On This Date: 1992 Save Mart 300K

June 7, 2018

Seth and Sutton Sharp

On this date in 1992, the Save Mart 300K was held at Sears Point International Raceway.

  • The mood was somber at the track as it was announced before the race that Bill France Sr. passed away earlier that morning at the age of 82.
  • Ricky Rudd sat on the pole with a speed of 90.985 MPH. It was his third consecutive pole at Sears Point.
  • 43 cars qualified for the race, while Wayne Jacks and Bobby Woods were the only two drivers that failed to qualify.
  • Michael Waltrip was the fastest second round qualifier, posting a speed of 89.142 MPH. That speed would have put him ninth on the board on qualifying day.
  • Ernie Irvan, who qualified second, jumped out to an early lead but was quickly penalized for jumping the start. He was black flagged and had to serve a pass and go penalty. He eventually made his way back up through the field, taking the lead with eight laps remaining and went on to win the race.
  • Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd and Bill Elliott rounded out the top-five.
  • Winston Cup points leader and defending race-winner Davey Allison made heavy contact with the tire barriers early on in the event. He was running in the top-10 at the time of the accident. The No. 28 team’s tough day continued as they struggled with a crushed fuel-filler, which was leaking. While trying to patch the leak, he was black flagged for speeding on pit-road. After the race, Allison took blame for the incident. “I just lost it. I was over my head and I didn’t realize it. That’s three races we’ve crashed in and been out of the top-10. I’m not really thinking about the points right now.”
  • The race marked the Winston Cup debut of future NASCAR Hall of Famer and at the time, current Winston West Series driver, Ron Hornaday Jr. He started 17th and finished 32nd in a No. 92 Palmerdale Chiropractic Chevrolet for Bob Fisher.
  • Rick Carelli, also a Winston West Series driver, made his Winston Cup. He started 38th and finished 37th.
  • Tommy Kendall finished 13th in the No. 52 for Jimmy Means.
  • The race marked the second to last race of Hershel McGriff’s Winston Cup career, which spanned from 1950 until his final start in 1993. He attempted to qualify for the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994 but failed to qualify.
  • Despite his tough day, Allison still left Sears Point with the points lead. He led Dale Earnhardt by 28 points, Elliott by 31, Harry Gant by 32 and Alan Kulwicki by 83. Earnhardt, responding to Allison’s comments about the points race said “If Davey’s not paying attention to the points like he says he’s not, maybe he’d better start. I’ve been looking at the championship all year and all I have been concerned with is what we’re doing on the track. We are finally getting it all together.”
Updated: June 7, 2018 — 12:00 pm

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