Today In NASCAR History

August 16, 2012

1964: Richard Petty scores a dominant victory in the Mountaineer 500 at West Virginia International Speedway in Huntington, leading 396 of 500 laps. Petty pulled away to a three-lap margin of victory over Junior Johnson on the .4375-mile asphalt track. Ned Jarrett took third place despite his engine failing six laps shy of the full distance.