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1982 Daytona 500

1982 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 30 in the 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season

Daytona International Speedway
Date February 14, 1982 (1982-02-14)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
WeatherTemperatures reaching up to 72 °F (22 °C); wind speeds approaching 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)[1]
Average speed 153.991 miles per hour (247.824 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Benny Parsons Harry Ranier
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports
Laps 147
No. 88
Bobby Allison
DiGard Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier
David Hobbs
Ned Jarrett
Larry Nuber

The 1982 Daytona 500, the 24th running of the event, was the first race of the 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup season. It was the first time that the Daytona 500 was chosen by NASCAR as the first race of the season.[2]

Bobby Allison would take the win in the #88 Gatorade Buick Regal.[3] Allison holds the distinction of leading the most laps in consecutive Daytona 500s in 1981 and 1982, and then win the next year. A live audience consisting of 120,000 patrons would witness a 194-minute race where five cautions would last for 34 laps and 31 changes to the dominant position were made. The victory gap between Yarborough and Allison was nearly 23 seconds.[3]


Allison's win caused controversy when Allison's rear bumper fell off during the race.


  1. Bobby Allison[3]
  2. Cale Yarborough
  3. Joe Ruttman
  4. Terry Labonte
  5. Bill Elliott
  6. Ron Bouchard
  7. Harry Gant
  8. Buddy Baker
  9. Jody Ridley
  10. Roy Smith

Consolation race

Fourteen cars competed in a consolation race for non-qualifiers. Slick Johnson started from the pole in the event; he finished second, with Tim Richmond winning the 30-lap race. Ronnie Thomas, Bill Meazel and James Hylton rounded out the top five.[4]


Preceded by
1981 Winston Western 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1982 Richmond 400
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