1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

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1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
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The 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season began February 16 and ended November 16. Dale Earnhardt of RCR Enterprises won his second championship this year.

1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Drivers[edit]

Team Make # Driver Sponsor Car Owner Crew Chief
AK Racing Ford Thunderbird 35 Alan Kulwicki (R) Quincy's Steak House Alan Kulwicki Mike Beat
Arrington Racing Ford Thunderbird 67 Buddy Arrington Pannill Knitting Buddy Arrington
Bahari Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 23 Michael Waltrip (R) Hawaiian Punch Chuck Rider
Baker-Schiff Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 88 Buddy Baker Crisco Buddy Baker Doug Richert
Blue Max Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 27 Rusty Wallace Alugard Raymond Beadle Barry Dodson
Bud Moore Engineering Ford Thunderbird 15 Ricky Rudd Motorcraft Bud Moore Bud Moore
Circle Bar Racing Ford Thunderbird 81 Chet Fillip (R) Circle Bar Truck Corral Tom Mitchell
Curb Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 98 Ron Bouchard Valvoline Mike Curb Mike Beam
Donlavey Racing Ford Thunderbird 90 Ken Schrader Red Baron Frozen Pizza Junie Donlavey Junie Donlavey
Ellington Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1 Sterling Marlin Bull's Eye Barbecue Sauce Hoss Ellington
Freelander Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 18 Tommy Ellis Freelander Financial Eric Freelander
Hagan Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 44 Terry Labonte Piedmont Airlines Billy Hagan Steve Hmiel
Hamby Motorsports Oldsmobile Cutlass 17 Eddie Bierschwale Kmart Roger Hamby
Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 5 Geoff Bodine Levi Garrett Rick Hendrick Gary Nelson
25 Tim Richmond Folgers Joe Hendrick Harry Hyde
Jackson Brothers Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 55 Benny Parsons Copenhagen Leo Jackson
Richard Jackson
Cliff Champion
66 Phil Parsons Skoal Marv Acton
Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet Monte Carlo 11 Darrell Waltrip Budweiser Junior Johnson Jeff Hammond
12 Neil Bonnett Tim Brewer
King Racing Buick LeSabre 26 Joe Ruttman Quaker State Kenny Bernstein Larry McReynolds
Mach 1 Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 33 Harry Gant Skoal Bandit Hal Needham Travis Carter
Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 71 Dave Marcis Helen Rae Special Helen Marcis
McDuffie Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 70 J.D. McDuffie Winkle Pontiac/Rumple Furniture J.D. McDuffie Jeff McDuffie
Means Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 52 Jimmy Means Means Racing Jimmy Means
Melling Racing Ford Thunderbird 9 Bill Elliott Coors Harry Melling Ernie Elliott
Morgan-McClure Motorsports Oldsmobile Cutlass 4 Rick Wilson Kodak Larry McClure Tony Glover
Petty Enterprises Pontiac Grand Prix 43 Richard Petty STP Richard Petty Dale Inman
RahMoc Enterprises Pontiac Grand Prix 75 Morgan Shepherd Nationwise Auto Parts Bob Rahilly Robin Pemberton
Ranier-Lundy Racing Ford Thunderbird 28 Cale Yarborough Hardee's Harry Ranier Joey Knuckles
Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 3 Dale Earnhardt Wrangler Jeans Richard Childress Kirk Shelmerdine
Stavola Brothers Racing Buick LeSabre 8 Bobby Hillin Jr. Miller American Billy Stavola Ron Puryear
22 Bobby Allison Mickey Stavola
Wood Brothers Racing Ford Thunderbird 7 Kyle Petty 7-Eleven Glen Wood Eddie Wood

Busch Clash[edit]

The Busch Clash was held on February 9 at Daytona International Speedway. Harry Gant drew for the pole. Only eight drivers ran.

Results

  1. 3- Dale Earnhardt
  2. 9- Bill Elliott
  3. 12- Neil Bonnett
  4. 5- Geoffrey Bodine
  5. 44- Terry Labonte
  6. 27- Rusty Wallace
  7. 33- Harry Gant
  8. 11- Darrell Waltrip

Gatorade 125s[edit]

The Gatorade 125s, a pair of qualifying races for the Daytona 500, were held February 13 at Daytona International Speedway. Bill Elliott and Geoff Bodine won the poles for both races, respectively.

