1984 Delaware 500 (partially found footage of NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1984)

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Bobby Allison after having crashed at the exit of turn 4.

Status: Partially Found

The 1984 Delaware 500 was the 24th race of the 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Occurring on 16th September 1984 at Dover International Speedway, the race primarily consisted of a duel between title contenders Harry Gant and Terry Labonte, with Gant edging out his opponent.

Background[edit | edit source]

The 1984 Delaware 500 was the 2nd occasion that a race was held at Dover International Speedway during the 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Series,[1] with another race, the Budweiser 500, having been won by Richard Petty on 20th May.[2] The track itself is a mainstay of the NASCAR Cup Series, with the latest race having occurred on 16th May 2021 under the new name Drydene 400.[3] Heading into the race, qualifying was ultimately rained out according to Ultimate Racing History.[4] Nevertheless, Labonte won the pole position, ahead of fellow Chevrolet drivers Dale Earnhardt and Gant.[4][5]

Based on the number of laps led, the battle for the first position was primarily between Gant and Labonte. Labonte led for 104 laps, and over the course of the race, the lead changed 19 times between the duo, Ron Bouchard, Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Trevor Boys, Ricky Rudd, Darrell Waltrip, and Bobby Allison.[4][5] However, Gant was primarily in control, leading 281 of the 500 laps to claim victory and $40,005 in prize money.[4] He finished ahead of Labonte, and Ford driver Rudd. The race featured 10 cautions for a total of 73 laps, with nine retiring due to accidents.[4][5] The most serious crash involved Allison, who slammed his Buick into the wall at the exit of turn 4 at over 140mph, bending the car's seat and breaking one of his shoulder blades. Despite claims he would need four weeks of recovering, Allison was able to compete one week later, at the 1984 Goody's 500.[6]

By winning the race, Gant collected 185 points, 10 of those being bonus points because he led the most laps. He outscored Labonte by ten points, thus helping his title chances.[5] Ultimately, Labonte won the 1984 Winston Cup with 4,508 points, 65 ahead of Gant, who ended up runners-up.[7]

Availability[edit | edit source]

While broadcasts of later Delaware 500 races can be found on YouTube, footage of the 1984 edition is scarce. According to NASCAR on TV, there were claims that the race was televised as a 1-hour tape delay on Mizlou, but currently there is no evidence that this broadcast exists.[8] Thus, whether the race was ever televised remains unconfirmed. However, the race was recorded, as footage of Allison's crash can be found as part of a recap prior to the 1984 Goody's 500.

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Video[edit | edit source]

Broadcast of the 1984 Goody's 500 containing footage of Allison's crash (3:12-3:25).


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