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1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Drivers Bobby Allison (upper left), Bobby Hillin (upper right), Cale Yarborough (lower left), Terry Labonte (2nd from lower left), and Bill Elliott (lower right) in at Pocono in 1985

The 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Season was the 37th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 14th modern-era Cup series season. The season began on Sunday February 10 and ended on Sunday November 17. Darrell Waltrip, driving for Junior Johnson, was crowned champion (for the third time in his career) at the end of the season. Bill Elliott, driving for Harry Melling, had won 11 races in 1985 (as well as the Winston Million), but lost the title by 101 points to three-time race winner Waltrip. This was the first season where all races were televised in some form.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

There were 23 full-time teams in 1985.

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief Round(s)
Buick Bahre Racing 23 Dick May 1
Booher Farms 65 Joe Booher 1
Ulrich Racing D. K. Ulrich 1
Buck Baker Racing 87 Randy Baker 3
Stolarcyk Racing Mike Stolarcyk 1
Cooper Racing 80 Edward Cooper 1
DiGard Motorsports 77 Greg Sacks Robin Pemberton 13
Edwards Racing 32 Jonathan Lee Edwards 1
40 1
41 1
Elliott Racing 72 Brent Elliott Kermit Elliott 4
Kieper Racing 98 Jim Bown 1
Newsom Racing 20 Rick Newsom 4
Osborne Racing 16 Bill Osborne 2
Petris Racing 63 Dale Perry 1
U.S. Racing 6 Jim Southard 4
Wawak Racing 74 Bobby Wawak 8
Chevrolet Adcox Racing 29 Grant Adcox 2
Anderson Racing 08 Craig Spetman 2
Bahre Racing 23 Morgan Shepherd 1
Jim Hull 1
Eldon Dotson 1
Ball Racing 99 Connie Saylor 6
Blair Aiken 2
Beahr Racing 35 Bud Hickey 1
Benfield Racing 98 Trevor Boys 6
Stoke Racing Ron Esau 1
Kieper Racing Jim Bown 1
Billy Matthews Racing 09 Dick Trickle 2
Bob Johnson Racing 07 Randy LaJoie 2
Bobby Hawkins Racing 16 Butch Lindley 1
Morgan Shepherd 4
Boys Racing 24 Trevor Boys 1
Davis Racing 06 Joe Thurman 1
Freelander Motorsports 18 Tommy Ellis 14
Glen Steurer 2
Hendrick Motorsports 1 Dick Brooks 1
Ellington Racing Charles Poalillo Runt Pittman 1
Davey Allison 3
Pancho Carter 1
Helen Rae Motorsports 00 Jody Ridley 1
Ed Sanger 1
Phil Barkdoll 2
Morgan Shepherd 7
Sterling Marlin 1
Heveron Racing 10 Doug Heveron 1
DiGard Motorsports Greg Sacks 1
Gerhart Racing 25 Bobby Gerhart 5
Henley Gray Racing 31 Slick Johnson 1
Steve Gray 1
54 Bobby Wawak 1
Goff Racing 79 Dick Skillen 2
H. L. Waters Racing 0 Delma Cowart 6
Hylton Racing 48 Lennie Pond 4
Don Hume 1
49 6
James Hylton 1
Greg Sacks 3
Trevor Boys 13
Lennie Pond 1
Ron Esau 1
Jackson Brothers Motorsports 55 Benny Parsons Cliff Champion 13
66 Phil Parsons 13
Lain Motorsports 37 Satch Worley 1
McCray Racing 45 Rick McCray 2
Morris Racing Rick Baldwin 1
McDuffie Racing 70 J.D. McDuffie 7
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 4 Joe Ruttman Tony Glover 16
Newsom Racing 20 Rick Newsom 5
Paul Racing 53 Donny Paul 2
Scott Racing Bill Scott 3
Jeff Hooker 1
Ragan Racing 77 Davey Allison Marvin Ragan 2
Sacks & Sons 51 Greg Sacks 4
Cecil Gordon 1
Sadler Brothers Racing 95 Sterling Marlin 7
Mike Alexander 4
Schmitt Motorsports 73 Bill Schmitt 2
Steve Moore 1
Shepherd Racing 38 Morgan Shepherd 1
Sims Brothers Racing 84 Mike Alexander 7
Sonntag Racing 65 Joey Sonntag 1
Booher Farms Joe Booher 1
Stoner Racing 96 Eldon Dotson 1
Terry Motorsports 32 Ruben Garcia 2
Tommy Houston 1
U.S. Racing 6 Eddie Bierschwale (R) 27
Thomas Racing 41 Glenn Jarrett 1
Ronnie Thomas 8
Williams Racing 63 Chuck Walton 1
Wawak Racing 74 Bobby Wawak 6
Rick Wilson 1
Chrysler Good Racing 76 Phil Good 3
Rick Baldwin Racing 04 Rick Baldwin 1
MRE Racing 93 Maurice Randall 5
Palmer Racing Norm Palmer 1
St. James Racing 02 St. James Davis 1
Dodge Good Racing 76 Phil Good 1
Ford Beahr Racing 35 Dick May 1
Morgan Shepherd 1
Bowman Racing 96 Jerry Bowman 5
DiGard Motorsports 10 Ken Ragan 1
Jefferson Racing 07 Derrike Cope 2
McDuffie Racing 70 J.D. McDuffie 3
McKnight Racing 83 Sumner McKnight 1
Mitchell Racing 31 Chet Fillip 1
Pearson Racing 21 David Pearson Leonard Wood 12
Rick Wilson 1
Petty Enterprises 1 Dick Brooks 3
Morgan Shepherd 1
Ranier-Lundy Racing 28 Cale Yarborough Waddell Wilson 16
Spohn Racing 05 Dean Roper 1
Slick Johnson 5
51 Doug Heveron 1
Slick Johnson 1
Stahl Racing 82 Mark Stahl 3
Terry Motorsports 32 Alan Kulwicki 2
38 3
Walker Enterprises 68 Mike Potter 7
Jimmy Walker 1
Ed Baugess 1
Wangerin Racing 39 Blackie Wangerin 2
Oldsmobile A.J. Foyt Enterprises 14 A. J. Foyt 7
Earle Canavan Racing 01 Earle Canavan 1
KC Racing 91 John Krebs 1
Midgley Racing 29 Scott Autrey Dick Midgley 1
Williams Racing 78 Jim Robinson 2
Pontiac Bahre Racing 23 Michael Waltrip 5
Blue Max Racing 72 Sammy Swindell 1
Curb Racing 42 Tom Sneva 2
DiGard Motorsports 10 Dick Trickle 1
Francis Racing 03 Glenn Francis 1
H. B. Bailey Racing 36 H. B. Bailey 2
Leonard Racing 85 Tommie Crozier 4
McDuffie Racing 0 Jeff McDuffie 1
70 J.D. McDuffie 18
Mueller Brothers Racing 89 Jim Sauter 3
Park Racing 19 Bob Park 3
Riley Racing 60 Bob Riley 1
Sosres Racing 94 John Soares, Jr. 2
Smith Motorsports 04 Hershel McGriff 2

