| June 10, 1990 (1990-June-10)|
Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California
Permanent racing facility
1.99 mi (3.2 km)
74 laps, 172.88 mi (308.69 km)
Hot with temperatures reaching up to 88 °F (31 °C); wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)
The 1990 Banquet Frozen Foods 300 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on June 10, 1990, at Sears Point International Raceway in the American community of Sonoma, California.
Mike Chase, Butch Gilliland, and Jack Sellers would make their introductions into the NASCAR Cup Series in this event while Stan Barrett and Ted Kennedy would leave the Cup Series after this event.
1990 Banquet Frozen Foods 300 Wikipedia
A grand total of 44 American-born drivers participated in this 74-lap event. Hershel McGriff was the unfortunate last-place finisher due to a problematic stock car engine on the second lap. While Jack Sellers was the last man to actually finish the event, a faulty engine on lap 70 prevented Morgan Shepherd from finishing anywhere except in the middle of the pack. The average green flag run was determined to be 6 laps; with slightly more than 32% of the entire race being run under a caution flag. Race-related accidents and vehicles stalling out on the relatively length road course track were the majority of the reasons behind the yellow flag laps.
I was going into a turn when a tire blew and spun me around,The next thing I knew I was flying through the air. The car landed so far up in the sticks I don't know how we'll get it back
After two hours and forty-five minutes of racing, Rusty Wallace would defeat Mark Martin under the race's final caution flag. Amongst the drivers who failed to qualify for the race were Jimmy Means and Mike Hickingbottom. Mark Martin would maintain a 62-point lead for the 1990 Winston Cup Series championship against Morgan Shepherd after this event was through. Vehicles in this race ran speeds averaging up to 69.245 miles per hour (111.439 km/h); making it the slowest NASCAR Cup Series event in the history of Sonoma Raceway.
West Series driver and occasional Truck Series racer Terry Fisher was competitive all race and ended up a more-than-respectable 15th on the lead lap.
After this race, Mark Martin had a 136-point lead over Dale Earnhardt who was 4th in points after this race. Mark didn't lose the championship because of the penalty at Richmond. He lost it because Earnhardt dominated the rest of the year and took the championship away from him.
Individual earnings for each driver ranged from the winner's share of $69,100 ($126,671.60 when adjusted for inflation) to the last-place finisher's share of $3,325 ($6,095.27 when adjusted for inflation). NASCAR officials were authorized to hand out a sum of $443,457 to all the drivers who qualified for this racing event ($812,929.20 when adjusted for inflation).Start of race: Ricky Rudd started out with the pole position
Lap 2: A blown engine made Hershel McGriff into the event's last-place finisher
Lap 5: Caution due to Jack Sellers' accident, ended on lap 7
Lap 10: Caution due to Ted Kennedy's accident, ended on lap 11
Lap 12: Ernie Irvan took over the lead from Ricky Rudd
Lap 17: Rob Moroso had a terminal crash
Lap 19: Mike Chase took over the lead from Ernie Irvan
Lap 23: Rusty Wallace took over the lead from Mike Chase
Lap 31: Tommy Kendall took over the lead from Rusty Wallace
Lap 35: Rusty Wallace took over the lead from Tommy Kendall
Lap 38: Brett Bodine had a terminal crash while Harry Gant managed to wander off the course
Lap 41: Dick Trickle's engine issue forced him to leave the race
Lap 43: Caution due to Dick Trickle having his vehicle stall on turn two, ended on lap 44
Lap 46: Tommy Kendall had a terminal crash; forcing him to exit the race early
Lap 54: Bobby Hillin, Jr. took over the lead from Rusty Wallace
Lap 58: Ricky Rudd took over the lead from Bobby Hillin, Jr.
Lap 60: Rusty Wallace took over the lead from Ricky Rudd
Lap 62: Terry Labonte's issues with his vehicles clutch ended his race weekend too early
Lap 63: Caution due to an accident involving Kyle Petty and two other drives, ended on lap 66
Lap 70: Morgan Shepherd's problematic engine forced him to leave the race
Lap 74: Caution due to Terry Labonte having his vehicle stall on turn 11
Finish: Rusty Wallace was officially declared the winner of the event