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Alan Kulwicki

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Born:  December 14, 1954
Died:  April 1, 1993
Hometown:  Greenfield, Wisconsin

Former Winston Cup driver between 1985 and 1993.  In his short career he accumulated 24 poles, 5 wins and a Winston Cup Championship in 207 starts.

His accomplishments include:
1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year
1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion

Alan Kulwicki died in an airplane crash.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Alan Kulwicki page on 24 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Alan Dennis Kulwicki, nicknamed "Special K" and the "Polish Prince", was an American NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) racecar driver. He started racing at local short tracks in Wisconsin before moving up to regional stock car touring series. Kulwicki arrived at NASCAR, the highest and most expensive level of stock car racing in the United States, with no sponsor, a limited budget and only a racecar and a borrowed pickup truck. Despite starting with meager equipment and finances, he earned the 1986 NASCAR Rookie of the Year award over drivers racing for well-funded teams.

After Kulwicki won his first race at Phoenix International Raceway, he debuted what would become his trademark "Polish victory lap". Kulwicki won the 1992 Winston Cup Championship by what was then the closest margin in NASCAR history. He died early in 1993 in a light aircraft accident and therefore never defended his championship. He has been inducted into numerous racing halls of fame and was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers.

Kulwicki was known for being a perfectionist and doing things his own way. An engineer by trade, his scientific approach to NASCAR racing inspired the way teams are now run. Despite lucrative offers from top car owners, he insisted on driving for his own race team, AK Racing, during most of his NASCAR career. Described by his publicist as "a real hard type of person to get to know", he remained a bachelor throughout his life.


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1985 Alan Kulwicki Car at the 1985 Milwaukee Sentinel 200 1985 Milwaukee Sentinel 200
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1986 Alan Kulwicki Car at the 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Alan Kulwicki Car at the 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Alan Kulwicki Car at the 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Alan Kulwicki Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1986 Alan Kulwicki Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1987 Alan Kulwicki Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1987 Alan Kulwicki at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1987 Alan Kulwicki Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Alan Kulwicki Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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Alan Kulwicki ASA Racing 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 (ASA Racing)
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Alan Kulwicki ASA Racing 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 (ASA Racing)
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Alan Kulwicki ASA Racing 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 (ASA Racing)
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1989 Alan Kulwicki Car at the 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1989 Alan Kulwicki Car at the 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1991 Alan Kulwicki Daytona 500 Army Model Car 1991 Daytona 500 Car
1:24 scale Monogram #2961 kit
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
March 8, 2009
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1991 Alan Kulwicki Daytona 500 Army Model Car 1991 Daytona 500 Car
1:24 scale Monogram #2961 kit
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2009 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
March 8, 2009
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1991 Alan Kulwicki Daytona 500 Army Model Car 1991 Daytona 500 Car
1:24 scale Monogram #2961 kit
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2009 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
March 8, 2009
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
17 June 2006Forgotten NASCAR Greats:  1970's:  Alan KulwickiBill Crittenden


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Action 100426Alan Kulwicki #97 WLPX1983 Pontiac Firebird, Xtreme Series, 1:24 scale, production 3,792 (ARC 3,504/QVC 288)
Die Cast - Action 100431Alan Kulwicki #22 Miller1984 Pontiac Firebird, Xtreme Series, 1:24 scale, production 4,500
Model Kit - Monogram 0761Alan Kulwicki's Quincy's ThunderbirdAK Collection, 1:24 scale, 1985-1986
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 7Alan Kulwicki#7 Hooters Ford
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 284Race 20: BristolBud 500, Alan Kulwicki #7 Hooters Ford


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