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1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
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The 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Season was the 41st season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 18th modern-era Cup season. It began February 12 and ended November 19. Rusty Wallace of Blue Max Racing won the championship. This was the first year that every Winston Cup race had flag-to-flag coverage, with almost all of them being televised live.

The 1989 season marked the end of the first of two tire wars between Goodyear and Hoosier, with Hoosier leaving NASCAR shortly after Goodyear debuted their new radial tires.[1]

1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series DriversEdit

Team Make No. Driver Crew Chief
Buick David Pearson Racing 16 Larry Pearson (R)
King Racing 26 Ricky Rudd Larry McReynolds
Stavola Brothers Racing 8 Bobby Hillin Jr. Harry Hyde
84 Dick Trickle (R) Jimmy Fennig
Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 5 Geoff Bodine Waddell Wilson
17 Darrell Waltrip Jeff Hammond
25 Ken Schrader Richard Broome
Mach 1 Racing 66 Rick Mast (R) Travis Carter
Marcis Auto Racing 71 Dave Marcis
Richard Childress Racing 3 Dale Earnhardt Kirk Shelmerdine
Whitcomb Racing 10 Derrike Cope Buddy Parrott
Ford AK Racing 7 Alan Kulwicki Paul Andrews
Bud Moore Engineering 15 Brett Bodine Donnie Wingo
Junior Johnson & Associates 11 Terry Labonte Tim Brewer
Melling Racing 9 Bill Elliott Ernie Elliott
RahMoc Enterprises 75 Morgan Shepherd Bob Rahilly
Robert Yates Racing 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates
Roush Racing 6 Mark Martin Robin Pemberton
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Neil Bonnett Leonard Wood
Tommy Ellis
Oldsmobile B&B Racing 23 Eddie Bierschwale
Hagan Racing 94 Sterling Marlin
Jackson Brothers Motorsports 33 Harry Gant Andy Petree
55 Phil Parsons
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 4 Rick Wilson Tony Glover
Speed Racing 83 Lake Speed
Pontiac Bahari Racing 30 Michael Waltrip Bill Ingle
Baker-Schiff Racing 88 Jimmy Spencer Dennis Conner
Blue Max Racing 27 Rusty Wallace Barry Dodson
Cale Yarborough Motorsports 29 Dale Jarrett
Means Racing 52 Jimmy Means
Osterlund Racing 57 Hut Stricklin (R) Doug Richert
Petty Enterprises 43 Richard Petty Dale Inman
SABCO Racing 42 Kyle Petty Gary Nelson
U.S. Racing 2 Ernie Irvan Bob Johnson
Winkle Motorsports 48 Greg Sacks

ScheduleEdit

No. Race Title Track Date TV
Busch Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 12 CBS
Twin 125 Qualifiers February 16
1 Daytona 500 February 19
2 Goodwrench 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham March 5 ESPN
3 Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton March 19 ABC
4 Pontiac Excitement 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond March 26 TBS
5 TranSouth 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington April 2 ESPN
6 Valleydale Meats 500 Bristol International Raceway, Bristol April 9
7 First Union 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro April 16
8 Pannill Sweatshirts 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway April 23
9 Winston 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega May 7
Winston Open Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord May 21 ABC
The Winston
10 Coca-Cola 600 May 28 TBS
11 Budweiser 500 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover June 4 ESPN
12 Banquet Frozen Foods 300 Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma June 11
13 Miller High Life 500 Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond June 18 Showtime
14 Miller High Life 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn June 25 CBS
15 Pepsi 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 1 ESPN
16 AC Spark Plug 500 Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond July 23
17 Talladega DieHard 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega July 30 CBS
18 Budweiser At The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 13 ESPN
19 Champion Spark Plug 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 20
20 Busch 500 Bristol International Raceway, Bristol August 26
21 Heinz Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 3
22 Miller High Life 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 10 TBS
23 Peak Performance 500 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover September 17 ESPN
24 Goody's 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway September 24
25 All Pro Auto Parts 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord October 8 TBS
26 Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro October 15 ESPN
27 AC Delco 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham October 22
28 Autoworks 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix November 5
29 Atlanta Journal 500 Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton November 19

