#25 Budweiser 500
Good Strategy Means Victory For Elliott
Bill Elliott’s Melling/Coors team made the right move at the right time and the result was the second victory of the season for Elliott as he won the June 5 Budweiser 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway. At first, it appeared Elliott would not become the second driver to win two races in the ’88 season. In his Melling/Coors Ford Thunderbird, he lost a lap early in the long, 500-lap race on the one-mile Dover track. But a timely switch from Goodyear to Hoosier tires proved to be the difference. As it has been for most of the ’88 season campaign – which has seen Goodyear’s monopoly on Winston Cup racing broken by Hoosier – the new product proved to be more consistent and durable than the old.