1984 Goody's Sportsman 300 (lost footage of NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race; 1984)

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Program for the 1984 Daytona 500, which also promoted the 1984 Goody's Sportsman 300.

Status: Lost

The 1984 Goody's Sportsman 300 was the inaugural race of the 1984 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series. Occurring on 18th February at the Daytona International Speedway, the race would ultimately be won by Darrell Waltrip, after passing Oldsmobile's Sam Ard with three laps to go.


The 1984 Goody's Sportsman 300 was the third running of the race, with the annual event typically lasting 300 miles.[1] The only 1984 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race to take place at Daytona International Speedway,[2] the race has ties to the modern Beef. It's What's for Dinner. 300, having dropped the Goody's title from 1997 onwards.[3]

Prior to the race, qualifying commenced with L.D. Ottinger winning the pole position with a speed of 187.682 mph.[1] Directly behind him was Sam Ard, with Glenn Jarrett lining up third in a Ford.[1] Darrell Waltrip qualified fifth out of 40 competitors.[1]

The Race

With the starting order decided, the 1983 Goody's Sportsman 300 commenced on 18th February.[1] Ard shot into the lead on the first lap, holding it until lap 12 when Bobby Allison overtook him in an Oldsmobile.[1] On lap 3, a multicar crash involving Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt's Oldsmobile, and the Pontiacs of Geoffrey Bodine and Mike Alexander occurred when Earnhardt's car suffered an engine failure and spun.[4][1] Bodine was able to continue, but the rest had suffered terminal damage.[4][1]

The race had numerous and quick lead changes, with 35 in total, and the majority not lasting five laps or more.[1] Ard remained a consistent presence in the battle for the lead however, and controlled the later stages by overtaking Bodine for the first position on lap 92.[1] He held it until lap 118, when Waltrip, who had not led a single lap up to that point, passed him for the lead.[1] Whereas Ard fell out of the podium places and finished fourth, Waltrip was able to maintain his lead for the final three laps against the Pontiac of Lake Speed.[1] He therefore claimed victory with a 2-feet margin and $18,060 in prize money. Speed finished second, with Bodine taking third.[1]


According to nascarman History's Top 10 LOST NASCAR TV Broadcasts, the race received coverage from the USA Network, as the previous event did. However, this broadcast has yet to resurface, although some photos of the event remain publicly viewable.[4]



Top 10 LOST NASCAR TV Broadcasts detailing the USA Network broadcasting the 1982-1984 Goody's Sportsman 300 races (3:53-4:28).


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