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1988 Daytona 500

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1988 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 29 in the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
1988 Daytona 500 program cover
1988 Daytona 500 program cover
Date February 14, 1988 (1988-02-14)
Location Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 64.9 °F (18.3 °C); wind speeds approaching 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)[1]
Average speed 137.531 miles per hour (221.335 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Bobby Allison Stavola Brothers Racing
Duel 2 Winner Darrell Waltrip Hendrick Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Allison Stavola Brothers Racing
Laps 70
No. 12 Bobby Allison Stavola Brothers Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, Chris Economaki and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 7.4/18
(10 million viewers)

The 1988 Daytona 500, the 30th running of the event, was held February 14, 1988, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, as the first race of the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup season. Bobby Allison won his third Daytona 500 victory while Ken Schrader won the pole. It was also proven to be Bobby Allison's 84th and final Cup Series win.

First Daytona 500 starts for Dale Jarrett, Brett Bodine, and Phil Barkdoll.[2] Only Daytona 500 starts for Brad Teague, Steve Moore, Ed Pimm, and Rick Jeffrey.[2] Last Daytona 500 starts for Bobby Allison, Trevor Boys, Ralph Jones, Benny Parsons, Cale Yarborough, and Connie Saylor.[2]

Race summary

This race was best remembered for Richard Petty's rollover crash in the tri-oval on lap 106, initiated when he was tagged from behind by Phil Barkdoll. Petty rolled over about eight times and was then hit by Brett Bodine. The wreck also collected 1972 race winner A. J. Foyt, Eddie Bierschwale, and Alan Kulwicki. all of the drivers, including Petty, walked away. The race was also memorable for the finish, in which Bobby Allison beat his son, Davey, to the finish line. At age 50, Allison became the oldest person ever to win the Daytona 500.



  1. 12-Bobby Allison, Led 70 of 200 Laps
  2. 28-Davey Allison, Led 9 Laps
  3. 55-Phil Parsons, Led 2 Laps
  4. 75-Neil Bonnett, Led 2 Laps
  5. 11-Terry Labonte, Led 9 Laps
  6. 25-Ken Schrader (polesitter), Led 14 Laps
  7. 27-Rusty Wallace, Led 4 Laps
  8. 44-Sterling Marlin, Led 13 Laps
  9. 88-Buddy Baker
  10. 3-Dale Earnhardt, Led 2 Laps
  11. 17-Darrell Waltrip, Led 69 Laps
  12. 9-Bill Elliott
  13. 8-Bobby Hillin Jr.
  14. 5-Geoff Bodine
  15. 4-Rick Wilson
  16. 1-Dale Jarrett
  17. 26-Ricky Rudd
  18. 21-Kyle Petty, 1 Lap down
  19. 95-Trevor Boys, 1 Lap down
  20. 71-Dave Marcis, 2 Laps down
  21. 31-Brad Teague, 2 Laps down
  22. 89-Michael Waltrip, 3 Laps down
  23. 22-Steve Moore, 5 Laps down
  24. 98-Ed Pimm*, 9 Laps down
  25. 52-Jimmy Means, 9 Laps down
  26. 92-Ralph Jones, 10 Laps down
  27. 68-Derrike Cope, 17 Laps down
  28. 23-Eddie Bierschwale, 19 Laps down
  29. 33-Harry Gant, 175 Laps Completed (Accident); Led 1 Lap
  30. 86-Rick Jeffrey*, 26 Laps down
  31. 90-Benny Parsons, 156 Laps (Engine Failure)
  32. 7-Alan Kulwicki, 52 Laps down
  33. 14-A. J. Foyt, 105 Laps (Accident)
  34. 43-Richard Petty, 104 Laps (Accident)
  35. 15-Brett Bodine, 104 Laps (Accident)
  36. 73-Phil Barkdoll*, 103 Laps (Accident)
  37. 83-Lake Speed, 65 Laps (Engine Failure); Led 5 Laps
  38. 29-Cale Yarborough, 46 Laps (Accident)
  39. 99-Connie Saylor, 32 Laps (Accident)
  40. 50-Greg Sacks, 22 Laps (Engine Failure)
  41. 6-Mark Martin, 19 Laps (Overheating)
  42. 97-Morgan Shepherd, 11 Laps (Engine Failure).

Failed to qualify


  • 69 cars attempted the race.
  • Michael Waltrip's team bought the #89 entry owned by the Mueller Brothers after the #30 failed to qualify so that Waltrip could race.


  1. ^ "Weather of the 1988 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  2. ^ a b c d Results of the 1988 Daytona 500 at Racing Reference
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