Race One Top Ten Results

  1. 9-Bill Elliott
  2. 22-Bobby Allison
  3. 44-Terry Labonte
  4. 7-Kyle Petty
  5. 1-Sterling Marlin
  6. 43-Richard Petty
  7. 12-Neil Bonnett
  8. 98-Ron Bouchard
  9. 4-Rick Wilson
  10. 66-Phil Parsons

Race Two Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 5-Geoff Bodine
  3. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  4. 47-Morgan Shepherd
  5. 27-Rusty Wallace
  6. 71-Dave Marcis
  7. 28-Cale Yarborough
  8. 33-Harry Gant
  9. 88-Buddy Baker
  10. 6-Trevor Boys

Daytona 500[edit]

Main article: 1986 Daytona 500

Miller High Life 400[edit]

The Miller High Life 400 was held February 23 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway. Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 7-Kyle Petty*
  2. 26-Joe Ruttman
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 22-Bobby Allison 1 lap down
  5. 11-Darrell Waltrip 2 laps down
  6. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr. 2 laps down
  7. 12-Neil Bonnett 2 laps down
  8. 5-Geoff Bodine 3 laps down
  9. 71-Dave Marcis 3 laps down
  10. 27-Rusty Wallace 5 laps down
  • This was Petty's first career Winston Cup win.
  • Petty won this race as the direct result of Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip wrecking while racing for the lead with 2 laps to go. Going into Turn 3, Earnhardt hooked the right rear corner of Waltrip's car and turned him head on into the wall. Geoff Bodine and Joe Ruttman, running 3rd and 4th at the time then proceeded to pile in behind Earnhardt and Waltrip. Petty, who was running 5th at the time of the caution, was the first lead lap car through the mess, and thus was gifted his first career victory.
  • With his victory, Petty became NASCAR's first third generation winner.

Goodwrench 500[edit]

The Goodwrench 500 was held March 2 at North Carolina Motor Speedway. Terry Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 44-Terry Labonte
  2. 33-Harry Gant
  3. 43-Richard Petty
  4. 47-Morgan Shepherd 1 lap down
  5. 11-Darrell Waltrip 1 lap down
  6. 28-Cale Yarborough 2 laps down
  7. 9-Bill Elliott 2 laps down
  8. 3-Dale Earnhardt 2 laps down
  9. 12-Neil Bonnett 2 laps down
  10. 75-Lake Speed 3 laps down
  • The win proved to be Labonte's last with Billy Hagan.

Motorcraft 500[edit]

The Motorcraft 500 was held March 16 at Atlanta International Raceway. Dale Earnhardt won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 47-Morgan Shepherd
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 44-Terry Labonte
  4. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  5. 9-Bill Elliott
  6. 55-Benny Parsons
  7. 25-Tim Richmond
  8. 27-Rusty Wallace 1 lap down
  9. 22-Bobby Allison 1 lap down
  10. 5-Geoff Bodine 1 lap down

Valleydale 500[edit]

The Valleydale 500 was held April 6 at Bristol International Raceway. The #5 of Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 27-Rusty Wallace*
  2. 15-Ricky Rudd
  3. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  4. 33-Harry Gant 1 lap down
  5. 9-Bill Elliott 1 lap down
  6. 22-Bobby Allison 1 lap down
  7. 44-Terry Labonte 2 laps down
  8. 25-Tim Richmond 2 laps down
  9. 7-Kyle Petty 3 laps down
  10. 3-Dale Earnhardt 3 laps down

TranSouth 500[edit]

The TranSouth 500 was held April 13 at Darlington Raceway. The #5 of Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  3. 22-Bobby Allison 1 lap down
  4. 12-Neil Bonnett 1 lap down
  5. 25-Tim Richmond 3 laps down
  6. 27-Rusty Wallace 3 laps down
  7. 43-Richard Petty 3 laps down
  8. 9-Bill Elliott 5 laps down
  9. 7-Kyle Petty 6 laps down
  10. 90-Ken Schrader 11 laps down

First Union 400[edit]

The First Union 400 was held April 20 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 15-Ricky Rudd
  3. 5-Geoff Bodine
  4. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  5. 26-Joe Ruttman
  6. 22-Bobby Allison
  7. 33-Harry Gant
  8. 7-Kyle Petty
  9. 9-Bill Elliott
  10. 27-Rusty Wallace 1 lap down
  • The #6 of Trevor Boys smacked the wall in Turn 3 on Lap 89 and came to a stop at the entrance of pit road, blocking it. Instead of throwing a caution, the tow truck was sent out to tow the D. K. Ulrich-owned car to his pit stall/hauler (until the September 1988 event at the track, race team haulers were literally parked right behind their chosen pit stall) while the rest of the cars continued around the track at full speed.
  • This race included two caution periods around halfway due to rain. However, the race was not red flagged either time the caution was thrown for the rain showers.

