1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series (Start Your Engines!)

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The 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Season was the 40th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 17th modern-era Cup series. The season began on February 7 at Daytona International Speedway and ended on November 20 at the Atlanta International Speedway.

The 1988 season was notable for hosting the first of two tire wars between Goodyear and Hoosier. It also saw the return of Chrysler to NASCAR. Chrysler had left the sport in 1984 after Pacific Coast Racing’s disastrous campaign that year, with PCR running without factory support from 1985-87.

Drivers and teams

Complete schedule

Subject to Change
Make Team No. Driver Crew Chief
Buick Curb Racing 98 Brad Noffsinger
King Racing 26 Ricky Rudd Larry MacReynolds
Stavola Brothers Racing 8 Bobby Hillin Jr.
12 Bobby Allison Jimmy Fennig
Winkle Motorsports 97 Rodney Combs
Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 5 Geoffrey Bodine Waddell Wilson
17 Darrell Waltrip Jeff Hammond
25 Tim Richmond Harry Hyde
35 Benny Parsons Ray Evernham
Junior Johnson & Associates 11 Terry Labonte Tim Brewer
Mach 1 Racing 33 Harry Gant Travis Carter
Marcis Auto Racing 71 Dave Marcis
Richard Childress Racing 3 Dale Earnhardt Kirk Shelmerdine
Whitcomb Racing 10 Ken Bouchard (R)
Chrysler Bahari Racing 30 Michael Waltrip Mike Beam
Donlavey Racing 90 Ken Schrader Doug Richert
Hagan Motorsports 44 Sterling Marlin
Jackson Brothers Motorsports 55 Phil Parsons Andy Petree
Kelman Racing 86 Ryan Kelman (R) Scott Searle
Means Racing 52 Jimmy Means
Pacific Coast Racing 80 Tim Johnson (R) Lyle White
Petty Enterprises 43 Richard Petty Dale Inman
Speed Racing 83 Lake Speed Darrell Bryant
Ford AK Racing 7 Alan Kulwicki Paul Andrews
Bud Moore Engineering 15 Brett Bodine Bud Moore
Melling Racing 9 Bill Elliott Ernie Elliott
Ranier-Lundy Racing 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates
Roush Racing 6 Mark Martin Robin Pemberton
Shepherd Racing 57 Morgan Shepherd
Testa Racing 68 Derrike Cope Dave Fuge
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Kyle Petty Leonard Wood
Oldsmobile B&B Racing 23 Eddie Bierschwale
Cale Yarborough Motorsports 29 Cale Yarborough (10) Elmo Langley
Dale Jarrett (19)
Bob Clark Motorsports 31 Brad Teague
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 4 Rick Wilson Tony Glover
Pontiac Baker-Schiff Racing 88 Buddy Baker Joey Knuckles
Blue Max Racing 28 Rusty Wallace Barry Dodson
Kennedy Racing 03 Melvin Kennedy (R) Mark Cutter
RahMoc Enterprises 75 Neil Bonnett Bob Rahilly
U.S. Racing 2 Ernie Irvan (R) Bob Johnson

Schedule

No. Race Title Track Date TV
Busch Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 7 CBS
Twin 125 Qualifiers February 11
1 Daytona 500 February 14
2 Pontiac Excitement 400 Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, Richmond February 21 TBS
Goodyear NASCAR 500 Calder Park Thunderdome, Melbourne February 28 ESPN
3 Goodwrench 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham March 6
4 Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 Atlanta International Speedway, Hampton March 20 ABC
5 TranSouth 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington March 27 ESPN
6 Valleydale Meats 500 Bristol International Raceway, Bristol April 10
7 First Union 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro April 17
8 Pannill Sweatshirts 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway April 24 SETN
9 Winston 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega May 1 ESPN
10 Diet Coke 500 Coca-Cola Superspeedway, Denver May 7 CBS
Winston Open Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte May 22 ABC
The Winston
11 Coca-Cola 600 May 29 TBS
12 Budweiser 500 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover June 5 ESPN
13 Budweiser 400 Riverside International Raceway, Riverside June 12
14 Miller High Life 500 Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond June 19 SCORE
15 Miller High Life 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn June 26 CBS
16 Pepsi Firecracker 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 2 ABC
17 Diet Coke 500 Coca-Cola Superspeedway, Denver July 10 CBS
18 AC Spark Plug 500 Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond July 24 Showtime
19 Talladega DieHard 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega July 31 CBS
20 Budweiser at the Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 14 ESPN
21 Champion Spark Plug 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 21
22 Busch 500 Bristol International Raceway, Bristol August 27
23 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 4
24 Miller Hight Life 500 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 11 TBS
25 Delaware 500 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover September 18 ESPN
26 Goody's 500 Martinsville Raceway, Ridgeway September 25
27 Oakwood Homes 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord October 9 SCORE
28 Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro October 16 ESPN
29 AC Delco 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham October 23
30 Checker 500 Phoenix International Speedway, Avondale November 6
31 Atlanta Journal 500 Atlanta International Speedway, Hampton November 20

Cars Used in 1988

Work-In-Progress