1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

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1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
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The 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season began February 8 and ended November 22. Dale Earnhardt of RCR Enterprises won the championship for the third time. This was Dale Earnhardt's last season with Wrangler Jeans sponsoring his blue and yellow car; beginning next year, he would drive a black and silver Chevy sponsored by GM Goodwrench.

Team Changes[edit]

After a championship together in 1985, Darrell Waltrip decided to move from the No. 11 Junior Johnson Budweiser Chevrolet to the new No. 17 Tide Chevrolet, a third full-time Rick Hendrick-owned team.

A famous quote stemmed from this move, which crew chief Jeff Hammond describes in his book Real Men Work In the Pits went like this:

"I finally got me a thoroughbred." – Darrell Waltrip, referring to his new ride.

"I don't know about any thoroughbred. I do know we had a jackass around here who recently left." – Junior Johnson

The rest of "silly season" looked like this among full-time teams: Terry Labonte left the No. 44 Piedmont Oldsmobile owned by Billy Hagan to replace Waltrip in the #11. Johnson decided to disband the No. 12 Budweiser team and let go driver Neil Bonnett, who moved to the No. 75 RahMoc Valvoline Pontiac. Morgan Shepherd vacated the No. 75 in favor of the No. 26 Quaker State Buick owned by Kenny Bernstein, driven by Joe Ruttman in 1986. Phil Parsons would replace older brother Benny in the No. 55 Copenhagen Oldsmobile owned by Leo and Richard Jackson. Lake Speed started out 1986 in the No. 75 RahMoc ride but was let go early in the season. With sponsorship from Wynn's, Speed would form his own team for 1987 in the No. 83 Oldsmobile. Valvoline would also sponsor the new No. 50 Dingman Brothers Pontiac, featuring Greg Sacks behind the wheel.

A few car number changes took place as well. Kyle Petty would continue to drive the Wood Brothers Ford, switching from No. 7 to #21. Alan Kulwicki took the No. 7 for his independent team. Cale Yarborough exited the No. 28 Ford team but took sponsor Hardee's with him to his self-owned No. 29 Oldsmobile. Davey Allison would compete for Rookie Of The Year in the Harry Ranier No. 28 Ford, still looking for a sponsor to open the season. Michael Waltrip would continue driving for Chuck Rider but switched from the No. 23 Hawaiian Punch Chevrolet to the No. 30 Chevrolet with various sponsors.

Drivers remaining with the same teams from 1986 would be: No. 3 Dale Earnhardt (sponsor: Wrangler, owner: Richard Childress), No. 4 Rick Wilson (Kodak, Larry McClure) No. 5 Geoff Bodine (Levi Garrett, Rick Hendrick), No. 8 Bobby Hillin, Jr. (Miller American, Stavola Brothers), No. 9 Bill Elliott (Coors, Harry Melling), No. 15 Ricky Rudd (Motorcraft, Bud Moore), No. 18 Tommy Ellis (Freelander Financial, Eric Freelander), No. 22 Bobby Allison (Miller American, Stavola Brothers), No. 27 Rusty Wallace (Kodiak, Raymond Beadle), No. 33 Harry Gant (Skoal Bandit, Hal Needham), No. 43 Richard Petty (STP, Petty Enterprises), No. 52 Jimmy Means, No. 70 J.D. McDuffie (Tom Winkle), No. 71 Dave Marcis, No. 88 Buddy Baker (Crisco, Baker/Danny Schiff), No. 90 Ken Schrader (Red Baron, Junie Donlavey) and the part-time/independent efforts of No. 14 A.J. Foyt, No. 67 Buddy Arrington, No. 77 Ken Ragan (Marvin Ragan), No. 81 Chet Fillip (Corey Fillip) and No. 89 Jim Sauter (Evinrude, Mueller Brothers).

Top drivers out of a ride included Benny Parsons and Joe Ruttman.

Those who officially threw their hat in the ring for Rookie Of The Year in 1987 would be: Davey Allison, Steve Christman (#62 AC Delco, Tom Winkle), Rodney Combs (#10 DiGard) and Derrike Cope (#19 Stoke Racing).

Ron Bouchard, Trevor Boys, Eddie Bierschwale and a host of others would battle for the remaining open spots.

