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1993 Daytona 500

1993 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 30 in the 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season

Daytona International Speedway
Date February 14, 1993 (1993-02-14)
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 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 Kyle Petty 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 by STP, the 35th running of the event, was held February 14 at Daytona International Speedway.


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

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

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.

The Climax

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

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, Neil Bonnett, and Ned Jarrett, telling Ned to "call his son home".

Quote: "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."


  1. 18-Dale Jarrett, Led 8 of 200 Laps
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt, Led 107 Laps
  3. 15-Geoff Bodine, Led 1 Lap
  4. 27-Hut Stricklin, Led 7 Laps
  5. 24-Jeff Gordon*, Led 2 Laps
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  8. 25-Ken Schrader, Led 14 Laps
  9. 8-Sterling Marlin, Led 1 Lap
  10. 16-Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
  11. 14-Terry Labonte
  12. 12-Jimmy Spencer
  13. 1-Rick Mast
  14. 83-Lake Speed
  15. 55-Ted Musgrave
  16. 30-Michael Waltrip
  17. 26-Brett Bodine
  18. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  19. 89-Jim Sauter, 1 Lap down
  20. 22-Bobby Labonte*, 1 Lap down
  21. 33-Harry Gant, 1 Lap down; Led 6 Laps
  22. 41-Phil Parsons, 1 Lap down
  23. 40-Kenny Wallace*, 1 Lap down
  24. 9-Chad Little, 2 Laps down
  25. 32-Jimmy Horton, 2 Laps down
  26. 7-Alan Kulwicki, 3 Laps down
  27. 68-Bobby Hamilton, 3 Laps down
  28. 28-Davey Allison, 3 Laps down; Led 1 Lap
  29. 66-Derrike Cope, 11 Laps down; Led 30 Laps
  30. 5-Ricky Rudd, 23 Laps down
  31. 42-Kyle Petty, 170 Laps Completed (Accident Damage); Led 19 Laps
  32. 2-Rusty Wallace, 168 Laps (Accident)
  33. 71-Dave Marcis, 36 Laps down
  34. 44-Rick Wilson, 163 Laps (Accident Damage); Led 1 Lap
  35. 90-Bobby Hillin Jr., 157 Laps (Accident); Led 3 Laps
  36. 46-Al Unser Jr.*, 157 Laps (Accident)
  37. 4-Ernie Irvan, 148 Laps (Accident)
  38. 20-Joe Ruttman, 128 Laps (Engine Failure)
  39. 11-Bill Elliott, 99 Laps (Engine Failure)
  40. 52-Jimmy Hensley, 11 Laps (Engine Failure, Accident)
  41. 75-Dick Trickle, 2 Laps (Engine Failure).

Failed to qualify

85-Dorsey Schroeder, 48-James Hylton, 45-Rich Bickle, 29-Kerry Teague, 0-Delma Cowart, 77-Mike Potter, 73-Stanley Smith, 99-Brad Teague, 31-Steve Kinser, 51-Jeff Purvis, 50-A.J. Foyt, 23-Eddie Bierschwale, and 95-Ken Ragan.


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