Busch ClashEdit

The Busch Clash, an annual invitational event for all winners of the Busch Pole award from the previous season, was held February 12 at Daytona International Speedway. Ken Schrader drew for the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Ken Schrader
  2. 28-Davey Allison
  3. 11-Terry Labonte
  4. 5-Geoffrey Bodine
  5. 4-Rick Wilson
  6. 27-Rusty Wallace
  7. 6-Mark Martin
  8. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  9. 75-Morgan Shepherd
  10. 66-Rick Mast

Gatorade 125sEdit

The Gatorade 125s, a pair of qualifying races for the Daytona 500, were held February 16 at Daytona International Speedway. Ken Schrader and Darrell Waltrip won the poles for each event, respectively.

Race One Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Ken Schrader
  2. 75-Morgan Shepherd
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 55-Phil Parsons
  5. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  6. 66-Rick Mast
  7. 9-Jody Ridley
  8. 10-Ken Bouchard -1
  9. 45-Joe Ruttman -1
  10. 71-Dave Marcis -1

Race Two Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Terry Labonte
  2. 94-Sterling Marlin
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 5-Geoff Bodine
  5. 33-Harry Gant
  6. 16-Larry Pearson
  7. 28-Davey Allison
  8. 17-Darrell Waltrip -1
  9. 15-Brett Bodine -1
  10. 29-Dale Jarrett -1

Daytona 500Edit

  • Darrell Waltrip stretched his fuel for 53 laps, and won the Daytona 500 for the first time in his career, after 17 tries.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  2. 25-Ken Schrader
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 5-Geoffrey Bodine
  5. 55-Phil Parsons
  6. 66-Rick Mast*
  7. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  8. 4-Rick Wilson
  9. 11-Terry Labonte
  10. 23-Eddie Bierschwale

Goodwrench 500Edit

The Goodwrench 500 was held March 5 at North Carolina Motor Speedway. Rusty Wallace won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 27-Rusty Wallace
  2. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 5-Geoff Bodine
  5. 6-Mark Martin
  6. 28-Davey Allison
  7. 94-Sterling Marlin
  8. 83-Lake Speed
  9. 88-Greg Sacks
  10. 31-Jim Sauter
  • Rusty Wallace became the first driver to claim the Unocal 76 Challenge. After one rollover, and bonus money added at the season ending banquet, Wallace received an additional $22,800 for winning from the pole.

Motorcraft Quality Parts 500Edit

The Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 was held March 19 at Atlanta International Raceway. The No. 7 of Alan Kulwicki won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 84-Dick Trickle
  4. 42-Kyle Petty
  5. 94-Sterling Marlin
  6. 4-Rick Wilson
  7. 21-Neil Bonnett
  8. 57-Hut Stricklin
  9. 29-Dale Jarrett
  10. 75-Morgan Shepherd

Failed to Qualify: #36-H.B. Baily, #69-Lee Raymond, #70-J.D. McDuffie, Rodney Combs, Rick Jeffrey

  • Richard Petty was a factor among the leaders, and led 9 laps. But during a pit stop, the gas can leaked fuel onto the exhaust pipe, and started a bad pit fire. Crew member Robert Callicutt suffered second degree burns over 40% of his body and was hospitalized. Petty was forced to drop out of the race. The incident led to new rules regarding crew member fire protection, and newly designed gas can nozzles to prevent leakage. In addition all pit road reporters for ABC and ESPN would be required to wear fire protected suits for future races telecast by either network.

Pontiac Excitement 400Edit

The Pontiac Excitement 400 was held March 26 at Richmond International Raceway. The No. 5 of Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 27-Rusty Wallace
  2. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 26-Ricky Rudd
  5. 28-Davey Allison
  6. 16-Larry Pearson
  7. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  8. 94-Sterling Marlin
  9. 2-Ernie Irvan
  10. 9-Bill Elliott

Failed to qualify: 43-Richard Petty

  • This race was scheduled for the weekend after the Daytona 500 (February 26), but snow fell in Richmond, and blanketed the Speedway. The race was postponed a month, and in subsequent seasons, the spring Richmond race was moved later and later into the season. It is one of the rare times a NASCAR race has been held on Easter Sunday, a weekend that has not had an originally scheduled NASCAR Cup race in the modern era.
  • After qualifying for 513 consecutive races, Richard Petty failed to make the field for this race. He wrecked his primary car during practice, and could not get the backup car up to speed. His consecutive starts record would stand until the 1996 First Union 400 when Terry Labonte broke the record.

