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1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

The 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season was the 44th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 21st modern-era Cup season. The season began on February 9, 1992, and ended on November 15, 1992. Independent owner/driver Alan Kulwicki of AK Racing won the Winston Cup championship.


The 1992 season was considered one of the most dramatic and emotional years in NASCAR. Seven-time champion, and "King of stock car racing," Richard Petty retired from the sport at season's end, concluding a year-long "Fan Appreciation Tour.". Petty appeared across the country for autographs and diecast were made of his #43 car for all 29 of the races he appeared in. The season also saw the quiet debut of future champion Jeff Gordon, who was planning to move up after two seasons in the Busch Series. Gordon debuted the rainbow #24 Chevrolet at the final race of the year.

The season-long championship battle narrowed down to six drivers, the most ever going into the final race of the season. Davey Allison won the season-opening Daytona 500, and despite a roller-coaster season, remained first, or near the top of the standings all season. Bill Elliott and Alan Kulwicki experienced more consistent results, placing them comfortably near the top. Harry Gant, Mark Martin and Kyle Petty were also factors during the season. Two-time defending champion Dale Earnhardt, however, suffered a dismal season, winning only one race, dropping out several times, and finished outside the top ten at season's end, for just the second time in his Cup career.

The season's climax occurred at the final race of the season, the Hooters 500 at Atlanta. Six drivers entered the race with a mathematical chance at winning the Winston Cup championship. Davey Allison led the charge, but ultimately fell short when he was involved in an accident. The race, and the championship came down to a two-man battle between Bill Elliott and Alan Kulwicki. Elliott won the race, while Kulwicki finished second. Kulwicki led 103 laps during the race (compared to 102 by Elliott), clinched the 5 bonus points for leading the most laps, and won the Winston Cup title.

Tragically, only months later, both Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison would be killed in separate aviation crashes.

Busch Clash

The Busch Clash, an exhibition event for all 1991 Busch Pole winners, and one "wild card" (from the fastest second round qualifiers from 1991) consisted of a 15-car field. The event was held Saturday February 9 at Daytona International Speedway, a slight change from previous seasons, which usually saw the race held on Sunday. The move was made at the request of CBS, who wanted the additional time on Sunday for their coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics.

Brett Bodine drew the pole. The race consisted of two 10-lap "sprint" segments, separated by a competition yellow, during which the field would be inverted. Sterling Marlin won the first 10-lap segment, and Geoff Bodine won the second 10-lap segment, to claim the overall victory. Except for the 2-lap competition yellow, the race otherwise was completed caution-free.

Gatorade 125s

Sterling Marlin won the pole for the Daytona 500 during time trials on Sunday February 9. His Junior Johnson teammate Bill Elliott qualified second to take the "outside pole."

The Gatorade 125-mile qualifying races for the Daytona 500 were held Thursday February 13 at Daytona International Speedway. Sterling Marlin and Bill Elliott started first in each of the races, respectively.

  • During the second race, a crash on lap 4 took out several cars, including Alan Kulwicki, Terry Labonte, and A. J. Foyt. Richard Petty also wrecked out on lap 8. All four would qualify for the Daytona 500 based on speed or by provisional.
  • 34th Daytona 500 by STP

    Junior Johnson's stablemates, Bill Elliott and Sterling Marlin, controlled the front row, qualifying 1st–2nd, and leading 58 of the first 91 laps. But on lap 92, Elliott, Marlin, and Ernie Irvan went three wide coming out of turn two. Marlin, sandwiched in the middle, bounced off both his teammate and Irvan, and all three lost control in front of the entire field, triggering the "Big One". In all, 14 cars were eliminated from the event. Richard Petty, in his final Daytona 500, was among the cars spinning to the infield grass, but he was not heavily damaged, and was able to continue.

    Davey Allison and Morgan Shepherd were among the few cars who slipped by unscathed. Allison led 95 of the final 100 laps to claim his first Daytona 500 victory, following in the footsteps of his father Bobby. Shepherd was a surprise second, while Geoff Bodine was third. Alan Kulwicki started 41st after a crash in the Twin 125s qualifying race, but fought his way up to a fourth-place finish.

  • This would be the final Daytona 500 start for both Richard Petty and A. J. Foyt.
  • GM Goodwrench 500

    The GM Goodwrench 500 was held March 1 at Rockingham. The #42 of Kyle Petty won the pole. Bill Elliott recovered from his crash at Daytona to lead the final 213 laps, and win in only his second start at Junior Johnson Motorsports. His margin of victory was a whopping 12.75 second, nearly half a lap. Davey Allison followed up his Daytona victory finishing second, and extended his points lead.

    Top ten results

    1. 11-Bill Elliott
    2. 28-Davey Allison
    3. 33-Harry Gant
    4. 30-Michael Waltrip, 1 lap down
    5. 25-Ken Schrader, 1 lap down
    6. 6-Mark Martin, 2 laps down
    7. 94-Terry Labonte, 2 laps down
    8. 26-Brett Bodine, 2 laps down
    9. 12-Hut Stricklin, 2 laps down
    10. 17-Darrell Waltrip, 2 laps down
  • Bill Elliott and Davey Allison led a combined 450 of 492 laps. Allison left the weekend 56 points ahead of Morgan Shepherd, who led 1 lap and finished 3 laps down in 13th.
  • Polesitter Kyle Petty, the two-time defending race and pole position winner, was unable to make it three in a row. The Unocal 76 Challenge bonus money had now rolled over 25 races, and would be $197,600 for the next race.
  • Pontiac Excitement 400

    The Pontiac Excitement 400 was held March 8 at Richmond International Raceway. Bill Elliott won the pole, and won his second consecutive race dominating most of the event. Elliott was pushed to the limit by Alan Kulwicki, who made a late charge and nearly pulled off a last-lap pass. The two raced clean on the final lap, and Elliott nipped Kulwicki at the finish line by 18 inches. It was just Elliott's second career win on a short track. Points leader Davey Allison finished 4th.

