NASCAR America: Dale Jarrett on 25th anniversary of Alan Kulwicki’s championship
It was Nov. 15, 1992. Entering the Winston Cup season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway, six drivers were in play for the title, including Davey Allison and Bill Elliott.
It also was the final Cup race for seven-time champ Richard Petty and the first Cup race for a young up-and-comer who would go on to win four Cup crowns himself, namely, Jeff Gordon.
On Wednesday’s NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett looked back on that race and how an unlikely champion -- Alan Kulwicki -- emerged.
While Elliott won the race, Kulwicki finished second, beating Elliott to the championship by 10 points.
Jarrett finished 10th in that race and reflected on what some call one of the greatest races in NASCAR history:
“It was unbelievable. Six drivers went into this with a chance to win the championship mathematically. It was just a tremendous race. … Alan Kulwicki was literally figuring down to the lap that he needed to lead the most laps and not have to win the race to win this championship. He was the owner, driver and did everything on this team. What a huge day and victory and championship for him.”
Kulwicki and three others were killed in a plane crash less than six months later (April 1, 1993) while attempting to land in Johnson City, Tennessee, a few miles from Bristol Motor Speedway.
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