1984 Race 26 Recap – Miller High Life 500 from Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 7, 1984) – Bill Elliott, who arrived a firm contender at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1982, but who has suffered several heartbreaking defeats at the 1.5-mile oval, put it all together and won the Miller High Life 500.

The Dawsonville, GA driver, who has been described as looking like Huckleberry Finn, talking like Gomer Pyle, and driving like the dukes of Hazzard, led the final 60 laps to nail down his third career victory. Benny Parsons, who won the pole and grabbed most of the lap leader awards, finished 14.5 seconds behind Elliott and won $68,475. Elliott won only $52,633.

“Benny was about half a straightaway from lapping me midway in the race,” said Elliott. “Luckily, we got a caution flag and we caught up. It got cloudy and that helped bring the track to our set-up.”

Cale Yarborough came in third, Harry Gant was fourth, and Terry Labonte fifth.
Labonte held onto an 88 point lead over Gant in the point race. Elliott moved up to third, but he is hopelessly out of contention, trailing Labonte by 227 points.

Darrell Waltrip was leading on lap 182 when Ken Ragan looped his Chevrolet out of the fourth turn. Waltrip hit Ragan and the front stretch retaining wall, which put him out of contention. After repairs, Waltrip got back on track and finished 27th.

By: Greg Fielden —  Forty Years Of Stock Car Racing: The Modern Era 1972-1989

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