It’s not often you see a car like Terry Labonte’s No. 5 from the 1995 Bristol Night Race in Victory Lane. Often, you see it on the hook of a wrecker being towed off the track, incapable of running any longer.
On Aug. 26, 1995, however, Labonte celebrated alongside perhaps the most beat-up car to ever grace Victory Lane.
There wasn’t a favorite or fastest car under the lights that night. Six drivers led at least 50 laps of the 500-lap event, with Dale Jarrett (99), Jeff Gordon (86) and Dale Earnhardt (81) topping the field.
And it was Earnhardt, always a bull on the Bristol high banks, tracking down the leader Labonte late. But “Texas Terry” held his spot, Earnhardt initiated contact out of Turn 4 and Labonte was spun and wrecked across the start/finish line — crossing it first, ahead of the “Intimidator.”
That wouldn’t be the last Bristol incident between the two, either.
Rewatch the 1995 Bristol Night Race in its entirety on our YouTube channel, or from the embed below, and stay tuned for Part 2 on Tuesday.