1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

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1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
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Drivers Bobby Allison (upper left), Bobby Hillin (upper right), Cale Yarborough (lower left), Terry Labonte (2nd from lower left), and Bill Elliott (lower right) in at Pocono in 1985

The 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 10 and ended on Sunday November 17. Darrell Waltrip, driving for Junior Johnson, was crowned champion (for the third time in his career) at the end of the season. Bill Elliott, driving for Harry Melling, had won 11 races in 1985 (as well as the Winston Million), but lost the title by 101 points to three-time race winner Waltrip.

1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Drivers[edit]

TeamMake#DriverSponsorCar OwnerCrew Chief
Arrington RacingFord Thunderbird67Buddy ArringtonVinton MotorsBuddy Arrington
Petty EnterprisesPontiac Grand Prix7Kyle Petty7-ElevenRichard PettyDale Inman
Baker-Schiff RacingOldsmobile Cutlass88Buddy BakerBull Frog KnitsBuddy Baker
Blue Max RacingPontiac Grand Prix27Tim RichmondOld MilwaukeeRaymond BeadleBarry Dodson
Bobby Hawkins RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo16Morgan ShepherdCarolina ToolBobby Hawkins
Bud Moore EngineeringFord Thunderbird15Ricky RuddMotorcraftBud MooreBud Moore
Cliff Stewart RacingPontiac Grand Prix2Rusty WallaceAlugardCliff Stewart
Curb RacingPontiac Grand Prix43Richard PettySTPMike CurbMike Beam
DiGard MotorsportsBuick Regal77Greg SacksMiller AmericanBill GardnerRobin Pemberton
Donlavey RacingFoird90Ken Schrader (R)Ultra SealJunie Donlavey
Ellington RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo1Davey AllisonLancaster Chewing TobaccoHoss EllingtonRunt Pittman
Freelander MotorsportsChevrolet Monte Carlo18Tommy EllisFreelander FinancialEric Freelander
Hagan RacingOldsmobile Cutlass44Terry LabontePiedmont AirlinesBilly HaganDale Inman
Hamby MotorsportsChevrolet Monte Carlo17Phil ParsonsSkoal BanditRoger Hamby
17Lennie PondMcCord Gaskets
Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet Monte Carlo5Geoff BodineLevi GarrettRick HendrickHarry Hyde
Hylton RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo49Trevor BoysHylton RacingJames Hylton
Jackson Brothers MotorsportsChevrolet Monte Carlo55Benny ParsonsCopenhagenLeo Jackson
Richard Jackson
Cliff Champion
66Phil ParsonsSkoal
Junior Johnson & AssociatesChevrolet Monte Carlo11Darrell WaltripBudweiserJunior JohnsonJeff Hammond
12Neil BonnettDoug Richert
Langley RacingFord Thunderbird64Clark DwyerSunny King Ford & HondaElmo Langley
Mach 1 RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo33Harry GantSkoal BanditHal NeedhamTravis Carter
Marcis Auto RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo71Dave MarcisAEL RentalsHelen Marcis
McDuffie RacingPontiac Grand Prix70J.D. McDuffieRumple FurnitureJ.D. McDuffie
Means RacingPontiac Grand Prix52Jimmy MeansBroadway MotorsJimmy Means
Melling RacingFord Thunderbird9Bill ElliottCoorsHarry MellingErnie Elliott
Morgan-McClure MotorsportsChevrolet Monte Carlo4Joe RuttmanFolgersLarry McClureTony Glover
Pearson RacingFord Thunderbird21David PearsonChattanooga ChewDavid PearsonLeonard Wood
Race Hill Farm TeamBuick Regal47Ron BouchardValvolineJack BeebeJake Elder
RahMoc EnterprisesPontiac Grand Prix75Lake SpeedNationwise Auto PartsBob RahillyBob Rahilly
Ranier-Lundy RacingFord Thunderbird28Cale YarboroughHardee'sHarry RanierWaddell Wilson
Richard Childress RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo3Dale EarnhardtWrangler JeansRichard ChildressKirk Shelmerdine
Sadler RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo95Mike AlexanderSadler RacingEaadler
Stavola Brothers RacingBuick Regal8Bobby Hillin Jr.All Pro Auto PartsBilly Stavola
Chevrolet Monte Carlo22Bobby AllisonMiller AmericanMickey Stavola
U.S. RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo6Eddie Bierschwale (R)U.S. RacingD.K. Ulrich
Wawak RacingBuick Regal74Bobby WawakSuperior PipingBobby Wawak
Wood Brothers RacingFord Thunderbird7Kyle Petty7-ElevenGlen WoodLeonard Wood

