1990 Daytona 500
The 1990 Daytona 500, the 32nd running of the event, was held on February 18, 1990 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida over 200 laps on the 2.5 mile (4 km) asphalt tri-oval. The first race of the 1990 Winston Cup Series season, it was won by Bob Whitcomb's entrant Derrike Cope. Terry Labonte finished second, followed by Bill Elliott, Ricky Rudd, and Dale Earnhardt.
|Race 1 of 29 in the 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
|Date||February 18, 1990|
Daytona International Speedway|
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Permanent racing facility|
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 500 mi (800 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 82 °F (28 °C); wind speeds approaching 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)|
|Average speed||165.761 miles per hour (266.766 km/h)|
|Time||196.515 miles per hour (316.260 km/h)|
|Qualifying race winners|
|Duel 1 Winner||Geoff Bodine||Junior Johnson & Associates|
|Duel 2 Winner||Dale Earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Dale Earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing|
|No. 10||Derrike Cope||Whitcomb Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Ken Squier, Ned Jarrett and Chris Economaki|
(10.5 million viewers)
First Daytona 500 starts for Jimmy Spencer, Rich Bickle, Hut Stricklin, and Jimmy Horton. Only Daytona 500 starts for Butch Miller, Jack Pennington, Jerry O'Neil, and Rob Moroso. Last Daytona 500 starts for Larry Pearson and Mike Alexander.
Ken Schrader won his third straight Daytona 500 pole with a speed of 196.515 miles per hour (316.260 km/h). In the Thursday Gatorade 125-mile qualifier, he crashed on the last lap and had to use a backup car on Sunday. He quickly passed several cars at the start. By the first caution flag, Schrader had driven up to second place. Geoff Bodine led the first lap of the race and the season. There were two Days of Thunder cars in the field, completing 100 miles before parking the cars to the garage. Those cars were not listed in the official race results.
On Lap 27, Richard Petty (who started a promising 11th) spun ahead of Phil Parsons while running 13th. The spin left him with all four tires flat, meaning The King would need a wrecker to take him to the pits for new tires, and he would finish well down the order. During the yellow, Davey Allison (running 6th) pitted with the leaders and hit the pit wall as he slid the tires. This was unnoticed by the television broadcast for several minutes; no injuries were reported but Mike Joy confirmed left front toe damage.
On Lap 43, an accident occurred between the tri-oval and Turn 1 involving Mike Alexander, Alan Kulwicki (who would continue), Phil Parsons, and 1989 NASCAR Busch Series champion and Winston Cup rookie Rob Moroso. Moroso said he touched Phil Parsons' left rear with his own right front after Parsons came down on him, and Parsons explained that he was attempting a pass on A. J. Foyt. After 58 laps, Schrader's run to the front was halted by an engine failure. Shortly after halfway, 1972 winner A. J. Foyt quit after experiencing a bizarre problem: In a mid-race interview with CBS's David Hobbs, Foyt claimed he had become intoxicated by fumes produced by his new racing helmet.
Dale Earnhardt was the dominator of the race. He led nearly 3/4 of the race, relinquishing the lead briefly to Bill Elliott, Mark Martin, Derrike Cope, Davey Allison, Geoff Bodine, Terry Labonte, and Bobby Hillin, Jr.. Daytona 500 rookies Jimmy Spencer and Jack Pennington led yellow flag laps early in the race.
Dale Earnhardt had the race in his grasp with a lead of more than 40 seconds until lap 193 when Geoff Bodine spun in the first turn, causing the third and final caution of the race. Derrike Cope assumed the lead again by staying out, a call made by crew chief Buddy Parrott. The Top 5 on the restart were Cope, Bobby Hillin, Jr., Earnhardt, Terry Labonte, and Bill Elliott. Earnhardt dispatched Cope and Hillin simultaneously with help from Geoff Bodine, who was one lap down. With a few laps remaining, Rick Wilson in the RahMoc car lost an engine, and a piece of metal bell housing from that engine had tumbled to a stop on the backstretch. On the last lap, Earnhardt ran over it and shredded the right rear tire. He held the wheel straight, let off the throttle and let his car climb the banking of turn three. Spanaway, Washington's Derrike Cope drove by Earnhardt to his first ever Winston Cup victory. His previous best career finish was 6th the previous year at Charlotte. Although Earnhardt would lose the race, his crew took the shredded tire and hung it on the wall of the race shop using the loss as motivation to win the 1990 Winston Cup championship. Meanwhile, Cope would become an overnight sensation appearing on The Late Show a week or so later to talk about his big win. Although it is considered as one of the biggest upsets in NASCAR history, the ratings did not quite show it, as it drew a 7.3, the lowest in Daytona 500 history.