  • This was Bill Elliott's second and final win at a short track. He dominated by leading 348 of the 400 laps (87%), but beat Alan Kulwicki by only 18 inches. Davey Allison now led the points standings over Harry Gant by 63 points, and Bill Elliott by 68.
  • Bill Elliott broke a streak of 25 rollovers, and claimed the Unocal 76 Challenge of $197,600 — the second-highest total awarded in the history of the program.
  • Motorcraft Quality Parts 500

    The Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 was held March 15 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The #6 of Mark Martin won the pole. It became evident late in the race that hometown favorite Elliott would not be victorious on this day. They had missed on the set-up and he was muddled near 15th all day. Late in the race, leaders Allison, Kulwicki and Gant pitted under green for what would be their final pit stop of the day. Every car on the lead lap had pitted for tires and fuel for the final run, except Elliott, whose Budweiser Ford has always enjoyed remarkable fuel mileage. Suddenly, Mike Wallace spun his Dick Moroso-owned Oldsmobile in turn two, bringing out a caution with 40 laps to go. Astonishingly, the result left Elliott on a lap by himself. Elliott cruised the next 40 circuits for his third straight victory. Perhaps crew chief Tim Brewer said it best when he quipped, "Maybe we should have backed into Victory Lane, that's sure how we got here!" Gant, Eamhardt, Allison and Trickle rounded out the top five.

    Top ten results

    1. 11-Bill Elliott
    2. 33-Harry Gant
    3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
    4. 28-Davey Allison
    5. 8-Dick Trickle
    6. 15-Geoff Bodine
    7. 7-Alan Kulwicki
    8. 42-Kyle Petty
    9. 94-Terry Labonte
    10. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  • Bill Elliott won this race as a result of superior fuel mileage (due to an ill-handling car, which did not allow a desirable race pace) and a lucky caution flag that fell at lap 285 (for Hut Stricklin's blown engine) after everyone else had already made a green-flag pit stop. This put Elliott on a lap of his own and he easily kept the lead while he pitted under the yellow. 13 cars restarted on the tail end of the lead lap as they passed Bill when he pitted (until June 2009, if the leader pitted, all lapped cars took the start and the new leader started behind the lapped cars; starting in June 2009, the leader must be the first car to take the restart, and all lapped cars ahead of the leader were waved around, similar to INDYCAR). Bill's handling evidently improved, as he easily defeated Harry Gant by 18 seconds. Elliott and Gant became tied for second in points, 58 behind Davey Allison.
  • TranSouth 500

    The TranSouth 500 was held March 29 at Darlington Raceway. The #22 of Sterling Marlin won the pole. At a place where history was reared, Elliott put his name in the record books. In dramatic fashion, Elliott outran hard-charging Gant to post his fourth consecutive victory, tying the modern-era record for most successive wins. Ironically, it was Gant who completed the feat just six months earlier. Mark Martin was third and Ricky Rudd fifth. Allison remained consistent with a fourth-place showing, giving him a 58-point lead over Elliott.

    Top ten results

    1. 11-Bill Elliott
    2. 33-Harry Gant
    3. 6-Mark Martin
    4. 28-Davey Allison, 1 lap down
    5. 5-Ricky Rudd, 1 lap down
    6. 26-Brett Bodine, 1 lap down
    7. 8-Dick Trickle, 2 laps down
    8. 15-Geoff Bodine, 2 laps down
    9. 94-Terry Labonte, 2 laps down
    10. 3-Dale Earnhardt, 2 laps down
  • Bill Elliott tied the modern-era record for successive victories at four (earning the nickname "Mr. March"). This came 6 months after Harry Gant accomplished the same feat in September 1991. Bill Elliott continued to chip away at Davey Allison's lead by reducing it to 48 points. Harry Gant was also consistent in the early part of the season, as he sat just 53 points behind Allison.
  • Food City 500

    The Food City 500 was held April 5 at Bristol International Raceway. Alan Kulwicki won the pole. Coach Joe Gibbs started 0–5 as head coach over the Washington Redskins. As car owner of the Interstate Batteries Chevrolet driven by Dale Jarrett, Gibbs was again 0–5. But, as he did in football, Gibbs appeared headed for victory in his sixth try. Jarrett led the late stages of the event, but on lap 474 of the 500-lap event, Kulwicki used lapped traffic to maneuver around Jarrett and post his first victory of 1992. Meanwhile, points leader Allison hit the wall separating the cartilage around his rib cage and knocking two vertebrae out of place and finished 28th. Elliott finished 20th and Allison's points lead was 29 over Elliott and 61 over Gant.

    Top ten results

    1. 7-Alan Kulwicki
    2. 18-Dale Jarrett
    3. 25-Ken Schrader
    4. 94-Terry Labonte, 1 lap down
    5. 8-Dick Trickle, 1 lap down
    6. 5-Ricky Rudd, 3 laps down
    7. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 4 laps down
    8. 12-Hut Stricklin, 5 laps down
    9. 2-Rusty Wallace, 6 laps down
    10. 10-Derrike Cope, 6 laps down

    Failed to qualify: 98-Jimmy Spencer

  • This was the last asphalt race at Bristol International Raceway. After the race ended, the blacktop was torn up and a new concrete surface was laid down.
  • Rusty Wallace earned his first Top 10 finish in what would be a very difficult season for the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion.
  • Bill Elliott experienced trouble during the race, finishing 30 laps down in 20th. Davey Allison led 50 laps, but broke a few ribs in a hard crash. He finished 165 laps down in 28th after leading 50 laps. His point lead shrunk to 29 points over Bill Elliott and 61 over Harry Gant, who finished 29th due to an engine failure after 277 laps.
  • First Union 400

    The First Union 400 was held April 12 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Alan Kulwicki won the pole. In one of the grittiest runs of the year, Allison overcame excruciating pain to collect his second win of the season. The pain was so overwhelming, Jimmy Hensley was called to qualify the Texaco Ford. He gave Davey a seventh-place starting position. Wearing a flak jacket and using an electrode-shock apparatus to help ease the pain, Allison held off a stiff challenge from Rusty Wallace and expanded his points lead to 86 over Gant, 106 over Elliott, 116 over Terry Labonte and 123 over Kulwicki.

    Top ten results

    1. 28-Davey Allison
    2. 2-Rusty Wallace
    3. 5-Ricky Rudd
    4. 15-Geoff Bodine
    5. 33-Harry Gant
    6. 3-Dale Earnhardt
    7. 7-Alan Kulwicki
    8. 22-Sterling Marlin
    9. 94-Terry Labonte
    10. 26-Brett Bodine

    DNQ: 32-Jimmy Horton, 9-Dave Mader III*, 48-James Hylton.

