Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 11/8/14
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 start with Hendrick Motorsports. Jarrett whipped to the high side of Gordon with two laps to go, then concentrated on Earnhardt. “I was looking for several laps to see where I could get a run on them,” said Jarrett. “My car was working good to the outside. I noticed Earnhardt’s car was getting loose. I was running wide open through the turns and was able to go low and get a good run on him.” Jarrett ducked under Earnhardt off the fourth turn with the white flag waiting in the tri-oval. Earnhardt had a fender in front as the cars headed into turn one. Geoff Bodine went low with Jarrett and helped him “draft” past. Gordon was stuck behind Earnhardt, and Hut Stricklin, making his first start with Junior Johnson, was riding in fifth. Jarrett broke away down the backstretch as Earnhardt battled his way back into second place. Jarrett’s Chevrolet nipped Earnhardt by 0.16-seconds at the stripe. Bodine took third in a Ford with Stricklin and Gordon fourth and fifth. “When you beat Dale Earnhardt, you know you’ve done a good day’s work,” said Jarrett. “This is the greatest victory a driver can have. Outrunning Earnhardt for it makes it even better. Earnhardt, who led for 107 of the 200 laps, failed in his 15th attempt to earn a trip to victory lane in NASCAR’s most prestigious event. “Big damn deal, I lost another Daytona 500,” said Earnhardt. “we’ve lost this race about every way you can lose it. We’ve been out-gassed, out-tired, out-run, and out-everythinged. We’ve come close. There’s nothing left to do but come back and try again next year.” Gordon, making his second official Winston Cup start, thrilled the audience of 135,000 by leading the opening lap. He fell back in the middle stages before working his way back to the front. “I wanted to go with Earnhardt,” said the 21 year-old Gordon. “I knew if I made a move nobody would go with the rookie. I stuck with him and got shuffled back at the finish.” Rusty Wallace survived a wild tumble on the backstretch near the end of the race. Michael Waltrip squeezed into Derrike Cope coming off the second turn on lap 170. Cope’s spinning car clipped Wallace’s Pontiac, sending it into a series of turnovers. Miraculously, Wallace suffered only a cut chin. “Michael Waltrip was at the top of the track and his car broke loose,” said Wallace, who flipped in the same spot in 1983 during a 125-mile qualifying race. “But it wasn’t his fault. This is really a shame because this is the strongest 500 I had going, I thought I had a top three car today.” Al Unser, Jr., the 1992 Indianapolis 500 winner, made his first Winston Cup start in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. After starting at the rear, Unser, Jr. passed half the field before the first pit stop. He was still in contention when a collision with Earnhardt sent him out of control. Bobby Hillin, Jr. and Kyle Petty were also eliminated. Earnhardt was unaffected by the scrape. “Earnhardt hit me on the outside of turn three,” explained Unser, Jr. “He got up in the gay area. He got me on my right rear quarter-panel and turned me sideways.” Unser, Jr., shot off the track and collided with Bobby Hillin, Jr., who had led briefly in Junie Donlavey’s Ford before the crash. Both cars got into the infield grass. Hillin, Jr.’s car slid back onto the track in front of Petty, who couldn’t avoid the contact. Petty had words with Hillin, Jr. before the two were separated by NASCAR officials. “Kyle was upset,” said Hillin, Jr., who had led on two occasions. “There was no need for him to fly off the handle like he did. I wasn’t the one who got into the 46 car (Unser, Jr.). I was on the inside, coming up quickly. They just came across the track and ran into me.” About the confrontation with Hillin, Jr., Kyle said, “I told him to shut up and he kept talking. All I said was shut up.” Petty had been offered a million dollar bonus by car owner Felix Sabates if he had won the Daytona 500. A number of other million dollar bonus incentives were available for Petty if h won certain races. A total of 18 cars finished on the lead lap. Defending Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki finished 26th, two laps down. Davey Allison was three laps down in 28th place. A wreck took Ernie Irvan out in the 150th lap. Fielden, Greg. Forty Years Of Stock Car Racing: Forty Plus Four 1990-1993. 1st ed. Surfside Beach: Galfield, 1994. 228-232. Print. Fin St # Driver Car Laps Status 1 2 18 Dale Jarrett Chevrolet 200 Running 2 4 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet 200 Running 3 6 15 Geoff Bodine Ford 200 Running 4 18 27 Hut Stricklin Ford 200 Running 5 3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 200 Running 6 23 6 Mark Martin Ford 200 Running 7 32 21 Morgan Shepherd Ford 200 Running 8 7 25 Ken Schrader Chevrolet 200 Running 9 14 8 Sterling Marlin Ford 200 Running 10 22 16 Wally Dallenbach Jr Ford 200 Running 11 19 14 Terry Labonte Chevrolet 200 Running 12 31 1 Rick Mast Ford 200 Running 13 30 12 Jimmy Spencer Ford 200 Running 14 13 83 Lake Speed Ford 200 Running 15 33 55 Ted Musgrave Ford 200 Running 16 28 30 Michael Waltrip Pontiac 200 Running 17 20 26 Brett Bodine Ford 200 Running 18 26 17 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 200 Running 19 39 89 Jim Sauter Ford 199 Running 20 25 22 Bobby Labonte Ford 199 Running 21 37 33 Harry Gant Chevrolet 199 Running 22 16 41 Phil Parsons Chevrolet 199 Running 23 24 40 Kenny Wallace Pontiac 199 Running 24 17 9 Chad Little Ford 198 Running 25 29 32 Jimmy Horton Chevrolet 198 Running 26 10 7 Alan Kulwicki Ford 197 Running 27 27 68 Bobby Hamilton Ford 197 Running 28 11 28 Davey Allison Ford 197 Running 29 35 66 Derrike Cope Ford 189 Running 30 12 5 Ricky Rudd Chevrolet 177 Running 31 1 42 Kyle Petty Pontiac 170 Accident 32 34 2 Rusty Wallace Pontiac 168 Accident 33 41 71 Dave Marcis Chevrolet 164 Running 34 15 44 Rick Wilson Pontiac 163 Accident 35 9 90 Bobby Hillin Jr Ford 157 Accident 36 40 46 Al Unser Jr Chevrolet 157 Accident 37 8 4 Ernie Irvan Chevrolet 148 Accident 38 36 20 Joe Ruttman Ford 128 Engine 39 5 11 Bill Elliott Ford 99 Engine 40 38 52 Jimmy Hensley Ford 11 Accident 41 21 75 Dick Trickle Ford 2 Engine

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