1990 NASCAR Busch Series

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1990 NASCAR Busch Series
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The 1990 NASCAR Busch Series season began February 17 and ended October 28. Chuck Bown of Hensley Motorsports won the championship.

See also: 1990 in NASCAR

Goody's 300

The Goody's 300 was held February 17 at Daytona International Speedway. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 7-Harry Gant
  3. 46-Greg Sacks*
  4. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  5. 41-Elton Sawyer
  6. 44-Bobby Labonte
  7. 58-Ernie Irvan
  8. 87-Joe Nemechek
  9. 32-Dale Jarrett
  10. 2-L. D. Ottinger

Pontiac 200

The Pontiac 200 was held February 24 at Richmond International Raceway. Michael Waltrip won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 30-Michael Waltrip
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 44-Bobby Labonte
  4. 32-Dale Jarrett
  5. 36-Kenny Wallace
  6. 63-Chuck Bown
  7. 96-Tom Peck
  8. 4-Elton Sawyer
  9. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  10. 99-Tommy Ellis

Goodwrench 200

The Goodwrench 200 was held March 3 at North Carolina Speedway. Harry Gant won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 42-Kyle Petty
  3. 36-Kenny Wallace
  4. 7-Harry Gant
  5. 58-Ernie Irvan
  6. 99-Tommy Ellis
  7. 32-Dale Jarrett
  8. 1-Mark Martin 1 lap down
  9. 44-Bobby Labonte 1 lap down
  10. 25-Jimmy Hensley 1 lap down

Miller Classic

The Miller Classic was a 200 lap race held March 11 at Martinsville Speedway. Tommy Ellis won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6-Tommy Houston
  2. 27-Elton Sawyer
  3. 32-Dale Jarrett
  4. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  5. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  6. 08-Bobby Dotter
  7. 96-Tom Peck
  8. 42-Todd Bodine
  9. 99-Tommy Ellis
  10. 63-Chuck Bown

Mountain Dew 400

The Mountain Dew 400 was held March 25 at Hickory Motor Speedway. Chuck Bown won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6-Tommy Houston
  2. 99-Tommy Ellis
  3. 63-Chuck Bown
  4. 59-Robert Pressley
  5. 44-Bobby Labonte
  6. 36-Kenny Wallace 1 lap down
  7. 11-Jack Ingram 1 lap down
  8. 31-Steve Grissom 1 lap down
  9. 7-Harry Gant 1 lap down
  10. 27-Elton Sawyer 2 laps down

Pontiac 200

The Pontiac 200 was held March 31 at Darlington Raceway. Kenny Wallace won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 7-Harry Gant
  2. 44-Bobby Labonte
  3. 52-Ken Schrader
  4. 2-L. D. Ottinger
  5. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  6. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  7. 6-Tommy Houston
  8. 36-Kenny Wallace 1 lap down
  9. 12-Jeff Burton 1 lap down
  10. 4-Ed Berrier 1 lap down

Budweiser 250

The Budweiser 250 was held April 7 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bobby Labonte won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2-L. D. Ottinger
  2. 32-Dale Jarrett
  3. 42-Kyle Petty
  4. 1-Mark Martin
  5. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  6. 25-Jimmy Hensley 1 lap down
  7. 96-Tom Peck 2 laps down
  8. 44-Bobby Labonte 2 laps down
  9. 87-Joe Nemechek 2 laps down
  10. 63-Chuck Bown 2 laps down
  • This race is best remembered for an infamous wreck involving Michael Waltrip. Waltrip's #30 Pontiac Grand Prix hit the wall at the crossover gate in turn 2. The gate was not locked properly, so it opened, sending the #30 into the blunt end of the wall. The car was literally ripped apart. Miraculously, Waltrip emerged unscathed and competed in the Winston Cup Series' Valleydale Meats 500 the next day.

U-Can-Rent 200

The U-Can-Rent 200 was held April 28 at Lanier National Speedway. Chuck Bown won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 63-Chuck Bown*
  2. 36-Kenny Wallace
  3. 99-Tommy Ellis
  4. 8-Bobby Hamilton 1 lap down
  5. 31-Steve Grissom 1 lap down
  6. 79-Dave Rezendes 1 lap down
  7. 44-Bobby Labonte 1 lap down
  8. 08-Bobby Dotter 1 lap down
  9. 25-Jimmy Hensley 1 lap down
  10. 59-Robert Pressley 2 laps down