  • Davey Allison won with broken ribs suffered in an accident at Bristol. His win propelled him 86 points ahead of Harry Gant.
  • Hanes 500

    The Hanes 500 was held April 26 at Martinsville Speedway. Darrell Waltrip won the pole. This will long be remembered as "Camber Day". With new trick rear ends tilted slightly to help get a better drive through the corners, one leader after another fell to the wayside with broken rear axles. First to be victimized was then-dominating Kulwicki, followed by Dale Earnhardt and Ernie Irvan-all in the final 50 laps. With 10 laps remaining, Brett Bodine assumed the lead, until his rear axle broke, leaving Mark Martin standing. Martin's rear axle withstood the strain a few more laps and came out victorious, his first win in 1992. Sterling Marlin posted a second-place finish, followed by Darrell Waltrip, Labonte and Gant. Allison suffered another spin and crash, re injuring his rib cage, but he held a scant 16 point lead over Gant.

    Top ten results

    1. 6-Mark Martin
    2. 22-Sterling Marlin
    3. 17-Darrell Waltrip, 1 lap down
    4. 94-Terry Labonte, 1 lap down
    5. 33-Harry Gant, 2 laps down
    6. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 2 laps down
    7. 25-Ken Schrader, 2 laps down
    8. 26-Brett Bodine, 2 laps down
    9. 3-Dale Earnhardt, 3 laps down
    10. 11-Bill Elliott, 3 laps down
  • Davey Allison crashed after completing 383 laps, finishing 26th. His point lead shrank to just 16 over Harry Gant, who finished 5th. Terry Labonte was a surprising 3rd in points, just 41 points out of the lead. Also Dick Trickle was 9th at this time. Reigning Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt was 7th overall, while Mark Martin was down in 10th even after his win. 1991 points runner-up Ricky Rudd was 11th, Ken Schrader 14th, Rusty Wallace 16th, and Darrell Waltrip sat 17th in points.
  • Winston 500

    The Winston 500 was held May 3 at Talladega Superspeedway. Ernie Irvan won the pole. This was Buddy Baker's 700th and final Grand National/Winston Cup start. He would later attempt but fail to qualify for the 1993 DieHard 500, and at Daytona and Atlanta in 1994. Allison's resiliency was evident again. Coming off his second crash of the season, Allison held off Elliott by two car lengths in one of the most exciting finishes of the year. Everyone teamed up against Allison for a final shot coming out of the Talladega tri-oval. Chevrolet teammates Ernie Irvan and Dale Earnhardt on the right and Junior Johnson teammates Elliott and Sterling Marlin on the left. But Allison held them off for his second consecutive Winston 500 victory. The win made Allison the only remaining contender for the Winston Million. He had claimed two of the legs required to claim the $1 million bonus from Winston-the Daytona 500 and Winston 500. He would have two shots at the bonus, Charlotte and Darlington

    Top ten results

    1. 28-Davey Allison
    2. 11-Bill Elliott
    3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
    4. 22-Sterling Marlin
    5. 4-Ernie Irvan
    6. 7-Alan Kulwicki
    7. 18-Dale Jarrett
    8. 6-Mark Martin
    9. 21-Morgan Shepherd
    10. 42-Kyle Petty

    Failed to qualify: 0-Delma Cowart, 23-Eddie Bierschwale, 48-James Hylton, 73-Phil Barkdoll, 77-Mike Potter

  • The #98 Chevrolet of Jimmy Spencer had a spectacular crash late in race on the backstretch. After contact in the middle of the backstretch from the #16 Ford of Wally Dallenbach, Jr., the #98 spun and became airborne (almost completely vertical). Luckily, the car came back down on all 4 wheels without flipping over. However, the suspension broke in the car as a result of the landing.
  • Davey Allison led Bill Elliott by 67 points.
  • The Winston

    Lights were installed at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and it became the first non-short track to host night racing. The lights debuted for this popular exhibition "all star" event, The Winston on Saturday night, May 16.

    In a race nicknamed "One Hot Night," Davey Allison won in shocking fashion. During the final 10-lap sprint, Dale Earnhardt led Kyle Petty and Davey Allison. On the final lap, Petty nudged Earnhardt in turn three, spinning him out. Petty took the lead into turn four, but as he entered the qual-oval, Davey Allison pulled alongside. The two cars touched as they crossed the finish line, with Allison edging out Petty by less than half a car length. The two cars clipped, and Allison crashed hard into the outside wall, showering bright sparks over the track. Allison spent the night in the hospital instead of victory lane.

    Coca-Cola 600

    The Coca-Cola 600 was held Sunday May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The #11 of Bill Elliott won the pole. All eyes focused on Allison, as he was recovering from his injuries the previous weekend during The Winston. Allison spent two days in the hospital, nursing a broken collarbone, re-injured ribs and bruises covering 60% of his body. After winning at Daytona and Talladega, Allison was eligible for the Winston Million if he was victorious at Charlotte. Allison had won the Coca-Cola 600 in 1991, and Charlotte was considered Robert Yates's best track.

    In the late stages, Kyle Petty and Ernie Irvan battled for 1st-2nd. Dale Earnhardt was running third, about 3 seconds behind. After the final round of pit stops (laps 345-346), Dale Earnhardt moved in front of both Kyle Petty and Ernie Irvan to post his first - and only - win of 1992. Allison finished fourth in his bid for the $1 million bonus, but still expanded his point lead over Elliott to 111 points. Allison still had one more chance to win the Winston Million, later in the season at Darlington.

    This was the first victory of the season for GM, as all races up to this point had been won by Fords.

