1984 Warner W. Hodgton American 500 – Rockingham, NC – 10/21/1984

NASCAR Winston Cup race number 28 of 30

Sunday, October 21, 1984 at North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham, NC
492 laps on a 1.017 mile paved track (500.4 miles)

Time of race: 4:26:35
Average Speed: 112.617 mph
Pole Speed: 144.415 mph
Cautions: 10 for 91 laps
Margin of Victory: 1 foot
Attendance: 45,000
Lead changes: 28


Bill Elliott qualified 2nd in the #9 Coors – Melling Ford behind Jeff Bodine in the Rick Hendrick #5 Chevrolet.  Elliott led 133 laps on his way to victory adding 180 Winston Cup Points to his season standings from the race at Rockingham, one of his more successful tracks.  Team Owner Harry Melling collected $30,400 for the victory that day. Elliott won races at Rockingham in 1984, 1987, 1992 and again in 2003 totaling 4 victories at the track, where he made his very first career start.

Some of Elliott’s most impressive stats at Rockingham Motor Speedway; 4 Wins, 12 top 5’s, 21 top 10’s, and 2 poles.  He finished 41 of 48 races at the famous speedway.  He led 1231 total laps of the 19,761 laps run while driving 20,096 miles on the track.  With an average start of 13.2 and an average finish of 15.1 his total winnings at Rockingham were $1,418,732 in his 48 races.  One of the closest race finishes between Bill Elliott and Harry Gant at Rockingham as Bill beat Harry by 1 foot at the line to win the race.

(Article by Dale Brown)

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