1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series (Start Your Engines!)

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The 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Season was the 41st season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 18th modern-era Cup season. It began February 12 and ended November 19. This was the first year that every Winston Cup race had flag-to-flag coverage, with almost all of them being televised live.

The 1989 season marked the end of the first of two tire wars between Goodyear and Hoosier, with Hoosier leaving NASCAR shortly after Goodyear debuted their new radial tires.

Also, 1989 was the first season without Benny Parsons or Cale Yarborough.

1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Drivers

Make Team No. Driver Crew Chief
Buick David Pearson Racing 16 Larry Pearson (R)
King Racing 26 Ricky Rudd Larry MacReynolds
Stavola Brothers Racing 8 Bobby Hillin Jr. Harry Hyde
12 Bobby Allison Jimmy Fennig
84 Dick Trickle (R)
Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 5 Geoffrey Bodine Waddell Wilson
17 Darrell Waltrip Jeff Hammond
25 Tim Richmond Richard Broome
Mach 1 Racing 66 Rick Mast (R) Travis Carter
Marcis Auto Racing 71 Dave Marcis
Richard Childress Racing 3 Dale Earnhardt Kirk Shelmerdine
Whitcomb Racing 10 Derrike Cope Buddy Parrott


Bahari Racing 30 Michael Waltrip Mike Beam
Donlavey Racing 90 Ken Schrader
Hagan Racing 98 Sterling Marlin
Jackson Brothers Motorsports 33 Harry Gant Andy Petree
55 Phil Parsons
Kelman Racing 86 Ryan Kelman Scott Searle
Means Racing 52 Jimmy Means
Pacific Coast Racing 60 Chloe Johnson (R) Rodney Clay
80 Tim Johnson Lyle White
Petty Enterprises 43 Richard Petty Dale Inman
SABCO Racing 42 Kyle Petty Gary Nelson
Speed Racing 83 Lake Speed
Ford AK Racing 7 Alan Kulwicki Paul Andrews
Bud Moore Engineering 15 Brett Bodine Donnie Wingo
Junior Johnson & Associates 11 Terry Labonte Tim Brewer
Melling Racing 9 Bill Elliott Ernie Elliott
RahMoc Enterprises 75 Morgan Shepherd Bob Rahilly
Robert Yates Racing 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates
Roush Racing 6 Mark Martin Robin Pemberton
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Neil Bonnett Leonard Wood
Oldsmobile B & B Racing 23 Eddie Bierschwale
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 4 Rick Wilson Tony Glover
Pontiac Baker-Schiff Racing 88 Jimmy Spencer Dennis Conner
Blue Max Racing 27 Rusty Wallace Barry Dodson
Cale Yarborough Motorsports 29 Dale Jarrett
Kennedy Racing 03 Melvin Kennedy Mark Cutter
Osterlund Racing 57 Hut Stricklin (R) Doug Richert
U.S. Racing 2 Ernie Irvan Bob Johnson
Winkle Motorsports 48 Greg Sacks


No. Race title Track Date TV
Busch Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 12 CBS
Twin 125 Qualifiers February 16
1 Daytona 500 February 19
2 Goodwrench 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham March 5 ESPN
3 Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 Atlanta International Speedway, Hampton March 19 ABC
4 Pontiac Excitement 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond March 26 TBS
5 TranSouth 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington April 2 ESPN
6 Valleydale Meats 500 Bristol International Raceway, Bristol April 9
7 First Union 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro April 16
8 Pannill Sweatshirts 500 Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville April 23
9 Pabst Blue Ribbon 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis April 30 TBS
10 Winston 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega May 7 ESPN
11 Diet Coke 500 Coca-Cola Superspeedway, Denver May 14 CBS
Winston Open Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord May 21 ABC
The Winston
12 Coca-Cola 600 May 28 TBS
13 Budweiser 500 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover June 4 ESPN
14 Banquet Frozen Foods 300 Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma June 11
15 Miller High Life 500 Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond June 18 Showtime
16 Miller High Life 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn June 25 CBS
17 Pepsi 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 1 ESPN
18 Denver Post 400 Pikes Peak International Speedway, Fountain July 9 CBS
19 AC Spark Plug 500 Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond July 23 ESPN
20 Talladega DieHard 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega July 30 CBS
21 Sprite 500 Coca-Cola Superspeedway, Denver August 6
22 Budweiser At The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 13 ESPN
23 Champion Spark Plug 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 20
24 Busch 500 Bristol International Raceway, Bristol August 26
25 Heinz Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 3
26 Miller High Life 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 10 TBS
27 Peak Performance 500 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover September 17 ESPN
28 Goody's 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway September 24
29 Mountain Dew 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis October 1
30 All Pro Parts 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord October 8 TBS
31 Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro October 15 ESPN
32 AC Delco 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham October 22
33 Coor's 400 Pikes Peak International Speedway, Fountain October 29
34 Autoworks 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale November 5
35 Budweiser 400 Riverside International Raceway, Riverside November 12
36 Atlanta Journal 500 Atlanta International Speedway, Hampton November 19

Technical Changes

Following the introduction of the restrictor plate in 1988, all manufacturers made changes to their cars in 1989. The main change involved rounder, more compact bodies for better aero efficiency.

A few model changes also occurred. From the Daytona 500 through to the Pabst Blue Ribbon 400 at The Milwaukee Mile, Chevrolet continued using the old Monte Carlo SS, which lost the Aerocoupe moniker due to the Monte Carlos being rebuilt to stay competitive with the other rebodied cars. Starting with the Winston 500 at Talladega, the new Chevrolet Lumina debuted. Ricky Rudd’s #26 team for King Racing continued to use the old 1987 Buick LeSabre sheet metal at restrictor plate tracks due to being more aerodynamic than the current Buick Regal. All other Buick teams continued to use the normal Regal chassis at plate tracks. Stavola Brothers Racing tried to run a Buick Skyhawk, but decided to stick with the Regal.

During Preseason Testing in January 1989, Pacific Coast Racing discovered in the 1989 rulebook that Chrysler had gotten the Dodge Daytona approved for NASCAR competition. Owner Manny Brown quickly bought up some Dodge Daytona sheetmetal and had it installed on rookie Chloe Johnson's car, having Tim Johnson run a Chrysler LeBaron so they could compare the two models. After six laps, it was found the Daytona was running faster lap times than the LeBaron and easily outpacing it without any drafting help. Shortly thereafter, Tim's car was rebuilt as a Daytona, and together, the Johnson Twins ended the second day with the fastest lap times. This prompted every other Chrysler team to immediately purchase Dodge Daytona sheetmetal (Kelman Racing got its sheetmetal through PCR due to being a satellite team of the latter), and by the end of testing, all Chrysler teams had decided to run the Dodge Daytona at Daytona, Talladega, and Coca-Cola; Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca later revealed he had a NASCAR-legal version of the Dodge Daytona made specifically because he knew Pacific Coast Racing always scanned the eligible models section of the rulebook very carefully every year, and he badly wanted to promote the car.

Cars Used in 1989