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1995 Daytona 500

1995 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 31 in the 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season

Date February 19, 1995 (1995-02-19)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
WeatherTemperatures reaching as high as 66.9 °F (19.4 °C); wind speeds approaching 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Average speed 141.710 miles per hour (228.060 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Sterling Marlin Morgan-McClure Motorsports
Duel 2 Winner Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing
Most laps led
Driver Sterling Marlin Morgan-McClure Motorsports
Laps 105
No. 4
Sterling Marlin
Morgan-McClure Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, Richard Petty and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 7.8/20
(11.4 million viewers)

The 1995 Daytona 500, the 37th running of the event, was held on February 19 at Daytona International Speedway. Dale Jarrett won his first career Winston Cup pole. Sterling Marlin won the race, taking his second Daytona 500 win.

Opening laps

Outside polesitter Earnhardt led the opening lap for the first time in his Daytona 500 career. Lap 3 saw Sterling Marlin put car #4 into the lead. The first yellow flag came out on Lap 10 when Joe Nemechek (in his first race for his own team) crashed and collected the #11 of Brett Bodine. 2 Laps after the restart, IMSA and IndyCar veteran Davy Jones touched with fellow rookie Randy LaJoie exiting Turn 4, clipping the wall and spinning the 77 car into the pits. Before 30 laps were put on the board, sprint car king Steve Kinser crashed with Phil Parsons. Jeff Gordon took the lead from Sterling Marlin during the yellow flag pit stops. After the restart, Mark Martin & 1985 and 1987 winner Bill Elliott stopped for flat tires. On Lap 43 John Andretti and 1990 winner Derrike Cope collided exiting Turn 2. Both continued with minimal damage, but as Cope came through the tri-oval to catch up to the field, both rear tires suddenly blew out, sending him into a harmless spin but rendering his car disabled as he could get no traction with both rear tires flat. On Lap 58 Mike Wallace got loose in Turn 2 and tagged Jeff Purvis, sending both cars into the wall and the 1994 and 1993 ARCA 200 winners respectively were finished for the day. Caution flag pit stops resulted in Dave Marcis staying out to lead one lap (a regular practice for Dave), and Mark Martin's Roush Racing crew put the Valvoline car in front. On Lap 68, Gordon retook the lead.

Mid-race events

On Lap 70 rain interrupted the race for 2 hours. Jeff Gordon led Marlin, Todd Bodine, Earnhardt, and Ken Schrader when the red flag was withdrawn. On Lap 97 Todd Bodine spun exiting Turn 4 (whether or not contact with Robert Pressley caused it was unclear), and engine failure soon took him out after the restart. He joined Purvis, Mike Wallace, Kinser, Parsons, and Nemechek as the 6 cars out of the race. During the pit stops, Gordon dropped from the lead to 20th after a very long pit stop. Dale Earnhardt was the new leader, and at halfway he led Michael Waltrip, Morgan Shepherd, Sterling Marlin, and Ken Schrader to the restart. With help from Marlin, the younger Waltrip took the lead from Earnhardt for 2 laps before the defending 500 winner retook the lead. Meanwhile, Gordon was reclaiming lost ground quickly and passed Michael Waltrip in Turn 2 on Lap 109 to reenter the Top 10.

On Lap 131 Dave Marcis hit the Turn 3 wall and slowed to a stop in the middle of Turns 3 & 4. After the restart, a small dispute developed in his pits centering around the status of his unused tires. The Penske team showed up to make an offer for the tires, but Marcis wanted the tires to go to Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt, for whom Marcis and his team had done many miles of testing and from whom he had received an engine for the race. "I may not have been in the Daytona 500 if it wasn't for Richard Childress," said Marcis of the former owner-driver.

Through all of this, Marlin retained the lead until, with 40 laps to go, rookie Randy LaJoie spun on the backstretch and lost his windshield. As the yellow was being waved, Bobby Hamilton made contact with Rusty Wallace, resulting in Wallace's fifth straight Daytona 500 crash (4 of which resulted in a DNF, with 1992 as the exception). Rick Mast led a lap during the caution. 1989 Daytona 500 winner Darrell Waltrip had a transmission failure that would cost him 20 laps to repair. Meanwhile, Jeff Gordon suffered an aerodynamic setback that would cost him the race. The jack was let down too soon on the driver's side during the tire change, and the fender was bent by the left front tire. Dale Earnhardt would lead the field to the restart, and afterwards Gordon would brush the wall in his now ill-handling car. He brought the 24 car in for a correctional pit stop and lost a lap.


With 20 laps to go, Sterling Marlin passed leader Dale Earnhardt for the lead on the backstraightaway. With 15 laps to go, Bobby Labonte (in his first race for Joe Gibbs) crashed in Turn 1, nearly collecting his older brother Terry. Earnhardt came in for four new tires, gambling that maneuverability would be more valuable than track position. Just before the restart, rookie Robert Pressley spun in the shortchute before Turn 1 after contact from Dick Trickle. When the green was waved Earnhardt quickly re-entered the Top 10, and with 10 to go he was side by side with Ricky Rudd for 9th. He passed Mark Martin for second position with 4 laps to go, but Sterling Marlin in the Kodak Chevrolet was not to be denied. This was Sterling Marlin's second Winston Cup win, both of which were in the Daytona 500. Sterling also joined Richard Petty (in 1974) and Cale Yarborough (in 1984) as the only drivers who have won back to back Daytona 500's; this has not been done since. Third went to Martin, fourth was his teammate Ted Musgrave, and 1993 winner Dale Jarrett, who started on the Pole, finished 5th.

