Talladega 1994 recap

WINSTON SELECT 500, Talladega, Ala. -- In this thrilling race, Dale Earnhardt continued his mastery of Talladega Superspeedway, at 2.66 miles, the largest on the Winston Cup circuit. Earnhardt earned his seventh career Winston Cup victory...

WINSTON SELECT 500, Talladega, Ala. -- In this thrilling race, Dale Earnhardt continued his mastery of Talladega Superspeedway, at 2.66 miles, the largest on the Winston Cup circuit. Earnhardt earned his seventh career Winston Cup victory at Talladega in an exciting duel with Ernie Irvan, whom he beat by just 6-hundreths of a second to record the 62nd victory of his career.

Combined, Earnhardt and Irvan led 142 of the 188 laps, leaving nine others to claim the rest. At the finish, Michael Waltrip was third, Jimmy Spencer fourth and Ken Schrader fifth.

The final thrills were set up by the race's last caution, and on the green, Earnhardt and Irvan, 11th and 16th, respectively, screamed through the field toward the front. BY lap 184, Earnhardt was ready to make his move around leader Jimmy Spencer. With the help of Irvan, Earnhardt moved to the inside of Spencer and they drove down into the first turn. On the final lap, Earnhardt was leading Waltrip, Ken Schrader, Irvan and Spencer. Waltrip tried to pass on the inside down the backstretch and as he did so, Schrader went to the outside. They couldn't get around Earnhardt, who by now, had Irvan tucked in behind his rear bumper. All the jockeying was for naught, though, as Earnhardt held off all contenders for his 38th superspeedway victory.

In the Winston Cup championship hunt, Irvan gained a 10-point bonus for leading the most laps and thus kept Earnhardt at bay, Irvan stood No. 1 in the Winston Cup point standings, 25 ahead of Earnhardt.

FIN        ST        CAR #        DRIVER                LAPS        STATUS
1        4        3        Dale Earnhardt                188        Running
2        1        28        Ernie Irvan                188        Running
3        8        30        Michael Waltrip                188        Running
4        5        27        Jimmy Spencer                188        Running
5        7        25        Ken Schrader                188        Running
6        6        77        Greg Sacks                188        Running
7        18        15        Lake Speed                188        Running
8        10        4        Sterling Marlin                188        Running
9        12        21        Morgan Shepherd                188        Running
10        11        29        Steve Grissom                188        Running
11        17        16        Ted Musgrave                188        Running
12        39        40        Bobby Hamilton                188        Running
13        27        42        Kyle Petty                188        Running
14        16        17        Darrell Waltrip                188        Running
15        19        90        Mike Wallace                188        Running
16        22        71        Dave Marcis                188        Running
17        28        26        Brett Bodine                188        Running
18        26        23        Hut Stricklin                187        Running
19        30        11        Bill Elliott                187        Running
20        25        1        Rick Mast                187        Running
21        9        18        Dale Jarrett                186        Running
22        41        22        Bobby Labonte                186        Running
23        13        33        Harry Gant                184        Running
24        40        24        Jeff Gordon                184        Running
25        33        10        Ricky Rudd                180        Running
26        42        52        Kirk Shelmerdine        179        Running
27        14        12        Chuck Bown                168        Running
28        3        75        Todd Bodine                160        Running
29        36        14        John Andretti                128        Engine
30        29        55        Jimmy Hensley                121        Accident
31        31        98        Derrike Cope                 115        Accident
32        21        5        Terry Labonte                112        Accident
33        20        2        Rusty Wallace                112        Accident
34        35        43        Wally Dallenbach Jr.        112        Accident
35        32        51        Jeff Purvis                112        Accident
36        38        32        Dick Trickle                112        Accident
37        24        95        Jeremy Mayfield                110        Accident
38        15        6        Mark Martin                103        Accident
39        34        8        Jeff Burton                102        Accident
40        2        19        Low Allen Jr.                102        Accident
41        23        7        Geoff Bodine                76        Accident
42        37        41        Joe Nemechek                75        Engine

Time of Race: 3 hours, 10 minutes, 32 seconds Average Speed: 157.478 mph Margin of Victory: .06 seconds Caution Flags: 4 for 23 laps Lead Changes: 30 among 11 drivers. Dale Earnhardt, Ernie Irvan, Jimmy Spencer, Ken Schrader, Greg Sacks, Bobby Hamilton, Dave Marcis, Jeff Gordon, Todd Bodine, Sterling Marlin, Morgan Shepherd.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Derrike Cope , Wally Dallenbach Sr. , 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 , Mike Wallace , Hut Stricklin , Ted Musgrave , Jeff Purvis , Dave Marcis , Rick Mast , Kirk Shelmerdine , Jimmy Hensley , Steve Grissom , Morgan Shepherd , Greg Sacks , Harry Gant , Mark Martin