Seth and Sutton Sharp
July 3, 2019
On this date in 1993, the Pepsi 400 at Daytona was held.
1- Ernie Irvan sat on the pole for the race, as Kyle Petty qualified second. Irvan entered the race having won three of the previous four races at Daytona/Talladega.
2- 61 cars attempted to qualify for the race.
3- Loy Allen Jr. qualified 40th in the No. 37 Naturally Fresh Foods Ford for his father Loy Allen Sr. It was Allen Jr’s first career Winston Cup start. He finished 29th.
4- Jeremy Mayfield failed to qualify for what would have been his Winston Cup debut.
5- Other drivers that failed to qualify for the race included: Rich Bickle, Delma Cowart, Stan Fox, Stanley Smith, Bill Venturini, James Hylton, Lake Speed, Jim Sauter and Eddie Bierschwale.
6- Ken Schrader’s qualifying time was disallowed after NASCAR found an illegal carburetor in the No. 25 car. He was originally suspended for four races. The team appealed the suspension and it was later rescinded. More on this story:
7- Dale Earnhardt led 110 of the 160 laps en-route to his second career points paying victory at Daytona. His first came in the same race at the track in 1990.
8- Sterling Marlin tied a career-best with a second-place finish. It was Marlin’s eighth top-11 finish over his previous 10 races at Daytona.
9- Schrader recovered from starting in the back of the field to finish third. His two teammates Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon rounded out the rest of the top-five.
10- The race featured 10 future NASCAR Hall of Famer’s. (Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, Terry Labonte, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Bill Elliott, Davey Allison and Bobby Labonte)
11- There were six cautions for 22 laps.
12- Ritchie Petty, son of Maurice, made his second career Winston Cup start. He finished 32nd, one spot ahead of Kyle Petty. Rick Wilson, driving Richard’s No. 44 finished 11th.
13- The race proved to not be a good luck charm to anybody named “Jimmy”. Jimmy Hensley finished 34th, Jimmy Means was 36th, Jimmy Horton was 38th and Jimmy Spencer was 39th.
14- Earnhardt added to his Winston Cup points lead, leaving Daytona with a 251 point lead in the standings.
15- Dale Jarrett, who posted his 10th top-10 finish over the season’s first 15 races, continued to hold his grip on second in the standings.