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The 1993 First Union 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on April 18, 1993, at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.[3][4] The Grand Marshall of the event was former NASCAR Cup Series driver Jim Roper. Jim was the father of Dean Roper and grandfather of Tony Roper. Both were killed in racing accidents in the early 2000s.

1993 First Union 400
Race details[1]
Race 7 of 30 in the 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
North Wilkesboro Speedway
North Wilkesboro Speedway
Date April 18, 1993 (1993-April-18)
Official name First Union 400
Location North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
0.625 mi (1.005 km)
Distance 400 laps, 266.5 mi (402.3 km)
Weather Temperatures of 79.9 °F (26.6 °C); wind speeds of 7.02 miles per hour (11.30 km/h)
Average speed 92.602 miles per hour (149.028 km/h)
Pole position
Driver King Racing
Most laps led
Driver Sterling Marlin Stavola Brothers Racing
Laps 190
Winner
No. 2 Rusty Wallace[2] Penske Racing South
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Bob Jenkins
Ned Jarrett
Benny Parsons

Rick Mast would serve his 100th NASCAR Cup Series start at this event. Sterling Marlin would suffer from bad luck; he would have won had he been able to use either Ernie Irvan's vehicle or Bobby Labonte's vehicle for the duration of the event. However, Marlin would gain better luck during the later years of his NASCAR Cup Series career.

Race reportEdit

Rusty Wallace managed to defeat Kyle Petty by a margin of 1.66 seconds with four cautions handed out for 38 laps; Wallace's pit crew had undergone a stringent workout routine and had emphasized more on physical fitness between the 1992 and 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series seasons.[3][4] The race took two hours and forty-one minutes to reach its full conclusion with vehicles going an average of 92.602 miles per hour (149.028 km/h).[3][4] Brett Bodine achieved the pole position with a speed of 117.017 miles per hour (188.321 km/h).[3][4]

The winning driver drove a Pontiac machine to the finish line.[3][4][5] Jeff Gordon would acquire a last-place finish during this racing event.[3][4][5][6] Out of the 34-car grid, only three of them would fail to finish the race due to engine issues and a one-man crash by Jeff Gordon.[3][4][5][6] Stanley Smith, Dave Marcis, Jimmy Horton, James Hylton, and Jay Hedgecok all failed to qualify for this race.[3]

Rusty Wallace would retain the championship points lead after this race.[3] The winner would win $43,535 in total winnings ($75,507 when adjusted for inflation) while the last place driver would walk away with a mere $4,180 ($7,250 when adjusted for inflation).[3][4][6] Most of the entries were either Ford or Chevrolet; Pontiac only fielded six entries for the race.[5]

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Speed[7] Owner
1 26 Brett Bodine Ford 117.017 Kenny Bernstein
2 15 Geoffrey Bodine Ford 116.677 Bud Moore
3 4 Ernie Irvan Chevrolet 116.520 Larry McClure
4 25 Ken Schrader Chevrolet 116.309 Rick Hendrick
5 27 Hut Stricklin Ford 116.231 Junior Johnson
6 14 Terry Labonte Chevrolet 116.213 Billy Hagan
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 116.141 Rick Hendrick
8 8 Sterling Marlin Ford 116.135 Stavola Brothers
9 2 Rusty Wallace Pontiac 116.111 Roger Penske
10 5 Ricky Rudd Chevrolet 116.105 Rick Hendrick

Failed to qualify: Stanley Smith (#49), Dave Marcis (#71), Jimmy Horton (#32), James Hylton (#48), Jay Hedgecock (#78)[7]

Top ten finishersEdit

Pos[3] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Winnings Laps led Points Time/Status
1 9 2 Rusty Wallace Pontiac 400 $43,535 120 180 2:41:59
2 22 42 Kyle Petty Pontiac 400 $29,210 0 170 +1.66 seconds
3 4 25 Ken Schrader Chevrolet 400 $40,235 58 170 Lead lap under green flag
4 27 28 Davey Allison Ford 400 $28,285 0 160 Lead lap under green flag
5 23 17 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 400 $25,935 2 160 Lead lap under green flag
6 6 14 Terry Labonte Chevrolet 400 $18,235 0 150 Lead lap under green flag
7 10 5 Ricky Rudd Chevrolet 400 $14,960 0 146 Lead lap under green flag
8 17 21 Morgan Shepherd Ford 400 $12,805 1 147 Lead lap under green flag
9 8 8 Sterling Marlin Ford 400 $13,880 190 148 Lead lap under green flag
10 15 11 Bill Elliott Ford 398 $18,860 0 134 +2 laps

TimelineEdit

Section reference: [3]

  • Start of race: Brett Bodine started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 2: Caution due to a four-car accident, ended on lap 19
  • Lap 25: Jeff Gordon's engine problem made him become the last-place finisher, Ken Schrader took over the lead from Brett Bodine
  • Lap 27: Caution due to Jeff Gordon's accident, ended on lap 36
  • Lap 54: Sterling Marlin took over the lead from Ken Schrader
  • Lap 143: Ernie Irvan took over the lead from Kenny Wallace
  • Lap 146: Sterling Marlin took over the lead from Ernie Irvan
  • Lap 199: Dick Trickle's problematic engine forced him to leave the race early
  • Lap 250: Rusty Wallace took over the lead from Sterling Marlin
  • Lap 270: Ken Schrader took over the lead from Darrell Waltrip
  • Lap 299: Rusty Wallace took over the lead from Ken Schrader
  • Lap 303: Caution due to debris on turn two, ended on lap 308
  • Lap 311: Dale Jarrett's engine stopped working, making him the final DNF of the race
  • Lap 381: Caution due to Jimmy Hensley's accident, ended on lap 384
  • Finish: Rusty Wallace was officially declared the winner of the event

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[3] Differential
1   Rusty Wallace 1124 0
2   Dale Earnhardt 1094 -18
3   Davey Allison 964 -148
4   Kyle Petty 944 -168
5   Morgan Shepherd 942 -170
6   Geoffrey Bodine 940 -172
7   Mark Martin 925 -187
8   Dale Jarrett 874 -238
9   Jimmy Spencer 859 -253
10   Ernie Irvan 853 -259

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weather at the 1993 First Union 400 race". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  2. ^ "1993 First Union 400 winner summary". Jacobs USA. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "1993 First Union 400 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "1993 First Union 400 racing results (second reference)". Stat Sheet. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
  5. ^ a b c d "1993 First Union 400 racing results (third reference)". Motor Racing Network. Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
  6. ^ a b c "1993 First Union 400 racing results (fourth reference)". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  7. ^ a b "1993 First Union 400 qualifying results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
Preceded by
1993 Food City 500
Winston Cup Series races
1971–2004
Succeeded by
1993 Hanes 500