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The 1985 Daytona 500, the 27th running of the event, was held on February 17, 1985, at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

1985 Daytona 500
Race details[1]
Race 1 of 28 in the 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Track map of Daytona International Speedway.
Track map of Daytona International Speedway.
Date February 17, 1985 (1985-02-17)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (800 km)
Weather Temperatures of 73 °F (23 °C); wind speeds of 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)[2]
Average speed 172.265 miles per hour (277.234 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Melling Racing
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Bill Elliott Melling Racing
Duel 2 Winner Cale Yarborough Ranier-Lundy
Most laps led
Driver Bill Elliott Melling Racing
Laps 136
Winner
No. 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, David Hobbs, and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 8.3/23
(9.8 million viewers)

Contents

SummaryEdit

Bill Elliott won the pole at a then-record speed of 205.114 mph. After a mediocre run in the Busch Clash, Elliott nearly lapped the field in his 125-mile qualifying race, then thoroughly dominated the Daytona 500, leading 136 of the 200 laps in his #9 Coors/Melling Ford Thunderbird. The race restarted on the last lap after a Neil Bonnett spin out with less than four laps to go; Bonnett got out of his car and was credited for a 10th-place finish. The race saw a number of engine problems, which knocked many of the contenders, including former Daytona 500 winners David Pearson, AJ Foyt, Benny Parsons, Bobby Allison, and two-time defending race winner Cale Yarborough, who was trying to win his third straight Daytona 500 victory.[3]

The only car that could consistently run with Elliott was Cale Yarborough, and when his engine went up in smoke on lap 62 the race was for all intents and purposes over.[1] Hendrick Motorsports landed its first big-time full-season sponsorship for 1985 with Levi Garrett chewing tobacco coming aboard to sponsor the #5 Chevrolet of Geoff Bodine. The car's first points race in its new yellow-and-white paint scheme saw Bodine post a solid top-10 run, kicking off a several-year partnership.[1]

This was Chrysler's last entry in the Daytona 500 until 2001. Morgan Shepherd drove Buddy Arrington's Chrysler's Imperial to a solid 15th place finish. Nice to see them go out with a decent finish before Mopar disappeared from the sport completely.[1] Until 2016, this was the last Daytona 500 with a field of 40 cars.[1]

In addition to being the first Daytona 500 start for Ken Schrader, this race served as the last Daytona 500 start for Bobby Wawak, Clark Dwyer, Lennie Pond, Slick Johnson, Dick Brooks, and David Pearson.[1]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Speed
1 9 Bill Elliott Harry Melling Ford 205.114
2 28 Cale Yarborough Harry Ranier Ford
3 11 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson Chevrolet
4 21 David Pearson Hoss Ellington Chevrolet
5 55 Benny Parsons Leo/Richard Jackson Chevrolet
6 7 Kyle Petty Wood Brothers Ford
7 88 Buddy Baker Buddy Baker/Danny Schiff Oldsmobile
8 43 Richard Petty Mike Curb Pontiac
9 15 Ricky Rudd Bud Moore Ford
10 33 Harry Gant Hal Needham Chevrolet
11 1 Dick Brooks Petty Enterprises Ford
12 66 Phil Parsons Leo/Richard Jackson Chevrolet
13 51 Greg Sacks Arnie Sacks Chevrolet
14 75 Lake Speed RahMoc Enterprises Pontiac
15 47 Ron Bouchard Jack Beebe Buick
16 14 A.J. Foyt A.J. Foyt Oldsmobile
17 5 Geoff Bodine Rick Hendrick Chevrolet
18 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Chevrolet
19 12 Neil Bonnett Junior Johnson Chevrolet
20 95 Sterling Marlin Sadler Brothers Chevrolet
21 71 Dave Marcis Dave Marcis Chevrolet
22 2 Rusty Wallace Cliff Stewart Pontiac
23 10 Doug Heveron Tom Heveron Chevrolet
24 90 Ken Schrader Junie Donlavey Ford
25 52 Jimmy Means Jimmy Means Chevrolet
26 74 Bobby Wawak Bobby Wawak Chevrolet
27 48 Lennie Pond James Hylton Chevrolet
28 89 Jim Sauter Mueller Brothers Pontiac
29 84 Mike Alexander Sims Brothers Chevrolet
30 0 Delma Cowart H.L. Waters Chevrolet
31 44 Terry Labonte Billy Hagan Chevrolet
32 4 Joe Ruttman Larry McClure Chevrolet
33 27 Tim Richmond Raymond Beadle Pontiac
34 22 Bobby Allison DiGard Buick
35 98 Trevor Boys Ron Benfield Chevrolet
36 67 Morgan Shepherd Buddy Arrington Chrysler
36 17 Ken Ragan Roger Hamby Chevrolet
37 8 Bobby Hillin Jr. Stavola Brothers Chevrolet
38 64 Clark Dwyer Elmo Langley Ford
39 31 Slick Johnson Henley Gray Chevrolet

