There's still a race for second in Winston Cup

October 27, 1992|By Tom Higgins | Tom Higgins,Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NASCAR Winston Cup Series still has a "points race," although it might not be so much for the championship as before Sunday, when Bill Elliott finished fourth in the AC Delco 500 at Rockingham, N.C., to pad his advantage.

Elliott pulled 70 points ahead of second-place Davey Allison in pursuit of his second $1 million title and a seventh for team owner Junior Johnson. Only races at Phoenix this Sunday and at Atlanta on Nov. 15 remain in the 29-event season.

Meanwhile, the outcome at the track near Rockingham forged a dandy duel for second place, also worth big money when postseason bonus checks are presented in New York on Dec. 4.

Alan Kulwicki trails Allison by just 15 points; AC Delco 500 winner Kyle Petty is 24 out of second; and Harry Gant is 43 out of the No. 2 spot.

The runner-up in the final standings receives $330,000; third place pays $225,000; fourth $160,000; and fifth, $125,000. The top 20 finishers earn bonuses. The top 10 go on stage for recognition at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Additionally, Kulwicki, Petty and Gant are competing for another $100,000 prize. It goes to the top finisher in the points standings whose team used Unocal lubricants throughout the season.

* Kyle Petty's dominating victory at N.C. Motor Speedway -- he led 484 of 492 laps in the SABCO team's Pontiac -- put crew chief Robin Pemberton halfway to ownership of a new Porsche 964 SA.

Team owner Felix Sabates, a Charlotte businessman, is fond of offering incentives to his employees. For example, there have been cars, like a Rolls-Royce to Petty, motorcycles and boats to crewmen and furs and furniture for their wives.

Prior to the Rockingham race Pemberton and his teammates were told that if Petty won two of the last three races or finished second in the points standings, the team leader would be driving that fancy new sports car.

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