Neil Bonnett

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Neil Bonnett
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Bonnett in 1985
Born(1946-07-30)July 30, 1946
Hueytown, Alabama, United States
DiedFebruary 11, 1994(1994-02-11) (aged 47)
Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Cause of deathAutoracing accident during practice for the 1994 Daytona 500
Achievements 1982, 1983 World 600 Winner
1979 Firecracker 400 Winner
AwardsNamed one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame inductee (1997)
International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee (2001)
Winner of the first ever NASCAR race run outside of North America, the Goodyear NASCAR 500 held in Australia (1988)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
362 races run over 18 years
Best finish4th (1985)
First race 1974 Nashville 420 (Nashville)
Last race 1993 Hooters 500 (Atlanta)
First win 1977 Capital City 400 (Richmond)
Last win 1988 Goodwrench 500 (Rockingham)
WinsTop tens Poles
1815620
Statistics current as of June 14, 2015.
1983 racecar. NeilBonnett75racecar1983.jpg
1983 racecar.

Lawrence Neil Bonnett (July 30, 1946 – February 11, 1994) was a NASCAR driver who compiled 18 victories and 20 poles over his 18-year career. The Alabama native currently ranks 45th in all-time NASCAR Cup victories. [1] He appeared in the 1983 film Stroker Ace and the 1990 film Days of Thunder . Bonnett hosted the TV show Winners for TNN from 1991 to 1994. He was a color commentator for CBS, TBS, and TNN in the years until his death.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company that is best known for stock-car racing. Its three largest or National series are the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Regional series include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, the Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Pinty's Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series. NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 48 US states as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. NASCAR has presented races at the Suzuka and Motegi circuits in Japan, and the Calder Park Thunderdome in Australia. NASCAR also ventures into eSports via the PEAK Antifreeze NASCAR iRacing Series and a sanctioned ladder system on that title.

Pole position first position on a motor-racing starting grid

In motorsport the pole position is the position at the inside of the front row at the start of a racing event. This position is typically given to the vehicle and driver with the best qualifying time in the trials before the race. This number-one qualifying driver is referred to as the pole sitter.

Alabama State of the United States of America

Alabama is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is the 30th largest by area and the 24th-most populous of the U.S. states. With a total of 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of inland waterways, Alabama has among the most of any state.

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NASCAR career

Bonnett began his NASCAR career as a protégé of 1983 Winston Cup champion Bobby Allison, working on the team's cars. He later became part of the famous "Alabama Gang" that included himself, Red Farmer and the Allison family: father Bobby, Brother Donnie and, later, Son Davey. He began driving in NASCAR in 1974 and earned his first victory in 1977 at the Capital City 400 in Richmond, Virginia driving for Harry Hyde-Jim Stacy Racing. He had another victory in 1977 at the Los Angeles Times 500, which would be the last Dodge win in NASCAR until 2001. Many in racing circles thought 1978 would be his year to dominate, but troubles with his cars (the new for '78 Dodge Magnum) and financial problems between Hyde and Stacy caused his cars to fail and to drop out of many races. In 1979 he hooked up with the Wood Brothers Racing Team and got his career back on track with three victories. He later won back-to-back World 600s (NASCAR's longest race, now the Coca-Cola 600) in 1982 and 1983 and back-to-back Busch Clash (now Bud Shootout) victories in 1983 and '84, including his first in which he did not win a single pole from the previous season, but was selected as a wild card entry. [2]

Bobby Allison American racecar driver

Robert Arthur Allison is a former American professional stock car racing driver and owner. Named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers, he was the 1983 Winston Cup champion and won the Daytona 500 three times in 1978, 1982, and 1988. His two sons, Clifford and Davey Allison, followed him into racing, and both died within a year of each other.

The Alabama Gang was the nickname for a group of NASCAR drivers who set up shop and operated out of Hueytown, Alabama. In the late 1950s, young auto racer Bobby Allison left Miami, Florida, looking for an area that had more opportunities to race. He discovered central Alabama in his travels. The region was dotted with small dirt tracks, and Allison won big his first few times out. He returned to Florida to pick up his brother Donnie Allison, and friend Red Farmer.

Charles "Red" Farmer is a former NASCAR racecar driver. His date of birth is disputed but it was sometime between 1928 and 1932. He is a member of the Alabama Gang.