1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Drivers[edit]

Team Make # Driver Sponsor Car Owner Crew Chief
AK Racing Ford Thunderbird 7 Alan Kulwicki Zerex Alan Kulwicki Bill Ingle
Arrington Racing Ford Thunderbird 67 Buddy Arrington Pannill Knitting Buddy Arrington
Bahari Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 30 Michael Waltrip All Pro Auto Parts
Domino's Pizza
Chuck Rider
Baker-Schiff Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 88 Buddy Baker Crisco Buddy Baker Dougert
Blue Max Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 27 Rusty Wallace Kodiak Raymond Beadle Barry Dodson
Bud Moore Engineering Ford Thunderbird 15 Ricky Rudd Motorcraft Bud Moore Bud Moore
Cale Yarborough Motorsports Oldsmobile Cutlass 29 Cale Yarborough Hardee's Cale Yarborough
Dingman Brothers Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 50 Greg Sacks Valvoline Billy Dingman
Donlavey Racing Ford Thunderbird 90 Ken Schrader Red Baron Frozen Pizza Junie Donlavey Bob Johnson
Ellington Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1 Brett Bodine (R) Bull's Eye Barbecue Sauce Hoss Ellington Runt Pittman
Freedlander Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 18 Dale Jarrett (R) Coats & Clark Eric Freedlander
Hagan Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 44 Sterling Marlin Piedmont Airlines Billy Hagan Steve Hmiel
Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 5 Geoff Bodine Levi Garrett Rick Hendrick
Joe Hendrick
Gary Nelson
17 Darrell Waltrip Tide Waddell Wilson
25
35
Tim Richmond
Benny Parsons
Folgers Harry Hyde
Dennis Conner
Jackson Brothers Motorsports Oldsmobile Cutlass 55 Phil Parsons Copenhagen/Skoal Classic Richard Jackson Andy Petree
Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet Monte Carlo 11 Terry Labonte Budweiser Jon Tim Brewer
King Racing Buick LeSabre 26 Morgan Shepherd 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 Lifebuoy Soap Helen Marcis
McDuffie Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 70 J.D. McDuffie Rumple Furniture J.D. McDuffie Jeff McDuffie
Means Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 52 Jimmy Means Eureka Vacuum Cleaners Jimmy Means Dennis Conner
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 Neil Bonnett Valvoline Bob Rahilly Robin Pemberton
Ranier-Lundy Racing Ford Thunderbird 28 Davey Allison (R) Texaco/Havoline Harry Ranier Jles
Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 3 Dale Earnhardt Wrangler Jeans Richard Childress Kirk Shelmerdine
Speed Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass 83 Lake Speed Wynn's Lake Speed Darrell Bryant
Stavola Brothers Racing Buick LeSabre 8 Bobby Hillin, Jr. Miller American Billy Stavola
22 Bobby Allison Mickey Stavola Jimmy Fennig
Winkle Motorsports Buick LeSabre 62 Steve Christman (R) AC Spark Plug Tom Winkle
Wood Brothers Racing Ford Thunderbird 21 Kyle Petty Citgo Wood Brothers Leonard Wood

Preseason[edit]

Busch Clash[edit]

The Busch Clash, an annual invitational event for all Busch Pole winners the previous season, was held February 8 at Daytona International Speedway. Bill Elliott drew for the pole. Alan Kulwicki was the wild card.

Results

  1. 9-Bill Elliott
  2. 5-Geoff Bodine
  3. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  6. 29-Cale Yarborough
  7. 35-Benny Parsons
  8. 33-Harry Gant
  9. 11-Terry Labonte
  10. 15-Ricky Rudd

Gatorade 125s[edit]

The Gatorade 125s, a pair of qualifying races for the Daytona 500, were held February 12 at Daytona International Speedway. Bill Elliott and Davey Allison won the poles for both races, respectively, as a result of their speeds in qualifying on February 9.