Busch Clash[edit]

The Busch Clash was run on February 10 at Daytona International Speedway. Ricky Rudd drew for the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 44- Terry Labonte
  2. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  3. 9- Bill Elliott
  4. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  5. 33- Harry Gant
  6. 15- Ricky Rudd
  7. 88- Buddy Baker
  8. 2- Rusty Wallace
  9. 4- Joe Ruttman
  10. 28- Cale Yarborough

Gatorade Twin 125's[edit]

The Gatorade Twin 125's were run on February 14 at Daytona. Bill Elliott and Cale Yarborough won the pole for Races 1 and 2, respectively.

Race One Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Bill Elliott
  2. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  3. 55- Benny Parsons
  4. 88- Buddy Baker
  5. 15- Ricky Rudd
  6. 1- Dick Brooks
  7. 51- Greg Sacks
  8. 47- Ron Bouchard
  9. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  10. 12- Neil Bonnett

Race Two Top Ten Results

  1. 28- Cale Yarborough
  2. 21- David Pearson
  3. 7- Kyle Petty
  4. 43- Richard Petty
  5. 33- Harry Gant
  6. 66- Phil Parsons
  7. 75- Lake Speed
  8. 14- A.J. Foyt
  9. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  10. 95- Sterling Marlin

Daytona 500[edit]

Miller High Life 400[edit]

The Me 400 was run on February 24 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  2. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  3. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  4. 47- Ron Bouchard
  5. 33- Harry Gant
  6. 44- Terry Labonte
  7. 7- Kyle Petty
  8. 71- Dave Marcis
  9. 27- Tim Richmond
  10. 75- Lake Speed

Carolina 500[edit]

The Carolina 500 was run on March 3 at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. Terry Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 12- Neil Bonnett
  2. 33- Harry Gant
  3. 44- Terry Labonte
  4. 75- Lake Speed
  5. 7- Kyle Petty
  6. 4- Joe Ruttman
  7. 28- Cale Yarborough
  8. 43- Richard Petty
  9. 2- Rusty Wallace
  10. 3- Dale Earnhardt

Coca-Cola 500[edit]

The Coca-Cola 500 was run on March 5 at Atlanta International Raceway in Atlanta, Georgia. Neil Bonnett won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Bill Elliott
  2. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  3. 12- Neil Bonnett
  4. 15- Ricky Rudd
  5. 22- Bobby Allison
  6. 44- Terry Labonte
  7. 47- Ron Bouchard
  8. 55- Benny Parsons
  9. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  10. 51- Greg Sacks

Valleydale 500[edit]

The Valleydale 500 was run on April 6 at Bristol International Raceway in Bristol, Tennessee. Harry Gant won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  2. 15- Ricky Rudd
  3. 44- Terry Labonte
  4. 88- Buddy Baker
  5. 2- Rusty Wallace
  6. 7- Kyle Petty
  7. 75- Lake Speed
  8. 43- Richard Petty
  9. 8- Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  10. 90- Ken Schrader

This race was scheduled to run on March 31, 1985 but was moved to April 6th due to rain.

