1989 Busch Clash (lost footage of pre-season NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1989)

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Ken Schrader celebrating his win.

Status: Lost

The 1989 Busch Clash was a race that commenced prior to the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Occurring on 12th February at the Daytona International Speedway, the race would ultimately be won by Ken Schrader in a Chevrolet, after having led three-quarters of the event.

Background[edit | edit source]

The 1989 Busch Clash was the 11th running of a unique 50 mile race at Daytona International Speedway that commenced before the 1989 season opener, the 1989 Daytona 500.[1][2] The event consists exclusively of drivers that won pole positions throughout the 1988 season, with 13 achieving that accolade.[3][1] Among those included Chevrolet drivers Ken Schrader, Geoffrey Bodine, Darrell Waltrip, and Rick Mast; Ford racers Davey Allison, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, and Bill Elliott; Pontiac competitors Rusty Wallace and Morgan Shepherd; and single Oldsmobile and Buick entries in Rick Wilson and Ricky Rudd respectively.[1] In modern times, the event is now known as the Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum, as the 2022 event is to occur at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.[4]

The Race[edit | edit source]

Prior to the race, the pole position was drawn via lots.[1] Schrader was drawn the first position, with Rudd lining up second, and Darrell Waltrip starting third.[1] With the starting order decided, the event commenced on 12th February.[1] Schrader maintained his lead at the start, holding on until Waltrip moved into the first position on lap 5.[1] Schrader was able to move back into first on lap 10 however, with Waltrip falling down the field for the remaining duration of the race, ultimately finishing 8th.[1] Schrader's main competition proved to be Allison, with the two being separated by just three car lengths.[1] Ultimately, Schrader narrowly edged out Allison to claim victory,[1] in what would be his first of two Busch Clash victories, the other occurring the following year.[5] Labonte would beat Bodine for third in a race that saw no retirements.[1]

Availability[edit | edit source]

According to a YouTube playlist providing videos of Busch Clashes, only the 1989 event is not publicly available.[6] Currently, no race footage is available to view, but the likelihood of it resurfacing remains high, as it was twice previously uploaded in full to YouTube according to Racing-Reference.[7] However, both uploads have since been taken down.

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