Darlington Slideshow

1984 Southern 500, Darlington Rceway




1984 Darlington Southern 500, September - Images by Brian Cleary

Harry Gant outlasted Tim Richmond, Buddy Baker and Rusty Wallace and stormed to victory in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in September of 1984.

"Handsome Harry" led 277 of the 367 laps to win in dominating fashion in a race which had 8 caution flags for 51 laps.



In winning the race, Gant averaged 128.270 mph and collected $46,180.

My photo gallery from the event included several winner's circle photos from the days when drivers still arrived in victory lane with their faces coated in oily grime and still received a kiss from the waiting beauty queen.

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1984 Southern 500 race results

Finish Start # Driver Make Sponsor Points Laps Led Status Money
1 1 33 Harry Gant Chevrolet Skoal Bandit 185 367 277 Running 46,180
2 5 27 Tim Richmond Pontiac Old Milwaukee 175 367 1 Running 29,420
3 19 21 Buddy Baker Ford Valvoline 165 367 0 Running 12,200
4 18 88 Rusty Wallace Pontiac Gatorade 160 365 0 Running 14,405
5 11 15 Ricky Rudd Ford Wrangler Jeans 155 364 0 Running 17,050
6 23 90 Dick Brooks Ford Chameleon Sunglasses 155 364 1 Running 10,350
7 25 66 Phil Parsons Chevrolet Skoal Bandit 146 362 0 Running 5,550
8 6 44 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Piedmont Airlines 147 359 27 Running 8,800
9 8 55 Benny Parsons Chevrolet Copenhagen 138 359 0 Running 4,750
10 7 22 Bobby Allison Buick Miller High Life 139 358 1 Running 16,200
11 29 48 Trevor Boys Chevrolet Hylton-McCaig 130 351 0 Running 7,780
12 13 5 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet Northwestern Security Life 127 336 0 Running 10,660
13 10 98 Joe Ruttman Chevrolet Levi Garrett 129 334 8 Ignition 7,295
14 2 1 Lake Speed Chevrolet Bull Frog Knits 126 331 28 Crash 4,395
15 12 9 Bill Elliott Ford Coors 123 328 22 Crash 11,200
16 17 84 Jody Ridley Chevrolet Cumberland Carpet Mills 120 328 2 Running 3,640
17 15 28 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet Hardee's 112 325 0 Engine 3,350
18 40 52 Jimmy Means Pontiac Broadway Motors 109 316 0 Running 7,320
19 27 4 Tommy Ellis Chevrolet Morgan-McClure 106 312 0 Running 3,010
20 37 6 Clark Dwyer Chevrolet U.S. Racing 103 309 0 Running 6,205
21 14 75 Dave Marcis Pontiac RahMoc Enterprises 100 307 0 Running 10,615
22 39 64 Tommy Gale Ford Sunny King Ford & Honda 97 270 0 Running 5,355
23 24 8 Bobby Hillin, Jr. Chevrolet Trap Rock Industries 94 253 0 Running 2,495
24 33 70 J.D. McDuffie Pontiac McDuffie Racing 91 228 0 Engine 4,960
25 38 36 H.B. Bailey Pontiac Almeda Auto Parts 88 223 0 Crash 2,875
26 35 77 Ken Ragan Chevrolet McCord Gaskets 85 198 0 Ignition 2,170
27 30 87 Randy Baker Buick Domino's Pizza 82 159 0 Overheating 2,065
28 41 67 Buddy Arrington Chrysler Arrington Racing 79 150 0 Engine 4,925
29 16 43 Richard Petty Pontiac STP 76 129 0 Engine 4,935
30 4 12 Neil Bonnett Chevrolet Budweiser 73 124 0 Engine 2,560
31 31 23 Connie Saylor Chevrolet Bahre Racing 70 109 0 Engine 1,845
32 36 7 Kyle Petty Ford 7-Eleven 67 91 0 Crash 9,990
33 22 47 Ron Bouchard Buick Race Hill Farm 64 79 0 Engine 3,795
34 32 71 Mike Alexander Oldsmobile Action Vans 61 76 0 Vibration 3,440
35 28 17 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Hesco Exhaust Systems 58 75 0 Engine 3,025
36 34 18 Slick Johnson Chevrolet Satterfield Racing 55 70 0 Engine 1,495
37 21 51 Greg Sacks Chevrolet Sacks & Sons 52 61 0 Engine 1,415
38 20 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Wrangler Jeans 49 57 0 Engine 7,860
39 26 95 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Sadler Racing 46 57 0 Crash 2,305
40 3 11 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet Budweiser 43 28 0 Engine 9,950
41 9 16 David Pearson Chevrolet Chattanooga Chew 40 28 0 Valve 1,250