TranSouth 500[edit]

The TranSouth 500 was run on April 14 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Bill Elliott
  2. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  3. 27- Tim Richmond
  4. 44- Terry Labonte
  5. 2- Rusty Wallace
  6. 12- Neil Bonnett
  7. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  8. 66- Phil Parsons
  9. 75- Lake Speed
  10. 22- Bobby Allison

Northwestern Bank 400[edit]

The Northwestern Bank 400 was run on April 21 at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 12- Neil Bonnett
  2. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  3. 22- Bobby Allison
  4. 15- Ricky Rudd
  5. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  6. 9- Bill Elliott
  7. 44- Terry Labonte
  8. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  9. 75- Lake Speed
  10. 33- Harry Gant

Sovran Bank 500[edit]

The Sovran Bank 500 was run on April 28 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 33- Harry Gant
  2. 15- Ricky Rudd
  3. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  4. 22- Bobby Allison
  5. 12- Neil Bonnett
  6. 44- Terry Labonte
  7. 43- Richard Petty
  8. 75- Lake Speed
  9. 66- Phil Parsons
  10. 2- Rusty Wallace

Winston 500[edit]

The Winston 500 was run on May 5 at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Alabama. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Bill Elliott
  2. 7- Kyle Petty
  3. 28- Cale Yarborough
  4. 22- Bobby Allison
  5. 15- Ricky Rudd
  6. 88- Buddy Baker
  7. 44- Terry Labonte
  8. 71- Dave Marcis
  9. 8- Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  10. 75- Lake Speed


Bill Elliott made up two laps under green during this race. Elliott lost the laps from having to pit due to a broken oil fitting.

Budweiser 500[edit]

The Budweiser 500 was run on May 19 at Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Terry Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Bill Elliott
  2. 33- Harry Gant
  3. 7- Kyle Petty
  4. 15- Ricky Rudd
  5. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  6. 27- Tim Richmond
  7. 43- Richard Petty
  8. 75- Neil Bonnett
  9. 71- Dave Marcis
  10. 90- Ken Schrader

The Winston[edit]

The inaugural Winston (now referred as the Sprint All-Star Race I, as Roman numeral designations were added to the race in 2008) was run on May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Darrell Waltrip won.

Coca-Cola World 600[edit]

The Coca-Cola World 600 was run on May 26 at Charlotte. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  2. 33- Harry Gant
  3. 22- Bobby Allison
  4. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  5. 44- Terry Labonte
  6. 75- Lake Speed
  7. 4- Joe Ruttman
  8. 2- Rusty Wallace
  9. 27- Tim Richmond
  10. 1- Dick Brooks

Budweiser 400[edit]

The Budweiser 400 was run on June 2 at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 44- Terry Labonte
  2. 33- Harry Gant
  3. 22- Bobby Allison
  4. 15- Ricky Rudd
  5. 7- Kyle Petty
  6. 9- Bill Elliott
  7. 43- Richard Petty
  8. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  9. 27- Tim Richmond
  10. 90- Ken Schrader

Van Scoy Diamond Mine 500[edit]

The Van Scoy Diamond Mine 500 was run on June 9 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Bill Elliott
  2. 33- Harry Gant
  3. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  4. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  5. 12- Neil Bonnett
  6. 55- Benny Parsons
  7. 15- Ricky Rudd
  8. 88- Buddy Baker
  9. 22- Bobby Allison
  10. 27- Tim Richmond

Miller 400[edit]

The Miller 400 was run on June 16 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Bill Elliott
  2. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  3. 28- Cale Yarborough
  4. 27- Tim Richmond
  5. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  6. 22- Bobby Allison
  7. 15- Ricky Rudd
  8. 12- Neil Bonnett
  9. 71- Dave Marcis
  10. 55- Benny Parsons

Pepsi Firecracker 400[edit]

The Pepsi Firecracker 400 was run on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Bill Elliott won the pole. The race was won by Greg Sacks, who was driving as a Research & Development driver for DiGard Motorsports. His win caused Bobby Allison to leave the team.

