June 6, 2018
Seth and Sutton Sharp
On this date in 1993, the Budweiser 500 was held at Dover Downs International Speedway. The race was the 12th on the 30 race Winston Cup schedule.
- Ernie Irvan won the pole position for the race, as Brett Bodine, Davey Allison, Rusty Wallace and Rick Wilson rounded out the top-five. 25 drivers shattered the previous track record, which was set by Mark Martin in 1988. Irvan’s pole speed was almost four seconds faster than Martin’s pole run in ’88.
- Wilson, who entered the race 26th in the point standings, posted his best starting effort since replacing Richard Petty in the No. 44 (formerly No. 43) STP Pontiac.
- A race and state record of 86,000 fans packed the Speedway.
- Dale Earnhardt dominated the race, leading 226 of the 500 laps. It was his third career victory at the track, with his first two coming when he swept the season’s races in 1989. He proved from the start that his car was virtually unbeatable, as two different times Earnhardt cut a tire (once while leading and once from second) and lost a lap, only to eventually regain the race lead.
- Earnhardt left Dover with a 209 point lead in the Winston Cup point standings, leading Wallace, Dale Jarrett, Allison and Geoff Bodine.
- Jarrett, Allison, Martin and Ken Schrader finished 2nd-5th respectively.
- The race featured 14 cautions for 78 laps, as twelve drivers saw their day end early due to accidents. Defending race-winner Ricky Rudd was one of them, crashing on the 121st lap.
- Wallace was battling with Martin for third place with under 100 laps remaining, when contact between the two sent Wallace hard into the outside wall. After spinning across the track, Wallace’s car was eventually hit by the No. 7 of Jimmy Hensley and the No. 15 of Bodine. Wallace led 82 laps and finished 21st.
- Harry Gant and Morgan Shepherd were the only drivers to finish between sixth and fifteenth that had a Winston Cup win on their resume.
- Darrell Waltrip’s day ended early after contact with rookie Jeff Gordon, who was multiple laps down after an early race accident. Waltrip didn’t mince words when talking about the incident. “I recall a certain young man, that is a rookie, blasting my brother somewhere back down the road for spinning him out when he was several laps down and wouldn’t get out of his way. Looks like he didn’t learn much from that lesson. I was just passing the No. 24 car on the outside and he didn’t show me a lot of respect. He just raced me down into the corner and hit me. That’s about what it amounts to. It’s just a shame when young people don’t have enough respect for the people that they are racing.”
- Bobby Hamilton finished 10th in the No. 38 Holgate Toys Ford for Brad Akins and Bob Sutton. It was the team’s Winston Cup debut. The team eventually turned out to be a staple of the Busch Series, with drivers such as Elton Sawyer and Glenn Allen Jr piloting the No. 38.
- P.J. Jones made his second career Winston Cup start, driving the No. 9 for Harry Melling. He finished 34th.