Race One: Top Ten Results

  1. 90-Ken Schrader
  2. 9-Bill Elliott
  3. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  4. 88-Buddy Baker
  5. 4-Rick Wilson
  6. 43-Richard Petty
  7. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  8. 75-Neil Bonnett
  9. 1-Ron Bouchard
  10. 55-Phil Parsons

Notes:

Race Two: Top Ten Results

  1. 35-Benny Parsons
  2. 22-Bobby Allison
  3. 5-Geoff Bodine
  4. 44-Sterling Marlin
  5. 33-Harry Gant
  6. 28-Davey Allison
  7. 11-Terry Labonte
  8. 71-Dave Marcis
  9. 30-Michael Waltrip
  10. 21-Kyle Petty

Daytona 500[edit]

Main article: 1987 Daytona 500

Goodwrench 500[edit]

The Goodwrench 500 was held March 1 at North Carolina Motor Speedway. Davey Allison won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 15-Ricky Rudd
  3. 75-Neil Bonnett
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 26-Morgan Shepherd -1
  6. 27-Rusty Wallace -1
  7. 17-Darrell Waltrip -2
  8. 11-Terry Labonte -2
  9. 28-Davey Allison -2
  10. 90-Ken Schrader -3

Miller High Life 400[edit]

The Miller High Life 400 was held March 8 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway. Alan Kulwicki won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 5-Geoff Bodine
  3. 27-Rusty Wallace
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 11-Terry Labonte
  6. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  7. 21-Kyle Petty -1
  8. 71-Dave Marcis -1
  9. 22-Bobby Allison -1
  10. 35-Benny Parsons -2

Failed to qualify: 34-Ron Sheppard, 83-Lake Speed, 02-Bob Hollar

Motorcraft Quality Parts 500[edit]

The Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 was held March 15 at Atlanta International Raceway. Davey Allison won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 15-Ricky Rudd
  2. 35-Benny Parsons
  3. 27-Rusty Wallace
  4. 11-Terry Labonte
  5. 28-Davey Allison -1
  6. 17-Darrell Waltrip -1
  7. 75-Neil Bonnett -1
  8. 29-Cale Yarborough -1
  9. 42-Kyle Petty -1
  10. 26-Morgan Shepherd -2

Failed to Qualify:

67-Eddie Bierschwale, 68-Jerry Holden, 74-Bobby Wawak

TranSouth 500[edit]

The TranSouth 500 was held March 29 at Darlington Raceway. Bill Elliott was leading at the white flag but ran out of gas in Turn 3. This allowed Dale Earnhardt to overtake Elliott and cruise to victory. Ken Schrader won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 9-Bill Elliott
  3. 43-Richard Petty
  4. 44-Sterling Marlin
  5. 90-Ken Schrader
  6. 75-Neil Bonnett
  7. 33-Harry Gant -1
  8. 1-Ron Bouchard -1
  9. 55-Phil Parsons -1
  10. 17-Darrell Waltrip -1

First Union 400[edit]

The First Union 400 was held April 5 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 21-Kyle Petty
  3. 75-Neil Bonnett
  4. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  5. 15-Ricky Rudd -1
  6. 43-Richard Petty -1
  7. 55-Phil Parsons -1
  8. 11-Terry Labonte* -2
  9. 27-Rusty Wallace -2
  10. 9-Bill Elliott -2

Valleydale Meats 500[edit]

The Valleydale Meats 500 was held April 12 at Bristol International Raceway. Harry Gant won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 43-Richard Petty
  3. 15-Ricky Rudd
  4. 9-Bill Elliott
  5. 7-Alan Kulwicki
  6. 33-Harry Gant
  7. 21-Kyle Petty
  8. 26-Morgan Shepherd -1
  9. 11-Terry Labonte* -1
  10. 18-Dale Jarrett -3

Sovran Bank 500[edit]

The Sovran Bank 500 was held April 26 at Martinsville Speedway. The No. 26 of Morgan Shepherd won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 27-Rusty Wallace
  3. 5-Geoff Bodine
  4. 55-Phil Parsons
  5. 11-Terry Labonte -2
  6. 9-Bill Elliott -2
  7. 90-Ken Schrader -2
  8. 22-Bobby Allison -3
  9. 75-Neil Bonnett -4
  10. 30-Michael Waltrip -5

Winston 500[edit]

Main article: 1987 Winston 500

The Winston 500 was held May 3 at Alabama International Motor Speedway. Bill Elliott won the pole at a record speed of 212.809 mph (44.998 seconds), a record that still stands today and will likely never be broken. But the race was also remembered for a near-tragedy early when Bobby Allison flew into the fence and nearly landed in the frontstretch grandstands. Though Allison was not injured, a female fan lost an eye as a result of being struck by debris. Eventually this crash would lead to the introduction of restrictor plates in 1988.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Davey Allison*
  2. 11-Terry Labonte
  3. 21-Kyle Petty
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  6. 27-Rusty Wallace
  7. 75-Neil Bonnett
  8. 90-Ken Schrader
  9. 83-Lake Speed -1
  10. 26-Morgan Shepherd -1
  • This was the last Winston Cup race at Daytona or Talladega to be run unrestricted with normal engine configurations.
  • The race was shortened to 178 laps due to darkness. This was as a result of the red flag that lasted about 2 and a half hours to repair the catch fence after Bobby Allison's crash.