Sovran Bank 500[edit]

The Sovran Bank 500 was held April 27 at Martinsville Speedway. The #25 of Tim Richmond won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 15-Ricky Rudd*
  2. 26-Joe Ruttman 1 lap down
  3. 44-Terry Labonte 4 laps down
  4. 35-Alan Kulwicki 4 laps down
  5. 7-Kyle Petty 4 laps down
  6. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr. 5 laps down
  7. 90-Ken Schrader 7 laps down
  8. 22-Bobby Allison 8 laps down
  9. 79-Derrike Cope 11 laps down
  10. 75-Jody Ridley 13 laps down
  • Ricky Rudd's official margin of victory in the race was 1 lap, and an additional 6 seconds.

Winston 500[edit]

Main article: 1986 Winston 500

The Winston 500 was held May 4 at Alabama International Motor Speedway. The #9 of Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 22-Bobby Allison
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 88-Buddy Baker
  4. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  5. 55-Phil Parsons
  6. 47-Morgan Shepherd
  7. 43-Richard Petty
  8. 4-Rick Wilson
  9. 98-Ron Bouchard
  10. 10-Greg Sacks

Failed to Qualify: 35-Alan Kulwicki, 60-Dick Skillen, 70-J. D. McDuffie, 77-Ken Ragan, 95-Davey Allison, 02-Mark Martin, Steve Moore

  • This race is most notable for the fact that a drunken fan stole the pace car before the race started and drove a lap around the track. Local Sheriff's Deputies and track workers quickly set up a road block at the exit of Turn 4. When the fan stopped the Pontiac Firebird, the sheriffs opened the door, pulled the driver out and detained him.
  • The whole field qualified over 200mphs.

The Winston[edit]

The second edition of The Winston, an all-start event for previous NASCAR winners, was held at Atlanta International Raceway on May 11.

This was the only time the race was run at Atlanta, and featured a 200-kilometer (83 lap) format, with a mandatory green flag pit stop. Because there were only nine race winners, the highest placed non-winner from the 1985 point standings was also invited.

Top Ten Results

  1. Bill Elliott
  2. Dale Earnhardt
  3. Harry Gant
  4. Darrell Waltrip
  5. Cale Yarborough
  6. Neil Bonnett
  7. Geoffrey Bodine
  8. Ricky Rudd
  9. Terry Labonte
  10. Greg Sacks

A non-winner's race, the Atlanta Invitational, was added, and was Benny Parsons' last NASCAR-sanctioned win in his career when he won the 100-lap, 152.2 mile race.

While only 18,500 attended the event, and only 23 cars featured (10 in The Winston, 13 in the Atlanta Invitational), the all-star weekend format of having a non-winners race and a winners race would be a permanent part of the weekend afterwards, although NASCAR made the non-winner's race the next year and afterwards a "last chance" race to make the winner's race.

Budweiser 500[edit]

The Budweiser 500 was held May 18 at Dover International Speedway. Ricky Rudd won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 5-Geoff Bodine
  2. 22-Bobby Allison
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt 1 lap down
  4. 15-Ricky Rudd 2 laps down
  5. 11-Darrell Waltrip 2 laps down
  6. 43-Richard Petty 6 laps down
  7. 9-Bill Elliott 7 laps down
  8. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr. 7 laps down
  9. 18-Tommy Ellis 7 laps down
  10. 90-Ken Schrader 7 laps down

Coca-Cola 600[edit]

The Coca-Cola 600 was held May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The #5 of Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 25-Tim Richmond
  3. 28-Cale Yarborough
  4. 33-Harry Gant
  5. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  6. 9-Bill Elliott
  7. 1-Sterling Marlin 1 lap down
  8. 15-Ricky Rudd 1 lap down
  9. 47-Morgan Shepherd 1 lap down
  10. 27-Rusty Wallace 2 laps down

Budweiser 400[edit]

The Budweiser 400 was held June 1 at Riverside International Raceway. Darrell Waltrip won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  2. 25-Tim Richmond
  3. 15-Ricky Rudd
  4. 27-Rusty Wallace
  5. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  6. 43-Richard Petty
  7. 22-Bobby Allison
  8. 12-Neil Bonnett
  9. 33-Harry Gant
  10. 18-Glen Steurer 1 lap down
  • This was the 1st career Winston Cup start for Chad Little, who was then a regular in the Winston West series. Little finished 13th, 3 laps down in the race after starting 25th.

