| July 16, 1995 (1995-July-16)|
Van Scoy Diamond Mine 500
Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Permanent racing facility
2.500 mi (3.400 km)
200 laps, 501.0 mi (804 km)
Temperatures reaching up to 99.9 °F (37.7 °C); wind speeds up to 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)
The 1995 Miller Genuine Draft 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event held on July 16, 1995, at Pocono International Raceway in the American community of Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
1995 Miller Genuine Draft 500 (July) Wikipedia
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°.
Randy MacDonald and Terry Byers were the only two drivers not to qualify for this event. Nearly 13% of the race was held under a caution flag and the average green flag run was slightly more than 29 laps. Bill Elliott, Mark Martin, and Morgan Shepherd's good qualifying runs made this the first race of 1995 where Fords started 1-2-3. Elliott's pole was his first of the season, earning him a spot in the 1996 Busch Clash.
41 drivers were a part of this race; all of them were born in the United States of America. Dale Jarrett managed to defeat Jeff Gordon almost two-tenths of a second after a duel over the last 20 laps. Jarrett, however, ran out of gas coming to the checkered flag; needing Michael Waltrip's help to be pushed to victory lane. Formal attendance records were never kept for this three-hour-and-forty-nine-minute racing event.
Speeds during this race reached up to 134.038 miles per hour (215.713 km/h) and 37 changes were made to the leader's position. Five cautions were given out for a total duration of 25 laps; primarily for debris and accidents. Three drivers were considered the odds-on favorite going into the actual race: Ted Musgrave, Derrike Cope and Steve Grissom. This race was the most competitive (37 lead changes among 13 drivers) since 1983 and once again the lead changed twice a lap on several laps.Start of race: Bill Elliott started the race with the pole position
Lap 22: Caution for debris, ended on lap 25
Lap 38: Hut Stricklin had engine problems
Lap 76: Caution for debris, ended on lap 83
Lap 93: Ken Schrader's engine started acting up
Lap 97: Caution due to Bobby Labonte's accident, green flag racing resumed on lap 100
Lap 108: Derrike Cope just couldn't keep his engine working properly
Lap 136: John Andretti had an engine that suddenly quit on him
Lap 144: Jimmy Helmsey went off the track on turn, causing a caution that ended on lap 147
Lap 149: Kenny Wallace had a terminal crash, forcing him to end his race weekend early
Lap 156: Darrell Waltrip's engine stopped functioning properly
Lap 159: Caution due to a three-car collision, ended on lap 163
Lap 186: Dave Marcis realized that his engine stopped while he was still racing
Finish: Dale Jarrett was officially declared the winner of the event