In 1984, Bonnett joined Junior Johnson's team, becoming a teammate to Darrell Waltrip. In 1985, he had one of his best seasons, finishing fourth in the points standings while Waltrip went on to win his third championship.

Junior Johnson American racecar driver

Robert Glenn Johnson, Jr. , better known as Junior Johnson, is a former NASCAR driver of the 1950s and 1960s. He won 50 NASCAR races in his career before retiring in 1966. In the 1970s and 1980s, he became a NASCAR racing team owner; he sponsored such NASCAR champions as Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. He now produces a line of fried pork skins and country ham. He is credited as the first to use the drafting technique in stock car racing. He is nicknamed "The Last American Hero" and his autobiography is of the same name. In May 2007, Johnson teamed with Piedmont Distillers of Madison, North Carolina, to introduce the company's second moonshine product, called "Midnight Moon Moonshine".

Darrell Waltrip American racing driver

Darrell Lee Waltrip is an American motorsports analyst, author, national television broadcaster, and former racing driver. He is also a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and a three-time NASCAR Cup Series runner-up. Posting a modern NASCAR series record of 22 top five finishes in 1983 and 21 top five finishes both in 1981 and 1986, Waltrip won 84 NASCAR Cup Series races, including the 1989 Daytona 500, a record five in the Coca-Cola 600, and a track and Series record for any driver at Bristol Motor Speedway with 12. Those victories tie him with Bobby Allison for fourth on the NASCAR's all-time wins list in the Cup Series and place him second to Jeff Gordon for the most wins in NASCAR's modern era. He is ranked second for all-time pole positions with 59, including all-time highs with 35 on short tracks and eight on road courses. Competing in 809 Cup starts over four decades and 29 years (1972–2000), he has scored 271 Top 5s and 390 Top 10s. Winning $19,886,666.00 in posted earnings, he became the first NASCAR driver to be awarded over $10 million in race winnings, more than $26 million in today's currency. Waltrip also holds the all-time track record 67 wins at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee, including NASCAR, USAC, ASA, and local Late Model Sportsman NASCAR sanctioned series races. He still holds many NASCAR records, more than a decade after his retirement as an active driver.

Bonnett participated in International Race of Champions (IROC) during three seasons (1979, 1980, and 1984), and finished second twice.

International Race of Champions auto racing championship held in the United States

International Race of Champions (IROC) was a North American auto racing competition, created by Les Richter, Roger Penske and Mike Phelps, promoted as an equivalent of an American All-Star Game or The Masters. Despite its name, the IROC was primarily associated with North American, oval-racing, NASCAR culture.

Bonnett holds the distinction of being the winner of the first ever NASCAR race held outside of North America when he won the 1988 Goodyear NASCAR 500 at the Calder Park Thunderdome in Melbourne, Australia (at the time the newly opened Thunderdome was also the first NASCAR style speedway to be built outside of North America). The race, run two weeks after the Daytona 500, was not a Winston Cup race but featured some drivers from the series including fellow Alabama Gang member Bobby Allison, Michael Waltrip, Dave Marcis and Kyle Petty who were up against Australian drivers somewhat new to NASCAR racing. Bonnet, who had won the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway the previous weekend, started from the pole driving his Valvoline sponsored Pontiac Grand Prix. He and Allison (who had won the Daytona 500 two weeks previous), driving a Buick LeSabre, dominated the crash marred, 280 lap 500 km (310 mile) race finishing first and second ahead of Dave Marcis on a day when cabin temperatures were reported to reach over 57° Celsius (135° Fahrenheit) as the race was held during Australia's notoriously hot summer.

1988 Goodyear NASCAR 500

The Goodyear NASCAR 500 race was run at the then new A$54 million Calder Park Thunderdome in Melbourne, Australia on February 28, 1988. The race was the first ever NASCAR event held outside of North America. Unlike Winston Cup races in the United States, the 500 was actually 500 kilometres which is only 310 miles.

Melbourne City in Victoria, Australia

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 2,080.5 km2 (803.3 sq mi), comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities, and is also the common name for its city centre. The city occupies much of the coastline of Port Phillip bay and spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. It has a population of approximately 5 million, and its inhabitants are referred to as "Melburnians".

