DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 14, 1993) – Dale Jarrett ran down Dale Earnhardt in the final lap and prevailed in a five car shuffle to score a popular triumph in the 35th annual Daytona 500.
Jarrett’s second career win gave car owner Joe Gibbs his first in what is termed the Super Bowl of stock car racing. During his tenure as head coach for the Washington Redskins, Gibbs led his team to three Super Bowl victories. “This is hard to believe,” said an elated Gibbs. “I’m one of the most fortunate individuals in the world. I’ve won three Super Bowls, and now the Super Bowl of motorsports.”
Jarrett started second and led for five laps early in the race. Jarrett fell back in the middle stages, but mustered a gallant charge in the closing laps. He broke out of the pack of cars to run down the lead quartet in the final 25 miles.
As Jarrett was making his charge into contention, Earnhardt was sparring with freshman sensation Jeff Gordon, who had won one of Thursday’s 125-milers in his first st...