Sear’s Point Raceway
Jack Seller’s #NASCAR Cup Debut
The #44 Coca-Cola Buick Debuted in 1990
The Banquet 300
Sunday, June 10, 1990
Race 12 of the 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
- Race Length:74 laps
- Time of race: 2:41:35
- Average speed of winner: 69.245 mph
- Margin of victory: under caution
- Lead changes: 8 among 6 drivers
- Cautions: 9 for 24 laps
|Jack Sellers, who made a record 282 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West|
starts, passed away over the weekend at age 72. (Getty Images)
Jack Sellers, a K&N Pro Series West Icon ran his last race on October 15th 2016. Just nine days later, news that ‘Cowboy Jack’ had passed shocked the tight racing west coast family. True to his word, he raced until the day he died.
What most fans did not know is that Jack had raced in two Cup races with many of the sports champions.
The 1990 Banquet Frozen Foods 300 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place on June 10, 1990, at Sears Point International Raceway in the community of Sonoma, California.
While the names have changed, Winston Cup to Sprint Cup and Sears Point to Sonoma Raceway, the racing was as fierce and competitive then as it is now. Jack Sellers made his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut that day and some how managed to grab the brief spotlight and valuable television coverage.
Driving his Green #44 Coca-Cola Buick, Sellers started forty-fourth (last) off the starting grid. He had to bring the car back to the pits on the first lap due to an oil leak that was filling his cockpit with smoke. During that pit stop, the car fell off the jack. Never willing to give up, Sellers went back on the track.
Unfortunately, on lap four, Sellers brought out a two-lap caution due to an accident. The #44 was off-track and backed into a tire barrier in turn nine. However, in ‘Cowboy Jack’ fashion, he soldiered on. Jack Sellers managed to be the last man to actually finish the event, thirty-three laps down. He took the checkered in the fortieth.
Sellers’ Caution – is at 7:58 on video
After two hours and forty-five minutes of racing, Rusty Wallace defeated Mark Martin under the race's final caution flag. Below are the complete race results:
|5||31||Bobby Hillin, Jr.||8||74|
The names of the drivers above is astonishing. Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, and Mark Martin are all inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It must have been epic to have raced against those legends.
The NASCAR Community lost an important and enduring symbol of what a racer should aspire to be. Rest In Peace Jack Sellers – NASCAR Race Mom is privileged to have known you.
|Sellers in the Red #44 far left keeps to the high side to let the youngsters pass.|
Note: Sellers also ran in the 1992 Save Mart 300K at Sears Point International Raceway in the #44 Dad's Old Fashioned Root Beer Buick. He started 43th and finished 40th after suffering a transmission issue. He completed 48 of the 74 schedule laps.
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