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

On April 1, 1990, Bonnett suffered a life-threatening crash during the TranSouth 500 at Darlington, South Carolina, when his car slammed into Sterling Marlin’s car during a 14-car crash on lap 212. He was left with amnesia and dizziness, he retired from racing and turned to television, becoming a race color commentator for TNN, CBS Sports, and TBS Sports, and hosting the TV show Winners for TNN.

Darlington, South Carolina City in South Carolina, United States

Darlington is a city located in Darlington County, South Carolina, United States. In 2016, its population was 6,117. It is the county seat of Darlington County. It is part of the Florence, South Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Amnesia is a deficit in memory caused by brain damage or disease, but it can also be caused temporarily by the use of various sedatives and hypnotic drugs. The memory can be either wholly or partially lost due to the extent of damage that was caused. There are two main types of amnesia: retrograde amnesia and anterograde amnesia. Retrograde amnesia is the inability to retrieve information that was acquired before a particular date, usually the date of an accident or operation. In some cases the memory loss can extend back decades, while in others the person may lose only a few months of memory. Anterograde amnesia is the inability to transfer new information from the short-term store into the long-term store. People with this type of amnesia cannot remember things for long periods of time. These two types are not mutually exclusive; both can occur simultaneously.

CBS Sports is the sports division of the American television network CBS. Its headquarters are in the CBS Building on West 52nd Street in midtown Manhattan, New York City, with programs produced out of Studio 43 at the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th Street.

However, Bonnett still desired to continue racing. In 1992, he began testing cars for good friends Dale Earnhardt and car owner Richard Childress. Cleared to race again in 1993 and upon Earnhardt's suggestion, Childress gave Bonnett a ride for the 1993 DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway which was numbered 31 and sponsored by GM Goodwrench. But his comeback race was marred by a crash in which his car spun, became airborne, and crashed into the spectator fence. He was uninjured and called the rest of the race from the CBS broadcast booth after being cleared at the infield care center. He would also start the final race of the 1993 season in Atlanta, but he dropped out after just three laps. The reason the team gave for removing the car from the race was a blown engine; however, he was teamed with points leader Earnhardt, and the car was retired to assist Earnhardt in winning the season's championship. Earnhardt needed to maximize his finishing position, and by Bonnett quitting the race he was assured of those three championship points. That was Bonnett's final cup start of his career.

Death

Despite the setbacks, Bonnett was encouraged because he had secured a ride and sponsorship for at least six races in the 1994 season with car owner James Finch, including the season opening race, the Daytona 500, for Phoenix Racing. But on February 11, 1994, during the first practice session for the 1994 Daytona 500, a shock mount broke causing him to lose control of his Chevrolet on the track's high-banked fourth turn. The car swerved onto the track apron, and then up the steep bank before crashing into the wall nearly head on. Bonnett did not survive the accident; he was 47 years old.

That weekend, another racing death occurred, as 1993 Goody's Dash (four-cylinder) champion Rodney Orr was also killed in a racing crash during the practices surrounding the first weekend. In the middle of the second Goodyear-Hoosier tire war, Hoosier withdrew from the race immediately.

Bonnett is buried in Pleasant Grove's cemetery, Forest Grove Memorial Gardens. A road called "Allison-Bonnett Memorial Drive" in his hometown honors him, along with fellow native Davey Allison, who died seven months earlier.

When Earnhardt, Bonnett's colleague, won the 1998 Daytona 500, he dedicated the victory to Bonnett among others.

Three years later Earnhardt himself died in a racing accident during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. About three weeks after the accident, magazine photographers released photographs of Bonnett's autopsy, as well as those of another driver who died a few days later, Rodney Orr, to the public, which led to a lawsuit. [3]

When Brad Keselowski scored Phoenix Racing's first Sprint Cup win 15 years later in the 2009 Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, Finch dedicated the win to Bonnett. During the 2013 season, Finch designed the No. 51 car's paint scheme in the Cup and Nationwide Series like Bonnett's 1994 Country Time Chevrolet that he drove shortly before his death.

Bonnett was portrayed by the actor Sean Bridgers in the TV movie 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story .