Schedule

No. Race Title Track Date TV
Busch Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 10 CBS
7-Eleven Twin 125's February 14 CBS
February 15 CBS
1 Daytona 500 February 17 CBS
2 Miller High Life 400 Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, Richmond February 24 TBS
3 Carolina 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham March 3 SETN
4 Coca-Cola 500 Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton March 17 ABC
5 Valleydale 500 Bristol International Raceway, Bristol April 6 ESPN
6 TranSouth 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington April 14 ESPN
7 Northwestern Bank 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro April 21 ESPN
8 Sovran Bank 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway April 28 SETN
9 Winston 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega May 5 NBC
10 Budweiser 500 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover May 19 Mizlou
The Winston Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord May 25 Jefferson-Pilot
11 Coca-Cola World 600 May 26 Jefferson-Pilot
12 Budweiser 400 Riverside International Raceway, Riverside June 2 TNN
13 Van Scoy Diamond Mine 500 Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond June 9 ESPN
14 Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn June 16 CBS
15 Pepsi Firecracker 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 4 ABC
16 Summer 500 Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond July 21 ESPN
17 Talladega 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega July 28 CBS
18 Champion Spark Plug 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 11 ESPN
19 Busch 500 Bristol International Raceway, Bristol August 24 ESPN
20 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 1 ESPN
21 Wrangler Sanfor-Set 400 Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, Richmond September 8 SETN
22 Delaware 500 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover September 15 Mizlou
23 Goody's 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway September 22 SETN
24 Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro September 29 ESPN
25 Miller High Life 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord October 6 Jefferson-Pilot
26 Nationwise 500 North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham October 20 TBS
27 Atlanta Journal 500 Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton November 3 TBS
28 Winston Western 500 Riverside International Raceway, Riverside November 17 TBS

