1985 Summer 500
|Race 16 of 28 in the 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
Pocono Raceway, the race track where the race was held.
|Date||July 21, 1985|
|Official name||Summer 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||Very hot with temperatures of 86.0 °F (30.0 °C); wind speeds of 6.10 miles per hour (9.82 km/h)|
|Average speed||134.008 miles per hour (215.665 km/h)|
|Driver||Junior Johnson & Associates|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Neil Bonnett||Junior Johnson & Associates|
|No. 9||Bill Elliott||Melling Racing|
|Television in the United States|
Bob Jenkins |
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°.
Mike Stolarcyk would make his only NASCAR Winston Cup Series start at this event; he was from Whitney Point, New York. While Stolaryck started the race in 37th-place; he would only improve his finishing position to 32nd-place.
The race took three hours and forty-two seconds to complete with Bill Elliott defeating Neil Bonnett by five seconds. There were six cautions for 24 laps. Bill Elliott won the pole with a qualifying speed of 151.973 miles per hour (244.577 km/h) while the average speed of the race was 134.008 miles per hour (215.665 km/h). Notable crew chiefs who participated in this race included Junie Donlavey, Robin Pemberton, Joey Arrington, Jake Elder, Waddell Wilson, Bud Moore, Harry Hyde, Kirk Shelmerdine and Darrell Bryant.
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.
Geoff Bodine was the first driver to win the pole, but was stripped of his time shortly after first round qualifying for having illegal fuel. Darrell Waltrip would inherit the award but was stripped for using illegal fuel two weeks after the race was finished. Bill Elliott ended up getting the award instead. There were 40 drivers in the race; 39 of them were American-born while Trevor Boys was born in Canada. J.D. McDuffie would finish last due to an engine problem on lap 10. Bill Elliott's win for Melling Racing would earn him $44,025 in total winnings ($102,557 when adjusted for inflation) while last-place finisher McDuffie would walk away with $2,675 for McDuffie Racing ($6,231 when adjusted for inflation).
|1||11||Darrell Waltrip||Chevrolet||Junior Johnson|
|2||9||Bill Elliott||Ford||Harry Melling|
|3||28||Cale Yarborough||Ford||Harry Ranier|
|4||55||Benny Parsons||Chevrolet||Leo Jackson / Richard Jackson|
|5||44||Terry Labonte||Chevrolet||Billy Hagan|
|6||27||Tim Richmond||Pontiac||Raymond Beadle|
|7||33||Harry Gant||Chevrolet||Hal Needham|
|8||47||Ron Bouchard||Buick||Jack Beebe|
|9||8||Bobby Hillin, Jr.||Chevrolet||Stavola Brothers|
|10||15||Ricky Rudd||Ford||Bud Moore|
Top twenty finishersEdit
|2||12||Neil Bonnett||Chevrolet||200||72||+5 seconds|
|3||11||Darrell Waltrip||Chevrolet||200||3||Lead lap under green flag|
|4||5||Geoffrey Bodine||Chevrolet||200||29||Lead lap under green flag|
|5||33||Harry Gant||Chevrolet||200||6||Lead lap under green flag|
|6||55||Benny Parsons||Chevrolet||200||1||Lead lap under green flag|
|7||7||Kyle Petty||Ford||200||0||Lead lap under green flag|
|8||66||Phil Parsons||Chevrolet||199||0||+1 lap|
|9||47||Ron Bouchard||Buick||199||0||+1 lap|
|10||88||Buddy Baker||Oldsmobile||199||0||+1 lap|
|11||75||Lake Speed||Pontiac||198||0||+2 laps|
|12||22||Bobby Allison||Buick||198||1||+2 laps|
|13||17||Lennie Pond||Chevrolet||198||0||+2 laps|
|14||15||Ricky Rudd||Ford||197||0||+3 laps|
|15||90||Ken Schrader||Ford||197||0||+3 laps|
|16||64||Clark Dwyer||Ford||195||0||+5 laps|
|17||6||Eddie Bierschwale||Chevrolet||195||0||+5 laps|
|18||67||Buddy Arrington||Ford||195||0||+5 laps|
|19||51||Doug Heveron||Ford||194||0||+6 laps|
|20||49||Trevor Boys||Chevrolet||193||0||+7 laps|
Standings after the raceEdit
- 1985 Summer 500 racing information at Ultimate Racing History
- 1985 Summer 500 weather information at The Old Farmers' Almanac
- 1985 Summer 500 racing information Archived 2014-05-17 at the Wayback Machine at Racing Reference
- "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
- "Pocono Raceway". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
- 1985 Summer 500 information Archived 2011-10-05 at the Wayback Machine at Driver Averages
- Career information for Mike Stolarcyk at Racing Reference
- 1985 Summer 500 information at Database Racing
- 1985 Summer 500 crew chiefs at Racing Reference
- Qualifying information for the 1985 Summer 500 at Racing Reference
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