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
YearTeamNo.Make12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031NWCCPtsRef
1973 K&K Insurance Racing 1 Dodge RSD DAY RCH CAR BRI ATL NWS DAR MAR TAL
DNQ
NSV CLT DOV TWS RSD MCH DAY BRI ATL TAL NSV DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT CAR NA- [4]
1974 Roberts Racing 77 Chevy RSD DAY RCH CAR BRI ATL DAR NWS MAR TAL
45
NSV DOV CLT RSD MCH DAY BRI NSV ATL POC 87th3.52 [5]
Bobby Allison Motorsports 1 Chevy TAL
39
MCH DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT CAR ONT
1975 12 RSD DAY RCH CAR BRI ATL NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT RSD MCH DAY NSV
14
POC TAL
35
MCH DAR DOV NWS MAR CLT RCH CAR BRI ATL ONT NA0 [6]
1976 Bonnett Racing RSD DAY
5
CAR RCH BRI ATL
8
NWS DAR
30
MAR
19
TAL
39
NSV DOV CLT RSD
29
MCH DAY
33
TAL
38
MCH
6
BRI DAR
24
RCH DOV MAR NWS
28
CLT
35
CAR ATL
8
ONT 32nd1130 [7]
Penske Racing 2 Mercury NSV
QL
POC
1977 K&K Insurance Racing 71 Dodge RSD
17
DAY
37
RCH
7
CAR
5
ATL
12
NWS
21
DAR
33
BRI
4
MAR
12
TAL
29
NSV DOV CLT
7
RSD MCH 18th2649 [8]
Jim Stacy Racing 5 Dodge DAY
8
NSV
21
POC TAL
25
MCH BRI
17
DAR RCH
1*
DOV
17
MAR
22
NWS
3
CLT
8
CAR
28
ATL
38
ONT
1*
1978 RSD
4
DAY
27
RCH
9
CAR
6
ATL
33
BRI
26
DAR
32
NWS
24
MAR
2
DOV
5
NSV
5
RSD
10
MCH
36
12th3129 [9]
Olds TAL
39
CLT
35
MCH
9
Osterlund Racing Chevy DAY
23
NSV
28
POC
36
TAL
8
BRI
20
DAR
34
RCH
3*
MAR
4
NWS
5
CLT
30
CAR
31
ATL
34
ONT
37
Olds DOV
29
1979 Jim Stacy Racing Chevy RSD
34
26th2223 [10]
Olds DAY
32
Ellington Racing CAR
33
RCH ATL NWS BRI
Kennie Childers Racing 12 Olds DAR
13
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Mercury MAR
25
TAL
17*
NSV DOV
1
CLT
25
TWS RSD
28
MCH
4
DAY
1*
NSV POC
8
TAL
34
MCH
33
BRI DAR
32
RCH DOV
21
MAR
18
CLT
31
NWS CAR
29
ATL
1
ONT
6
1980 RSD
34
DAY
3
RCH CAR
6
ATL
41
BRI DAR
36
NWS MAR
6
TAL
27
NSV DOV
18
CLT
5
TWS RSD
2
MCH
4
DAY
34
NSV POC
1*
TAL
1
MCH
2
BRI DAR
5
RCH DOV
6
NWS MAR
19
CLT
30
CAR
25
ATL
2
ONT
2
19th2865 [11]
1981 Ford RSD
27
DAY
33
RCH CAR
4
ATL
28
BRI NWS DAR
29
MAR
2
TAL
32
NSV DOV
13*
CLT
29
TWS RSD
4
MCH
9
DAY
30
NSV POC
34
TAL
37
MCH
28
BRI DAR
1*
RCH DOV
1*
MAR
4
NWS CLT
29*
CAR
35
ATL
1*
RSD
33
22nd2449 [12]
1982 DAY
25
RCH
7
ATL
27
CAR
19
DAR
24
MAR
3
TAL
19
DOV
19
CLT
1
POC RSD
5
MCH
11
DAY
32
NSV POC TAL
16
MCH
9
BRI DAR
34
RCH
5
DOV
21
NWS CLT
28
MAR
22
CAR
3
ATL
11
RSD
4
17th2966 [13]
Rogers Racing 37 Buick BRI
22
NWS
10
NSV
5
1983 RahMoc Enterprises 75 Chevy DAY
22
RCH
3
CAR
12
ATL
2
DAR
7
NWS
4
MAR
