1989 Busch Clash (found footage of pre-season NASCAR Winston Cup Series race; 1989)

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Ken Schrader celebrating his win.

Status: Found

Date found: 14 Nov 2022

Found by: nascarman History

The 1989 Busch Clash was a race that commenced prior to the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Occurring on 12th February at the Daytona International Speedway, the race would ultimately be won by Ken Schrader in a Chevrolet, after having led three-quarters of the event.

Background[edit | edit source]

The 1989 Busch Clash was the 11th running of a unique 50-mile race at Daytona International Speedway that commenced before the 1989 season opener, the 1989 Daytona 500.[1][2] The event consists exclusively of drivers that won pole positions throughout the 1988 season, with 13 achieving that accolade.[3][1] Among those included Chevrolet drivers Ken Schrader, Geoffrey Bodine, Darrell Waltrip, and Rick Mast; Ford racers Davey Allison, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, and Bill Elliott; Pontiac competitors Rusty Wallace and Morgan Shepherd; and single Oldsmobile and Buick entries in Rick Wilson and Ricky Rudd respectively.[1] In modern times, the event is now known as the Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum, as the 2022 event is to occur at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.[4]

The Race[edit | edit source]

Prior to the race, the pole position was drawn via lots.[1] Schrader was drawn the first position, with Rudd lining up second, and Darrell Waltrip starting third.[1] With the starting order decided, the event commenced on 12th February.[1] Schrader maintained his lead at the start, holding on until Waltrip moved into the first position on lap 5.[1] Schrader was able to move back into first on lap 10 however, with Waltrip falling down the field for the remaining duration of the race, ultimately finishing 8th.[1] Schrader's main competition proved to be Allison, with the two being separated by just three car lengths.[1] Ultimately, Schrader narrowly edged out Allison to claim victory,[1] in what would be his first of two Busch Clash victories, the other occurring the following year.[5] Labonte would beat Bodine for third in a race that saw no retirements.[1]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Prior to November 2022, the 1989 edition was the only missing Busch Clash, with the other races having been uploaded to YouTube. It was twice previously uploaded in full to YouTube according to Racing-Reference.[6] However, both uploads were then taken down. However, following a video by NBR on 13th November 2022 titled "10 Pieces of NASCAR Lost Media", which summarised the missing 1989 Busch Clash footage, nascarman History announced that he had a VHS copy of the race. He uploaded the CBS broadcast of the event the following day.

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Videos[edit | edit source]

The CBS coverage of the race.
NBR detailing the then-missing race broadcast (3:20-4:08).


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