Roses Stores 200

The Roses Stores 200 was held May 5 at South Boston Speedway. Jimmy Hensley won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 63-Chuck Bown
  2. 12-Jeff Burton
  3. 31-Steve Grissom
  4. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  5. 22-Rick Mast
  6. 6-Tommy Houston
  7. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  8. 11-Jack Ingram
  9. 59-Robert Pressley
  10. 27-Elton Sawyer

Pontiac 300

The Pontiac 300 was held May 12 at Nazareth Speedway. Davey Allison won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  2. 79-Dave Rezendes
  3. 63-Chuck Bown
  4. 9-Morgan Shepherd
  5. 31-Steve Grissom
  6. 26-Davey Johnson
  7. 36-Kenny Wallace
  8. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  9. 6-Tommy Houston
  10. 28-Davey Allison

Granger Select 200

The Granger Select 200 was held May 19 at Hickory Motor Speedway. Chuck Bown won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 63-Chuck Bown
  2. 6-Tommy Houston
  3. 77-Jimmy Spencer
  4. 59-Robert Pressley
  5. 44-Bobby Labonte
  6. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  7. 31-Steve Grissom
  8. 22-Rick Mast
  9. 7-Harry Gant 1 lap down
  10. 36-Kenny Wallace 1 lap down

Champion 300

The Champion 300 was held May 26 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dick Trickle won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 32-Dale Jarrett
  2. 92-Dick Trickle
  3. 7-Harry Gant
  4. 48-Sterling Marlin
  5. 99-Tommy Ellis
  6. 28-Davey Allison
  7. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  8. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  9. 36-Kenny Wallace
  10. 44-Bobby Labonte

Budweiser 200

The Budweiser 200 was held June 2 at Dover International Speedway. Bobby Labonte won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 30-Michael Waltrip
  2. 7-Harry Gant
  3. 44-Bobby Labonte
  4. 96-Tom Peck
  5. 56-Ronald Cooper
  6. 6-Tommy Houston
  7. 33-Dick Trickle
  8. 63-Chuck Bown
  9. 27-Elton Sawyer
  10. 11-Jack Ingram

Roses Stores 200

The Roses Stores 200 was held June 9 at Orange County Speedway. Jeff Burton won the pole. The race was televised by SportsChannel.

Top ten results

  1. 63-Chuck Bown
  2. 79-Dave Rezendes
  3. 11-Jack Ingram
  4. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  5. 12-Jeff Burton
  6. 34-Jack Sprague
  7. 42-Todd Bodine
  8. 86-Dana Patten
  9. 96-Tom Peck
  10. 44-Bobby Labonte 1 lap down
  • This race featured a thrilling race for the lead late in the event. Bown, Rezendes and Ingram were 3 wide for the lead with about 20 laps to go.

Firecracker 200

The Firecracker 200 was held June 23 at Volusia County Speedway. Chuck Bown won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6-Tommy Houston
  2. 27-Elton Sawyer
  3. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  4. 31-Steve Grissom
  5. 63-Chuck Bown
  6. 87-Joe Nemechek
  7. 11-Jack Ingram
  8. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  9. 08-Bobby Dotter
  10. 79-Dave Rezendes

Carolina Pride / Budweiser 200

The Carolina Pride / Budweiser 200 was held June 30 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Tommy Ellis won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 1-Mark Martin
  2. 2-L. D. Ottinger
  3. 36-Kenny Wallace
  4. 08-Bobby Dotter
  5. 87-Joe Nemechek
  6. 56-Dave Mader III
  7. 99-Tommy Ellis
  8. 96-Tom Peck -1 lap
  9. 63-Chuck Bown -1 lap
  10. 44-Bobby Labonte -1 lap

True Value Oxford 250

The True Value Oxford 250 was a 250 green flag lap race held July 8 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine. Joey Kourafas won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 63-Chuck Bown
  2. 6-Tommy Houston
  3. 01-Joey Kourafas
  4. 22-Rick Mast
  5. 79-Dave Rezendes 1 lap down
  6. 41-Jamie Aube 1 lap down
  7. 44-Bobby Labonte 1 lap down
  8. 31-Steve Grissom 2 laps down
  9. 7-Billy Clark 2 laps down
  10. 15-Mike Rowe 3 laps down

NOTE: This is a joint Busch/Busch North series race. Under the rules of Oxford Plains Speedway for the Oxford 250, only green flag laps count towards the 250-lap distance.

Budweiser 300

The inaugural Budweiser 300 was held July 15 at New Hampshire International Speedway. The #25 of Jimmy Hensley won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 99-Tommy Ellis
  2. 7-Harry Gant
  3. 63-Chuck Bown
  4. 9-Morgan Shepherd
  5. 22-Rick Mast
  6. 51-Mike McLaughlin
  7. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  8. 32-Dale Jarrett
  9. 08-Bobby Dotter
  10. 96-Tom Peck
  • Bobby Labonte had flipped in this race when he was clipped hard, got it upside down, hit the wall and tumbled 2 times.

