Today In NASCAR History

July 19, 2012

1987: Dale Earnhardt nudges past Alan Kulwicki in the final stages to win the Summer 500 at Pocono Raceway, denying Kulwicki his first win in NASCAR’s top series. Earnhardt led 85 of the 200 laps, including the final two after the last-ditch contest for the lead. Kulwicki held on for second place, one second behind Earnhardt at the finish. Buddy Baker came home third. The race was also notable for Tim Richmond, who scored his final pole position in the Cup series — Richmond led 14 laps and finished 29th with engine failure.