  • The Coca-Cola 600 would be Dale Earnhardt's lone victory of 1992 (with the exception of the Gatorade 125 qualifier at Daytona). Approaching his final green-flag pit stop, Earnhardt trailed by 3 seconds, but emerged with a 1.5 second lead, prompting several of his competitors to believe that Earnhardt broke the 55 mph pit road speed limit while exiting. No penalty was assessed.
  • This would be the final Coca-Cola 600 scheduled to run during the daytime. Starting in 1993, the race was moved to a late afternoon/night race.
  • Davey Allison led 33 laps after starting 17th. Polesitter Bill Elliott failed to lead any laps (Ricky Rudd led the first lap from 3rd) en route to a 14th-place finish, 4 laps down. Elliott was now 111 points behind, closely followed by Harry Gant, Alan Kulwicki, and Dale Earnhardt.
  • Budweiser 500

    The Budweiser 500 was held May 31 at Dover Downs International Speedway. The #26 driven by Brett Bodine won the pole. Harry Gant could not outduel the field, so he outfueled them en route to his first victory of '92. While other drivers were forced to pit late for fuel, Gant stretched his to the absolute limit and beat Darrell Waltrip in a fuel mileage war. Waltrip ran out with two laps remaining, leaving second for Earnhardt, third for Rusty Wallace and fourth for Ernie Inrvan. Points leader Allison was never a contender, finishing 11th, while Elliott was 13th. Allison's point lead dwindled to 70 points over Gant and just 99 over Earnhardt.

    Top ten results

    1. 33-Harry Gant
    2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
    3. 2-Rusty Wallace, 1 lap down
    4. 4-Ernie Irvan, 1 lap down
    5. 17-Darrell Waltrip, 1 lap down
    6. 5-Ricky Rudd, 2 laps down
    7. 12-Hut Stricklin, 2 laps down
    8. 66-Jimmy Hensley, 2 laps down
    9. 8-Dick Trickle, 2 laps down
    10. 21-Morgan Shepherd, 2 laps down
  • Harry Gant won on great fuel mileage. His final pit stop was on lap 403, and Darrell Waltrip's last stop was on lap 406. But Waltrip was the one who ran out of fuel (with a lap and one half remaining), while Gant ran out on the backstretch on lap 500 with a one lap lead. Dale Earnhardt passed him in turns 3 and 4 to unlap himself and finish 26 seconds behind Gant.
  • Davey Allison and Bill Elliott had nothing to write home about, finishing 11th and 13th respectively. Harry Gant whittled Allison's lead to down to 70 points.
  • Save Mart 300K

    The Save Mart 300K was held June 7 at Sears Point International Raceway. Ricky Rudd won the pole. On the day of this race NASCAR founder William France Sr. died. Ernie Irvan started 2nd in this race, but jumped the start and was given a stop-and-go penalty in the pits. Irvan came through the entire field to win in the fastest Winston Cup race held on the 2.52-mile (4.06 km) version of Sears Point. Irvan forged one of the most astonishing comebacks in NASCAR history. Irvan, qualifying second, was black-flagged for jumping the start of the race, relegating him to dead last on a road course with road cause demons Rusty Wallace, Ricky Rudd and Terry Labonte leading the field. Irvan blazed through the backmarkers, picked off the middle of the pack, then steadily reeled in leader Labonte with 10 laps remaining. Finally, on lap 67 of the 74-lap event, Irvan retook the top spot and drove on to a 3.6-second win. Irvan dedicated the race to Bill France Sr., the founder of NASCAR who died the morning of the race. Allison ran off course into a tire wall and finished 28th, tightening the points considerably. Earnhardt trailed by just 28 points, Elliott by 31 and Gant by 32.

    Top ten results

    1. 4-Ernie Irvan
    2. 94-Terry Labonte
    3. 6-Mark Martin
    4. 5-Ricky Rudd
    5. 11-Bill Elliott
    6. 3-Dale Earnhardt
    7. 2-Rusty Wallace
    8. 17-Darrell Waltrip
    9. 25-Ken Schrader
    10. 15-Geoff Bodine
  • Points leader Davey Allison had a terrible day. He spun into a tire barrier early in the race, and later spun in front of the leaders while trying to get out of the way. His 28th-place finish (last car 1 lap down) tightened up the points race in favor of Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, and Harry Gant, who now trailed by 28, 31 and 32 points respectively.
  • Champion Spark Plug 500

    The Champion Spark Plug 500 was held June 14 at Pocono Raceway. Ken Schrader won the pole. Kulwicki overcame a charging Mark Martin and a brush with danger while passing a lapped car in the final 15 laps to notch his second '92 win. Kulwicki nearly drove into the wall on the backstretch with 12 laps remaining while passing lapped traffic, yielding the lead to Elliott. But with 10 laps to go, Kulwicki blew by Elliott for a lead he would never again relinquish. Martin also moved by Elliott in the final five laps for second. Earnhardt had motor problems, dropping him back to 28th finishing position and fifth in the points. Allison's point lead over Elliott was 21 and now just 58 over Kulwicki.

    Top ten results

    1. 7-Alan Kulwicki
    2. 6-Mark Martin
    3. 11-Bill Elliott
    4. 25-Ken Schrader
    5. 28-Davey Allison
    6. 42-Kyle Petty
    7. 22-Sterling Marlin
    8. 26-Brett Bodine
    9. 66-Jimmy Hensley
    10. 94-Terry Labonte
  • This would be Alan Kulwicki's last win. 1992 was also the only year in which Kulwicki won twice.
  • Davey Allison's points lead continued to dwindle, as Bill Elliott chopped off another 10 points with 21 remaining. Alan Kulwicki's win reduced his deficit to Allison to just 58 points, as he also led the most laps (58 of 200).
  • Miller Genuine Draft 400

    The Miller Genuine Draft 400 was held June 21 at Michigan International Speedway. After four wrecks and a plethora of misfortune, Allison was up to his old tricks — flat out dominating. Allison guided his Texaco Ford to an easy victory at Michigan, his fourth of the '92 season. Darrell Waltrip and Kulwicki ran in the top five all day and finished second and third, respectively. Allison padded his points lead to 67 over Elliott and 73 over Kulwicki.

    Top ten results

    1. 28-Davey Allison
    2. 17-Darrell Waltrip
    3. 7-Alan Kulwicki
    4. 42-Kyle Petty
    5. 5-Ricky Rudd
    6. 6-Mark Martin
    7. 33-Harry Gant
    8. 55-Ted Musgrave, 1 lap down
    9. 3-Dale Earnhardt, 1 lap down
    10. 11-Bill Elliott, 1 lap down
  • Davey Allison won from the pole position, thus receiving the bonus money for the position that boosted his winnings to $150,665. He also fattened his point lead to 67 over Bill Elliott, and 73 over Alan Kulwicki.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway test

    On the way home from Michigan, on June 22–23, nine top NASCAR Winston Cup series teams were invited to Indianapolis to participate in a Goodyear tire test. Although no official announcements were made, it was in fact an unofficial feasibility test to see if stock cars would be competitive at the circuit (see 1994 Brickyard 400). An estimated 10,000 spectators watched a rather exciting two days of history in the making. A. J. Foyt took a few laps around the track in Dale Earnhardt's car on the second day. ESPN covered the test.