Miller High Life 500[edit]

The Miller High Life 500 was held June 8 at Pocono International Raceway. Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Tim Richmond
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 28-Cale Yarborough
  4. 15-Ricky Rudd
  5. 9-Bill Elliott
  6. 27-Rusty Wallace
  7. 26-Joe Ruttman
  8. 7-Kyle Petty
  9. 5-Geoff Bodine
  10. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr. 1 lap down


  • The win was Richmond's first since April 1984 and the first for Harry Hyde since November 1984.

Miller American 400[edit]

The Miller American 400 was held June 15 at Michigan International Speedway. Tim Richmond won the pole.

During qualifying, 31-year old ARCA driver Rick Baldwin, in the Buddy Arrington #67 Ford Thunderbird, suffered a severe crash in qualifying that resulted in the car hitting the wall flush with the driver's side, knocking him unconscious into a coma from the massive head injuries, from which he would succumb eleven years later.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9-Bill Elliott
  2. 33-Harry Gant
  3. 5-Geoff Bodine
  4. 88-Buddy Baker
  5. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  6. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  7. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  8. 4-Rick Wilson
  9. 26-Joe Ruttman
  10. 15-Ricky Rudd

Firecracker 400[edit]

The Firecracker 400 was held July 4 at Daytona International Speedway. Cale Yarborough won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Tim Richmond
  2. 1-Sterling Marlin
  3. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  4. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  5. 7-Kyle Petty
  6. 15-Ricky Rudd
  7. 26-Joe Ruttman
  8. 2-Rusty Wallace
  9. 66-Phil Parsons
  10. 35-Alan Kulwicki

Summer 500[edit]

The Summer 500 was held July 20 at Pocono International Raceway. Harry Gant won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Tim Richmond
  2. 15-Ricky Rudd
  3. 5-Geoff Bodine
  4. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  5. 22-Bobby Allison
  6. 44-Terry Labonte
  7. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  8. 7-Kyle Petty 1 lap down
  9. 18-Tommy Ellis 2 laps down
  10. 4-Rick Wilson 2 laps down
  • This race was shortened to 150 laps (375 miles) due to a combination of rain, fog and darkness.
  • On Lap 121 Tim Richmond, racing with Geoff Bodine and Neil Bonnett, spun out and was hit by Richard Petty coming out of the Tunnel Turn (Turn 2). His car had both front tires flattened and was in a position so that he could not drive it forwards. Richmond backed the car out, then drove it in reverse the nearly 1 mile to his pit. At that point, his crew fixed the car so that he could go forward, but only in high gear (4th). He lost a lap but raced with the leaders until Dale Earnhardt crashed around Lap 140; he beat the leaders to the flag and thus got his lap back. It was at this point that NASCAR announced the impending end of the race due to darkness. Richmond got tires and then charged through the field after the restart; he passed Bodine on the final lap, but Bodine dove back alongside and the two raced through Turn Three; Bodine got loose and Ricky Rudd stormed three abreast; Richmond won in a photo finish. A modified version of this incident was featured in the 1990 movie Days of Thunder.

Talladega 500[edit]

The Talladega 500 was held July 27 at Alabama International Motor Speedway. The #9 of Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.*
  2. 25-Tim Richmond
  3. 15-Ricky Rudd*
  4. 1-Sterling Marlin
  5. 55-Benny Parsons
  6. 47-Morgan Shepherd
  7. 12-Davey Allison*
  8. 26-Joe Ruttman
  9. 7-Kyle Petty
  10. 22-Bobby Allison 1 lap down
  • The lead changed a season-high 49 times. The race set a motorsports record with 26 leaders, a record broken in 2008.
  • Davey Allison drove the race in place of Neil Bonnett, who was injured in a multi-car wreck at Pocono the previous week; Bonnett worked with CBS Sports as a second color analyst on the telecast of the race.

