MRN Flashback: 1993 Save Mart 300

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For Geoff Bodine and Hall of Fame car owner Bud Moore, NASCAR's fifth running of its annual road-course event at Sonoma Raceway in 1993 was a memorable one. (Photo: ISC Archives)

For Geoff Bodine and Hall of Fame car owner Bud Moore, NASCAR’s fifth running of its annual road-course event at Sonoma Raceway was a memorable one.

On May 16, 1993, Bodine passed pole sitter Dale Earnhardt 22 laps from the finish and kept the No. 15 Motorcraft Ford in front the rest of the way to record what would be his lone victory of the season in the Save Mart Supermarkets 300.

Bodine’s winning margin was a half-second over runner-up Ernie Irvan with Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader and Kyle Petty completing the top five.  Earnhardt wound up sixth.

It was "The Intimidator" who showed the most muscle through much of the day on the Northern California road course.  Earnhardt led a race-high 33 laps before yielding to Bodine and his late push to victory.

Jeff Gordon was the highest-finishing rookie, in 11th place.  The race produced a pair of track records that still stand ... for fewest cars on the lead lap at the finish – 14 – and fewest cars running at the conclusion of the race – 33.

Although Earnhardt came up short on his bid for victory that day in Sonoma, he would go on to claim the sixth of his record seven Cup Series championships – beating runner-up Rusty Wallace by 80 points. They’re both in the NASCAR Hall of Fame today.

The Sprint Cup Series returns to Sonoma Raceway this week for Sunday’s 26th running of the Save Mart 300, known today as the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

Visit MRN.com on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET) to hear the complete broadcast of the 1993 Save Mart Supermarkets 300, anchored by Barney Hall and Eli Gold.  Motor Racing Network – "The Voice of NASCAR" – features a classic race each week on "Throwback Thursday" only at MRN.com.

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