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The Scene Vault: Larry McClure on Rick Wilson, Bill Elliott and the 1988 Firecracker 400

By Rick Houston

It was a thing of beauty, the two cars coming off turn four on the final lap, side by side and banging fenders as they hurtled toward the checkered flag.

With two Daytona 500 victories already under his belt, Bill Elliott knew what it took to win on one of NASCAR’s most famous tracks. His rival that day, Rick Wilson, was still young in his career and had seen his share of struggles on the race track. So had his team, Morgan-McClure Motorsports.

Elliott won, but not without a furious challenge from Wilson. The two crossed the finish line with the nose of Elliott’s Ford maybe 18 inches ahead of Wilson’s Oldsmobile. It was THAT close, that perfect a finish.

This is team owner Larry McClure’s story.

Join hosts Rick Houston and Steve Waid each week on The Scene Vault Podcast Presented by Q Ware as they take a look back at the extraordinary people, places and events woven into the rich tapestry that is our sport.

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