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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.[3]

1982 Daytona 500
Race details[1]
Race 1 of 30 in the 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Date February 14, 1982 (1982-02-14)
Location Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 72 °F (22 °C); wind speeds approaching 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)
Average speed 153.991 miles per hour (247.824 km/h)
Attendance 120,000[2]
Pole position
Driver 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

Bobby Allison would take the win in the #88 Gatorade-sponsored Buick Regal.[2] 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 of 120,000 patrons was there for the 194-minute race in which five cautions would slow the field for 34 laps; there were a total of 31 lead changes over the course of the race's 200 laps. Allison's margin of victory over Cale Yarborough was an impressive 23 seconds, more than half a lap.[2]

First Daytona 500 starts for Joe Ruttman, Ron Bouchard, Jim Sauter, Rick Wilson, Tom Sneva, Mark Martin, Delma Cowart, Rusty Wallace, and Lake Speed.[2] Only Daytona 500 start for Lowell Cowell.[2] Last Daytona 500 starts for Roy Smith, Gary Balough, Tighe Scott, Stan Barrett, Bobby Wawak, Donnie Allison, Billie Harvey, and Joe Millikan.[2]


No ChevroletsEdit

No Chevrolet vehicles were recorded as being a part of the racing grid for this event; the last time this happened was at the 1971 Space City 300 at Meyer Speedway in Texas.[4]


Allison's win caused controversy when Allison's rear bumper fell off during the race. Allison's car was apparently tapped from behind by Cale Yarborough as they raced through turns three and four early in the race. After contact, Allison's bumper peeled off and flew high into the air before landing back in traffic. Several cars either ran over the bumper or collided while trying to avoid it, causing a huge crash that brought out the race's first caution.

After the bumper was off Allison's car, it was consistently faster than the competition allowing him to pull away to a significant lead despite other drivers working together in the draft.

Yarborough's crew chief, Tim Brewer, later intimated that Allison's team had intended for the bumper to come off because they knew it would offer a major aerodynamic advantage, either using hollow bolts or very thin wire to attach it superficially to the car. Allison and his crew chief Gary Nelson denied that and continue to deny it to this day.


Consolation raceEdit

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.[5]


  1. ^ "Weather of the 1982 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-24. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "1982 Daytona 500 results". Racing-reference. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2009-08-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-reference. Archived from the original on 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2009-08-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ 1971 Space City 300 racing information at
  5. ^ Hinshaw, Lydia (February 13, 1982). "Richmond Slips By Slick For Win". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Daytona Beach, FL. p. 4B. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
Preceded by
1981 Winston Western 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1982 Richmond 400