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The 1986 Daytona 500, the 28th running of the event, was held February 16 at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Defending race winner Bill Elliott won the pole for the second year in a row, and Geoffrey Bodine won the race.

1986 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 29 in the 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Track map of Daytona International Speedway.
Track map of Daytona International Speedway.
Date February 16, 1986 (1986-02-16)
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 71.1 °F (21.7 °C); wind speeds approaching 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Average speed 148.124 miles per hour (238.382 km/h)
Attendance 140,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Melling Racing
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Bill Elliott Melling Racing
Duel 2 Winner Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing
Most laps led
Driver Geoffrey Bodine Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 101
No. 5 Geoffrey Bodine Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, David Hobbs and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 8.4/22
(10.3 million viewers)

This was the first Daytona 500 that did not have some type of Chrysler car in the field (Dodge or Plymouth) since the Mirada, Imperial, and Cordoba were aged out at the end of the 1985 season.[2]

First Daytona 500 starts for Eddie Bierschwale and Larry Pearson.[2] Only Daytona 500 starts for Tommy Ellis, Pancho Carter, and Kirk Bryant.[2] Last Daytona 500 starts for Jody Ridley, Doug Heveron, and Buddy Arrington.[2]




  1. ^ "Weather of the 1986 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "1986 Daytona 500". Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  3. ^ "1986 DAYTONA 500 Results". Archived from the original on 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
Preceded by
1985 Winston Western 500
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1986 Miller High Life 400