Altanta prepares for another close points race for final event

Close Points Race Could Mean A Repeat Of 1992 Drama HAMPTON, GA - Jeff Gordon and Dale Jarrett have competed side-by-side in each of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup season's first 18 races. Gordon has 3 wins, Jarrett has 3. Gordon has 2,515 points,...

Close Points Race Could Mean A Repeat Of 1992 Drama

HAMPTON, GA - Jeff Gordon and Dale Jarrett have competed side-by-side in each of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup season's first 18 races. Gordon has 3 wins, Jarrett has 3. Gordon has 2,515 points, and Jarrett is tied with exactly the same amount.

With 17 races remaining until the season-ending NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, fans can't help but think back to another exciting finale, perhaps the most thrilling championship race in history.

The 1992 Winston Cup season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway showcased a terrific battle between points leader Davey Allison and his two nearest competitors, Alan Kulwicki and Bill Elliott.

Allison needed only to finish sixth in the race to claim the championship, and that is precisely where he was running on lap 253 when he collided with the spinning car of Ernie Irvan, who had a tire go down.

That left Kulwicki and Elliott to battle over position, fighting not just for a race win, but for a championship. Kulwicki managed to lead 103 of the race's 328 laps, earning the five bonus points and clinching the championship as Elliott went on to win the race and finish second in the championship fight by a measly 10 points.

It is remembered as the closest and most exciting Winston Cup championship finish in history. But that title could be in jeopardy this year, a season that is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in history.

Not only are Gordon and Jarrett deadlocked at the top, but Ricky Rudd is a scant 18 points behind them. With the points standing this tight, the championship race is far from over. Don't miss the thrilling ending to this story. Great seats are now available for the Nov. 18 NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. For tickets or more information, call the ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or call Ticketmaster.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Alan Kulwicki , Davey Allison