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1985 Daytona 500
Date  February 17, 1985 (1985-02-17)
Location  Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Course  Permanent racing facility 2.5 mi (4.023 km)
Distance  200 laps, 500 mi (800 km)
Weather  Temperatures reaching up to 73 °F (23 °C); wind speeds approaching 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)
Average speed  172.265 miles per hour (277.234 km/h)

The 1985 Daytona 500, the 27th running of the event, was held on February 17, 1985, at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Bill Elliott won the pole at a then-record speed of 205.114 mph. After a mediocre run in the Busch Clash, Elliott nearly lapped the field in his 125-mile qualifying race, then thoroughly dominated the Daytona 500, leading 136 of the 200 laps in his #9 Coors/Melling Ford Thunderbird. The race restarted on the last lap after a Neil Bonnett spin out with less than four laps to go; Bonnett got out of his car and was credited for a 10th-place finish. The race saw a number of engine problems, which knocked many of the contenders, including former Daytona 500 winners David Pearson, AJ Foyt, Benny Parsons, Bobby Allison, and two-time defending race winner Cale Yarborough, who was trying to win his third straight Daytona 500 victory.

Top 10 Results

  1. 9 – Bill Elliott (polesitter)
  2. 75 – Lake Speed
  3. 11 – Darrell Waltrip
  4. 88 – Buddy Baker
  5. 15 – Ricky Rudd
  6. 51 – Greg Sacks
  7. 5 – Geoffrey Bodine
  8. 2 – Rusty Wallace
  9. 8 – Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  10. 12 – Neil Bonnett

References

1985 Daytona 500 Wikipedia


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