|1||12||10||Derrike Cope||Whitcomb Racing||Chevrolet||200||5||Running|
|2||20||1||Terry Labonte||Precision Products Racing||Oldsmobile||200||7||Running|
|3||4||9||Bill Elliott (W)||Melling Racing||Ford||200||1||Running|
|4||19||5||Ricky Rudd||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||1||Running|
|5||2||3||Dale Earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||200||155||Running|
|6||10||8||Bobby Hillin, Jr.||Stavola Brothers Racing||Buick||200||4||Running|
|7||38||27||Rusty Wallace||Blue Max Racing||Pontiac||200||0||Running|
|8||24||30||Michael Waltrip||Bahari Racing||Pontiac||199||0||Flagged|
|9||3||11||Geoff Bodine (W)||Junior Johnson & Associates||Ford||199||8||Flagged|
|10||30||15||Morgan Shepherd||Bud Moore Engineering||Ford||199||0||Flagged|
|11||31||21||Neil Bonnett||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||199||0||Flagged|
|12||32||66||Dick Trickle||Cale Yarborough Motorsports||Pontiac||199||0||Flagged|
|13||18||90||Ernie Irvan||Donlavey Racing||Ford||199||0||Flagged|
|14||9||17||Darrell Waltrip (W)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||199||0||Flagged|
|15||6||57||Jimmy Spencer (R)||Osterlund Enterprises||Pontiac||199||4||Flagged|
|16||14||83||Lake Speed||Speed Racing||Oldsmobile||199||3||Flagged|
|17||33||26||Brett Bodine||King Racing||Buick||199||0||Flagged|
|18||5||33||Harry Gant||Leo Jackson Motorsports||Oldsmobile||199||1||Flagged|
|19||21||94||Sterling Marlin||Hagan Racing||Oldsmobile||198||0||Flagged|
|20||16||28||Davey Allison||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||198||2||Flagged|
|21||7||6||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||198||3||Flagged|
|22||17||98||Butch Miller (R)||Travis Carter Enterprises||Chevrolet||198||0||Flagged|
|23||42||71||Dave Marcis||Marcis Auto Racing||Chevrolet||197||0||Flagged|
|24||22||42||Kyle Petty||SABCO Racing||Pontiac||196||0||Handling|
|25||23||47||Jack Pennington (R)||Close Racing||Oldsmobile||196||6||Flagged|
|26||27||32||Joe Ruttman||Wellings Motorsports||Pontiac||196||0||Flagged|
|27||26||16||Larry Pearson||Pearson Racing||Buick||195||0||Flagged|
|28||29||02||Rich Bickle (R)||Bickle Racing||Oldsmobile||195||0||Flagged|
|29||37||52||Jimmy Means||Means Racing||Pontiac||195||0||Flagged|
|30||28||75||Rick Wilson||RahMoc Enterprises||Oldsmobile||193||0||Engine|
|31||39||53||Jerry O'Neil (R)||Aroneck Racing||Oldsmobile||193||0||Flagged|
|32||41||2||Eddie Bierschwale||U.S. Racing||Oldsmobile||191||0||Flagged|
|33||34||68||Hut Stricklin (R)||TriStar Motorsports||Chevrolet||190||0||Flagged|
|34||11||43||Richard Petty (W)||Petty Enterprises||Pontiac||183||0||Flagged|
|35||25||7||Alan Kulwicki||AK Racing||Ford||180||0||Flagged|
|36||13||14||A. J. Foyt (W)||A. J. Foyt Racing||Oldsmobile||115||0||Quit|
|37||40||80||Jimmy Horton (R)||S&H Racing||Ford||108||0||Transmission|
|38||36||20||Rob Moroso (R)||Moroso Racing||Oldsmobile||82||0||Contact T1|
|39||35||73||Phil Barkdoll||Barkdoll Racing||Oldsmobile||64||0||Engine|
|40||1||25||Ken Schrader||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||58||0||Engine|
|41||15||12||Mike Alexander||Bobby Allison Motorsports||Buick||42||0||Contact T1|
|42||8||4||Phil Parsons||Morgan-McClure Motorsports||Oldsmobile||41||0||Contact T1|
Failed to Qualify
|43||72||Stan Barrett||Barkdoll Racing||Oldsmobile|
|44||35||Bill Venturini (R)||Venturini Racing||Chevrolet|
|45||44||Jim Sauter||Group 44 Racing||Pontiac|
|46||01||Mickey Gibbs||Gibbs Knuckle Racing||Ford|
|47||19||Chad Little||Little Racing||Ford|
|48||48||Trevor Boys||Lusty Racing||Buick|
|49||85||Bobby Gerhart (R)||Gerhart Racing||Chevrolet|
|50||37||Dennis Langston (R)||Langston Motorsports||Ford|
|51||13||Mike Potter (R)||Mansion Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|52||0||Delma Cowart||H. L. Waters Racing||Ford|
|53||96||Philip Duffie (R)||Duffie Racing||Buick|
|54||70||J. D. McDuffie||McDuffie Racing||Pontiac|
|55||77||Ken Ragan||Ragan Racing||Ford|
|56||82||Mark Stahl||Stahl Racing||Ford|
|57||59||Mark Gibson (R)||CoHo Racing||Pontiac|
|58||34||Charlie Glotzbach||AAG Racing||Pontiac|
|59||39||Blackie Wangerin||Wangerin Racing||Ford|
|60||89||Rodney Combs||Mueller Brothers Racing||Pontiac|
|61||29||Joe Booher||Joe Booher Racing||Pontiac|
- "Weather of the 1990 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on July 2, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
- "1990 Daytona 500". Racing-Reference.info. February 18, 1990. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
- "The 1990 Daytona 500". NASCAR.com; Turner Entertainment Digital Network. July 28, 2003. Archived from the original on June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
- "1990 Daytona 500"