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1986 Daytona 500

1986 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 29 in the 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season


Date February 16, 1986 (1986-02-16)
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 71.1 °F (21.7 °C); wind speeds approaching 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Average speed 148.124 miles per hour (238.382 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Bill Elliott Melling Racing
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Bill Elliott Melling Racing
Duel 2 Winner Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing
Most laps led
Driver Geoffrey Bodine Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 101
Winner
No. 5
Geoffrey Bodine
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, David Hobbs and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 8.4/22
(10.3 million viewers)

The 28th annual Daytona 500 was held February 16 at Daytona International Speedway. The #9 of Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results[2]

  1. 5-Geoff Bodine*
  2. 44-Terry Labonte
  3. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  4. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  5. 55-Benny Parsons
  6. 98-Ron Bouchard
  7. 4-Rick Wilson
  8. 27-Rusty Wallace
  9. 1-Sterling Marlin
  10. 75-Lake Speed

Failed to qualify: 0-Delma Cowart, 19-Bob Park, 23-Michael Waltrip, 29-Grant Adcox, 35-Alan Kulwicki, 39-Blackie Wangerin, 48-Ron Esau, 49-Ferdin Wallace, 53-Donny Paul, 54-Slick Johnson, 60-Dick Skillen, 70-J. D. McDuffie, 73-Phil Barkdoll, 74-Bobby Wawak, 76-Clark Dwyer, 81-Chet Fillip, 82-Mark Stahl, 95-Davey Allison, 99-Connie Saylor, 07-Randy LaJoie[3]

  • Geoff Bodine won this race on fuel mileage after engaging in a long feud with Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt was forced to pit for gas with 3 laps to go, then blew the engine leaving the pits. This allowed Bodine to cruise to victory by a margin of over 11 seconds.
  • It was the first of many hard luck finishes for Earnhardt that would last until the 1998 Daytona 500.
  • Prior to the race, they paid tribute to the astronauts who were killed in the Challenger disaster, which was several miles away from the track 19 days ago. They would do so again in 2003 when the Columbia disaster occurred.

References

Preceded by
1985 Winston Western 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1985-86
Succeeded by
1986 Miller High Life 400
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