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1986 Firecracker 400

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Official name  Firecracker 400
1986 Firecracker 400
Date  July 4, 1986 (1986-July-04)
Location  Daytona Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
Course  Permanent racing facility 2.000 mi (3.218 km)
Distance  160 laps, 400 mi (643 km)
Weather  Temperatures reaching up to 87.1 °F (30.6 °C); wind speeds approaching 13.00 miles per hour (20.92 km/h)

The 1986 Firecracker 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on July 4, 1986, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Only manual transmission vehicles were allowed to participate in this race; a policy that NASCAR has retained to the present day.


It took three hours and one minute for Tim Richmond to defeat Sterling Marlin by 1.35 seconds after 160 laps of racing action on a paved oval track spanning 2.500 miles (4.023 km). Cale Yarborough would earn the pole position with a top speed of 203.519 miles per hour (327.532 km/h). Eight cautions were handed out by NASCAR officials for 51 laps; making the average speed of the race 131.916 miles per hour (212.298 km/h). There would be a live attendance of 78000 racing fans; they would witness A.J. Foyt's last-place finish due to an engine problem on lap 2. Other notable drivers at the race included: Sterling Marlin, Darrell Waltrip, Kyle Petty, Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace, and Bill Elliott. All of the 42 drivers on the racing grid were born in the United States of America.

Richard Petty would make his 1000th start in this race; making him one of the most durable figures in NASCAR history. Sterling Marlin would get his first "top five" finish here and in several other races before going on to win the 1994 Daytona 500. Yarborough would make one of his last pole position starts in his NASCAR career in this race. Jody Ridley would retire from NASCAR after this race. Dale Earnhardt would make his final DNF in this race due to a crash until the August 1994 race at Michigan International Speedway.

Drivers who failed qualify for this race were Phil Barkdoll, Blackie Wangerin, Ronnie Thomas, James Hylton, Harold Marks, J.D. McDuffie and Brad Teague.


  • Start: Buddy Baker was leading the starting grid as the race entered its first official lap
  • Lap 2: A.J. Foyt's engine was giving him troubles, forcing him to exit the race
  • Lap 13: Ron Bouchard had a terminal crash
  • Lap 14: Ched Filip had a terminal crash
  • Lap 33: Greg Sacks had a terminal crash, Tommy Ellis' engine stopped working properly
  • Lap 50: Morgan Shepherd just couldn't handle his vehicle properly anymore
  • Lap 78: Benny Parsons managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 83: Eddie Bierschwale managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 92: Ken Ragan's transmission started to act in a strange manner
  • Lap 106: The clutch on Doug Heveron's vehicle no longer worked properly
  • Lap 130: The brakes on Rodney Combs' vehicle were no longer satisfactory
  • Lap 143: Harry Gant managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 145: Connie Saylor had a terminal crash
  • Lap 147: Geoffrey Bodine managed to blow his vehicle's engine
  • Lap 151: Dale Earnhardt had a terminal crash
  • Finish: Tim Richmond was officially declared the winner of the event
  • References

    1986 Firecracker 400 Wikipedia

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