North Wilkesboro 1994 recap

FIRST UNION 400, North Wilkesboro, N.C. -- Few thought Terry Labonte had a victory in him on this day. But Labonte, the persistent sort, snatched the lead away from Rusty Wallace with 28 laps remaining in the 400-lapper to score his first ...

FIRST UNION 400, North Wilkesboro, N.C. -- Few thought Terry Labonte had a victory in him on this day. But Labonte, the persistent sort, snatched the lead away from Rusty Wallace with 28 laps remaining in the 400-lapper to score his first victory since July 30, 1989.

Ernie Irvan, who led three times fro 320 laps, was the race's dominant driver but luck was against him. He was delayed once in the pits -- he said it was his fault for not keeping the breaks on and thus letting a wheel spin -- and couldn't catch the leaders.

Labonte finished 7.23 seconds ahead of Wallace. Irvan was third, Kyle Petty fourth and Dale Earnhardt fifth. Irvan sliced into Earnhardt's lead in the Winston Cup point standings and was just 20 points behind arrears after starting the race 40 points back.

1994 FIRST UNION 400 BOX SCORES

ST        FIN        CAR #        DRIVER                LAPS        STATUS
1        10        5        Terry Labonte                400        Running
2        16        2        Rusty Wallace                400        Running
3        1        28        Ernie Irvan                400        Running
4        28        42        Kyle Petty                400        Running
5        19        3        Dale Earnhardt                400        Running
6        25        10        Ricky Rudd                400        Running
7        5        7        Geoff Bodine                399        Running
8        30        33        Harry Gant                399        Running
9        9        25        Ken Schrader                398        Running
10        17        1        Rick Mast                397        Running
11        18        30        Michael Waltrip                397        Running
12        29        15        Lake Speed                397        Running
13        13        6        Mark Martin                397        Running
14        24        40        Bobby Hamilton                397        Running
15        12        24        Jeff Gordon                396        Running
16        27        43        Wally Dallenbach Jr.        396        Running
17        7        4        Sterling Marlin                396        Running
18        4        11        Bill Elliott                395        Running
19        26        75        Todd Bodine                395        Running
20        14        23        Hut Stricklin                395        Running
21        3        16        Ted Musgrave                395        Running
22        15        21        Morgan Shepherd                395        Running
23        2        26        Brett Bodine                295        Running
24        34        32        Dick Trickle                394        Running
25        31        18        Dale Jarrett                394        Running
26        36        22        Bobby Labonte                394        Running
27        22        98        Derrike Cope                393        Running
28        33        17        Darrell Waltrip                390        Running
29        20        71        Dave Marcis                388        Running
30        11        95        Jeremy Mayfield                388        Running
31        23        14        John Andretti                386        Running
32        8        27        Jimmy Spencer                353        Running
33        35        8        Jeff Burton                352        Handling
34        6        77        Greg Sacks                352        Running
35        21        12        Chuck Bown                254        Engine
36        32        78        Jay Hedgecock                53        Rear End

Time of Race: 2 Hours, 36 minutes, 33 seconds Average Speed: 95.816 mph Margin of Victory: 4 seconds Caution Flags: 6 for 35 laps Lead Changes: 8 lead changes among 6 drivers Terry Labonte, Rusty Wallace, Ernie Irvan, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Bobby Hamilton.

SOURCE: 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Media Guide

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Derrike Cope , Wally Dallenbach , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Sterling Marlin , Hut Stricklin , Ted Musgrave , Dave Marcis , Rick Mast , Morgan Shepherd , Greg Sacks , Harry Gant , Mark Martin