This was Richard Petty's only Daytona 500 as a broadcaster, and the first Daytona 500 to be broadcast with a reduction in availability; parts of major markets (Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit) that had been able to receive the race were unable as CBS, the host broadcaster, lost affiliates because of the Fox affiliate switches of 1994.


Pos Grid Car Driver Sponsor Team Make Laps Led Status
1 3 4 Sterling Marlin (W) Kodak Film Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 200 105 Running
2 2 3 Dale Earnhardt Goodwrench Service Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 23 Running
3 6 6 Mark Martin Valvoline Roush Racing Ford 200 7 Running
4 12 16 Ted Musgrave The Family Channel Roush Racing Ford 200 0 Running
5 1 28 Dale Jarrett (W) Texaco/Havoline Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 0 Running
6 15 30 Michael Waltrip Pennzoil Bahari Racing Pontiac 200 2 Running
7 35 29 Steve Grissom (R) Meineke Diamond Ridge Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 Running
8 11 5 Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 Running
9 9 25 Ken Schrader Budweiser Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 Running
10 30 21 Morgan Shepherd Citgo Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 0 Running
11 17 15 Dick Trickle Ford Quality Care Bud Moore Engineering Ford 200 0 Running
12 13 42 Kyle Petty Coors Light SABCO Racing Chevrolet 200 0 Running
13 18 10 Ricky Rudd Tide Rudd Performance Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
14 16 9 Lake Speed Spam Melling Racing Ford 200 0 Running
15 21 31 Ward Burton (R) Hardee's Dilliard Racing Ford 200 0 Running
16 14 41 Ricky Craven (R) Kodiak Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 Running
17 37 27 Loy Allen, Jr. Hooters Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 200 0 Running
18 25 43 Bobby Hamilton STP Petty Enterprises Pontiac 200 0 Running
19 27 80 Joe Ruttman n/a Hover Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
20 40 7 Geoff Bodine (W) Exide Batteries Geoff Bodine Racing Ford 200 0 Running
21 41 1 Rick Mast Skoal Precision Products Racing Ford 200 1 Running
22 4 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 199 61 Flagged
23 10 94 Bill Elliott (W) McDonald's Bill Elliott Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
24 28 8 Jeff Burton Raybestos Brakes Stavola Brothers Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
25 39 11 Brett Bodine Lowe's Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 199 0 Flagged
26 31 33 Robert Pressley Skoal Bandit Leo Jackson Motorsports Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
27 38 37 John Andretti Kmart/Little Caesars MK Racing Ford 197 0 Flagged
28 26 66 Ben Hess DuraGloss RaDiUs Motorsports Ford 196 0 Flagged
29 24 22 Randy LaJoie (R) MBNA America Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 195 0 Flagged
30 20 18 Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 185 0 Contact T1
31 22 12 Derrike Cope (W) Straight Arrow Bobby Allison Motorsports Ford 184 0 Flagged
32 5 17 Darrell Waltrip (W) Western Auto Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Chevrolet 180 0 Flagged
33 33 77 Davy Jones (R) Jasper/USAir RaDiUs Motorsports Ford 166 0 Flagged
34 7 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Genuine Draft Penske Racing South Ford 158 0 Contact T2
35 29 98 Jeremy Mayfield RCA Cale Yarborough Motorsports Ford 155 1 Engine
36 19 71 Dave Marcis Olive Garden Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet 129 1 Engine
37 8 75 Todd Bodine Factory Stones RahMoc Enterprises Ford 105 0 Engine
38 34 44 Jeff Purvis Jackaroo Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 57 0 Contact BS
39 36 90 Mike Wallace (R) Heilig-Meyers Donlavey Racing Ford 57 0 Contact BS
40 42 26 Steve Kinser (R) Quaker State King Racing Ford 27 0 Contact T1
41 32 19 Phil Parsons Ultra Custom Wheels TriStar Motorsports Ford 27 0 Contact T1
42 23 87 Joe Nemechek (R) Burger King NEMCO Motorsports Ford 8 0 Contact T4
Failed to Qualify
20 Bobby Hillin, Jr. n/a Moroso Racing Ford
40 Greg Sacks Kendall Oil Dick Brooks Racing Pontiac
14 Randy MacDonald (R) Big V Drug Stores Hagan Racing Pontiac
95 Doug Heveron Shoney's Sadler Brothers Racing Ford
82 Terry Byers (R) n/a Byers Racing Ford
52 Gary Bradberry (R) NAPA Auto Parts Means Racing Ford
62 Ronnie Sanders 1-800-My-Dixie Gray Racing Ford
81 Kenny Wallace TIC Financial FILMAR Racing Ford
73 Phil Barkdoll X1-4 Barkdoll Racing Ford
99 Shawna Robinson (R) Tombstone Pizza CPR Motorsports Ford
72 Jim Sauter Tork Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet
51 Kerry Teague Country Time Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
97 Chad Little Harris-Teeter Mark Rypien Motorsports Ford
68 Bob Strait (R) Target Expediting Spicuzza Motorsports Ford
23 Jimmy Spencer Smokin' Joe's Smokin' Joe's Racing Ford
0 Delma Cowart Masters Economy Inn H. L. Waters Racing Ford
47 Billy Standridge (R) WCW Johnson Racing Ford
67 Ken Bouchard n/a Cunningham Racing Ford
48 James Hylton Rumple Furniture Hylton Racing Pontiac
53 Ritchie Petty (R) Le Bleu Water Petty Enterprises Ford
32 Mike Chase (R) Active Trucking Active Motorsports Chevrolet
65 Steve Seligman (R) n/a O'Neil Racing Ford


  • (W) denotes a past winner of the Daytona 500
  • (R) denotes a driver competing in his or her first Daytona 500


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