1985 The Winston
|Race 1 of 2 exhibition races in the 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Series|
|Date||May 25, 1985|
|Location||Concord, North Carolina|
Charlotte Motor Speedway|
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
|Distance||70 laps, 105 mi (169 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures around 64.8 °F (18.2 °C), with winds gusting to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)|
|Average speed||161.184 mph (259.401 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Harry Gant||Mach 1 Racing|
|No. 11||Darrell Waltrip||Junior Johnson & Associates|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Mike Joy, Neil Bonnett, and Kyle Petty|
The 1985 The Winston, the inaugural running of the NASCAR All-Star Race, was a stock car racing competition that took place on May 25, 1985. Held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, the 70-lap race was the second exhibition race in the 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Darrell Waltrip of Junior Johnson & Associates won the race and US$200,000.
The race featured one two-tire pit stop between laps 30 and 40, and was held the day before the Coca-Cola World 600. Both Labonte and Gant won a purse bonus of US$10,000 for leading the twentieth and fiftieth lap of the race.
The Winston was open to race winners from the 1984 season. The pole position was awarded to the defending Winston Cup champion while the rest of the field was determined by the total number of wins from last season, with driver's points used as the tiebreaker.
1985 The Winston drivers and eligibility
Race winners in 1984
- 3-Dale Earnhardt (2 wins)
- 5-Geoff Bodine (3 wins)
- 9-Bill Elliott (3 wins)
- 11-Darrell Waltrip (7 wins)
- 15-Ricky Rudd (1 win)
- 22-Bobby Allison (2 wins)
- 27-Tim Richmond (1 win)
- 28-Cale Yarborough (3 wins, including the 1984 Daytona 500)
- 33-Harry Gant (3 wins)
- 43-Richard Petty (2 wins)
- 44-Terry Labonte (2 wins)
- 55-Benny Parsons (1 win)
The Winston was a 70-lap exhibition race with a combined purse of US$500,000. The earnings were as follows:
|The Winston earnings|
In addition, a purse bonus of US$10,000 was given to the drivers who led laps 20 and 55.
Chevrolet Monte Carlo drivers Terry Labonte and Darrell Waltrip led the field on the green flag. Despite having an advantage in aerodynamics, the Ford Thunderbird drivers struggled to keep up with the Chevys, which were in the top five. By lap 8, Dale Earnhardt slipped out of the top five as Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison passed him while Waltrip and Labonte battled for the lead. On lap 14, Geoff Bodine entered pit road and retired from the race due to engine failure, becoming the only DNF in the race. Labonte passed Waltrip on the start/finish line to lead lap 20 and earn US$10,000 before surrendering the lead back to Waltrip. Harry Gant caught up with Waltrip before the two-tire pit stops began on lap 30. By lap 38, Gant took the lead from Waltrip and earned US$10,000 for leading lap 50. Gant dominated the race by leading 31 laps, but Waltrip regained momentum and took back the lead on lap 69 to win the race and US$200,000 just before his engine expired.
|Pos||Grid||Car||Driver||Owner||Manufacturer||Laps run||Laps led|
|1||2||11||Darrell Waltrip||Junior Johnson & Associates||Chevrolet||70||27|
|2||3||33||Harry Gant||Mach 1 Racing||Chevrolet||70||31|
|3||1||44||Terry Labonte||Hagan Racing||Chevrolet||70||12|
|4||6||28||Cale Yarborough||Ranier-Lundy Racing||Ford||70||0|
|5||11||27||Tim Richmond||Blue Max Racing||Pontiac||70||0|
|6||8||22||Bobby Allison||Stavola Brothers Racing||Buick||70||0|
|7||4||9||Bill Elliott||Melling Racing||Ford||70||0|
|8||10||15||Ricky Rudd||Bud Moore Engineering||Ford||70||0|
|9||12||55||Benny Parsons||Jackson Brothers Motorsports||Chevrolet||70||0|
|10||7||3||Dale Earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||70||0|
|11||9||43||Richard Petty||Curb Racing||Pontiac||70||0|
|12||5||5||Geoff Bodine||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||14||0|
- "1985 The Winston". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
- "Weather information for the 1985 The Winston". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
- "Photos: 30 years of NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winners". Fox Sports. October 20, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2019.