The Budweiser At The Glen[edit]

The Budweiser At The Glen was held August 10 at Watkins Glen International. Tim Richmond won the pole. It was the first time a NASCAR race had been run at the track since 1965.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Tim Richmond
  2. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 12-Neil Bonnett
  6. 27-Rusty Wallace
  7. 15-Ricky Rudd
  8. 55-Benny Parsons
  9. 7-Kyle Petty
  10. 43-Richard Petty

Failed to Qualify: 30-Willy T. Ribbs

Champion Spark Plug 400[edit]

The Champion Spark Plug 400 was held August 17 at Michigan International Speedway. The #55 of Benny Parsons won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9-Bill Elliott
  2. 25-Tim Richmond
  3. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  4. 5-Geoff Bodine
  5. 3-Dale Earnhardt 1 lap down
  6. 27-Rusty Wallace 1 lap down
  7. 28-Cale Yarborough 1 lap down
  8. 33-Harry Gant 1 lap down
  9. 66-Phil Parsons 1 lap down
  10. 21-David Pearson* 1 lap down

Busch 500[edit]

The Busch 500 was held August 23 at Bristol International Raceway. Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  2. 44-Terry Labonte
  3. 5-Geoffrey Bodine 1 lap down
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt 1 lap down
  5. 33-Harry Gant 1 lap down
  6. 25-Tim Richmond 2 laps down
  7. 43-Richard Petty 3 laps down
  8. 22-Bobby Allison 4 laps down
  9. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr. 5 laps down
  10. 35-Alan Kulwicki 6 laps down

Southern 500[edit]

The Southern 500 was held August 31 at Darlington Raceway. Tim Richmond won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Tim Richmond
  2. 22-Bobby Allison
  3. 9-Bill Elliott
  4. 47-Morgan Shepherd
  5. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  6. 15-Ricky Rudd
  7. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  8. 5-Geoffrey Bodine
  9. 3-Dale Earnhardt 1 lap down
  10. 28-Cale Yarborough 1 lap down
  • This race was plagued by rain, to the point of the race running on a damp surface and the drivers having to race as if Darlington Raceway was a dirt track.

Wrangler Jeans Indigo 400[edit]

The Wrangler Jeans Indigo 400 was held September 7 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway. Harry Gant won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Tim Richmond
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 75-Morgan Shepherd*
  4. 43-Richard Petty
  5. 12-Neil Bonnett
  6. 26-Joe Ruttman
  7. 33-Harry Gant
  8. 22-Bobby Allison
  9. 9-Bill Elliott 1 lap down
  10. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr. 3 laps down

Delaware 500[edit]

Main article: 1986 Delaware 500

The Delaware 500 was held September 14 at Dover Downs International Speedway. The #5 of Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 15-Ricky Rudd
  2. 12-Neil Bonnett
  3. 7-Kyle Petty
  4. 88-Buddy Baker 1 lap down
  5. 71-Dave Marcis 2 laps down
  6. 26-Joe Ruttman 2 laps down
  7. 35-Alan Kulwicki 3 laps down
  8. 18-Tommy Ellis 4 laps down
  9. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr. 5 laps down
  10. 75-Morgan Shepherd 7 laps down

Goody's 500[edit]

The Goody's 500 was held September 21 at Martinsville Speedway. Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 27-Rusty Wallace
  2. 5-Geoff Bodine
  3. 33-Harry Gant
  4. 11-Darrell Waltrip 1 lap down
  5. 26-Joe Ruttman 1 lap down
  6. 7-Kyle Petty 1 lap down
  7. 90-Ken Schrader 2 laps down
  8. 12-Neil Bonnett 3 laps down
  9. 71-Dave Marcis 3 laps down
  10. 25-Tim Richmond 4 laps down

Holly Farms 400[edit]

The Holly Farms 400 was held September 28 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. The #25 of Tim Richmond won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  2. 5-Geoff Bodine
  3. 43-Richard Petty
  4. 27-Rusty Wallace
  5. 33-Harry Gant
  6. 26-Joe Ruttman 1 lap down
  7. 15-Ricky Rudd 1 lap down
  8. 71-Dave Marcis 1 lap down
  9. 3-Dale Earnhardt 2 laps down
  10. 44-Terry Labonte 2 laps down

Oakwood Homes 500[edit]

