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1994 Daytona 500

1994 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 31 in the 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season

Map of the speedway
Date February 20, 1994 (1994-02-20)
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 77 °F (25 °C); wind speeds approaching 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)[1]
Average speed 156.931 miles per hour (252.556 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Loy Allen, Jr. Mark Smith
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Ernie Irvan Robert Yates Racing
Duel 2 Winner Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing
Most laps led
Driver Ernie Irvan Robert Yates Racing
Laps 84
No. 4
Sterling Marlin
Morgan-McClure Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, Chris Economaki and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 9.6/26
(13.6 million viewers)

The 1994 Daytona 500, the 36th running of the event, was held February 20 at Daytona International Speedway. Loy Allen Jr., ARCA graduate and Winston Cup rookie in car #19 won the pole. Speedweeks 1994 was marked by tragedy when two drivers, Neil Bonnett and Rodney Orr, were killed in separate practice accidents for this race. Sterling Marlin won the race, the first career win of his NASCAR career.


Loy Allen, Jr. failed to lead a lap. Ernie Irvan and Dale Earnhardt swapped the lead several times in the first 60 laps (which turned out to be a preview of the Championship battle), with Jeff Gordon leading briefly. The Big One happened on lap 62 when Chuck Bown and Kyle Petty touched in Turn 4. Petty, Robert Pressley, John Andretti and Rusty Wallace were done for the day. Hut Stricklin, Harry Gant, Bobby Hillin Jr., and rookie Jeff Burton, among others, were also involved. The race restarted with Daytona 500 rookie Todd Bodine in the lead. He was soon passed by Earnhardt, and was then tagged by Gordon whom Todd thought he was clear of. Jimmy Spencer, Ted Musgrave, Brett Bodine and Michael Waltrip were caught up in a chain reaction to Bodine's spin; Brett and Waltrip would continue.

The finish

The yellow flag was displayed with 60 laps to go when Morgan Shepherd spun, which made for interesting fuel mileage strategy. Earnhardt, Irvan, and Mark Martin came into the pits again for extra fuel. 1990 winner Derrike Cope led the field at the restart, only to be passed by Marlin and Irvan a couple of laps later. Irvan took the lead with 43 laps to go, but on Lap 180 he suddenly got loose in Turn 4. He recovered the car, but Marlin retook the lead as Irvan fell back to 7th. With 12 laps to go, Irvan was repassed by Martin, whom he had passed a few laps before, but with eight laps to go the Ford duo tag-teamed Jeff Gordon for 3rd and 4th. The two Fords swapped positions with five laps to go, and Irvan passed Terry Labonte (who was hung up behind Jimmy Hensley) in the tri-oval with three laps to go. But Sterling Marlin's Morgan-McClure Chevrolet was untouchable, and he finally won a Winston Cup race in his 279th start after eight second place finishes. He broke Dave Marcis' previous record for most starts before his first Cup win (227th start, at Martinsville in 1975). Martin ran out of fuel with two to go, but he managed to take the white flag to complete 199 laps.