Top Ten Results

  1. 10- Greg Sacks
  2. 9- Bill Elliott
  3. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  4. 47- Ron Bouchard
  5. 7- Kyle Petty
  6. 88- Buddy Baker
  7. 15- Ricky Rudd
  8. 44- Terry Labonte
  9. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  10. 21- David Pearson

Summer 500[edit]

The Summer 500 was run on July 21 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Bill Elliott
  2. 12- Neil Bonnett
  3. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  4. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  5. 33- Harry Gant
  6. 55- Benny Parsons
  7. 7- Kyle Petty
  8. 66- Phil Parsons
  9. 47- Ron Bouchard
  10. 88- Buddy Baker

Talladega 500[edit]

The Talladega 500 was run on July 28 at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Alabama. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28- Cale Yarborough
  2. 12- Neil Bonnett
  3. 47- Ron Bouchard
  4. 9- Bill Elliott
  5. 14- A.J. Foyt
  6. 43- Richard Petty
  7. 33- Harry Gant
  8. 75- Lake Speed
  9. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  10. 1- Davey Allison*

Champion Spark Plug 400[edit]

The Champion Spark Plug 400 was run on August 11 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Bill Elliott
  2. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  3. 33- Harry Gant
  4. 7- Kyle Petty
  5. 55- Benny Parsons
  6. 66- Phil Parsons
  7. 2- Rusty Wallace
  8. 10- Dick Trickle
  9. 44- Terry Labonte
  10. 67- Buddy Arrington

Busch 500[edit]

The Busch 500 was run on August 24 at Bristol International Raceway in Bristol, Tennessee. Dale Earnhardt won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  2. 27- Tim Richmond
  3. 12- Neil Bonnett
  4. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  5. 9- Bill Elliott
  6. 33- Harry Gant
  7. 47- Ron Bouchard
  8. 43- Richard Petty
  9. 15- Ricky Rudd
  10. 75- Lake Speed

Southern 500[edit]

The Southern 500 was run on September 1 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Bill Elliott won the pole, and won the Winston Million with the race victory.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Bill Elliott
  2. 28- Cale Yarborough
  3. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  4. 12- Neil Bonnett
  5. 47- Ron Bouchard
  6. 15- Ricky Rudd
  7. 44- Terry Labonte
  8. 55- Benny Parsons
  9. 4- Joe Ruttman
  10. 7- Kyle Petty

Wrangler Sanfor-Set 400[edit]

The Wrangler Sanfor-Set 400 was run on September 8 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Geoffrey Bodine won the pole. This race marked the Winston Cup Series debut of Alan Kulwicki, driving Bill Terry's #32 Ford. Kulwicki would finish 19th, 8 laps down.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  2. 44- Terry Labonte
  3. 43- Richard Petty
  4. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  5. 15- Ricky Rudd
  6. 33- Harry Gant
  7. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  8. 7- Kyle Petty
  9. 12- Neil Bonnett
  10. 18- Tommy Ellis

Delaware 500[edit]

The Delaware 500 was run on September 15 at Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 33- Harry Gant
  2. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  3. 15- Ricky Rudd
  4. 22- Bobby Allison
  5. 12- Neil Bonnett
  6. 27- Tim Richmond
  7. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  8. 47- Ron Bouchard
  9. 43- Richard Petty
  10. 75- Lake Speed

Goody's 500[edit]

The Goody's 500 was run on September 22 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Geoffrey Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  2. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  3. 33- Harry Gant
  4. 15- Ricky Rudd
  5. 7- Kyle Petty
  6. 47- Ron Bouchard
  7. 27- Tim Richmond
  8. 8- Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  9. 12- Neil Bonnett
  10. 22- Bobby Allison

Holly Farms 400[edit]

