#28 Southern 500
Elliott Victorious In Another ‘Classic’
Every so often, a race is so good they call it a “classic.” Undoubtedly, that’s what the 1988 Southern 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Darlington (S.C.) International Raceway will be tagged. In this edition of the oldest superspeedway race in NASCAR, Bill Elliott held off a determined challenge from Rusty Wallace to win for the fifth time in the ’88 season. But it was much more than that. It was the perfect scenario. Elliott, first in the Winston Cup point standings, narrowly defeated Wallace, second in the standings, while coming home third was Dale Earnhardt, third in the point standings. As a result, Elliott extended his margin over Wallace, leaving Darlington with a 26-point pad over Wallace while Earnhardt lost 15 points and stood 141 behind Elliott.