16
TAL
15
NSV
13
DOV
28
BRI
4
CLT
1
RSD
13
POC
7
MCH
31
DAY
28
NSV
6
POC
4
TAL
35
MCH
35
BRI
10
DAR
4
RCH
8
DOV
7
MAR
6
NWS
13
CLT
26
CAR
4
ATL
1
RSD
3
6th3842 [14]
1984 Junior Johnson & Associates 12 Chevy DAY
4
RCH
5
CAR
28
ATL
33
BRI
11
NWS
9
DAR
10
MAR
5
TAL
23
NSV
2*
DOV
15
CLT
12
RSD
2
POC
14
MCH
17
DAY
9
NSV
10
POC
19
TAL
19
MCH
13
BRI
23
DAR
30
RCH
7
DOV
6
MAR
5
CLT
16
NWS
4
CAR
33
ATL
21
RSD
6
8th3802 [15]
1985 DAY
10
RCH
23
CAR
1
ATL
3
BRI
19
DAR
6
NWS
1*
MAR
5
TAL
26
DOV
8
CLT
15
RSD
27
POC
5
MCH
8
DAY
12
POC
2*
TAL
2
MCH
11
BRI
3
DAR
4
RCH
9
DOV
5
MAR
9
NWS
10
CLT
42
CAR
15
ATL
12
RSD
3
4th3902 [16]
1986 DAY
32
RCH
7
CAR
9
ATL
34
BRI
30
DAR
4
NWS
11
MAR
26
TAL
40
DOV
28
CLT
13
RSD
8
POC
23
MCH
25
DAY
11
POC
31
TAL GLN
5
MCH
34
BRI
11
DAR
24
RCH
5
DOV
2
MAR
8
NWS
12
CLT
3
CAR
1
ATL
6
RSD
9
13th3369 [17]
1987 RahMoc Enterprises 75 Pontiac DAY
12
CAR
3
RCH
22
ATL
7
DAR
6
NWS
3
BRI
11
MAR
9
TAL
7
CLT
13
DOV
9
POC
8
RSD
3
MCH
17
DAY
18
POC
7
TAL
32
GLN
37
MCH
9
BRI
10
DAR
32
RCH
10
DOV
3
MAR
4
NWS
11
CLT
36
CAR RSD ATL 12th3352 [18]
1988 DAY
4
RCH
1
CAR
1*
ATL
22
DAR
19
BRI
11
NWS
19
MAR
30
TAL
14
CLT
36
DOV
35
RSD
10
POC
11
MCH
19
DAY
18
POC TAL GLN
38
MCH
40
BRI
14
DAR
16
RCH
9
DOV
8
MAR
19
CLT
18
NWS
28
CAR
10
PHO
21
ATL
13
16th3040 [19]
1989 Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ford DAY
42
CAR
14
ATL
7
RCH
21
DAR
39
BRI
12
NWS
13
MAR
10
TAL
9
CLT
7
DOV
7
SON
11
POC
8
MCH
24
DAY
21
POC
23
TAL
10
GLN
36
MCH
15
BRI
9
DAR
15
RCH
7
DOV
26
MAR CLT NWS CAR
6
PHO
34
ATL
9
20th2995 [20]
1990 DAY
11
RCH
25
CAR
36
ATL
18
DAR
30
BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL 43rd455 [21]
1993 Richard Childress Racing 31 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL
34
GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL
42
67th98 [22]
1994 Phoenix Racing 51 Chevy DAY
Wth
CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL NA- [23]
- Qualified for Bobby Allison · - Fatal accident
Daytona 500
YearTeamManufacturerStartFinish
1976 Bonnett Racing Chevrolet 135
1977 K&K Insurance Racing Dodge 1137
1978 Jim Stacy Racing Dodge 1227
1979 Oldsmobile 2032
1980 Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 33
1981 Ford 333
1982 1425
1983 RahMoc Enterprises Chevrolet 422
1984 Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 74
1985 1910
1986 1232
1987 RahMoc Enterprises Pontiac 1512
1988 144
1989 Wood Brothers Racing Ford 3842
1990 3111
1994 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet Wth
- Fatal accident