TranSouth 500Edit

Valleydale Meats 500Edit

First Union 400Edit

The First Union 400 was held April 16 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Rusty Wallace won the pole. The race was notable for Goodyear debuting their new radial tires and Dale Earnhardt winning the race with them.[1]

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 84-Dick Trickle
  5. 11-Terry Labonte
  6. 26-Ricky Rudd
  7. 5-Geoff Bodine
  8. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  9. 27-Rusty Wallace
  10. 2-Ernie Irvan

Failed to qualify: 8-Bobby Hillin Jr., 43-Richard Petty, 55-Phil Parsons*, 70-J. D. McDuffie, 04-Bill Meacham, Jerry O'Neil, Kevin Evans, Mark Walbridge

  • Phil Parsons' team purchased the No. 60 in this event in order to race. He finished 12th, 6 laps down.

Pannill Sweatshirts 500Edit

The Pannill Sweatshirts 500 was held April 23 at Martinsville Speedway. The No. 5 of Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 84-Dick Trickle
  4. 4-Rick Wilson
  5. 11-Terry Labonte
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 25-Ken Schrader
  8. 94-Sterling Marlin
  9. 71-Dave Marcis
  10. 21-Neil Bonnett

• This would mark the final race as well as race victory for the older Chevrolet Monte Carlo body style. The new Chevrolet Lumina would debut the next week at Talladega Superspeedway.

Winston 500Edit

The Winston 500 was held May 7 at Alabama International Motor Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Davey Allison
  2. 11-Terry Labonte
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 75-Morgan Shepherd
  5. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  6. 25-Ken Schrader
  7. 33-Harry Gant
  8. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  9. 21-Neil Bonnett
  10. 27-Rusty Wallace
  • This was the first race for the new Chevrolet Lumina race car.
  • This race marked the end of the first tire war, as Hoosier Racing Tire left NASCAR when they could not sell enough tires to be economically viable. Hoosier returned to the Winston Cup Series in 1994, but left for good after that season.[2][3]

The WinstonEdit

The Winston, an annual all-star race for previous winners and champions, was held May 21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 11 of Terry Labonte won the pole. Rusty Wallace spun Darrell Waltrip out of the lead coming to the white flag to earn the victory. This sparked a fight between Wallace and Waltrip's crewmembers in the pits before Wallace got to victory lane.

Top Ten Results

  1. 27-Rusty Wallace
  2. 25-Ken Schrader
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  6. 94-Sterling Marlin
  7. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  8. 26-Ricky Rudd
  9. 5-Geoff Bodine
  10. 88-Greg Sacks

Coca-Cola 600Edit

The Coca-Cola 600 was held May 28 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 7 of Alan Kulwicki won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  2. 94-Sterling Marlin
  3. 25-Ken Schrader
  4. 5-Geoff Bodine
  5. 9-Bill Elliott
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 21-Neil Bonnett
  8. 15-Brett Bodine
  9. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  10. 26-Ricky Rudd
  • By winning the Daytona 500 earlier in the season, and now the Coca-Cola 600, Waltrip secured a $100,000 bonus for winning two of the Winston Million races, and put himself in position to win the Winston Million later in the season at Darlington.

Budweiser 500Edit

Banquet Frozen Foods 300Edit

The inaugural Banquet Frozen Foods 300 was held June 11 at Sears Point International Raceway. Rusty Wallace won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 26-Ricky Rudd
  2. 27-Rusty Wallace
  3. 9-Bill Elliott
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 83-Lake Speed
  6. 88-Joe Ruttman
  7. 75-Morgan Shepherd
  8. 4-Rick Wilson
  9. 28-Davey Allison
  10. 30-Michael Waltrip
  • Mark Martin actually rolled his car during the race due to an error by a new tire changer (only two of the five lug nuts were properly fastened on the car). Right after the car left the pits, the right rear came off, the car spun, hit the tire barrier and rolled onto its roof. However, he came back to finish the race in 31st, 5 laps down.