Coors 200

The Coors 200 was held July 21 at South Boston Speedway. The #25 of Jimmy Hensley won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6-Tommy Houston
  2. 63-Chuck Bown
  3. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  4. 22-Rick Mast
  5. 31-Steve Grissom
  6. 9-Ward Burton 1 lap down
  7. 99-Tommy Ellis 1 lap down
  8. 44-Bobby Labonte 2 laps down
  9. 21-Tommy Sigmon 2 laps down
  10. 33-Ed Berrier 2 laps down

Granger Select 200

The Granger Select 200 was held July 28 at New River Valley Speedway in Dublin, Virginia. Steve Grissom won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 31-Steve Grissom*
  2. 63-Chuck Bown
  3. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  4. 6-Tommy Houston
  5. 87-Joe Nemechek
  6. 79-Dave Rezendes
  7. 9-Ward Burton
  8. 59-Robert Pressley
  9. 36-Kenny Wallace
  10. 35-Mike Porter

Kroger 200

The Kroger 200 was held August 4 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The #25 of Jimmy Hensley won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 31-Steve Grissom
  2. 75-Ernie Irvan
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 63-Chuck Bown
  5. 59-Robert Pressley
  6. 27-Elton Sawyer
  7. 96-Tom Peck
  8. 33-Ed Berrier
  9. 79-Dave Rezendes
  10. 56-Dave Mader III

Texas Pete 200

The Texas Pete 200 was held August 11 at Orange County Speedway. The #33 of Ed Berrier won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 63-Chuck Bown
  2. 2-L. D. Ottinger
  3. 59-Robert Pressley
  4. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  5. 27-Elton Sawyer
  6. 8-Bobby Hamilton 1 lap down
  7. 08-Bobby Dotter 1 lap down
  8. 85-Bobby Moon 1 lap down
  9. 99-Tommy Ellis 1 lap down
  10. 22-Rick Mast 2 laps down

Jay Johnson 250

The Jay Johnson 250 was held August 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The #44 of Bobby Labonte won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 22-Rick Mast
  2. 32-Dale Jarrett
  3. 31-Steve Grissom
  4. 79-Dave Rezendes
  5. 6-Tommy Houston
  6. 1-Mark Martin
  7. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  8. 28-Davey Allison 1 lap down
  9. 99-Tommy Ellis 1 lap down
  10. 25-Jimmy Hensley 1 lap down

Gatorade 200

The Gatorade 200 was held September 1 at Darlington Raceway. The #17 of Greg Sacks won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 32-Dale Jarrett
  2. 7-Harry Gant
  3. 30-Michael Waltrip
  4. 42-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  5. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  6. 9-Morgan Shepherd
  7. 28-Davey Allison
  8. 56-Dave Mader III 1 lap down
  9. 36-Kenny Wallace 1 lap down
  10. 44-Bobby Labonte 1 lap down

Autolite 200

The Autolite 200 was held September 8 at Richmond International Raceway. Michael Waltrip won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 22-Rick Mast
  2. 31-Steve Grissom
  3. 30-Michael Waltrip
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  6. 36-Kenny Wallace
  7. 59-Robert Pressley
  8. 32-Dale Jarrett
  9. 96-Tom Peck
  10. 7-Harry Gant

Ames/Splitfire 200

The Ames/Splitfire 200 was held September 15 at Dover International Speedway. The #99 of Tommy Ellis won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 7-Harry Gant
  2. 22-Rick Mast
  3. 81-Todd Bodine
  4. 32-Dale Jarrett
  5. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  6. 96-Tom Peck 1 lap down
  7. 31-Steve Grissom 2 laps down
  8. 36-Kenny Wallace 2 laps down
  9. 56-Dave Mader III 2 laps down
  10. 25-Jimmy Hensley 2 laps down

Zerex 150

The Zerex 150 was held September 22 at Martinsville Speedway. The #22 of Rick Mast won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 12-Jeff Burton*
  2. 59-Robert Pressley
  3. 32-Dale Jarrett
  4. 85-Bobby Moon
  5. 2-L. D. Ottinger
  6. 75-Jimmy Spencer
  7. 25-Jimmy Hensley
  8. 36-Kenny Wallace
  9. 08-Bobby Dotter
  10. 56-Dave Mader III