    Pepsi 400

    The Pepsi 400 was held Saturday July 4 at Daytona International Speedway. Sterling Marlin won the pole position, and Richard Petty qualified second, in his final race at Daytona. President George H. W. Bush attended pre-race ceremonies which honored Richard Petty, and Bush served as the grand marshal. At the start, Petty whipped the capacity crowd into a frenzy when he led the first five laps. Before long, the fastest cars shuffled to the front, and the race became a battle between Ernie Irvan, Sterling Marlin, Dale Jarrett, Geoff Bodine and Bill Elliott. Irvan held off a furious charge by Marlin and Jarrett by two car lengths.

    Frustration increased for Dale Earnhardt, now-midway through what would turn out to be his worst Winston Cup season. He was the first car out, suffering engine failure, dropping him 252 points behind points leader Allison, who still held a 46-point lead over Elliott.

  • This race was attended by President George H. W. Bush.
  • A special ceremony was held during the pre-race festivities, honoring Richard Petty's final race at Daytona. Petty had spent time before the race testing at Daytona, in hopes that he might win the pole position and possibly be a factor in the race. He held the provisional pole for quite some time, and ultimately qualified second. He led the first 5 laps (the final laps led of his long career). He dropped out in 36th due to heat-related fatigue. A futile effort was made for Eddie Bierschwale to take over the #43 car and bring it to the finish, but he lasted only a couple laps.
  • The race went 109 laps before the first caution, and was on-pace for a record average speed until a crash on lap 129 (of 160) slowed the pace. The average speed of 170.457 mph stood as the fastest restrictor plate at Daytona race until 1998.
  • Miller Genuine Draft 500

    The Miller Genuine Draft 500 was held July 19 at Pocono Raceway. Davey Allison won the pole. This race changed the face of the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup season. Allison had set a new track record during his pole run, then totally dominated the first 140 laps. An air wrench broke during yellow flag pit stops, putting Allison in seventh for the lap 146 restart. He moved quickly up to fourth on lap 148. But on lap 149, disaster struck. Allison and Darrell Waltrip tangled while jockeying for position exiting turn 2, sending Allison spinning and flipping through the infield grass, and over the inside guardrail. Allison suffered a broken right forearm, a dislocated wrist and a severe concussion. Waltrip drove to victory, and Allison was hospitalized in Pennsylvania for four days. Elliott finished 13th, but took over the points lead for the first time of the year. Allison, his immediate future unknown, now trailed by 13 points.

    Top ten results

    1. 17-Darrell Waltrip
    2. 33-Harry Gant
    3. 7-Alan Kulwicki
    4. 5-Ricky Rudd
    5. 55-Ted Musgrave
    6. 6-Mark Martin
    7. 42-Kyle Petty
    8. 26-Brett Bodine
    9. 8-Dick Trickle
    10. 18-Dale Jarrett
  • Davey Allison dominated the race, leading 115 of the first 139 laps, but on lap 150 he was tagged by Darrell Waltrip in the left-rear quarter panel, spinning him into the grass exiting turn 2 (the high-speed "Tunnel Turn"). The air got under Allison's car and sent it into a frightening barrel along the top of the inside guardrail. The car flipped 11 times, eventually landing upside down, completely demolished. Allison suffered a skull fracture and a broken wrist in the crash. The severity of the crash was such that when Mark Martin drove by, he told his crew, "They may as well get a body bag for Davey."
  • The first thing Darrell Waltrip wanted to know after he won was whether or not Davey was okay.
  • Bill Elliott finished 1 lap down in 13th but he did lead two laps. He took over the point lead by 9 over Allison, while Alan Kulwicki (-47 points) and Harry Gant (-80 points) continued to stay within reach.
  • DieHard 500

    The DieHard 500 was held July 26 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. Sterling Marlin won the pole. In awe-inspiring fashion, Allison walked into the garage area at Talladega, determined to put on his uniform and drive in the DieHard 500. With a tailor-made cast, a wrist brace and velcro on the shifter, Allison started the race and gained the all-important Winston Cup points. After four laps, backup driver Bobby Hillin Jr. took over the wheel and nearly drove the Texaco Ford to victory. Irvan and Marlin again battled for superspeedway supremacy with Irvan nipping the winless Marlin by a scant .19 seconds. Earnhardt had engine failure again and finished dead last for the second time in three races, taking him out of contention for a third consecutive Winston Cup title. Remarkably, Hillin's third-place run in Allison's sted gave the Texaco/Havoline team a one-point lead over Elliott in the points chase. Kulwicki trailed by 120 points and Gant by 129.

    Top ten results

    1. 4-Ernie Irvan
    2. 22-Sterling Marlin
    3. 28-Davey Allison/Bobby Hillin, Jr.
    4. 5-Ricky Rudd, 1 lap down
    5. 11-Bill Elliott, 1 lap down
    6. 42-Kyle Petty, 1 lap down
    7. 30-Michael Waltrip, 1 lap down
    8. 9-Chad Little, 1 lap down
    9. 25-Ken Schrader, 1 lap down
    10. 26-Brett Bodine, 1 lap down
  • Davey Allison found the strength to start this race (thus receiving all points scored by the #28 car) after suffering the skull fracture the previous week at Pocono. At the first caution, he handed the driving duties over to 1986 winner Bobby Hillin, Jr., who gave the car a great third-place run.
  • The race only saw two yellows, at lap 6 and lap 70. The long green runs caused the field to spread out, and the strongest cars in the field (the 4, 22, and 28) lapped everyone else.
  • Ernie Irvan suffered a flat tire on lap 5. When the yellow came out, he sped out of the pits to stay on the lead lap, but failed to beat leader Ricky Rudd to the line and was penalised to the rear of the field for speeding. He went on to pass everyone and get his lap back, and when the second (and only other) caution came out, he made up his lost lap.
  • Davey Allison leapfrogged Bill Elliott by 1 point to re-take the lead. Alan Kulwicki (who finished 3 laps down in 25th) and Harry Gant (2 laps down in 17th) fell to a deficit of 120 and 129 points respectively.
  • Budweiser At The Glen

