The Big One (NASCAR) - Exceptions


Though The Big One has largely become expected during the four restrictor plate races mentioned above since 1990, there have been a few notable exceptions. There have been three caution-free races at Talladega in the restrictor plate era:

  • 1997 Winston 500, 188.354 mph
  • 2001 Talladega 500, 184.003 mph
  • 2002 EA Sports 500, 183.665 mph (Last Caution-free event to date)

There have been no caution-free restrictor plate races at Daytona. However, the 1992 Pepsi 400 (170.457 mph), 1998 Daytona 500 (172.712 mph), and 1999 Pepsi 400 (169.213 mph), and the 2008 Daytona 500 (152.672 mph) were all remarkably clean with minimal incidents, seeing 9 or fewer caution laps.

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