All Pro 300

The All Pro 300 was held October 6 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The #63 of Chuck Bown won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 48-Sterling Marlin*
  2. 15-Greg Sacks
  3. 32-Dale Jarrett
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  6. 6-Tommy Houston
  7. 9-Ward Burton
  8. 56-Dave Mader III
  9. 96-Tom Peck
  10. 52-Ken Schrader

NE Chevy 250

The inaugural NE Chevy 250 was held October 14 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Ricky Craven won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 22-Rick Mast
  2. 44-Bobby Labonte
  3. 51-Mike McLaughlin
  4. 25-Ricky Craven
  5. 99-Tommy Ellis 1 lap down
  6. 27-Elton Sawyer 1 lap down
  7. 08-Bobby Dotter 1 lap down
  8. 85-Bobby Moon 1 lap down
  9. 12-Jeff Burton 1 lap down
  10. 33-Ed Berrier 1 lap down

AC-Delco 200

The AC-Delco 200 was held October 20 at North Carolina Speedway. Dave Mader III won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 31-Steve Grissom
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 97-Morgan Shepherd
  4. 1-Mark Martin
  5. 56-Dave Mader III
  6. 28-Davey Allison
  7. 7-Harry Gant 1 lap down
  8. 99-Tommy Ellis 1 lap down
  9. 32-Dale Jarrett 1 lap down
  10. 42-Bobby Hillin, Jr. 1 lap down

Winston Classic

The Winston Classic was a 200 lap race held October 28 at Martinsville Speedway. The #63 of Chuck Bown won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 31-Steve Grissom
  2. 6-Tommy Houston
  3. 96-Tom Peck
  4. 51-Mike McLaughlin
  5. 11-Jack Ingram
  6. 40-Mike Wallace
  7. 44-Bobby Labonte
  8. 8-Bobby Hamilton
  9. 2-L. D. Ottinger
  10. 62-John Linville

Final points standings

  1. 63-Chuck Bown - 4372
  2. 25-Jimmy Hensley - 4172
  3. 31-Steve Grissom - 3982
  4. 44-Bobby Labonte - 3977
  5. 96-Tom Peck - 3868
  6. 99-Tommy Ellis - 3829
  7. 36-Kenny Wallace - 3829
  8. 2-L. D. Ottinger - 3693
  9. 6-Tommy Houston - 3667
  10. 22-Rick Mast - 3617
  11. 8-Bobby Hamilton - 3616
  12. 59-Robert Pressley - 3504
  13. 27-Elton Sawyer - 3442
  14. 08-Bobby Dotter - 3351
  15. 12-Jeff Burton - 3342
  16. 79-Dave Rezendes - 3217
  17. 87-Joe Nemechek - 3022
  18. 11-Jack Ingram - 2902
  19. 32-Dale Jarrett - 2473
  20. 85-Bobby Moon - 2295
  21. 5/9-Ward Burton - 2271
  22. 45-Patty Moise - 2190
  23. 7-Harry Gant - 2134
  24. 34-Jack Sprague - 2106
  25. 86-Dana Patten - 2013
  26. 3-Dale Earnhardt - 1947
  27. 26-Davey Johnson - 1809
  28. 33-Ed Berrier - 1748
  29. 47-Billy Standridge - 1594
  30. 56-Dave Mader III - 1432
  31. 1-Mark Martin - 1321
  32. 41-Jamie Aube - 1274
  33. 30-Michael Waltrip - 1185
  34. 9/97-Morgan Shepherd - 1171
  35. 42-Kyle Petty - 1079
  36. 28-Davey Allison - 1018
  37. 52-Ken Schrader - 1010
  38. 14-Wayne Patterson - 955
  39. 81/42-Todd Bodine - 772
  40. 21-Tommy Sigmon - 763
  41. 49-Ed Ferree - 762
  42. 75-Ernie Irvan - 742
  43. 56-Ronald Cooper - 729
  44. 98-Ron Lamell - 686
  45. 17/46/15-Greg Sacks - 654
  46. 77/75-Jimmy Spencer - 642
  47. 51-Mike McLaughlin - 633
  48. 48-Sterling Marlin - 625
  49. 75/0-Brad Teague - 609
  50. 17-Darrell Waltrip - 533

Rookie of the Year

Joe Nemechek was named the 1990 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year, posting two top-five finishes and garnering a seventeenth-place points finish despite missing three races. The top runner-up was Bobby Moon, followed closely Ward Burton and Dana Patten, the only other candidates to try a full schedule. Among the other rookies in 1990 were Jack Sprague, Dave Mader III, and Clifford Allison.