The Holly Farms 400 was run on September 29 at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Geoffrey Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 33- Harry Gant
  2. 5- Geoff Bodine
  3. 44- Terry Labonte
  4. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  5. 15- Ricky Rudd
  6. 47- Ron Bouchard
  7. 27- Tim Richmond
  8. 43- Richard Petty
  9. 71- Dave Marcis
  10. 12- Neil Bonnett

Miller High Life 500[edit]

The Miller High Life 500 was run on October 6 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Harry Gant won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28- Cale Yarborough
  2. 9- Bill Elliott
  3. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  4. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  5. 4- Joe Ruttman
  6. 27- Tim Richmond
  7. 16- Morgan Shepherd
  8. 88- Buddy Baker
  9. 8- Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  10. 43- Richard Petty

Nationwise 500[edit]

The Nationwise 500 was run on October 20 at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. Terry Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  2. 47- Ron Bouchard
  3. 33- Harry Gant
  4. 9- Bill Elliott
  5. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  6. 27- Tim Richmond
  7. 15- Ricky Rudd
  8. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  9. 2- Rusty Wallace
  10. 77- Greg Sacks

Atlanta Journal 500[edit]

The Atlanta Journal 500 was run on November 3 at Atlanta International Raceway in Hampton, Georgia. Harry Gant won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Bill Elliott
  2. 28- Cale Yarborough
  3. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  4. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  5. 16- Morgan Shepherd
  6. 44- Terry Labonte
  7. 75- Lake Speed
  8. 33- Harry Gant
  9. 77- Greg Sacks
  10. 43- Richard Petty

Winston Western 500[edit]

The Winston Western 500 was run on November 17 at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California. Terry Labonte won the pole. In this race, Darrell Waltrip clinched his third Winston Cup title, having won three races to Bill Elliott's eleven. Elliott, on the other hand, suffered early transmission problems in the race, which cost him the championship; he finished 31st.

Top Ten Results

  1. 15- Ricky Rudd
  2. 44- Terry Labonte
  3. 75- Neil Bonnett
  4. 33- Harry Gant
  5. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  6. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  7. 11- Darrell Waltrip
  8. 43- Richard Petty
  9. 75- Lake Speed
  10. 47- Ron Bouchard

Final Points Standings[edit]

  1. Darrell Waltrip 4292
  2. Bill Elliott 4191
  3. Harry Gant 4033
  4. Neil Bonnett 3902
  5. Geoffrey Bodine 3862
  6. Ricky Rudd 3857
  7. Terry Labonte 3683
  8. Dale Earnhardt 3561
  9. Kyle Petty 3528
  10. Lake Speed 3507
  11. Tim Richmond 3413
  12. Bobby Allison 3312
  13. Ron Bouchard 3267
  14. Richard Petty 3140
  15. Bobby Hillin, Jr. 3091
  16. Ken Schrader 3024
  17. Buddy Baker 2986
  18. Dave Marcis 2871
  19. Rusty Wallace 2861
  20. Buddy Arrington 2870
  21. Phil Parsons 2840
  22. Clark Dwyer 2641
  23. Jimmy Means 2548
  24. Eddie Bierschwale 2396
  25. Greg Sacks 1944
  26. Cale Yarborough 1861
  27. J. D. McDuffie 1853
  28. Trevor Boys 1461
  29. Benny Parsons 1427
  30. Joe Ruttman 1410
  31. Morgan Shepherd 1406
  32. Bobby Wawak 1226
  33. Lennie Pond 1107
  34. Tommy Ellis 1100
  35. Mike Alexander 1046
  36. David Pearson 879
  37. Sterling Marlin 645
  38. Don Hume 637
  39. Ronnie Thomas 631
  40. Alan Kulwicki 509
  41. Rick Newsom 450
  42. Mike Potter 443
  43. Jerry Bowman 434
  44. Bobby Gerhart 422
  45. A.J. Foyt 410
  46. Phil Good 406
  47. Ken Ragan 356
  48. Slick Johnson 343
  49. Connie Saylor 296
  50. Jim Sauter 267

The above information is from Racing Reference