Sunday 12th February 1984
Three-time NASCAR Grand National champion, Cale Yarborough, became the first Daytona 500 qualifier above 200 mph. Yarborough turned a 200.503 mph clocking in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the first of his two qualifying laps. He then crashed the car into a retaining wall on the second lap, but escaped injury.
Ricky Rudd recorded the second fastest time among 76 qualifers and will start on the front row beside Yarborough in Sunday’s automobile racing classic. Rudd, in a Chevrolet, zoomed around the Daytona International Speedway in a time of 198.864 mph, also breaking the track’s NASCAR record of 196.317 mph set by Benny Parsons in 1983.