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Finishing OrderEdit

Pos No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Status
1 9 Bill Elliott Ford 200 Running
2 75 Lake Speed Pontiac 200 Running
3 11 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 199 Running
4 88 Buddy Baker Oldsmobile 199 Running
5 15 Ricky Rudd Ford 199 Running
6 51 Greg Sacks Chevrolet 199 Running
7 5 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet 198 Running
8 2 Rusty Wallace Pontiac 197 Running
9 8 Bobby Hillin Jr. Chevrolet 197 Running
10 12 Neil Bonnett Chevrolet 195 Engine failure
11 90 Ken Schrader Ford 195 Running
12 84 Mike Alexander Chevrolet 194 Running
13 74 Bobby Wawak Chevrolet 192 Running
14 52 Jimmy Means Chevrolet 192 Running
15 67 Morgan Shepherd Chrysler 190 Running
16 95 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet 188 Oil pump problems
17 4 Joe Ruttman Chevrolet 185 Transmission problems
18 64 Clark Dwyer Ford 182 Running
19 48 Lennie Pond Chevrolet 178 Terminal vehicle damage
20 31 Slick Johnson Chevrolet 175 Running
21 17 Ken Ragan Chevrolet 172 Running
22 1 Dick Brooks Ford 171 Wheel problems
23 89 Jim Sauter Pontiac 161 Running
24 71 Dave Marcis Chevrolet 156 Clutch problems
25 44 Terry Labonte Chevrolet 154 Engine failure
26 33 Harry Gant Chevrolet 124 Engine failure
27 98 Trevor Boys Chevrolet 103 Missing rear end
28 21 David Pearson Chevrolet 98 Engine failure
29 66 Phil Parsons Chevrolet 91 Engine failure
30 14 A.J. Foyt Oldsmobile 90 Engine failure
31 55 Benny Parsons Chevrolet 84 Engine failure
32 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet 84 Engine failure
33 22 Bobby Allison Buick 82 Engine failure
34 43 Richard Petty Pontiac 80 Clutch problems
35 27 Tim Richmond Pontiac 66 Terminal vehicle damage
36 28 Cale Yarborough Ford 62 Engine failure
37 7 Kyle Petty Ford 58 Engine failure
38 47 Ron Bouchard Buick 45 Camshaft problems
39 10 Doug Heveron Chevrolet 44 Engine failure
40 0 Delma Cowart Chevrolet 38 Oil leak

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "1985 Daytona 500". Racing-Reference.info. 1985-02-17. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  2. ^ "Weather of the 1985 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  3. ^ Mark Aumann, Turner Sports Interactive (2003-01-29). "1985: Absolutely awesome – January 29, 2003". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  4. ^ "1985 Daytona 500". Racing Reference Info. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  5. ^ "1985 Daytona 500". Racing-Reference.info. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved 3 July 2017.