On This Date: 1990 Banquet Frozen Foods 300

June 10, 2018

Seth and Sutton Sharp

On this date in 1990, the Banquet Frozen Foods 300 at Sears Point International Raceway was held. It was the 12th race on the Winston Cup schedule.

  • Morgan Shepherd entered the race with a 32 point lead in the standings over Mark Martin, after starting the season with 11 consecutive top-10 finishes. His consecutive top-10 streak actually sat at 12 races in a row after finishing 8th in the 1989 season finale.
  • Ricky Rudd qualified on the pole for the race with a speed of 90.954 MPH, edging out Ernie Irvan, Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott and Martin.
  • Road-course specialist Tommy Kendall qualified his No. 40 Chevrolet for Marc Reno sixth. Tony Eury Sr. made his Winston Cup debut, serving as Kendall’s crew chief.
  • Jimmy Means, Jim Danielson, St. James Davis and Mike Hickingbottom failed to qualify for the 44 car field.
  • The race served as a Winston West combination race, as Winston West drivers Terry Fisher, Bill Schmitt, John Krebs, Mike Chase, Butch Gilliland, Troy Beebe, Bill Sedgwick, Jack Sellers, Ted Kennedy and Hershel McGriff joined the field.
  • Rusty Wallace led 42/74 laps en-route to his second victory in three weeks. The win turned out to be the 20th and final for car-owner Raymond Beadle.
  • Martin came home second and took over the points-lead from Shepherd, who finished 29th after engine issues ended his day early. Rudd was third, followed by Geoff Bodine, Bobby Hillin Jr, Sterling Marlin, Irvan, Irv Hoerr, Michael Waltrip and Rick Wilson. The fifth place finish turned out to be the 8th and final top-five of Hillin’s career.
Updated: June 10, 2018 — 1:10 pm

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