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The Scene Vault: Buddy Parrott and the 1990 Daytona 500


By Rick Houston

The rest of the NASCAR world might not have recognized it, but Buddy Parrott was confident in his team’s chances going into the 1990 Daytona 500.

Never mind the fact that driver Derrike Cope was an unproven commodity, having never scored so much as a single top-10 finish in Winston Cup competition. That didn’t bother Parrott. The team had massaged the car it planned to run in the 500, and he’d had Cope watch every move Dale Earnhardt made. During the race itself, he ordered Cope to do basically whatever it took to get past Earnhardt in the closing stages.

And if that meant fighting it out in the pits afterward, then so be it.

This is Buddy Parrott’s story.

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