May 12, 1984 - 250 Miles - Purse $183,150



TBS annoucer Ken Squier interviews apparent winner Neil Bonnett in Victory Lane.

Bonnett continued at speed on the final lap and passed Waltrip in the final lap.  He was thus declarred the winner.




Darrell Waltrip and his teammates are on their way to plead their case to NASCAR officials.
  The 1984 Coors 420 would go down as one of the most controversial finishes in Fairgrounds Speedway history.  Junior Johnson driver Neil Bonnett passed his teammate Darrell Waltrip on the last lap of the race while the yellow flag was out.  Bonnett was initially given credit for the win by NASCAR race control.

Winston Cup Grand National director Dick Beaty stated "Neil Bonnett's lasat lap pass while running in a no-pass situation would be upheld."  Waltrip was livid as he heard Beaty's remarks and claimed the NASCAR Rule Book cleary states that there can be no passing while the yellow flag is out.

"The caution was out when we go to the finish line for the next to last lap," stated as visabily aggitated Waltrip.  " I had beaten Neil back to the line.  I won the race at that moment.  He can't pass me while the yellow flag is out."

The misinterprettion of the rule book steemed from the word "during." The rule states "...when the yellow flag is displayed during the white flag lap, all cars will be scored on the basis of the position in which the cars criss the start - finish line after receivng the checkered flag.

The caution flag came out during the 418th lap after a three car wreck occured on the backstrech.  The caution flag was out when Waltrip crossed the start - finish line to complete lap 419 and thus the race was ended. A somewhat confused Beaty declared Bonnett the winner

Forty-eight hours later NASCAR moved Waltrip to first and dropped Bonnett to second.

The $183,150 pursed was a NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National track record

The race was broadcast live on TBS with Ken Squier and Benny Parsons as commentators.



Dale Earnhardt battles the Ford of Dick Brooks
 

Richard Petty and Bobby Allison race into turn three. (Photo: Ricky Rogers The Tennessean)


The Chevy Monte Carlo of Clak Dwyer is in the pits for service
 

Neil Bonnett leads teammate Darrell Waltrip into turn four. (Photo: Russ Thompson)



Average Speed:    85.702 mph  Time of Race:      2:55:15 Margin:       Caution
Pole Winner:        Darrell Waltrip  / 104.439  mph Attendance:        22,500 Cautions:     7 for  24 
Lap Leaders:        Darrell Waltrip 1 - 43, Rusty Wallace 44, Ronnie Thomas 45 - 46, Darrell Waltrip 47 - 69, Richard Petty 70 -86,
Neil Bonnett 87 - 165, Rusty Wallace 166, Neil Bonnett 167 - 235, Rusty Wallace 236, Neil Bonnett 237 - 374,
Darrell Waltrip 375 - 376, Neil Bonnett 377 -410, Geoff Bodine 411 -413, Darrell Waltrip 414 - 420 (13 Lead Changes)
 
Driver Fin Str Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Darrell Waltrip 1 1 11 Budweiser
Junior Johnson & Asoc
Chevrolet 420 29,300 Running 75
Neil Bonnett 2 15 12 Budweiser
Junior Johnson & Asoc
Chevrolet 420 13,500 Running 320
Geoffrey Bodine 3 3 5 Rick Hendrick Chevrolet 420 12,025 Running 3
Ricky Rudd 4 2 15 Wrangler Jeans
Bud Moore
Ford 420 10,450 Running 0
Ron Bouchard 5 4 47 Jim Testa
Jack Bebee
Buick 420 6,785 Running 0
Rusty Wallace 6 10 88 Gatorade
Cliff Stewart
Pontiac 420 6,335 Running 3
Richard Petty 7 12 43 STP
Mike Curb
Pontiac 420 5,225 Running 17
Terry Labonte 8 9 44 Piedmont Airlines
Billy Hagan
Chevrolet 419 4,835 Running 0
Dick Brooks 9 11 90 Chameleon Sunglasses
Junie Donlavey
Ford 419 4,555 Running 0
Dave Marcis 10 8 75 RahMoc Enterprises Pontiac 418 9,690 Running 0
Kyle Petty 11 16 7 7-Eleven
Petty Enterprises
Ford 418 8,155 Running 0
Bobby Allison 12 14 22 Miller High Life
DiGard  Racing
Buick 417 10,545 Running 0
Mike Alexander 13 18 71 Action Vans
Dave Marcis
Oldsmobile 416 4,005 Running 0
Tommy Ellis 14 19 4 Morgan-McClure   Chevrolet 416 1,425 Running 0
Joe Ruttman 15 13 98 Levi Garrett
Ron Benfield
Buick 415 4,150 Running 0
Harry Gant 16 7 33 Skoal Bandit
Hal Needham
Chevrolet 414 3,605 Running 0
Trevor Boys 17 26 48 Hylton-McCaig
James Hylton
Chevrolet 413 3,455 Running 0
Sterling Marlin 18 27 95 Walker Cullum 
Sadler Brothers
Chevrolet 413 2,285 Running 0
Dale Earnhardt 19 5 3 Wrangler Jeans
Richard Childress
Chevrolet 410 7,250 Running 0
Bill Elliott 20 6 9 Coors
Harry Melling
Ford 410 7,220 Running 0
Buddy Arrington 21 20 67 Buddy Arrington Dodge 410 3,170 Running 0
Jimmy Means 22 28 52 Broadway Motors
Jimmy Means
Chevrolet 409 2,855 Running 0
Ronnie Thomas 23 23 41 R.L. Monroe 
Ronnie Thomas
Chevrolet 401 2,900 Running 2
D.K. Ulrich 24 24 6 U.S. Racing
D.K. Ulrich
Chevrolet 383 2,760 Rear end 0
Clark Dwyer 25 21 17 Hesco Exhaust
Roger Hamby
Pontiac 353 2,720 Oil leak 0
J.D. McDuffie 26 29 70 Wilder's
J.D. McDuffie
Pontiac 347 2,050 Running 0
Tommy Gale 27 25 64 Sunny King Ford
Elmo Langley
Ford 233 2,040 Radiator 0
Tim Richmond 28 17 27 Old Milwaukee
Raymond Beadle
Pontiac 161 7,030 Over
Heating
0
Greg Sacks 29 22 51 Sacks & Sons   Chevrolet 55 1,820 Fuel pump 0
Maurice Randall 30 30 93 Randall Racing
Maurice Randall
Chrysler 50 1,010 Engine 0