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The 31st annual Daytona 500 was held February 19 at Daytona International Speedway. Ken Schrader won the pole for the second time in a row.

In the last 53 laps without a pit stop and on a nearing empty tank, Darrell Waltrip took his #17 Tide Chevrolet Monte Carlo to victory lane in the race. The 1989 Daytona 500 race was Waltrip's first (and only) Daytona 500 race win in his 17th try, edging ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Ken Schrader, who led the most laps, by 7.64 seconds. "I won the Daytona 500! I won the Daytona 500!," Waltrip shouted on the radio to his crew, adding "I can't believe I won it! Don't lie to me, this is Daytona, ain't it? I'm not dreamin', am I?" Still in disbelief, Waltrip asked television reporter Mike Joy in victory circle, "This is the Daytona 500, isn't it? Don't tell it isn't." In celebration, Darrell performs his memorable 'Ickey Shuffle' dance with helmet spike. Plus, the race is also remembered for Davey Allison flipping his car off of the dirt embankment separating the cars from Lake Lloyd. Waltrip's win gave Hendrick Motorsports their second Daytona 500 win. The first Daytona 500 win for Hendrick Motorsports was by Geoff Bodine three years prior. With Dale Earnhardt and Geoff Bodine finishing 3rd and 4th respectively, Chevrolet finished 1-2-3-4. Waltrip later won five additional races in the 1989 season, tying Rusty Wallace with the most wins of the season.


  1. 17-Darrell Waltrip, Led 25 of 200 Laps
  2. 25-Ken Schrader, Led 114 Laps
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt, Led 3 Laps
  4. 5-Geoffrey Bodine, Led 9 Laps
  5. 55-Phil Parsons, Led 12 Laps
  6. 66-Rick Mast*, Led 6 Laps
  7. 7-Alan Kulwicki, Led 6 Laps
  8. 4-Rick Wilson, Led 7 Laps
  9. 11-Terry Labonte, Led 3 Laps
  10. 23-Eddie Bierschwale, Led 2 Laps
  11. 94-Sterling Marlin, 1 Lap down
  12. 33-Harry Gant, 1 Lap down
  13. 45-Joe Ruttman, 1 Lap down
  14. 16-Larry Pearson*, 1 Lap down
  15. 75-Morgan Shepherd, 1 Lap down
  16. 10-Ken Bouchard, 2 Laps down
  17. 43-Richard Petty, 2 Laps down
  18. 27-Rusty Wallace, 3 Laps down
  19. 26-Ricky Rudd, 3 Laps down; Led 2 Laps
  20. 71-Dave Marcis, 3 Laps down; Led 1 Lap
  21. 30-Michael Waltrip, 3 Laps down; Led 1 Lap
  22. 40-Ben Hess*, 4 Laps down
  23. 88-Greg Sacks, 4 Laps down
  24. 70-J.D. McDuffie, 7 Laps down
  25. 28-Davey Allison, 7 Laps down
  26. 69-Lee Raymond*, 11 Laps down
  27. 84-Mike Alexander, 12 Laps down
  28. 19-Ronnie Sanders, 16 Laps down
  29. 15-Brett Bodine, 177 Laps Completed (Valve)
  30. 83-Lake Speed, 50 Laps down
  31. 73-Phil Barkdoll, 143 Laps (Accident); Led 2 Laps
  32. 29-Dale Jarrett, 69 Laps down
  33. 6-Mark Martin, 110 Laps (Accident)
  34. 67-Mickey Gibbs*, 76 Laps (Engine Failure)
  35. 9-Bill Elliott, 72 Laps (Accident)
  36. 90-Chad Little*, 72 Laps (Accident)
  37. 89-Rodney Combs, 72 Laps (Accident)
  38. 14-A.J. Foyt, 41 Laps (Shocks); Led 4 Laps
  39. 8-Bobby Hillin Jr., 39 Laps (Accident)
  40. 93-Charlie Baker*, 39 Laps (Accident)
  41. 2-Ernie Irvan, 8 Laps (Engine)
  42. 21-Neil Bonnett, 2 Laps (Oil line).
  • Failed to qualify:

52-Jimmy Means, 57-Hut Stricklin*, 68-Derrike Cope, 42-Kyle Petty, 31-Jim Sauter, 95-Trevor Boys, 77-Connie Saylor, 34-Charlie Glotzbach, 74-Randy LaJoie, 60-Jimmy Horton, 1-Doug Heveron, 41-Jim Bown, 31-Philip Duffie, 49-Tony Spanos, 0-Delma Cowart, 85-Bobby Gerhart, 59-Mark Gibson, and 39-Ricky Woodward.

Other notes

  • On Lap 23 the #28 of Davey Allison spun and hit the earthen bank that separated the backstretch grass from the shore of Lake Lloyd. The car slowly rolled once, but Allison finished the race.
  • On lap 145, the Phil Barkdoll in his #73 got loose and spun out of 18th place coming of turn 2, spun through the grass, hit the earthen bank, and ended up on his side.




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