Elliott pulls away in Goodwrench 500 Allison finishes 12.75 seconds back

March 02, 1992

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Bill Elliott won a battle of Fords, driving away from Daytona 500 winner Davey Allison in the late stages to earn a seemingly effortless victory yesterday in the Goodwrench 500.

Elliott pulled away steadily over the final 100 miles, beating Allison to the finish line by a whopping 12.75 seconds.

The victory was Elliott's first for team owner Junior Johnson, whom he joined during the off-season, and his 35th in 350 career starts.

Allison provided most of the competition for Elliott as they took turns leading most of the day at the 1.017-mile North Carolina Motor Speedway.

But Elliott, equaling his victory total for both 1990 and 1991, was able to break away, helped by 210 consecutive laps of green-flag racing at the end of the 492-lap event.

"[Crew chief] Tim Brewer and all the guys made it easy on me," Elliott said. "This car just ran flawless.

"Davey would be good for 40 or 50 laps [after pit stops], then I'd get a good run on him and I'd be able to open up a lead. I knew if the caution flag didn't come out there at the end, we'd be in good shape."

Elliott led 260 laps, including the final 213, on the way to a race-record average of 126.125 mph, breaking the mark of 124.083 set last March by Kyle Petty and barely missing the track record of 127.292 by Allison last October.

Elliott's third victory at Rockingham and first at the track since 1987 also was his first overall since the Pepsi 400 last July at Daytona International Speedway.

Harry Gant, the oldest driver in the race at 52, finished third in an Oldsmobile, the only other car on the lead lap. Michael Waltrip was fourth in a Pontiac, followed by Ken Schrader in a Chevrolet.

There were seven caution flags for a total of 27 laps, but no serious accidents and no injuries reported.

Petty, who had won this race twice in a row and was starting from the pole for the third straight time, failed in his effort to win the race and the $190,000 Unocal 76 Challenge bonus that would have come with it. Petty led the first 10 laps, but never got back to the top, slipping steadily back into the pack before being put a lap down and out of contention by Elliott on lap 251.

Petty wound up falling out late in the race with a broken camshaft.

The Unocal bonus builds at $7,600 per event and goes to a driver winning both the pole and the race. It will be $197,600 Sunday at Richmond, Va.

Dale Earnhardt, the two-time defending Winston Cup champion, also ran among the leaders before being slowed by a brake problem that eventually brought him into the pits for a long stop on lap 130. He lost 10 laps and remained far off the pace to the end.

A crowd estimated at 43,600 watched the race under sunny skies with temperatures reaching into the mid-70s.

1. (2) Bill Elliott, Ford Thunderbird, 492, $57,800, 126.125 (breaks event record of 124.083 set by Kyle Petty in 1991). 2. (10) Davey Allison, Ford Thunderbird, 492, $48,875. 3. (13) Harry Gant, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 492, $31,600. 4. (14) Michael Waltrip, Pontiac Grand Prix, 491, $18,650. 5. (9) Ken Schrader, Chevrolet Lumina, 491, $21,650. 6. (3) Mark Martin, Ford Thunderbird, 490, $20,575. 7. (21) Terry Labonte, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 490, $15,200. 8. (4) Brett Bodine, Ford Thunderbird, 490, $14,700. 9. (15) Hut Stricklin, Chevrolet Lumina, 490, $14,400. 10. (24) Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet Lumina, 490, $19,900.

11. (6) Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet Lumina, 489, $18,400. 12. (19) Rick Mast, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 489, $13,300. 13. (22) Morgan Shepherd, Ford Thunderbird, 489, $13,000. 14. (12) Geoff Bodine, Ford Thunderbird, 489, $12,600. 15. (25) Sterling Marlin, Ford Thunderbird, 489, $12,150. 16. (29) Richard Petty, Pontiac Grand Prix, 488, $11,700. 17. (28) Ted Musgrave, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 486, $11,400. 18. (20) Bobby Hamilton, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 486, $12,150. 19. (26) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet Lumina, 482, $8,375. 20. (27) Jimmy Spencer, Chevrolet Lumina, 480, $10,950.

21. (34) Wally Dallenbach Jr., Ford Thunderbird, 480, $5,650. 22. (30) Chad Little, Ford Thunderbird, 475, $7,200. 23. (32) Mike Skinner, Chevrolet Lumina, 470, $6,150. 24. (8) Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet Lumina, 469, $16,850. 25. (38) Randy Baker, Chevrolet Lumina, 460, $8,700. 26. (5) Rusty Wallace, Pontiac Grand Prix, 442, overheating, $13,100. 27. (40) Jerry Hill, Pontiac Grand Prix, 440, $5,250. 28. (23) Ricky Rudd, Chevrolet Lumina, 437, $12,950. 29. (1) Kyle Petty, Pontiac Grand Prix, 430, camshaft, $12,375. 30. (33) Phil Parsons, Ford Thunderbird, 368, $9,325.

31. (7) Alan Kulwicki, Ford Thunderbird, 356, $9,075. 32. (31) Stanley Smith, Chevrolet Lumina, 332, $4,500. 33. (35) Jimmy Means, Pontiac Grand Prix, 269, engine failure, $5,850. 34. (16) Greg Sacks, Chevrolet Lumina, 232, engine failure, $4,300. 35. (36) Delma Cowart, Ford Thunderbird, 210, brakes, $4,200. 36. (11) Dick Trickle, Ford Thunderbird, 113, water pump, $4,125. 37. (18) Dale Jarrett, Chevrolet Lumina, 73, camshaft, $4,075. 38. (39) Andy Belmont, Ford Thunderbird, 27, engine failure, $4,060. 39. (17) Dave Marcis, Chevrolet Lumina, engine failure, $5,525. 40. (37) Johnny McFadden, Pontiac Grand Prix, 8, valve, $4,000.

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