Miller High Life 500Edit

The Miller High Life 500 was held June 18 at Pocono Raceway. The No. 27 of Rusty Wallace won the pole. This race was one of the few races telecast on Pay Per View.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Terry Labonte
  2. 33-Harry Gant
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 25-Ken Schrader
  5. 75-Morgan Shepherd
  6. 94-Sterling Marlin
  7. 29-Dale Jarrett
  8. 21-Neil Bonnett
  9. 16-Larry Pearson
  10. 15-Brett Bodine

Miller High Life 400 (Michigan)Edit

Pepsi 400Edit

The Pepsi 400 was held July 1 at Daytona International Speedway. The No. 6 of Mark Martin won the pole. This race featured a rollover crash involving the No. 83 of Lake Speed on lap 144.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Davey Allison
  2. 75-Morgan Shepherd
  3. 55-Phil Parsons
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  6. 11-Terry Labonte
  7. 94-Sterling Marlin
  8. 84-Dick Trickle
  9. 26-Ricky Rudd
  10. 57-Hut Stricklin
  • This was the last Pepsi 400 to be shown on tape delay, but was shown flag-to-flag. Previous to this, the race was aired as part of ABC's Wide World of Sports and only the last 25 laps or so of the race would be aired.

AC Spark Plug 500Edit

The AC Spark Plug 500 was held on July 23 at Pocono International Raceway. Ken Schrader won the pole. This race was notable for two wrecks that tore open portions of the track's boilerplate walls. Jimmy Horton crashed in Turn Two and tore open a hole in the wall. Later a big wreck erupted in Turn One involving Greg Sacks in the Tom Winkle No. 48 and the No. 83 of Lake Speed. The two cars got together going into Turn One and smashed into the boilerplate wall head-on. The hit punched open the wall and sent Sacks flipping. The yellow remained out for the duration of time needed to repair the wall. Speed broke his shoulder in the crash and had to sit out for a couple weeks.

Top Ten Finishers

  1. 9-Bill Elliott
  2. 27-Rusty Wallace
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  5. 28-Davey Allison
  6. 33-Harry Gant
  7. 25-Ken Schrader
  8. 75-Morgan Shepherd
  9. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  10. 15-Brett Bodine
  • Elliott cut a tire on the opening lap but rallied to take the lead from Wallace in the final ten laps. The win tied Elliott with Tim Richmond for most wins at Pocono. Richmond, battling illness, was the subject of a short retrospective piece on the ESPN telecast and former Richmond crew chiefs Barry Dodson and Harry Hyde were interviewed on-air about him.

Talladega DieHard 500Edit

The Talladega DieHard 500 was held July 30 at Alabama International Motor Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Terry Labonte
  2. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 25-Ken Schrader
  5. 4-Rick Wilson
  6. 75-Morgan Shepherd
  7. 42-Kyle Petty
  8. 33-Harry Gant
  9. 28-Davey Allison
  10. 21-Neil Bonnett
  • Joe Ruttman substituted for Lake Speed in the No. 83, and crashed spectacularly on lap 145. Ruttman hit the wall nearly head-on and almost got on his side as a result.

The Budweiser at the GlenEdit

The Budweiser at the Glen was held August 13 at Watkins Glen International. Morgan Shepherd won the pole. This race is notable for a big wreck on lap 89 involving the No. 5 of Geoff Bodine. Bodine lost a tire at the end of the backstraight, spun around and went through the barrier and hitting a fence behind the barrier (more or less marking off the property line of Watkins Glen International's land). Bodine was uninjured. Also on that day, Tim Richmond who had a long battle with AIDS, died earlier in the day.

Top Ten Results

  1. 27-Rusty Wallace
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 28-Davey Allison
  5. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  6. 75-Morgan Shepherd
  7. 94-Sterling Marlin
  8. 4-Rick Wilson
  9. 44-Jim Sauter
  10. 30-Michael Waltrip
  • Eddie Bierschwale was the substitute driver in the No. 83 for Lake Speed, who was still recovering from his shoulder injury at Pocono. He finished 38th.

