While Bill Elliott won the battle, it was Alan Kulwicki who won the war.
Those who witnessed the 1992 Hooters 500 live didn't know it at the time, but that race was going to go down as one of the most memorable races in NASCAR history.
Filled with more drama than The Real World (or any MTV production for that matter), the day saw six drivers in contention for the 1992 Winston Cup Championship. Davey Allison led the points, with Bill Elliott in second and Alan Kulwicki in third. Harry Gant sat fourth, Kyle Petty sat fifth and Mark Martin was in sixth.
Also, while "The King" Richard Petty made his final start, newcomer Jeff Gordon made his debut that day. While Petty would be involved in a fiery crash (he did come back to finish the race), the championship leaders were systematically eliminated from contention, including point leader Davey Allison.
In the end, it came down to Elliott and Kulwicki. While Elliott won the race, Kulwicki managed to lead for one more lap and clinch the most laps led, winning the title by 10 points. What made this more impressive was that Kulwicki won the championship with his own equipment and team. He was the last owner/driver to win the Cup championship until Tony Stewart in 2011.