Race results

Pos Grid Car Driver Sponsor Team Make Laps Led Status
1 4 4 Sterling Marlin Kodak Film Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 200 30 Running
2 3 28 Ernie Irvan (W) Texaco/Havoline Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 84 Running
3 9 5 Terry Labonte Kellogg's Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 1 Running
4 6 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 7 Running
5 12 21 Morgan Shepherd Citgo Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 7 Running
6 31 77 Greg Sacks USAir U.S. Racing Ford 200 0 Running
7 2 3 Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 45 Running
8 20 10 Ricky Rudd Tide Rudd Performance Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
9 8 11 Bill Elliott (W) Budweiser Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 200 0 Running
10 13 25 Ken Schrader Kodiak Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 Running
11 39 7 Geoff Bodine (W) Exide Batteries Geoff Bodine Racing Ford 200 1 Running
12 23 40 Bobby Hamilton Kendall Oil SABCO Racing Chevrolet 200 2 Running
13 7 6 Mark Martin Valvoline Roush Racing Ford 199 5 Fuel
14 22 15 Lake Speed Quality Care Bud Moore Engineering Ford 199 0 Flagged
15 25 55 Jimmy Hensley Petron Plus RaDiUs Motorsports Ford 199 0 Flagged
16 42 22 Bobby Labonte Maxwell House Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 199 0 Flagged
17 18 43 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. STP Petty Enterpises Pontiac 199 0 Flagged
18 34 9 Joe Ruttman Melling Engine Parts Melling Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
19 28 80 Jimmy Horton n/a Hover Motorsports Ford 199 0 Flagged
20 29 32 Dick Trickle ATS Wood Recycling Active Motorsports Ford 198 0 Flagged
21 16 98 Derrike Cope (W) Fingerhut Cale Yarborough Motorsports Ford 198 7 Flagged
22 1 19 Loy Allen, Jr. (R) Hooters TriStar Motorsports Ford 198 0 Flagged
23 37 12 Chuck Bown ReLife Bobby Allison Motorsports Ford 198 0 Flagged
24 33 90 Bobby Hillin, Jr. Helig-Meyers Donlavey Racing Ford 198 0 Flagged
25 27 71 Dave Marcis STG/Tork Auto Wipes Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet 198 0 Flagged
26 35 8 Jeff Burton (R) Raybestos Brakes Stavola Brothers Racing Ford 197 0 Flagged
27 30 1 Rick Mast Skoal Classic Precision Products Racing Ford 197 0 Flagged
28 32 17 Darrell Waltrip (W) Western Auto DarWal, Inc. Chevrolet 197 0 Flagged
29 17 97 Chad Little Tracy Lawrence Mark Rypien Motorsports Ford 196 0 Flagged
30 40 95 Jeremy Mayfield (R) Shoney's Sadler Brothers Racing Ford 195 0 Fuel
31 14 30 Michael Waltrip Pennzoil Bahari Racing Pontiac 194 0 Flagged
32 10 26 Brett Bodine Quaker State King Racing Ford 185 0 Flagged
33 38 23 Hut Stricklin Smokin' Joe's Smokin' Joe's Racing Ford 174 0 Flagged
34 36 33 Harry Gant Skoal Bandit Leo Jackson Motorsports Chevrolet 165 0 Flagged
35 41 18 Dale Jarrett (W) Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 146 3 Engine
36 11 75 Todd Bodine (R) Factory Stores Butch Mock Motorsports Ford 79 7 Contact BS
37 21 27 Jimmy Spencer McDonald's Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 79 0 Contact BS
38 24 16 Ted Musgrave The Family Channel Roush Racing Ford 79 7 Contact BS
39 26 42 Kyle Petty Mello Yello SABCO Racing Pontiac 64 0 Contact T4
40 19 54 Robert Pressley (R) Manheim Auctions Leo Jackson Motorsports Chevrolet 62 0 Contact T4
41 5 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Genuine Draft Penske Racing South Ford 61 0 Contact T4
42 15 14 John Andretti (R) Financial World Hagan Racing Chevrolet 47 0 Contact BS
Failed Not Qualify
89 Jim Sauter Handi-Snacks Mueller Racing Ford
41 Joe Nemechek (R) Meineke Car Care Center Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet
52 Brad Teague NAPA Auto Parts Means Racing Ford
45 Rich Bickle Orkin Pest Control Isenhour Racing Chevrolet
34 Bob Brevak (R) Mack Trucks Brevak Racing Ford
02 T. W. Taylor (R) Children's Miracle Network Taylor Racing Ford
0 Delma Cowart Masters Economy Inns H. L. Waters Racing Ford
48 Trevor Boys Rumple Furniture Hylton Racing Pontiac
47 Billy Standridge (R) Standridge Auto Parts Johnson Racing Ford
56 Jerry Hill (R) Bell Motor Company Tierney Motorsports Ford
74 Kerry Teague M-E Racing Engines Teague Motorsports Chevrolet
29 Steve Grissom (R) Diamond Ridge Diamond Ridge Motorsports Chevrolet
73 Phil Barkdoll X1-R Barkdoll Racing Chevrolet
20 Buddy Baker (W) Fina Lube Moroso Racing Ford
53 Ritchie Petty (R) Le Bleu Water Marvin Petty Motorsports Ford
61 Rick Carelli (R) Total Petroleum Marshall Chesrown Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ward Burton (R) Hardee's Dillard Racing Chevrolet
37 Rodney Orr (R)1 n/a Church Street Racing Ford
51 Neil Bonnett1 Country Time Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
99 Danny Sullivan (R)2 Checkers Virtue Motorsports Chevrolet
84 Rick Crawford (R)2 Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Circle Bar Racing Ford
  1. Withdrawn due to driver fatality.
  2. Withdrawn.


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