Allison was able to utilize the cloud of smoke from Waltrip's blown engine to lose Ruttman and LaBonte for an instant, enough to break the draft they had been living on for the first time all day. And when Allison got off by himself, he was able to increase his lead by half a second a lap, still turning laps at better than 192 mph and denying all attempts to put a new draft on him. Allison's low line in the turns was evidence of the now superior handling of his car—and his superior skill in setting up a chassis. Around the pits, they figure there's none better at it.
Yarborough, after his last stop for fuel, passed Ruttman and then LaBonte and was lurking a mile behind Allison, hoping that Bobby would either have to pit for more gas or run out of it. He waited in vain, and—even while sputtering—Allison won by 22.87 seconds.
Yarborough had not only gotten past Allison's flying bumper safely but also past another car that had spun right in his face. Yarborough spun his own car, gracefully, in self defense, and still was able to regain the lost ground. And beyond that he had started the 500 with an untested engine, having blown his best one in the final practice on Saturday. Yarborough plainly had been the day's second-best survivor; it was proper that he be the second-best finisher also.