1984 Winston 500
The 1984 Winston 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on May 6, 1984, at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Alabama. This race would be the peak of competitive racing for what is now known as Talladega Superspeedway.
|Race 9 of 30 in the 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
|Date||May 6, 1984|
|Official name||Winston 500|
|Location||Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega, Alabama|
Permanent racing facility|
2.660 mi (4.280 km)
|Distance||188 laps, 500.1 mi (804.8 km)|
|Weather||Very hot with temperatures of 88 °F (31 °C); wind speeds of 8.8 miles per hour (14.2 km/h)|
|Average speed||172.988 miles per hour (278.397 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Benny Parsons||Johnny Hayes|
|No. 28||Cale Yarborough||Ranier-Lundy Racing|
|Television in the United States|
Paul Page |
There was a visibility range of 9.7 miles or 15.6 kilometres. No precipitation was reported within 24 hours of the race; which made for a warm and dry track. Sea level pressure was approximately 30 inches or 76 centimetres. The weather report was taken from the Anniston Metropolitan Airport (now Anniston Regional Airport) in the nearby city of Anniston.
Talladega Superspeedway, originally known as Alabama International Motor Superspeedway (AIMS), is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base in the small city of Lincoln. The track is a Tri-oval and was constructed by International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family, in the 1960s. Talladega is most known for its steep banking and the unique location of the start/finish line - located just past the exit to pit road. The track currently hosts the NASCAR series such as the Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. Talladega Superspeedway is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66 miles (4.28 km), and the track at its peak had a seating capacity of 175,000 spectators.
Forty cars competed in this 188-lap race; 39 of them were born in the United States while Trevor Boys was born in Canada. The pole position was won by Yarborough with a speed of 202.692 miles per hour (326.201 km/h); one of the times where the qualifying speed exceeded the 200 miles per hour (320 km/h) threshold. Some of the more notable crew chiefs who participated in this race were Kenny Wallace, Junie Donlavey, Darrell Bryant, Joey Arrington, Cecil Gordon, Dale Inman, Waddell Wilson, Jake Elder, Harry Hyde, and Kirk Shelmerdine.
The most dominant drivers in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series during the 1980s were Bill Elliott, Darrell Waltrip, Terry Labonte, Bobby Allison, and Dale Earnhardt.
The average speed posted of the race was 172.988 miles per hour (278.397 km/h). Four cautions covered 17 laps. Chevrolet was the manufacturer for the majority of the grid. Cale Yarborough defeated Harry Gant by two car lengths after nearly three hours of racing in front of more than 110000 live audience members; marking the 80th race win in Yarborough's NASCAR Winston Cup Series career. The first green flag was waved at 1:00 PM while the checkered flag ended the race at approximately 3:53 PM. 75 lead changes occurred; the most ever in NASCAR Cup Series history.
It would exceed the record set by the 1978 Talladega 500 for the number of leader changes in the race. This record would eventually be broken at the 2010 Aaron's 499 and be tied at the 2011 Aaron's 499. Since NASCAR only covered the lead changes that occurred at the end of each lap, there were many more lead changes that weren't officially recorded because they didn't last the whole lap.
Jimmy Means suffered an oil pressure problem on the sixth lap and ended up in last-place. Bill Elliott, Terry Labonte, Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, and David Pearson all took turns being the leader of the race. Phil Barkdoll would make his NASCAR debut in this race. Until the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season, this race was considered to be the most competitive in NASCAR history. The use of the Car of Tomorrow along with NASCAR's then-current Have at it, boys policy and smaller restrictor plates made the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona and Talladega more prone to passing.
|1||28||Cale Yarborough||Chevrolet||Harry Ranier|
|2||9||Bill Elliott||Ford||Harry Melling|
|3||44||Terry Labonte||Chevrolet||Bill Hagan|
|4||55||Benny Parsons||Chevrolet||Johnny Hayes|
|5||3||Dale Earnhardt||Chevrolet||Richard Childress|
|6||16||David Pearson||Chevrolet||Bobby Hawkins|
|7||21||Buddy Baker||Ford||Wood Brothers|
|8||5||Geoffrey Bodine||Chevrolet||Rick Hendrick|
|9||11||Darrell Waltrip||Chevrolet||Junior Johnson|
|10||15||Ricky Rudd||Ford||Bud Moore|
|11||33||Harry Gant||Chevrolet||Hal Needham|
|12||1||Lake Speed||Chevrolet||Hoss Ellington|
|13||43||Richard Petty||Pontiac||Mike Curb|
|14||22||Bobby Allison||Buick||DiGard Racing|
|15||12||Neil Bonnett||Chevrolet||Junior Johnson|
|16||38||Phil Barkdoll||Chevrolet||Phil Barkdoll|
|17||17||Clark Dwyer||Chevrolet||Roger Hamby|
|18||8||Bobby Hillin, Jr.||Chevrolet||Stavola Brothers|
|19||47||Ron Bouchard||Buick||Jack Beebe|
|20||84||Jody Ridley||Chevrolet||Robert McEntyre|
|21||66||Phil Parsons||Chevrolet||Johnny Hayes|
|22||4||Tommy Ellis||Chevrolet||Larry McClure|
|23||75||Dave Marcis||Pontiac||RahMoc Enterprises|
|24||98||Joe Ruttman||Chevrolet||Ron Benfield|
|25||90||Dick Brooks||Ford||Junie Donlavey|
Top twenty finishersEdit
|2||33||Harry Gant||Chevrolet||188||14||+2 car lengths|
|3||21||Buddy Baker||Ford||188||43||Lead lap under green flag|
|4||22||Bobby Allison||Buick||188||13||Lead lap under green flag|
|5||55||Benny Parsons||Chevrolet||188||56||Lead lap under green flag|
|6||43||Richard Petty||Pontiac||187||18||+1 lap|
|7||66||Phil Parsons||Chevrolet||187||4||+1 lap|
|8||75||Dave Marcis||Pontiac||187||0||+1 lap|
|9||9||Bill Elliott||Ford||187||1||+1 lap|
|10||47||Ron Bouchard||Buick||186||3||+2 laps|
|11||8||Bobby Hillin, Jr.||Chevrolet||186||0||+2 laps|
|12||95||Sterling Marlin||Chevrolet||186||0||+2 laps|
|13||4||Tommy Ellis||Chevrolet||185||0||+3 laps|
|14||51||Greg Sacks||Chevrolet||185||0||+3 laps|
|15||7||Kyle Petty||Ford||184||0||+4 laps|
|16||84||Jody Ridley||Chevrolet||182||0||+6 laps|
|17||71||Mike Alexander||Oldsmobile||181||0||+7 laps|
|18||48||Trevor Boys||Chevrolet||179||0||+9 laps|
|19||64||Tommy Gale||Ford||177||0||+11 laps|
|20||41||Ronnie Thomas||Chevrolet||177||0||+11 laps|
Standings after the raceEdit
- 1984 Winston 500 weather information at The Old Farmers' Almanac
- 1984 Winston 500 racing information at Racing Reference
- Talladega Superspeedway at the Encyclopedia of Alabama
- "Track Facts". talladegasuperspeedway.com. Talladega Superspeedway. November 1, 2012. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
- 1984 Winston 500 racing information at Race Database
- 1984 Winston 500 crew chiefs at Racing Reference
- Lead, lead or get out of the way at All About Racin'
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