    The Budweiser At The Glen was held August 9 at Watkins Glen International. Dale Earnhardt won the pole. It was the first race for Winston Cup cars since the new bus stop chicane was added in light of J. D. McDuffie's fatal accident in 1991. Nifty pit strategy and Mother Nature helped Kyle Petty notch the first road course victory of his career. Rain pushed back the start of the race more than three hours, and once the green flag finally fell, it was fairly evident it would be a sprint to the halfway point. Petty won a heated battle for the lead with Ernie Irvan between laps 32–36, a pivotal point in the race. After a caution, the race was restarted on lap 44, one lap before the halfway point, which would make the race official regardless of the weather. Petty brushed off then-leader Dick Trickle on lap 45 and on lap 46, the skies opened. After five laps under caution, the race was red-flagged, then called with Petty as the winner. Still suffering from his Pocono injuries, Allison needed help from road-race extraordinaire Dorsey Schroeder to post a 20th-place finish. Elliott was 14th, extending his points lead over Allison to 17.

    Top ten results

    1. 42-Kyle Petty
    2. 21-Morgan Shepherd
    3. 4-Ernie Irvan
    4. 6-Mark Martin
    5. 16-Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
    6. 2-Rusty Wallace
    7. 7-Alan Kulwicki
    8. 94-Terry Labonte
    9. 3-Dale Earnhardt
    10. 26-Brett Bodine
  • The race was shortened to 51 laps due to rain. NASCAR did not have rain tires to use.
  • Davey Allison fell 17 points behind 14th-place finisher Bill Elliott, after Dorsey Schroeder replaced Davey mid-race and finished 20th. Alan Kulwicki's solid finish reduced his interval to 94 points, while Harry Gant made no progress, finishing 18th and increasing his deficit to 140 points. Kyle Petty climbed up to 9th in points, tied with Morgan Shepherd at 340 points behind Elliott.
  • This was Todd Bodine's first Winston Cup race. He drove a Ford Thunderbird bearing his Busch Series car number (34).
  • Champion Spark Plug 400

    The Champion Spark Plug 400 was held August 16 at Michigan International Speedway. The #7 of Alan Kulwicki won the pole. The physical pain Allison endured could not have prepared him for the emotional anguish the Alabama native would suffer through this weekend. On Thursday during Busch Grand National practice, Davey's younger brother, Clifford, died as the result of a single-car crash in turn three. The entire racing family mourned for the Allisons. Davey decided to race. He qualified third and finished fifth in a courageous effort. Harry Gant won another fuel mileage war, beating Darrell Waltrip and Elliott to the finish line by nearly five seconds. Elliott's lead moved to 37 points over Allison, 135 over Gant and 143 over Kulwicki.

    Top ten results

    1. 33-Harry Gant
    2. 17-Darrell Waltrip
    3. 11-Bill Elliott
    4. 4-Ernie Irvan
    5. 28-Davey Allison
    6. 42-Kyle Petty
    7. 22-Sterling Marlin
    8. 18-Dale Jarrett
    9. 6-Mark Martin
    10. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  • This was Harry Gant's last Winston Cup victory. He set a new record for oldest winner of a Winston Cup race at 52 years and 219 days. This was also Oldsmobile's last victory in NASCAR
  • The final caution came out on lap 97 for a turn 2 accident involving Jimmy Hensley, Rick Mast, Jeff McClure, and eliminating Derrike Cope. Midpack runner Harry Gant pitted while the leaders (Bill Elliott, Ernie Irvan, and Davey Allison) stayed out, not believing they could finish the race on one more pit stop. They had pitted under the previous caution when Lake Speed spun and severed a fuel line. Gant pitted under green at lap 149 and stayed out until the checkered flag waved.
  • Bill Elliott's point lead grew from 17 to 37 after he led a race-high 72 of 200 laps. Harry Gant shaved 5 points from his deficit to Elliott (down to 135). Polesitter Alan Kulwicki faded to 14th, 1 lap down, after leading 46 laps. This lackluster result put him 143 points behind.
  • Bud 500

    The Bud 500 was held Saturday night, August 29 at Bristol International Raceway. The #4 of Ernie Irvan won the pole. The track surface had been changed from asphalt to concrete. Darrell Waltrip, the winningest driver in history at Bristol, won for the 12th time at the popular track. Waltrip out-dueled Dale Earnhardt and Ken Schrader in one of the most exciting races of the season. Davey Allison was running fifth when he lost control and hit the wall. After extensive repairs, Allison rejoined the race, only to crash into the inside wall on the frontstretch. He dropped out and finished 30th. Elliott was steady with a sixth-place finish, padding his Winston Cup points lead to 99 over Allison and 112 over Kulwicki.

  • This was the first race at Bristol after the track was re-surfaced with concrete.
  • Darrell Waltrip won this race four days after the birth of his second daughter, Sarah.
  • On lap 8 polesitter Ernie Irvan spun on the backstretch and backed into the pit wall after leading the first 7 laps. He lost more than 100 laps and eventually parked the car after completing 285 laps, finishing a disappointing 28th.
  • Among the points contenders, Bill Elliott had the cleanest day, finishing 6th. Harry Gant, Mark Martin, and Davey Allison all dropped out from crashes. Kyle Petty and Alan Kulwicki received minor damage in separate incidents, but both continued and posted top-5 finishes. Bill Elliott gained significant ground, stretching his lead to 109 points over Davey Allison.
  • Mountain Dew Southern 500

    The Mountain Dew Southern 500 was held September 6 at Darlington Raceway. The #22 of Sterling Marlin won the pole position. The attention largely focused on Davey Allison, who was eligible for the Winston Million, and could also claim a Career Grand Slam by winning all four majors in his career. Cloudy skies and rain were in the forecast, but the race started on time and cruised well beyond the halfway point before rain entered the area. As the race progressed, Allison ran in the top three most of the day, and was in contention for victory, and the coveted Winston Million bonus.

