1987 Daytona 500

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1987 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 29 in the 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Daytona International Speedway.svg
Date February 15, 1987 (1987-02-15)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 72 °F (22 °C); wind speeds approaching 10.1 miles per hour (16.3 km/h)[1]
Average speed 176.263 miles per hour (283.668 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Bill Elliott Melling Racing
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Ken Schrader Donlavey Racing
Duel 2 Winner Benny Parsons Hendrick Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Bill Elliott Melling Racing
Laps 104
No. 9
Bill Elliott
Melling Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Ken Squier, David Hobbs and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 9.4/26
(12.4 million viewers)

The 1987 Daytona 500, the 29th running of the event, was held February 15 at Daytona International Speedway. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9-Bill Elliott
  2. 35-Benny Parsons
  3. 43-Richard Petty
  4. 88-Buddy Baker
  5. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  6. 22-Bobby Allison
  7. 90-Ken Schrader
  8. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  9. 15-Ricky Rudd
  10. 29-Cale Yarborough

Failed to qualify: 18-Tommy Ellis, 24-Grant Adcox, 32-Jonathan Lee Edwards, 39-Blackie Wangerin, 41-Ronnie Thomas, 48-Steve Moore, 49-Delma Cowart, 51-David Simko, 54-Donnie Allison, 62-Steve Christman, 74-Bobby Wawak, 89-Jim Sauter, 93-Charlie Baker, 98-Ed Pimm, 00-Dick McCabe, 02-Joe Booher, 09-Jeff Swindell, Jocko Maggiacomo (did not start qualifying race).


  • This was the last of the non-restrictor plate Daytona 500s.
  • Elliott dominated much of the race, leading 104 of the 200 laps. During two different points in the race, Elliott pulled away from the other leaders and was all by himself on the track, leading the first thirty-five laps, twenty-nine laps in a row at another point, and the final three.
  • Benny Parsons finished three car lengths back of winner Bill Elliott. During the late race pit stops for fuel, Parsons over shot his pit which cost him several seconds.
  • Geoff Bodine was leading the race with three laps to go after all the front runners had pitted for fuel. His crew chief Gary Nelson told CBS pit reporter Mike Joy they were not going to pit and would either win or run out of fuel. Ironically, it was Bodine who won the 1986 Daytona 500 after Dale Earnhardt ran out of fuel with three laps to go. Bodine, though, was largely a non-factor in the rest of the race, only leading ten total laps which were all related to having better fuel mileage than the other competitors.


  1. ^ "Weather of the 1987 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-25.