TO
37 8 4 Ernie Irvan (W) Kodak Film Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 148 0 Contact BS
38 36 20 Joe Ruttman Fina Lube Moroso Racing Ford 128 0 Engine
39 5 11 Bill Elliott (W) Budweiser Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 99 0 Engine
40 38 52 Jimmy Hensley (R) NAPA Means Racing Ford 11 0 Contact T1
41 21 75 Dick Trickle Carolina Pottery Butch Mock Motorsports Ford 2 0 Engine
Failed to Qualify
85 Dorsey Schroeder Burger King Mansion Motorsports Ford
48 James Hylton Rumple Furniture Stavola Brothers Racing Ford
45 Rich Bickle Kraft Bull's-Eye BBQ/Handi Snacks Isenhour Racing Ford
29 Kerry Teague n/a Linro Motorsports Chevrolet
0 Delma Cowart Master's Economy Inns H. L. Waters Racing Ford
77 Mike Potter Kenova Construction Kenova Racing Ford
73 Stanley Smith X-1R/Ameritron Batteries Barkdoll Racing Chevrolet
99 Brad Teague n/a Ball Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Steve Kinser (R) Carrier Folsom Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Jeff Purvis Phoenix Construction Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
50 A. J. Foyt (W) Slick 50 Team Jones Racing Ford
23 Eddie Bierschwale Spitfire Spark Plugs B&B Racing Oldsmobile
95 Ken Ragan Shoney's Sadler Brothers Racing Ford


  1. ^ "Weather of the 1993 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  2. ^ "1993 Daytona 500". Racing-Reference.info. 1993-02-14. Retrieved 2013-12-15.