    Allison's biggest challenges, however, were impending rain, and hard-charging Mark Martin. Allison pitted first on lap 286 of the 367-lap event. Martin, pitting on the backstretch, came in on lap 289. Just moments later on lap 295, the skies opened and the rain that had threatened all day finally came. Darrell Waltrip, Bill Elliott, and Brett Bodine were among a handful of drivers who had not yet pitted. When the red flag was displayed on lap 298, Waltrip was scored as the leader, having taken the lead on Lap 293. Shortly thereafter, the race was called and Waltrip was declared the winner. It was Waltrip's second consecutive win, but more importantly, his first Southern 500 victory, making him the fourth driver to finish off the Career Grand Slam. Martin was second, with points contender Elliott coming home a surprising third. Allison was shuffled back to 5th.

    A dejected Allison lost his chance at the Winston Million, and also lost ground to Elliott in the season standings. Elliott now led by 119 points over Allison. Alan Kulwicki was still in striking distance at 161 points behind.

    Larry McReynolds wrote in his 2002 autobiography, The Big Picture: My Life from Pit Road to the Broadcast Booth about the pit miscue for Allison. He sent a crew member to the NASCAR hauler to look at the weather radar (teams looked at the radar from NASCAR's hauler, unlike modern pit boxes with a connection to the radar), and the crew member gave McReynolds the call to pit the car on Lap 286. According to the book, the crew member said "Green means good," with McReynolds responding, "Green means rain." This incident heavily influenced McReynolds when he went to broadcasting, even making an appearance on The Weather Channel after going to broadcasting in 2001.

  • In the thick of the 1992 election season, Bill Clinton was the grand marshal for this race.
  • This race was shortened to 298 laps due to rain.
  • This was Darrell Waltrip's 84th and final Winston Cup victory.
  • Miller Genuine Draft 400

    The Miller Genuine Draft 400 was held Saturday night, September 12 at Richmond International Raceway. The #4 of Ernie Irvan won the pole. Rusty Wallace was driving for newly acquired crew chief Buddy Parrott. Wallace led the final 139 laps and beat Mark Martin by 3.59 seconds for the win. Points leader Bill Elliott struggled home 14th a lap down, while Davey Allison spun twice and finished 19th. Darrell Waltrip's hot streak ended at two wins, but he followed it up here with a third-place finish.

  • Bill Elliott, Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison finished 14th, 15th, and 19th, respectively. Elliott's points grew to 124 over Allison, and 164 over Kulwicki.
  • Peak Antifreeze 500

    The Peak Antifreeze 500 was held September 20 at Dover Downs International Speedway. The #7 of Alan Kulwicki won the pole. Points leader Bill Elliott returned to his dominating ways, but late pit stop strategy cost him the victory. While battling Ricky Rudd for the lead, Elliott pitted first, taking on four tires and fuel. Rudd pitted for fuel only, and came out of the pits with a 9-second lead over Elliott. Rudd held on to beat Elliott to the finish line by 0.5 seconds, his only victory of the season. Elliott left Dover with a commanding 154-point lead over Allison.

  • Ricky Rudd's victory kept his streak alive of consecutive seasons with at least one victory – extending it to ten.
  • Bill Elliott led the most laps and extended his point lead over Davey Allison to 154 points, the highest margin of the season. Harry Gant was third, 239 points behind Elliott. Polesitter Alan Kulwicki crashed out of the race on lap 91, finishing 34th and leaving him 278 points out of the lead with six races left.
  • Goody's 500

    The Goody's 500 was held Monday September 28 at Martinsville Speedway. Kyle Petty won the pole. Rain delayed the race from Sunday until Monday. Spirited battles throughout the field were the order of the day as the cold and humidity led to slick racing conditions. Geoff Bodine emerged through the constant melees to his first win for owner Bud Moore. Points leader Bill Elliott suffered his first engine failure of the season and finished 30th, next to last place. His lead was still a substantial 112 points over Allison. Kyle Petty finished fourth after having to erase separate two-lap deficits after leading 135 laps.

  • This race was run on a Monday as a result of rain on Sunday. The previous day's rain left the infield very soggy. Kyle Petty, who finished 4th, actually got stuck in the mud and lost 2 laps at one point.
  • Bill Elliott finished 30th as a result of engine failure after 158 laps. Davey Allison finished 4 laps down in 16th, not gaining much but reducing Elliott's lead to 112 points.
  • Tyson Holly Farms 400

    The Tyson Holly Farms 400 was held October 5 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. The #7 of Alan Kulwicki won the pole. In a complete contrast from the previous week, the result was the same. Geoff Bodine recorded his second consecutive win, but in the caution- and incident-free Holly Farms 400. Bodine led the final 144 laps and lapped everyone except runner-up Mark Martin. He lapped Winston Cup points leader Bill Elliott eight times under green. Elliott's lead dwindled to 67 points over 11th-place finishing Allison and 144 over Kulwicki. Bodine's victory, in the Ford car, clinched the first manufacturer's championship for Ford Motor Co. since 1969; it was also the first time a brand other than a General Motors product won the manufacturer's title since Dodge won it in 1975.

  • This race was postponed to Monday as a result of rain (the 2nd week in a row that this occurred).
  • This race was run caution-free. As a result, only 2 cars finished on the lead lap. However, Geoff Bodine won by only 5.3 seconds.
  • Bill Elliott stubbed his toe again with another poor finish. He was 8 laps down in 26th at Junior Johnson's home track. Davey Allison was 3 laps down in 11th, and he continued to gain on Elliott as he sat 67 points behind with 4 races to go.
  • Mello Yello 500

    The Mello Yello 500 was held October 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Alan Kulwicki won the pole. Martin charged past mid-race dominator Kyle Petty in the late stages, then held off Kulwicki in the final 50 laps to post what he called "the most important victory of his career." Martin led 107 laps en route to his second win of the season, which suddenly vaulted him back in contention for the 1992 Winston Cup title. He trailed leader Elliott by just 91 points with three races remaining. Elliott led Allison by just 39 points and Kulwicki by 47.

