NASCAR Video: The 10 Most Amazing Last-Lap Passes in Sprint Cup History
It's the part of the race we all wait for, the last lap where anything and everything can, and does, happen. It's also the site of some of the most exciting last lap passes viewers have ever seen and here we look at 10 of the best in history.
As always, with as many races that have been run, it is impossible to get all the awesome finishes in here. So feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments if they aren't in the slide show.
No. 10: 2011 Coca Cola 600
While this video may be difficult for Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans to watch, it is definitely a come-from-behind pass that not a lot of people were expecting to happen.
Sure, it looks better because of the gas situation, but Kevin Harvick really took advantage of the situation and it was a nice place to continue his Victory Lane parade this year.
No. 9: 2000 Talladega
While this may not be the most "wow" pass of the slideshow and barely qualifies since the pass happened right before the white flag, it is an emotional last pass.
Dale Earnhardt owned Talladega one last time in 2000 with this pass, not only making it his last win at the track, but his last win in the series.
The pass happens around the 6:25 mark.
No. 8: 2011 Auto Club 400
Not only did Kevin Harvick have to fight Kyle Busch, he had to get around Jimmie Johnson, a prospect that would be daunting to any driver.
Yet he made it look easy and did it in style.
Not only was this an awesome pass, it was also awesome racing for fans to watch as the drivers battled it out to decide the winner.
No. 7: 1993 Talladega
Ernie Irvan passes the King of Talladega in the beginning of an exciting last lap. The pass doesn't make the race on this lap. The events afterwards do.
However, Talladega passes with great drivers and awesome racing all on the final lap are nearly the best thing a NASCAR fan could ask for.
No. 6: 1983 Daytona 500
Cale Yarborough shoots past Buddy Baker in exciting fashion to win the 1983 Daytona 500.
But his pass isn't the only exciting thing to watch. The drivers behind him may be racing for second, but they race like they are going for the win.
No. 5: Talladega 1983
Dale Earnhardt showed just how well he could handle Talladega by passing Darrell Waltrip on the final lap for his first win at Talladega, a track that saw him in Victory Lane 10 times.
The race also helped the rivalry between Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt that would carry on for years.
The pass is around the 4:50 mark.
No. 4: 2005 Atlanta
It was one of those races that showcased two talented drivers and ended with a finish of awesome proportions, but it is only one matchup between the drivers that turned into an all-out battle to the finish.
The excitement starts around the 2:40 mark.
No. 3: 1994 Pepsi 400
Jimmy Spencer was hungry for his first Cup win and he wasn't going to let it get away, no matter how hard he had to fight Ernie Irvan. Spencer took the lead during the final lap but couldn't pull away for a big win, instead driving hard every inch of the way.
This finish isn't only exciting for Jimmy Spencer, it is exciting for all NASCAR fans with a pulse.
Fast forward to 4:00 for the fun.
No. 2: 2011 Talladega
This isn't just an awesome pass, it is awesome racing all together. Three wide to the wire with the partners farthest back of the three winning the race—this should send chills up any NASCAR fan's back.
This race may not be remembered as much as some of the others but the Jimmie Johnson/Dale Junior, Jeff Gordon/Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer/Kevin Harvick groups all deserve definite kudos for this finish.
No. 1: 2003 Darlington
If there's any happy last-lap pass fans remember from the early 2000s, it has to be this race.
The battle wasn't one of those drag races to the finish line—it went on for a few laps with Kurt Busch staying in front until the final inch.
Ricky Craven finds a way to get around Kurt Busch for the win...at the line. This is definitely an amazing last-lap pass.