1983 Like Cola 500
|Race 18 of 30 in the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
Pocono Raceway, the race track where the race was held.
|Date||July 24, 1983|
|Official name||Like Cola 500|
|Location||Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania|
Permanent racing facility|
2.500 mi (3.400 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 501.0 mi (804 km)|
|Weather||Mild with temperatures of 75.9 °F (24.4 °C); wind speeds of 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)|
|Average speed||114.818 mph (184.782 km/h)|
|Driver||Blue Max Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Bobby Allison||DiGard Motorsports|
|No. 27||Tim Richmond||Blue Max Racing|
|Television in the United States|
Bob Jenkins |
During the early 1980s, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series was plagued with top teams running big engines and finishing in third place to avoid inspection. Only manual transmission vehicles were allowed to participate in this race; a policy that NASCAR has retained to the present day.
Pocono Raceway is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races; the others are Daytona International Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. The standard track at Pocono Raceway is a three-turn superspeedway that is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long. The track's turns are banked differently; the first is banked at 14°, the second turn at 8° and the final turn with 6°. However, each of the three straightaways are banked at 2°.
Out of the 42 drivers who tried to qualify for this event; 40 managed to qualify. John Callis and Jimmy Walker are the two drivers who failed to qualify for the race. John Callis would never return to NASCAR after failing to qualify for this race. With the exception of Canadian-born Trevor Boys, the grid was born in the United States of America. Clark Dwyer managed to receive the last-place finish due to an oil pressure issue on lap 6 in this 200-lap extravaganza. Pontiac and Buick vehicles made up the majority of the racing grid. Bobby Wawak would be the lowest-finishing driver to complete the event while Morgan Shepherd's attempt at a "top ten" finish would be sabotaged by a problematic engine on lap 193.
While Tim Richmond and Darrell Waltrip would dominate the opening laps of this event, the closing laps would see Bill Elliott, Dave Marcis and Tim Richmond exchange the first-place position during the closing laps. Richmond would eventually best Waltrip by almost two seconds in front of a live audience of 65,000 spectators driving in a used Pontiac LeMans machine as opposed to the newer Pontiac Grand Prix model. Other notable drivers in this event included Kyle Petty, J.D. McDuffie, Sterling Marlin, Benny Parsons and Buddy Arrington. Bobby Gerhart and Glenn Jarrett managed to collide into each other in a manner that would rip the entire rear end off of Gerhart's vehicle on lap 25.
The average speeds for this vehicles in this event was 114.818 miles per hour (184.782 km/h) while pole position winner Tim Richmond was practically sailing through the turns at speeds up to 151.981 miles per hour (244.590 km/h) during the solo qualifying runs. Individual race earnings varied from the winner's portion of $27,430 ($70,413 when adjusted for inflation) to the last-place finisher's portion of $1,100 ($2,824 when adjusted for inflation). NASCAR officials authorized a grand total of $246,500 to be awarded to all qualifying drivers for this racing event ($632,763 when adjusted for inflation). After this event, the racing never got super-competitive at Pocono Raceway until the July 1995 running of the Miller Genuine Draft 500.
Glenn Jarrett would retire from NASCAR Cup Series racing after racing here. Notable crew chiefs who were in attendance for this race were Darrell Bryant, Joey Arrington, Elmo Langley, Dale Inman, Robin Pemberton, Bud Moore and Kirk Shelmerdine.
The most dominant drivers in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series during the 1980s were Bill Elliott, Darrell Waltrip, Terry Labonte, Bobby Allison, and Dale Earnhardt. During the early 1980s, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series was plagued with top teams running big engines and finishing in third place to avoid inspection.
|1||27||Tim Richmond||Pontiac||151.981||59.218||Raymond Beadle|
|2||33||Harry Gant||Buick||150.809||59.678||Hal Needham|
|3||11||Darrell Waltrip||Chevrolet||150.499||59.801||Junior Johnson|
|4||75||Neil Bonnett||Chevrolet||150.471||59.812||RahMoc Enterprises|
|5||44||Terry Labonte||Chevrolet||150.461||59.816||Billy Hagan|
|6||3||Ricky Rudd||Chevrolet||149.778||1:00.089||Richard Childress|
|7||55||Benny Parsons||Chevrolet||149.358||1:00.258||Johnny Hayes|
|8||9||Bill Elliott||Ford||149.293||1:00.284||Harry Melling|
|9||43||Richard Petty||Pontiac||148.984||1:00.409||Petty Enterprises|
|10||15||Dale Earnhardt||Ford||148.733||1:00.511||Bud Moore|
|22||8||Bobby Hillin, Jr.||Buick||144.550||1:02.262|
|16||8||Bobby Hillin, Jr.||Buick||196||0||Running|
|19||2||Morgan Shepherd||Buick||193||0||Engine failure|
|30||15||Dale Earnhardt||Ford||71||0||Engine failure|
|31||55||Benny Parsons||Chevrolet||71||2||Engine failure|
|33||13||Dick May||Buick||34||0||Read end|
|39||88||Geoff Bodine||Pontiac||7||0||Engine failure|
Standings after the raceEdit
- Weather information for the 1983 Like Cola 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
- 1983 Like Cola 500 racing information at Racing Reference
- "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on January 1, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
- "Pocono Raceway". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
- Winnings information for the 1983 Like Cola 500 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
- 1983 Like Cola 500 racing information at Race Database
- 1983 Like Cola 500 crew chiefs at Racing Reference
- Additional qualifying information for the 1983 Like Cola 500 at Racing Reference
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