Busch Series

NASCAR Busch Series results
YearTeamNo.Make1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435NBSCPtsRef
1983 Butch Mock Motorsports 75 Pontiac DAY
3
RCH CAR
6
HCY MAR NWS SBO GPS LGY DOV BRI CLT
2
SBO HCY ROU SBO ROU CRW ROU SBO HCY LGY IRP GPS BRI HCY DAR
1*
RCH NWS SBO MAR ROU CLT
5
HCY MAR 29th820 [24]
1984 89 Olds DAY
22
RCH CAR HCY MAR DAR ROU NSV LGY MLW DOV CLT SBO HCY ROU SBO ROU HCY IRP LGY SBO BRI DAR RCH NWS CLT HCY CAR MAR 87th97 [25]
1985 Darrell Waltrip Motorsports 17 Chevy DAY CAR HCY BRI MAR DAR SBO LGY DOV CLT
2
SBO HCY ROU IRP SBO LGY HCY MLW BRI DAR RCH NWS ROU CLT HCY CAR MAR 66th170 [26]
1987 51 Pontiac DAY
35
HCY MAR DAR BRI LGY SBO CLT DOV IRP ROU JFC OXF SBO HCY RAL LGY ROU BRI JFC DAR
4
RCH DOV MAR CLT
26
CAR MAR 45th303 [27]
1988 DAY
41
HCY CAR MAR DAR BRI LNG NZH SBO NSV CLT DOV ROU LAN LVL MYB OXF SBO HCY LNG IRP ROU BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR 71st164 [28]
Bobby Allison Motorsports 12 Buick CLT
13
CAR MAR
1993 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 3 Chevy DAY CAR RCH DAR BRI HCY ROU MAR NZH CLT DOV MYB GLN MLW TAL IRP MCH NHA BRI DAR RCH DOV ROU CLT MAR CAR HCY ATL
35
106th58 [29]

International Race of Champions

(key) (Bold – Pole position. * – Most laps led.)

International Race of Champions results
YearMakeQ1Q2Q31234Pos.PtsRef
1978–79 Chevy MCH
4
MCH RSD RSD
7
ATL
1
2ndNA [30]
1979–80 MCH
1
MCH RSD RSD
7
ATL
7
7th20 [31]
1984 Chevy MCH
1
CLE
6
TAL
11
MCH
1
2nd55 [32]

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David Carl Alexander Allison was a NASCAR driver. He was best known for driving the No. 28 Texaco-Havoline Ford for Robert Yates Racing in the Winston Cup Series. Born in Hollywood, Florida, he was the eldest of four children born to Bobby Allison and wife Judy. The family moved to Hueytown, Alabama, and along with Bobby's brother Donnie Allison, family friend Red Farmer, and Neil Bonnett, became known in racing circles as the Alabama Gang.

Rusty Wallace American racing driver

Russell William "Rusty" Wallace, Jr. is a retired American racing driver, and a former NASCAR Winston Cup Champion. Considered one of racing's most well-known and charismatic personalities, he is a member of four of stock car racing's major halls of fame: the NASCAR Hall of Fame (2013), the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (2013), the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (2014) and the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (2010). He was the 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year and the 1989 Winston Cup champion.

Ernie Irvan American racing driver

Virgil Earnest Irvan, occasionally referred to as "Swervin' Irvan", is an American former professional stock car racing driver. A retired NASCAR competitor, he is best remembered for his comeback after a serious head injury left him with only a 10% chance of survival, August 20, 1994, at Michigan International Speedway. Irvan has been inducted into numerous halls of fame and was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers, in 1998. After a series of injuries in the late 1990s, he retired from racing in 1999.

David Pearson (racing driver) American racecar driver

David Gene Pearson was an American stock car racer from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Pearson began his NASCAR career in 1960 and ended his first season by winning the 1960 NASCAR Rookie of the Year award. He won three championships and every year he was active he ran the full schedule in NASCAR's Grand National Series. NASCAR described his 1974 season as an indication of his "consistent greatness". That season he finished third in the season points having competed in only 19 of 30 races.

1000Bulbs.com 500 auto race held at Talladega, United States

The 1000Bulbs.com 500 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama, hosting an event in the NASCAR playoffs. The race is one of four NASCAR Cup Series races currently run with tapered spacers, the others being the GEICO 500 in May, the Coke Zero Sugar 400, and the Daytona 500. Through 1996, this race was normally held in early August or late July. In 1997, it was moved to early October due to the uncomfortably hot summer temperatures, and sometimes unpredictable summertime thunderstorms in the Alabama area. In 2009, the race moved again, this time to November 1 as part of a realignment agreement with Atlanta and Fontana.

