1994 Winston Select 500

1994 Winston Select 500

The 1994 Winston Select 500 was held on May 1, 1994 at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama.


Jeff Gordon was the most favored driver to enter this racing event just prior to the actual running.[1] It was the ninth race of the 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season, the race is better known by a very scary crash occurred after halfway when Mark Martin's #6 car, without brakes, hit the inside retaining wall and crashed through two guardrails, through a catchfence and into a third guardrail.[2] He was only slightly injured.

At the end of this 190-minute race, Dale Earnhardt would beat Ernie Irvan by less than 0.10 seconds. The strongly favored Jeff Gordon would finish in a respectable 24th place; finishing four laps behind the lead lap vehicles.[2] Earnhardt would later pay tribute to fallen Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, who died earlier in the day (European Time) at the San Marino Grand Prix while leading. Ernie Irvan won the pole.

Winnings for this race varied from the winner's portion of $94,865 ($150,944.83 in today's money) to the last-place finisher's paycheck of $8,720 ($13,874.86 in today's money).[3]

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 28-Ernie Irvan
  3. 30-Michael Waltrip
  4. 27-Jimmy Spencer
  5. 25-Ken Schrader
  6. 77-Greg Sacks
  7. 15-Lake Speed
  8. 4-Sterling Marlin
  9. 21-Morgan Shepherd
  10. 29-Steve Grissom

Failed to qualify (Flippin' Burgers)

The term Flippin' Burgers was used during the ESPN coverage as a reference of the following drivers who failed to qualified: