|July 26, 2012|
1987: Bill Elliott storms to victory from the pole position to win the Talladega 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, marking the last race at the 2.66-mile track without carburetor restrictor plates. Elliott topped qualifying with a speed of 203.827 mph, which was the last 200-mph-plus qualifying effort before Marcos Ambrose’s 203.241 mph pole-winning lap at Michigan last month. Elliott led the final 38 laps and edged Davey Allison by .15 seconds in a 1-2 sweep by Fords. Dale Earnhardt was third in a Chevrolet. The race was run with a special restricted carburetor on every car, but plates were not introduced until the following year.