Donald "Donnie" Allison is a former driver on the NASCAR Grand National/Winston Cup circuit, who won ten times during his racing career, which spanned the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. He is part of the "Alabama Gang," and is the brother of 1983 champion Bobby Allison and uncle of Davey Allison and Clifford Allison. He was inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jimmy Means American race car driver and racing team owner

James Means is a retired American racing driver and owner, who competed in the Winston Cup Series as an owner-driver. He is currently an adviser for Front Row Motorsports and owns his own team, Means Racing.

1990 Daytona 500 Auto race run in Florida in 1990

The 1990 Daytona 500, the 32nd running of the event, was held on February 18, 1990 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida over 200 laps on the 2.5 mile (4 km) asphalt tri-oval. The first race of the 1990 Winston Cup Series season, it was won by Bob Whitcomb's entrant Derrike Cope. Terry Labonte finished second, followed by Bill Elliott, Ricky Rudd, and Dale Earnhardt.

The 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season was the 45th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 22nd modern-era Cup season. The season began on February 7 and ended on November 14. Dale Earnhardt of Richard Childress Racing won the title, the sixth of his career.

The 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Season was the 41st season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 18th modern-era Cup season. It began February 12 and ended November 19. Rusty Wallace of Blue Max Racing won the championship. This was the first year that every Winston Cup race had flag-to-flag coverage, with almost all of them being televised live.

1983 Daytona 500 Auto race run in Florida in 1983

The 1983 Daytona 500, the 25th running of the event, was held February 20 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida as the first race of the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup season. A crowd of 115,000 people watched the lead change 58 times among 11 drivers. A total of six cautions were handed out by NASCAR officials for a duration of 36 laps.

The 1979 NASCAR Winston Cup Series was the 31st season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 8th modern-era Cup series. It began on Sunday, January 14 and ended on Sunday, November 18. Richard Petty won his seventh and final Winston Cup championship, winning by 11 points over Darrell Waltrip. Dale Earnhardt was crowned NASCAR Rookie of the Year.

1980 Firecracker 400 Auto race run in Florida in 1980

The 1980 Firecracker 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on July 4, 1980, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

The 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Series was the thirty-third season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 10th modern-era Cup Season. The season began at Riverside International Raceway with the first Winston Western 500 on January 11, 1981 and ended with the same event on November 22. Darrell Waltrip won his first championship with point margin of fifty-three points over Bobby Allison. Ron Bouchard was named Rookie of the Year.

This article documents historical records, statistics, and race recaps of the Daytona 500, held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The NASCAR Winston Cup Series era was the period of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) from 1971-2003. In 1971, NASCAR leased its naming rights to the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company who named the series after its premier brand "Winston". The series was referred to as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series from that point forward. Many view the Winston Cup Series Era as a time in which NASCAR entered the modern era of spectator sports. During this era, NASCAR experienced a significant rise in popularity that persisted until Winston left the sport after the 2003 season.

References

  1. Sprint Cup / Nextel Cup / Winston Cup all time Victory Records
  2. From 1979 until 1997, and again in 2001, drivers who had the fastest times in second-round qualifying (discontinued after the 2000 season) were entered in a random drawing at the end of the season (from 1981 until 1996, it was held during the New York Awards Ceremony) to determine which driver, not in the Busch Clash, would make the feature. In 1998, the Budweiser Shootout entered those drivers instead in a 25-lap Sunday morning last chance race before the 25-lap Bud Shootout feature. This practice was discontinued after the 2000 race, and a drawing was used for the 2001 Shootout, the last before NASCAR discontinued second-round qualifying.
  3. Lyons, Andrew (May 24, 2001). "Father of NASCAR crash victim Rodney Orr sues Web site over autopsy photos". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  4. "Neil Bonnett – 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  5. "Neil Bonnett – 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
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  19. "Neil Bonnett – 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
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  22. "Neil Bonnett – 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
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Preceded by
J. D. McDuffie
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fatal accidents
1994
Succeeded by
Rodney Orr