Busch Clash

The Busch Clash was run on February 10 at Daytona International Speedway. Ricky Rudd drew for the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 44 - Terry Labonte
  2. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  3. 9 - Bill Elliott
  4. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  5. 33 - Harry Gant
  6. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  7. 88 - Buddy Baker
  8. 2 - Rusty Wallace
  9. 4 - Joe Ruttman
  10. 28 - Cale Yarborough

7-Eleven Twin 125's

The 7-Eleven Twin 125's were run on February 14 at Daytona. Bill Elliott and Cale Yarborough won the pole for Races 1 and 2, respectively.

Race One Top Ten Results

  1. 9 - Bill Elliott
  2. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  3. 55 - Benny Parsons
  4. 88 - Buddy Baker
  5. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  6. 1 - Dick Brooks
  7. 51 - Greg Sacks
  8. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  9. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  10. 12 - Neil Bonnett

Race Two Top Ten Results

  1. 28 - Cale Yarborough
  2. 21 - David Pearson
  3. 7 - Kyle Petty
  4. 43 - Richard Petty
  5. 33 - Harry Gant
  6. 66 - Phil Parsons
  7. 75 - Lake Speed
  8. 14 - A. J. Foyt
  9. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  10. 95 - Sterling Marlin

Daytona 500

Miller High Life 400

The Miller High Life 400 was run on February 24 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  2. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  3. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  4. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  5. 33 - Harry Gant
  6. 44 - Terry Labonte
  7. 7 - Kyle Petty
  8. 71 - Dave Marcis
  9. 27 - Tim Richmond
  10. 75 - Lake Speed

Carolina 500

The Carolina 500 was run on March 3 at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. Terry Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  2. 33 - Harry Gant
  3. 44 - Terry Labonte
  4. 75 - Lake Speed
  5. 7 - Kyle Petty
  6. 4 - Joe Ruttman
  7. 28 - Cale Yarborough
  8. 43 - Richard Petty
  9. 2 - Rusty Wallace
  10. 3 - Dale Earnhardt

Coca-Cola 500

The Coca-Cola 500 was run on March 17 at Atlanta International Raceway in Atlanta, Georgia. Neil Bonnett won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9 - Bill Elliott
  2. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  3. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  4. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  5. 22 - Bobby Allison
  6. 44 - Terry Labonte
  7. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  8. 55 - Benny Parsons
  9. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  10. 51 - Greg Sacks

Valleydale 500

The Valleydale 500 was run on April 6 at Bristol International Raceway in Bristol, Tennessee. Harry Gant won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  2. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  3. 44 - Terry Labonte
  4. 88 - Buddy Baker
  5. 2 - Rusty Wallace
  6. 7 - Kyle Petty
  7. 75 - Lake Speed
  8. 43 - Richard Petty
  9. 8 - Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  10. 90 - Ken Schrader

This race was scheduled to run on March 31, 1985, but was moved to April 6 due to rain.

