No. 11 Notches Record Setting 7th Consecutive Bristol Win; 11 Days Until March 2014 Race Weekend
It was April 1984 and Darrell Waltrip was shooting for an incredible seventh straight win at Bristol Motor Speedway. The odds against being able to continue the streak were mountain and 100 laps were on the board before Waltrip grabbed the lead of the Valleydale 500. Driving the famed Junior Johnson-owned No. 11, Waltrip held it five separate times, including for the final 44 laps to earn that unprecedented seventh straight win at Bristol.
As is the case with any winning streak of that type both skill and luck play a part. It was good fortune, for Waltrip, misfortune for others that played a role in the outcome. Bobby Allison, the defending series champ, was around the front all day and at lap 303, moved to the point and stayed there, lapping several in the field, including Waltrip at one point. But Allison's Buick developed rear end problems and he finished 19th, 25 laps down
Waltrip edged Terry Labonte by two seconds. Ron Bouchard was third, followed by Dave Marcis and Tim Richmond. Pole sitter Ricky Rudd finished sixth.
In addition to being Waltrip's seventh straight win at Bristol, the win was the 14th in 17th races for a driver carrying Johnson's No. 11
In just 11 days, NASCAR returns to Bristol's grueling banks. An action-packed weekend features a Saturday racing doubleheader with the Nationwide Series Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes and the K&N PittLite 125 and Sunday's Food City 500. Weekend ticket packages start at just $89 and single-day tickets are still available. To reserve your seat inside the Last Great Colosseum, visit BristolTix.com or call (855) 580-5525.