Champion Spark Plug 400Edit

Busch 500Edit

The Busch 500 was held August 26 at Bristol International Raceway. Alan Kulwicki won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  2. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  3. 26-Ricky Rudd
  4. 33-Harry Gant
  5. 11-Terry Labonte
  6. 27-Rusty Wallace
  7. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  8. 88-Jimmy Spencer
  9. 21-Neil Bonnett
  10. 29-Dale Jarrett

Failed to qualify: 43-Richard Petty

  • This was the fourth race that Petty failed to qualify. In response to fan complaints about Petty missing several races, NASCAR introduced the past champion's provisional in 1991.[4][5]
  • Fortunately, this would be the last DNQ for Richard Petty before his retirement in 1992.

Heinz Southern 500Edit

The Heinz Southern 500 was held September 3 at Darlington Raceway. The No. 7 of Alan Kulwicki won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 26-Ricky Rudd
  4. 27-Rusty Wallace
  5. 25-Ken Schrader
  6. 33-Harry Gant
  7. 9-Bill Elliott
  8. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  9. 75-Morgan Shepherd
  10. 94-Sterling Marlin

Miller High Life 400 (Richmond)Edit

The Miller High Life 400 was held September 10 at Richmond International Raceway. The No. 9 of Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 27-Rusty Wallace
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 5-Geoff Bodine
  4. 26-Ricky Rudd
  5. 33-Harry Gant
  6. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  7. 21-Neil Bonnett
  8. 84-Dick Trickle
  9. 57-Hut Stricklin
  10. 28-Davey Allison
  • Lake Speed returned to the No. 83 at Richmond after sitting out 5 races due to injury.

Peak Performance 500Edit

The Peak Performance 500 was held September 17 at Dover Downs International Speedway. The No. 28 of Davey Allison won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 25-Ken Schrader
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 26-Ricky Rudd
  6. 30-Michael Waltrip
  7. 27-Rusty Wallace
  8. 10-Derrike Cope
  9. 15-Brett Bodine
  10. 88-Jimmy Spencer
  • The race was red flagged briefly because of a crash involving Neil Bonnett. Bonnett, who broke his sternum in the incident, had to leave the car for the next three races. Since there was no way to get out of the track from the infield, the track had to be cleared so the ambulance could drive Bonnett out.

Goody's 500Edit

The Goody's 500 was held September 24 at Martinsville Speedway. Dale Earnhardt started on the pole, which was actually won by Jimmy Hensley (as a substitute driver) as Earnhardt and others could not reach the track in time due to Hurricane Hugo, which affected the area.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  2. 33-Harry Gant
  3. 84-Dick Trickle
  4. 27-Rusty Wallace
  5. 29-Dale Jarrett
  6. 2-Ernie Irvan
  7. 15-Brett Bodine
  8. 26-Ricky Rudd
  9. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  10. 25-Ken Schrader
  • Tommy Ellis substituted for Neil Bonnett in the No. 21 in this race, and the next 2 events in Charlotte and North Wilkesboro.

All Pro Auto Parts 500Edit

The All Pro Auto Parts 500 was held October 8 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Ken Schrader
  2. 33-Harry Gant
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 28-Davey Allison
  6. 10-Derrike Cope
  7. 94-Sterling Marlin
  8. 27-Rusty Wallace -1
  9. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr. -2
  10. 75-Morgan Shepherd -2

Failed to Qualify: 14-A. J. Foyt*

  • Foyt was involved in a practice crash where he suffered a significant concussion which kept him from attempting to qualify.
  • Dale Earnhardt lost the points lead in this race when the camshaft in his No. 3 Chevrolet broke in the 13th lap, and he dropped out.

Holly Farms 400Edit

The Holly Farms 400 was held October 15 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Dale Earnhardt won the pole. This race was notable for the race for the win between Earnhardt and Ricky Rudd. On the last lap, Earnhardt and Rudd touched in turn 1, spinning both cars out. This allowed Geoff Bodine to slip by and win the race, and allowed Rusty Wallace to gain points on Earnhardt for the championship hunt.