TranSouth 500

The TranSouth 500 was run on April 14 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9 - Bill Elliott
  2. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  3. 27 - Tim Richmond
  4. 44 - Terry Labonte
  5. 2 - Rusty Wallace
  6. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  7. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  8. 66 - Phil Parsons
  9. 75 - Lake Speed
  10. 22 - Bobby Allison

Northwestern Bank 400

The Northwestern Bank 400 was run on April 21 at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  2. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  3. 22 - Bobby Allison
  4. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  5. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  6. 9 - Bill Elliott
  7. 44 - Terry Labonte
  8. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  9. 75 - Lake Speed
  10. 33 - Harry Gant

Sovran Bank 500

The Sovran Bank 500 was run on April 28 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 33 - Harry Gant
  2. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  3. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  4. 22 - Bobby Allison
  5. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  6. 44 - Terry Labonte
  7. 43 - Richard Petty
  8. 75 - Lake Speed
  9. 66 - Phil Parsons
  10. 2 - Rusty Wallace

Winston 500

The Winston 500 was run on May 5 at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Alabama. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9 - Bill Elliott
  2. 7 - Kyle Petty
  3. 28 - Cale Yarborough
  4. 22 - Bobby Allison
  5. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  6. 88 - Buddy Baker
  7. 44 - Terry Labonte
  8. 71 - Dave Marcis
  9. 8 - Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  10. 75 - Lake Speed

Bill Elliott made up two laps under green during this race. Elliott lost the laps from having to pit due to a broken oil fitting. With the victory, Elliott claimed the second leg of the Winston Million.

Budweiser 500

The Budweiser 500 was run on May 19 at Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Terry Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9 - Bill Elliott
  2. 33 - Harry Gant
  3. 7 - Kyle Petty
  4. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  5. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  6. 27 - Tim Richmond
  7. 43 - Richard Petty
  8. 75 - Neil Bonnett
  9. 71 - Dave Marcis
  10. 90 - Ken Schrader

The Winston

The inaugural Winston was run on May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Darrell Waltrip won the race.

Coca-Cola World 600

The Coca-Cola World 600 was run on May 26 at Charlotte. Bill Elliott won the pole. Elliott had a chance to clinch the first Winston Million, and a then NASCAR record crowd of 155,000 spectators arrived to cheer him on. After considerable pre-race hype, Elliott led 81 laps, but fell short, however, as mechanical problems plagued much of his day. Elliott would have another chance at Darlington in the Southern 500. Darrell Waltrip gambled on fuel, stretching his tank over the final 110 laps to secure the victory. Waltrip (who won The Winston a day earlier) nearly missed the race after a car/engine swap controversy with NASCAR Director of Competition Dick Beatty.[1]

Top Ten Results

  1. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  2. 33 - Harry Gant
  3. 22 - Bobby Allison
  4. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  5. 44 - Terry Labonte
  6. 75 - Lake Speed
  7. 4 - Joe Ruttman
  8. 2 - Rusty Wallace
  9. 27 - Tim Richmond
  10. 1 - Dick Brooks
  • this was the first NASCAR Winston cup start for Michael Waltrip

Budweiser 400

The Budweiser 400 was run on June 2 at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 44 - Terry Labonte
  2. 33 - Harry Gant
  3. 22 - Bobby Allison
  4. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  5. 7 - Kyle Petty
  6. 9 - Bill Elliott
  7. 43 - Richard Petty
  8. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  9. 27 - Tim Richmond
  10. 90 - Ken Schrader

Van Scoy Diamond Mine 500

The Van Scoy Diamond Mine 500 was run on June 9 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9 - Bill Elliott
  2. 33 - Harry Gant
  3. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  4. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  5. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  6. 55 - Benny Parsons
  7. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  8. 88 - Buddy Baker
  9. 22 - Bobby Allison
  10. 27 - Tim Richmond

Miller 400

The Miller 400 was run on June 16 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9 - Bill Elliott
  2. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  3. 28 - Cale Yarborough
  4. 27 - Tim Richmond
  5. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  6. 22 - Bobby Allison
  7. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  8. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  9. 71 - Dave Marcis
  10. 55 - Benny Parsons

Pepsi Firecracker 400

The Pepsi Firecracker 400 was run on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Bill Elliott won the pole. The race was won by Greg Sacks, who was driving as a Research & Development driver for DiGard Motorsports. His win caused Bobby Allison to leave the team.

