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GOING STRONG
Mark Beech
February 06, 2008
A new generation takes the lead
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February 06, 2008

Going Strong

A new generation takes the lead

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1988
TWO MONTHS and 11 days after his 50th birthday Bobby Allison reaches another milestone with his third victory in the 500, becoming the oldest driver to win the race, finishing just ahead of his son Davey. Both Allisons celebrate their achievement in Victory Lane. It is the first race that requires the use of restrictor plates.

1989
AFTER 17 TRIES, Darrell (Jaws) Waltrip, driving car number 17, wins his first 500 by taking a gamble at the end. How much fuel does he have to spare? "Well, for five dollars I'd drink what's left," he replies. In Victory Lane, Waltrip celebrates by doing his version of Cincinnati Bengals running back Ickey Woods's Ickey Shuffle and then spiking his helmet.

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