Top Ten Results

  1. 5-Geoff Bodine
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 11-Terry Labonte
  4. 33-Harry Gant
  5. 75-Morgan Shepherd
  6. 9-Bill Elliott
  7. 27-Rusty Wallace
  8. 2-Ernie Irvan
  9. 26-Ricky Rudd
  10. 3-Dale Earnhardt

AC Delco 500Edit

The AC Delco 500 was held October 22 at North Carolina Motor Speedway. Alan Kulwicki won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Mark Martin*
  2. 27-Rusty Wallace
  3. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  4. 25-Ken Schrader
  5. 84-Dick Trickle
  6. 21-Neil Bonnett*
  7. 5-Geoff Bodine
  8. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  9. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  10. 42-Kyle Petty
  • This was Martin's first career Winston Cup victory.
  • This was Bonnett's first race back from his sternum injury that he suffered at Dover.

Autoworks 500Edit

The Autoworks 500 was held November 5 at Phoenix International Raceway. Ken Schrader won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9-Bill Elliott
  2. 11-Terry Labonte
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  5. 29-Dale Jarrett
  6. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  7. 84-Dick Trickle
  8. 33-Harry Gant
  9. 30-Michael Waltrip
  10. 88-Jimmy Spencer

Failed to Qualify: 18-Tommy Ellis, 41-Danny Lawson, 89-Bob Howard, 35-Keith Van Houten, 07-Mark Walbridge, 44-Jack Sellers, 19-Robert Sprague, 24-Butch Gilliland, 22-St. James Davis, 80-Bob Walker, 08-Rick McCray, 99-John Krebs, 38-Duke Hoenshell, 04-Hershel McGriff, 50-Rick Scribner[6]

  • Two cars entered by Hendrick Motorsports (the No. 46 City Chevrolet driven by Greg Sacks and the No. 51 Exxon Chevrolet driven by Bobby Hamilton) were entered to get in-race footage for the 1990 film Days of Thunder. Hamilton actually led the race with 100 laps to go (in his first career start) before the engine blew. A third movie car (the No. 18 Hardee's Chevrolet driven by Tommy Ellis) failed to make the race.

Atlanta Journal 500Edit

The Atlanta Journal 500 was held November 19 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The No. 7 of Alan Kulwicki won the pole. Three drivers entered the race mathematically eligible for the Winston Cup championship. Rusty Wallace had a 78-point lead over Mark Martin, and a 79-point lead over third place Dale Earnhardt. Wallace had to finish 18th or better to clinch the title, but went into the race proclaiming he was going to 'run as hard as he could.' The statement was seen as thinly veiled criticism of Bill Elliott whom Wallace lost the championship to a year earlier, in a similar situation. In that year, Elliott elected to drive a very conservative race, easily clinching the title, much to the ire of the hard-charging Wallace. Dale Earnhardt qualified 3rd, Wallace qualified 4th, but Martin would start back in 20th.[7]

Despite his plan to race all-out, Wallace encountered problems that complicated his day. On the first round of pit stops, he pitted under green, but lost a lap when the caution came out shortly thereafter. Later, he suffered a flat tire, and fell all the way back to 33rd position. Wallace slowly and steadily worked his way back up the standings. Dale Earnhardt meanwhile, dominated the race leading 294 of the 328 laps en route to victory. Mark Martin, the other driver in the mix for the championship did not end up being a factor. He dropped out on lap 224 with a blown engine that resulted in a fire. In the closing laps, Wallace was three laps down in 15th place, just barely holding on to the hypothetical points lead. Wallace managed to finish the race in 15th, and won the Winston Cup championship by a mere 12 points over Earnhardt.[8] It was Wallace's first and only Winston Cup championship, and the first championship in the modern era for Pontiac.

On Lap 203, Grant Adcox struck the wall and suffered a heart attack and severe head injuries. Adcox died shortly after the accident.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 5-Geoff Bodine
  3. 94-Sterling Marlin
  4. 25-Ken Schrader
  5. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  6. 42-Kyle Petty
  7. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  8. 75-Morgan Shepherd
  9. 21-Neil Bonnett
  10. 83-Lake Speed