Top Ten Results

  1. 10 - Greg Sacks
  2. 9 - Bill Elliott
  3. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  4. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  5. 7 - Kyle Petty
  6. 88 - Buddy Baker
  7. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  8. 44 - Terry Labonte
  9. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  10. 21 - David Pearson

Summer 500

The Summer 500 was run on July 21 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9 - Bill Elliott
  2. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  3. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  4. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  5. 33 - Harry Gant
  6. 55 - Benny Parsons
  7. 7 - Kyle Petty
  8. 66 - Phil Parsons
  9. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  10. 88 - Buddy Baker

Talladega 500

The Talladega 500 was run on July 28 at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Alabama. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28 Cale Yarborough
  2. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  3. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  4. 9 - Bill Elliott
  5. 14 - A. J. Foyt
  6. 43 - Richard Petty
  7. 33 - Harry Gant
  8. 75 - Lake Speed
  9. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  10. 1 - Davey Allison*

Champion Spark Plug 400

The Champion Spark Plug 400 was run on August 11 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9 - Bill Elliott
  2. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  3. 33 - Harry Gant
  4. 7 - Kyle Petty
  5. 55 - Benny Parsons
  6. 66 - Phil Parsons
  7. 2 - Rusty Wallace
  8. 10 - Dick Trickle
  9. 44 - Terry Labonte
  10. 67 - Buddy Arrington

Busch 500

The Busch 500 was run on August 24 at Bristol International Raceway in Bristol, Tennessee. Dale Earnhardt won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  2. 27 - Tim Richmond
  3. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  4. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  5. 9 - Bill Elliott
  6. 33 - Harry Gant
  7. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  8. 43 - Richard Petty
  9. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  10. 75 - Lake Speed

Southern 500

The Southern 500 was run on September 1 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Bill Elliott won the pole, and won the Winston Million with the race victory.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9 - Bill Elliott
  2. 28 - Cale Yarborough
  3. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  4. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  5. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  6. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  7. 44 - Terry Labonte
  8. 55 - Benny Parsons
  9. 4 - Joe Ruttman
  10. 7 - Kyle Petty

Wrangler Sanfor-Set 400

The Wrangler Sanfor-Set 400 was run on September 8 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Geoffrey Bodine won the pole. This race marked the Winston Cup Series debut of Alan Kulwicki, driving Bill Terry's #32 Ford. Kulwicki would finish 19th, 8 laps down.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  2. 44 - Terry Labonte
  3. 43 - Richard Petty
  4. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  5. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  6. 33 - Harry Gant
  7. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  8. 7 - Kyle Petty
  9. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  10. 18 - Tommy Ellis

Delaware 500

The Delaware 500 was run on September 15 at Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 33 - Harry Gant
  2. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  3. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  4. 22 - Bobby Allison
  5. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  6. 27 - Tim Richmond
  7. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  8. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  9. 43 - Richard Petty
  10. 75 - Lake Speed

Goody's 500

The Goody's 500 was run on September 22 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Geoffrey Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  2. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  3. 33 - Harry Gant
  4. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  5. 7 - Kyle Petty
  6. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  7. 27 - Tim Richmond
  8. 8 - Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  9. 12 - Neil Bonnett
  10. 22 - Bobby Allison

Holly Farms 400

The Holly Farms 400 was run on September 29 at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Geoffrey Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 33 - Harry Gant
  2. 5 - Geoff Bodine
  3. 44 - Terry Labonte
  4. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  5. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  6. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  7. 27 - Tim Richmond
  8. 43 - Richard Petty
  9. 71 - Dave Marcis
  10. 12 - Neil Bonnett

Miller High Life 500

The Miller High Life 500 was run on October 6 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Harry Gant won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28 - Cale Yarborough
  2. 9 - Bill Elliott
  3. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  4. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  5. 4 - Joe Ruttman
  6. 27 - Tim Richmond
  7. 16 - Morgan Shepherd
  8. 88 - Buddy Baker
  9. 8 - Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  10. 43 - Richard Petty

Nationwise 500

The Nationwise 500 was run on October 20 at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. Terry Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  2. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  3. 33 - Harry Gant
  4. 9 - Bill Elliott
  5. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  6. 27 - Tim Richmond
  7. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  8. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  9. 2 - Rusty Wallace
  10. 77 - Greg Sacks