  • The #31 Team Ireland Chevrolet of Bobby Hillin, Jr. was disqualified due to illegal cylinder heads after finishing 15th. As a result, the team withdrew from the series in an attempt to avoid being drawn into disrepute.
  • Bill Elliott's sway bar broke after 310 laps, leaving Bill a 30th-place finish. Junior Johnson entered a third car driven by Hut Stricklin, who retired the car when Elliott had his problem. Stricklin's 31st-place finish saved Elliott 3 points. Davey Allison didn't have a great day, either; he was 5 laps down in 19th.
  • AC Delco 500

    The AC Delco 500 was held October 25 at North Carolina Speedway. Kyle Petty won the pole. In the most dominating performance of the season, Kyle Petty continued his sensational second half of 1992 with a convincing AC-Delco 500 win. Petty led all but eight of the 492 laps in his father's final race in North Carolina. He only relinquished the lead during green flag pit stops. The outcome was never in doubt, so the attention moved to the points battle, which marched into Rockingham with six drivers in contention. After Petty's Victory Lane celebration, those six still remained in the title picture, with Elliott leading by 70 over Allison, 85 over Kulwicki, 94 over Petty and 113 over Gant.

  • Kyle Petty led 484 of 492 laps. Mark Martin (before he crashed) and Bill Elliott led 3 laps each, and Ernie Irvan led 2 during green flag pit stops. As a result of the domination and only 2 cautions in a 500-mile (805 km) race, only 2 cars finished on the lead lap. Despite the green flag look of the race, Petty beat Irvan by just under a second.
  • Bill Elliott finally had a good finish after 3 successive finishes of 26th or worse.
  • Pyroil 500K

    The Pyroil 500K was held November 1 at Phoenix International Raceway. The #2 of Rusty Wallace won the pole. Smoke billowed from Elliott's Budweiser Ford, signaling an opportunity for the rest of the Winston Cup contenders. Allison and Kulwicki took full advantage. While Elliott's car suffered from a cracked cylinder head and overheating problems, which relegated him to a 31st-place finish, Allison patiently made his way to the front and won his second consecutive Pyroil 500. The emotional victory — Allison's first since the Pocono accident, vaulted him back into the points lead. Kulwicki ran strong all day and finished fourth, also moving him past Elliott in the point standings. Heading into the season's final event at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Allison led Kulwicki by 30 points, Elliott by 40, Gant by 97, Petty by 98 and Martin by 113. It was the first time in the sport's history that six drivers were still in contention heading into the final event.

  • Point leader Bill Elliott had engine troubles again in Phoenix. As a result of his 31st-place finish, the Winston Cup was up for grabs among six drivers for the first time in history.
  • Rusty Wallace led 161 laps but had to go to the garage area (finishing 28th); during his stay a reporter for TNN asked him a question and Wallace caustically grabbed his microphone into the cockpit to answer.
  • Hooters 500

    The Hooters 500 was held November 15 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In what is largely considered one of the greatest NASCAR races of all-time, six drivers entered the race with a mathematical chance to win the Winston Cup (Bill Elliott, Alan Kulwicki, Davey Allison, Kyle Petty, Harry Gant, and Mark Martin). The race was the highly publicized final start for 7-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, and quietly, the first start for future champion Jeff Gordon. Davey Allison had to finish 6th or better to automatically clinch the championship.

    Rick Mast won his first career Winston Cup pole, but crashed out on Lap 2 with Brett Bodine and did not lead any laps. Both cars hit the wall in Turn One; Bodine spun to the apron and was hammered at full speed by a surprised Hut Stricklin.

    Championship contenders Mark Martin and Kyle Petty dropped out with engine trouble, while Harry Gant faded and was not a factor in the second half.

    On lap 254, Davey Allison's fate was sealed. While running 6th — good enough to clinch the title — and charging to the front, suddenly disaster struck. Ernie Irvan had a tire going down, lost control and spun directly in front of Rusty Wallace and Allison. Wallace dodged the spinning Irvan, but Allison was not so lucky. Irvan pancaked the wall and bounced off into Allison. Allison spun into the inside pit wall, and damaged the tirerod. His car still had power, and tried desperately to get his car rolling, but to no avail. The crash effectively ended his day and his run at the championship. Elliott and Kulwicki were left to battle for the title.

    Elliot and Kulwicki ran 1st-2nd for most of the second half, swapping the lead on several occasions. It became evident that the driver who led the most laps (receiving the 5 bonus points for leading the most laps) would clinch the championship. After the final gas-and-go pit stops, Kulwicki had led 103 laps. Elliott took over the lead, with Kulwicki settling into a comfortable second. Elliott led the rest of the way, his fifth victory of the season, bringing his laps led total to 102 laps, one short of Kulwicki's total — giving the 5 bonus points to Kulwicki.

    Elliott won the Hooters 500, but Kulwicki's second-place finish allowed him to claim the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup championship by a scant 10 points, the third-narrowest margin in the sport's history (after 2011, in which Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards finished tied, the title going to Stewart by virtue of more wins in the season, and Kurt Busch's 8 point margin over Jimmie Johnson in 2004). Meanwhile, the STP crew patched Richard Petty's car back together and "The King" rejoined the field with two laps to go and was running at the finish in his final race to receive the checkered flag.

    Jeff Gordon started the race 21st and finished in 31st.

    Other information

  • Dale Earnhardt (the 1990 and 1991 defending Cup champion) and Rusty Wallace who finished 12th and 13th respectively would finish 1–2 in the championship in 1993.
  • Two cars numbered 24 were fielded during the season; Butch Gilliland used the number in a car owned by himself at Phoenix and Jeff Gordon drove the number 24 in his first race car with Hendrick Motorsports. The 1993 Winston Cup Series Media Guide shows that Butch Gilliland also fielded the #24 Aneheim Elect. Gear Pontiac in the Sonoma race in June 1992 finishing 38th after starting 36th. However, as the Phoenix and Sonoma races were declared combination races with the Winston West Series would run joint races together, Gilliland was registered with the West Series, now the K&N Pro Series West division, a developmental series since 2003.
  • This was the final year in NASCAR for the Oldsmobile brand.
  • Rookie of the Year

    Jimmy Hensley, driving Cale Yarborough's #66 Ford, was named Rookie of the Year after posting four top-ten finishes in 22 starts. Veteran Chad Little drove the car in the first six races, but was replaced by Bobby Hillin, Jr. at North Wilkesboro and by Hensley in the following race at Martinsville. Hensley had previously never started more than 4 Winston Cup races in a season (doing so in 1984 and in 1991). Bob Schacht, Andy Belmont, and Dave Mader III were also declared for the award, but did not run enough races to compete for the award.

    Additional reading

  • Race with Destiny, David Poole. Albion Press (FL), April 15, 2002 . ISBN 978-0-9709170-3-4.
  • References

    1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Wikipedia