Final points standingsEdit

  1. Rusty Wallace – 4176
  2. Dale Earnhardt – 4164
  3. Mark Martin – 4053
  4. Darrell Waltrip – 3971
  5. Ken Schrader – 3876
  6. Bill Elliott – 3774
  7. Harry Gant – 3610
  8. Ricky Rudd – 3608
  9. Geoff Bodine – 3600
  10. Terry Labonte – 3569
  11. Davey Allison – 3481
  12. Sterling Marlin – 3422
  13. Morgan Shepherd – 3403
  14. Alan Kulwicki – 3236
  15. Dick Trickle – 3203
  16. Bobby Hillin, Jr. – 3139
  17. Rick Wilson – 3119
  18. Michael Waltrip – 3057
  19. Brett Bodine – 3051
  20. Neil Bonnett – 2995
  21. Phil Parsons – 2933
  22. Ernie Irvan – 2919
  23. Larry Pearson – 2860
  24. Dale Jarrett – 2789
  25. Dave Marcis – 2715
  26. Hut Stricklin – 2705
  27. Lake Speed – 2550
  28. Derrike Cope – 2180
  29. Richard Petty – 2148
  30. Kyle Petty – 2099
  31. Jimmy Means – 1698
  32. Greg Sacks – 1565
  33. Jim Sauter – 1510
  34. Jimmy Spencer – 1445
  35. Rick Mast – 1315
  36. Eddie Bierschwale – 1306
  37. Ben Hess – 921
  38. Chad Little – 602
  39. Butch Miller – 576
  40. A. J. Foyt – 527
  41. Mickey Gibbs – 508
  42. Rodney Combs – 470
  43. Joe Ruttman – 469
  44. J. D. McDuffie – 457
  45. Phil Barkdoll – 378
  46. Jimmy Horton – 377
  47. Dick Johnson – 322
  48. Ken Bouchard – 313
  49. Terry Byers – 306
  50. Darin Brassfield – 306

Winston Cup StandingsEdit

(keyBold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by final practice results or 1988 Owner's points. * – Most laps led.

Pos. # Driver Make Pts
1 27 Rusty Wallace Pontiac 18 1* 31 1 8 1 9 31 10 31 5 2 22* 2* 17 2* 37 1 1* 6 4 1* 7 4* 8 7 2* 16 15 4176
2 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet 3 3 2 3 33 16 1* 2 8 38 1* 4 3 17 18 9 11 3 17 14 1* 2 1* 9 42 10* 20 6 1* 4164
3 6 Mark Martin Ford 33 5 38 11 4 6 3 6 3 6 2 31 15 12 16 3 3 2 9 20 2 17 2 23 3 2 1* 3 30 4053
4 17 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 1 29 1 7 36 2 8 1* 5 1 9 38 32 3 19 4 2 16 37 1* 22 6 18 1 14 20 3 4 5 3971
5 25 Ken Schrader Chevrolet 2* 25 15 19 27 32 14 7 6 3 3 37 4 11 36 7 4 20 11 23 5 24 3 10 1 13 4 13 4 3876
6 9 Bill Elliott Ford 35 19 11 10 6 9 22 20 11 5 8 3 21 1 4* 1 12 18 39 24 7 18 4 15 4* 6 15 1 27 3774
Pos. # Driver Make Pts

Rookie of the YearEdit

Dick Trickle was named the 1989 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year, despite entering the competition in the second week of the season, replacing Mike Alexander at Stavola Brothers Racing. The top runner-up was former Dash champion Hut Stricklin, driving for returning car owner Rod Osterlund. Two-time Busch champion Larry Pearson and former modified driver Jimmy Spencer were the only other candidates to make a full schedule, as Rick Mast, Ben Hess, Chad Little, Butch Miller, and Mickey Gibbs all ran part-time.

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Historical Motorsports Stories: Tire Wars! NASCAR's Asphalt Battlefield". Racing-Reference.com. May 15, 2018. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Newton, David (February 1, 2007). "Past champion's provisional entry limited to six". ESPN. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Martin, Mark. "NASCAR for Dummies". International Data Group via Google Books. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Qualifying information for the 1989 Autoworks 500 at Racing Reference
  7. ^ "Wallace planning all-out run to win first NASCAR title". The Indianapolis Star. November 19, 1989. p. 60. Retrieved July 12, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "Earnhardt wins race; Wallace wins title". The Indianapolis Star. November 20, 1989. p. 32. Retrieved July 12, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. 

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