by Frank Santoroski
Greatest Races Ever is a series of articles that looks back on some of the wildest, unpredictable, most competitive or just plain odd races over the years. This week, with the conclusion of NASCAR’s first ever playoff-style Chase for the Championship, it seems appropriate to take a look back at another epic title fight in NASCAR history.
The Hooters 500 was held on November 15 1992 at the 1.5 mile Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event was the finale of the 29-race Winston Cup season. The race was also significant in the fact that it would mark the final start for legend, Richard Petty, whose year-long ‘Fan Appreciation Tour’ was drawing to a close.
The 1992 season occurred years before a ‘Chase’ was ever conceived. There was no ‘locking’ in a spot, no elimination rounds, and no altering of the points. This was good old fashioned points racing from round one on through to the finale.
When the haulers arrived in Atlanta for the season-ender, there were a record six drivers with a mathematical chance of walking away with the Winston Cup. A sell-out crowd of over 160,000 was on hand to witness what was sure to be a barn-burner of a race.