The Green-White-Checkered writes:
"Top 10 Most Memorable Pocono Races"
Posted by Darth Vadar on June 6, 2010
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1. 1986 Summer 500- Late in the race, Tim Richmond was spun out coming out of the Tunnel Turn (Turn 2). His car had both front tires flattened and was in a position so that he could not drive it forwards. Richmond backed the car out, then drove it in reverse the nearly 1 mile to his pit. At that point, his crew fixed the car so that he could go forward, but only in high gear (4th). It was at this point that NASCAR announced the impending end of the race due to darkness/rain. Richmond then charged through the field after the restart and won the race in a photo finish over Ricky Rudd and Geoff Bodine in an amazing three wide battle at the end. A modified version of this incident was featured in the 1990 movie Days of Thunder.
2. 1992 Miller Genuine Draft 500- This race changed the face of the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup season. Davey Allison had set a new track record during first round qualifying, then totally dominated the field the first 140 laps of the 200-lap event. An air wrench broke during yellow flag pit stops, putting Allison in seventh for the lap 146 restart. He moved quickly up to fifth, then on lap 148, took over fourth. But on lap 149, disaster struck. Davey and Darrell Waltrip touched while jockeying for the same track position, sending Allison through the grass and over the guard rail close to the campers (The viewer can go by its own judgement on who was at fault, I just think it was a racing deal). Allison suffered a broken right forearm, a dislocated wrist and a severe concussion. Mark Martin even said he thought they should get a body bag. Davey probably lost 80-100 points due to this crash. He would finish third and lose by 63 points in the final standings. Ironically, Darrell came in to pit at the end of the caution period to top off for gas and would go on to win.
3. 2000 Pocono 500- Rusty Wallace dominated most of this race until a late race caution brought the leaders down to pit road. Rusty took four tires while the other leaders took just gas or gas/two tires. Dale Earnhardt came out first with Jeremy Mayfield behind him. It would stay that way until the final lap when Earnhardt didn't get through Turn 2 (tunnel turn) very well. Going into turn 3, Mayfield got a very good run on Earnhardt and gave him a nice bump/tap to get him loose and go on to steal the win. Earnhardt would some how manage to hang onto the car and not crash and finish fourth. On the cool down lap Dale pulled up beside Mayfield and gave him the "one" sign. Mayfield would steal a line from Dale in victory lane and say, "I just wanted to rattle his cage a little." Ironically, just a little over a month later at Pocono Mayfield had the lead on the last lap and blew a tire to give Rusty Wallace the win. That's what you call bad and good karma
4. 1988 Miller High Life 500- This race was the last race for racing legend and 84-time Nascar winner (or 85 depending on who you ask) Bobby Allison. Allison suffered career-ending injuries when he spun and was T-boned by the #63 of Jocko Maggiacomo on the first lap of the race. It was very unfortunate for Allison because he lost most of his memory and was on the brink of death. To this day he cannot remember the memorable 1-2 finish that he and son Davey gave us at the 1988 Daytona 500.
5. 1979 Coca-Cola 500- Dale Earnhardt suffered broke collar bones in a bad crash in Turn Two. He led 43 of the 98 laps he completed. He would miss the next four races due to injuries. He would still go on and win the rookie of th year. Darrell Waltrip was in second place with five laps to go and lost five spots when he pitted under caution with four to go for tires. Unfortunately for him the race never restarted. It cost him 19 points, a margin he would regret at the end of the season. Cale Yarborough would win this race.
6. 1982 Mountain Dew 500- Dale Earnhardt lost his brakes going into turn 1 and got hit Tim Richmond in the back and would end up flipping his car and braking/fracturing his leg in the process. In amazing display of sportsmanship Richmond would help Earnhardt out of his car and help him down the banking of the track and into the ambulance. Earnhardt hid his broken leg and raced the very next week at Talladega.
7. 1987 Summer 500- Dale Earnhardt and a young Alan Kulwicki provided everyone with an awesome late race battle for the win. Earnhardt would prevail and win.
8. 1995 UAW-GM Teamwork 500- Terry Labonte made the pass for the win on the final restart with less than 10 laps to go, when teammate Jeff Gordon missed a shift from 2nd to 3rd gear. The result of that was that the entire line of cars swept to the left and passed Gordon. Gordon ended up finishing 16th, last car on the lead lap.
9. 1991 Miller Genuine Draft 500- When the red flag was thrown for rain, Rusty Wallace's car was nearly out of gas. The red flag was out for over two hours before the track dried and the cars were started again under a yellow condition. However after just running 1 lap under yellow the rain started falling again. Rusty Wallace was Very close to running out of gas so he turned his car off and put it in neutral and was pushed around by Dale Earnhardt so that we wouldn't run out of gas. Once the field was given the white flag Earnhardt backed off. Under NASCAR rules, this is legal unless it is the final scheduled lap of the race.
10. 2001 Pennsylvania 500- Bobby Labonte and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. provided everyone with a late race duel with Labonte passing Earnhardt with about three laps to go and coming out on top. Jeff Gordon dominated most of this race.
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