Atlanta Journal 500

The Atlanta Journal 500 was run on November 3 at Atlanta International Raceway in Hampton, Georgia. Harry Gant won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9 - Bill Elliott
  2. 28 - Cale Yarborough
  3. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  4. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  5. 16 - Morgan Shepherd
  6. 44 - Terry Labonte
  7. 75 - Lake Speed
  8. 33 - Harry Gant
  9. 77 - Greg Sacks
  10. 43 - Richard Petty
  • 11th and final win of the season for Bill Elliott.
  • With this win, and as of 2018, Bill Elliott is the only driver in NASCAR history to pull off the season sweep at 4 different tracks in one season. Along with the season sweep at Atlanta, he swept Pocono, Michigan, and Darlington. In 2004 however, Jimmie Johnson pulled off the season sweep at 3 different tracks, coming close to tying Bill Elliott's record. The tracks Johnson pulled off the season sweep are Pocono, Charlotte, and Darlington.

Winston Western 500

The Winston Western 500 was run on November 17 at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California. Terry Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 15 - Ricky Rudd
  2. 44 - Terry Labonte
  3. 75 - Neil Bonnett
  4. 33 - Harry Gant
  5. 3 - Dale Earnhardt
  6. 5 - Geoffrey Bodine
  7. 11 - Darrell Waltrip
  8. 43 - Richard Petty
  9. 75 - Lake Speed
  10. 47 - Ron Bouchard
  • After winning the previous race, which was at Atlanta, Bill Elliott came into this race 2nd in points, only 20 points behind Darrell Waltrip, giving him a shot to rebound for the championship after a string of poor finishes in 4 of the last 5 races. During this race however, Elliott would suffer early transmission problems, and it would unfortunately cost him the championship. He finished the race in 31st. Waltrip finished in 7th, gaining 81 points on Elliott. Darrell Waltrip clinched his 3rd and final Winston Cup title, having won only three races to Bill Elliott's eleven. Elliott would officially lose the championship by 101 points. This would be the 1st time in Bob Latford's Winston Cup points system that a driver winning 10 or more races in a season failed to win the championship due to poor finishes and lack of consistency in the final stretch of the season.

Final point standings

  1. Darrell Waltrip 4292
  2. Bill Elliott 4191
  3. Harry Gant 4033
  4. Neil Bonnett 3902
  5. Geoffrey Bodine 3862
  6. Ricky Rudd 3857
  7. Terry Labonte 3683
  8. Dale Earnhardt 3561
  9. Kyle Petty 3528
  10. Lake Speed 3507
  11. Tim Richmond 3413
  12. Bobby Allison 3312
  13. Ron Bouchard 3267
  14. Richard Petty 3140
  15. Bobby Hillin, Jr. 3091
  16. Ken Schrader 3024
  17. Buddy Baker 2986
  18. Dave Marcis 2871
  19. Rusty Wallace 2867
  20. Buddy Arrington 2780
  21. Phil Parsons 2740
  22. Clark Dwyer 2641
  23. Jimmy Means 2548
  24. Eddie Bierschwale 2396
  25. Greg Sacks 1944
  26. Cale Yarborough 1861
  27. J. D. McDuffie 1853
  28. Trevor Boys 1461
  29. Benny Parsons 1427
  30. Joe Ruttman 1410
  31. Morgan Shepherd 1406
  32. Bobby Wawak 1226
  33. Lennie Pond 1107
  34. Tommy Ellis 1100
  35. Mike Alexander 1046
  36. David Pearson 879
  37. Sterling Marlin 645
  38. Don Hume 637
  39. Ronnie Thomas 631
  40. Alan Kulwicki 509
  41. Rick Newsom 450
  42. Mike Potter 443
  43. Jerry Bowman 434
  44. Bobby Gerhart 422
  45. A. J. Foyt 410
  46. Phil Good 406
  47. Ken Ragan 356
  48. Slick Johnson 343
  49. Connie Saylor 296
  50. Jim Sauter 267

The above information is from Racing Reference

References

  1. ^ Jeff Hammond. "Darrell Waltrip's sweep in the 1985 Winston All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 despite controversy in Charlotte built a NASCAR champion". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2016.

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