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# 6-Mark Martin
Joe Nemechek's SABCO Racingteam bought the #73 entry of Phil Barkdoll, who had qualified 38th. The #73 was then adored in the logos of Nemechek's new sponsor, Bellsouthand run in the race (he ended up crashing the car late in the race).
Remington Armstook their sponsor and put it onto the #19 Forddriven by Loy Allen Jr.for Tri-Star Motorsportsafter Rick Mastfailed to qualify.
Dale Earnhardtrolled his #3 Goodwrench Chevroletin a crash with the #28 Texaco Havoline Fordof Ernie Irvanwhile in a four-way battle for the lead with 12 laps to go. During the crash, the hood of Irvan's car flew into the backstretch grandstand, injuring some fans. Earnhardt famously noticed that his tires were still on the car after the roll, had his car taken off the hook, and drove it back to pit road. The car was repaired and Earnhardt finished the race, 5 laps down in 31st.
*At age 25, Jeff Gordon became the youngest Daytona 500 winner ever.
Richard Pettyhad previously been the youngest winner in 1964, when he won the 500 at age 26.
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