The Oakwood Homes 500 was held October 5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The #25 of Tim Richmond won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 33-Harry Gant
  3. 12-Neil Bonnett 1 lap down
  4. 15-Ricky Rudd 1 lap down
  5. 88-Buddy Baker 1 lap down
  6. 5-Geoff Bodine 1 lap down
  7. 9-Bill Elliott 1 lap down
  8. 27-Rusty Wallace 2 laps down
  9. 11-Darrell Waltrip 2 laps down
  10. 66-Phil Parsons 3 laps down

Nationwise 500[edit]

The Nationwise 500 was held October 19 at North Carolina Motor Speedway. The #25 of Tim Richmond won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 12-Neil Bonnett
  2. 15-Ricky Rudd
  3. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  4. 33-Harry Gant
  5. 88-Buddy Baker
  6. 3-Dale Earnhardt 1 lap down
  7. 9-Bill Elliott 1 lap down
  8. 43-Richard Petty 1 lap down
  9. 26-Joe Ruttman 2 laps down
  10. 7-Kyle Petty 3 laps down

Atlanta Journal 500[edit]

The Atlanta Journal 500 was held November 2 at Atlanta International Raceway. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt*
  2. 43-Richard Petty 1 lap down
  3. 9-Bill Elliott 1 lap down
  4. 25-Tim Richmond 1 lap down
  5. 88-Buddy Baker 1 lap down
  6. 12-Neil Bonnett 1 lap down
  7. 7-Kyle Petty 2 laps down
  8. 44-Terry Labonte 2 laps down
  9. 26-Joe Ruttman 2 laps down
  10. 66-Phil Parsons 2 laps down

Winston Western 500[edit]

The Winston Western 500 was held November 16 at Riverside International Raceway. Tim Richmond won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Tim Richmond
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 5-Geoff Bodine
  4. 11-Darrell Waltrip
  5. 26-Joe Ruttman
  6. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  7. 22-Bobby Allison
  8. 27-Rusty Wallace
  9. 12-Neil Bonnett 1 lap down
  10. 44-Terry Labonte 1 lap down
  • Going into the race, Dale Earnhardt had already clinched the Winston Cup championship. The attention shifted to the battle for second in the championship. Polesitter Tim Richmond needed to finish five positions higher than Darrell Waltrip to move into second. Richmond went on to win the race. However, Waltrip managed 4th place, which secured himself second in the championship, by 6 points over Richmond.

Final points standings[edit]

  1. Dale Earnhardt – 4468
  2. Darrell Waltrip – 4180
  3. Tim Richmond – 4174
  4. Bill Elliott – 3844
  5. Ricky Rudd – 3823
  6. Rusty Wallace – 3762
  7. Bobby Allison – 3698
  8. Geoff Bodine – 3678
  9. Bobby Hillin, Jr. – 3546
  10. Kyle Petty – 3537
  11. Harry Gant – 3498
  12. Terry Labonte – 3473
  13. Neil Bonnett – 3369
  14. Richard Petty – 3314
  15. Joe Ruttman – 3295
  16. Ken Schrader – 3052
  17. Dave Marcis – 2912
  18. Morgan Shepherd – 2896
  19. Michael Waltrip – 2853
  20. Buddy Arrington – 2776
  21. Alan Kulwicki – 2705
  22. Jimmy Means – 2495
  23. Tommy Ellis – 2393
  24. Buddy Baker – 1924
  25. Eddie Bierschwale – 1860
  26. J. D. McDuffie – 1825
  27. Phil Parsons – 1742
  28. Rick Wilson – 1698
  29. Cale Yarborough – 1642
  30. Benny Parsons – 1555
  31. Ron Bouchard – 1553
  32. Chet Fillip – 1433
  33. Jody Ridley – 1213
  34. Trevor Boys – 1064
  35. Doug Heveron – 1052
  36. Sterling Marlin – 989
  37. D.K. Ulrich – 804
  38. Pancho Carter – 706
  39. Ken Ragan – 627
  40. Lake Speed – 608
  41. Greg Sacks – 579
  42. Ronnie Thomas – 504
  43. Bobby Wawak – 480
  44. Rodney Combs – 421
  45. Derrike Cope – 400
  46. James Hylton – 386
  47. Davey Allison – 364
  48. Mark Martin – 364
  49. Jim Sauter – 361
  50. A. J. Foyt – 355

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Alan Kulwicki, driving for a team that had only one car, won the Rookie of the Year award in 1986, finishing in the top-ten four times. Of the rest of the candidates, only runner-up Michael Waltrip ran a complete schedule.

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