Richmond 1994 recap

1994 RACE RE-CAP SECTION PONTIAC EXCITEMENT 400, Richmond, Va. -- Winning at Richmond International Raceway seemed only fitting for Ernie Irvan and his Robert Yates Racing team. It was Irvan's first at the .75-mile track and the second in...

1994 RACE RE-CAP SECTION

PONTIAC EXCITEMENT 400, Richmond, Va. --

Winning at Richmond International Raceway seemed only fitting for Ernie Irvan and his Robert Yates Racing team. It was Irvan's first at the .75-mile track and the second in a row for team owner Robert Yates, whose driver in 1993 was the late Davey Allison. Perhaps not the best of anniversary, but victory made it meaningful.

Irvan evolved as the race's dominant driver, leading 189 of 400 laps. Over the final laps, he pulled away from Wallace to win by 1.7 seconds. Wallace was second with Jeff Gordon third, Dale Earnhardt fourth and Kyle Petty fifth.

With finishes of second, fifth and first in the first three races of the season, Irvan was propelled to the top of the Winston Cup point standings, well ahead of Dale Earnhardt.

1994 PONTIAC EXCITEMENT 400 RESULTS

FIN        STR        CAR        DRIVER                LAPS        STATUS
1        7        28        Ernie Irvan                400        Running
2        12        2        Rusty Wallace                400        Running
3        8        24        Jeff Gordon                400        Running
4        9        3        Dale Earnhardt                400        Running
5        19        42        Kyle Petty                 400        Running
6        2        6        Mark Martin                400        Running
7        1        1        Rick Mast                400        Running
8        13        26        Brett Bodine                400        Running
9        37        5        Terry Labonte                400        Running
10        22        18        Dale Jarrett                399        Running
11        16        25        Ken Schrader                399        Running
12        26        11        Bill Elliott                399        Running
13        1        16        Ted Musgrave                399        Running
14        30        15        Lake Speed                399        Running
15        32        21        Morgan Shepherd                398        Running
16        27        17        Darrell Waltrip                398        Running
17        3        12        Chuck Bown                398        Running
18        34        10        Ricky Rudd                398        Running
19        6        4        Sterling Marlin                397        Running
20        25        8        Jeff Burton                397        Running
21        11        41        Joe Nemechek                397        Running
22        10        27        Jimmy Spencer                397        Running
23        15        29        Steve Grissom                396        Running
24        31        22        Bobby Labonte                396        Running
25        14        75        Todd Bodine                396        Running
26        36        901        Bobby Hillin Jr.        390        Running
27        18        95        Jeremy Mayfield                390        Running
28        21        77        Greg Sacks                385        Running
29        33        98        Derrike Cope                381        Running
30        24        14        John Andretti                355        Engine
31        5        30        Michael Waltrip                328        Running
32        17        7        Geoff Bodine                301        Engine
33        35        40        Bobby Hamilton                180        Engine
34        28        33        Harry Gant                72        Accident
35        29        31        Ward Burton                71        Piston
36        23        55        Jimmy Hensley                50        Engine
37        20        32        Dick Trickle                1        Accident

TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 3 minutes, 3 seconds AVERAGE SPEED: 98.344 MPH MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.7 seconds POLE SITTER: Ted Musgrave set a new track record of 123.474 MPH CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 51 Laps LEAD CHANGES: 15 Lead changes among 8 drivers - Ted Musgrave - Rick Mast - Mark Martin - Dale Earnhardt - Jeff Gordon - Ernie Irvan - Rusty Wallace - Terry Labonte

SOURCE:

1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Media Guide

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Derrike Cope , 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 , Joe Nemechek , Sterling Marlin , Ted Musgrave , Rick Mast , Jimmy Hensley , Steve Grissom , Morgan Shepherd , Robert Yates , Greg Sacks , Harry Gant , Bobby Hillin Jr. , Mark Martin , Davey Allison
Teams Yates Racing