The Winston[edit]

The Winston, an annual invitational race for previous winners in Winston Cup, was held May 17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt won the race. At one point, Bill Elliott's car nicked the rear of Earnhardt's, sending the latter into the infield grass. But no sooner did Earnhardt drive through the grass than he drove onto the track once more. That incident came to be known as "The Pass In The Grass."

This race would be the breakthrough edition NASCAR envisioned, with the adoption of the non-winners "last chance" race and the 19 most recent NASCAR race winners in the feature of 75, 50, and 10 laps.

Coca-Cola 600[edit]

The Coca-Cola 600 was held May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 9 of Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 21-Kyle Petty
  2. 26-Morgan Shepherd -1
  3. 83-Lake Speed -1
  4. 43-Richard Petty -2
  5. 17-Darrell Waltrip -2
  6. 11-Terry Labonte -2
  7. 88-Buddy Baker -2
  8. 55-Phil Parsons *2
  9. 89-Jim Sauter -4
  10. 27-Rusty Wallace -4
  • This race was notable for the sheer amount of attrition. Out of the 42 cars that started the 600 mile event, only 17 of them finished the race.

Budweiser 500[edit]

The Budweiser 500 was held May 31 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Davey Allison
  2. 9-Bill Elliott
  3. 11-Terry Labonte -1
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt -2
  5. 35-Benny Parsons -2
  6. 90-Ken Schrader -2
  7. 17-Darrell Waltrip -4
  8. 71-Dave Marcis -4
  9. 75-Neil Bonnett -6
  10. 44-Sterling Marlin -6

Miller High Life 500[edit]

The Miller High Life 500 was held June 14 at Pocono Raceway. The No. 11 of Terry Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Tim Richmond*
  2. 9-Bill Elliott
  3. 21-Kyle Petty
  4. 29-Cale Yarborough
  5. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  6. 22-Bobby Allison
  7. 15-Ricky Rudd
  8. 75-Neil Bonnett
  9. 5-Geoff Bodine
  10. 88-Buddy Baker
  • This was Tim Richmond's first start of 1987. Late in the 1986 season, Richmond came down with what was thought of as "double pneumonia." This caused him to miss most of the season.

Budweiser 400[edit]

The Budweiser 400 was held June 21 at Riverside International Raceway. Terry Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Tim Richmond
  2. 15-Ricky Rudd
  3. 75-Neil Bonnett
  4. 11-Terry Labonte
  5. 9-Bill Elliott
  6. 43-Richard Petty
  7. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  8. 22-Bobby Allison
  9. 44-Sterling Marlin
  10. 90-Ken Schrader

Miller American 400[edit]

The Miller American 400 was held June 28 at Michigan International Speedway. Rusty Wallace won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 28-Davey Allison
  3. 21-Kyle Petty
  4. 25-Tim Richmond
  5. 27-Rusty Wallace
  6. 8-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  7. 17-Darrell Waltrip -1
  8. 90-Ken Schrader -1
  9. 35-Benny Parsons -1
  10. 83-Lake Speed -1

Pepsi Firecracker 400[edit]

The Pepsi Firecracker 400 was held July 4 at Daytona International Speedway. The No. 28 of Davey Allison won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 22-Bobby Allison
  2. 88-Buddy Baker
  3. 71-Dave Marcis
  4. 17-Darrell Waltrip
  5. 26-Morgan Shepherd
  6. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  7. 90-Ken Schrader*
  8. 27-Rusty Wallace
  9. 33-Harry Gant
  10. 11-Terry Labonte

Failed to Qualify:

0-Delma Cowart, 6-Connie Saylor, 39-Blackie Wangerin, 48-Tony Spanos, 62-Steve Christman, 70-J. D. McDuffie, 73-Phil Barkdoll, 74-Bobby Wawak

  • In this race, smaller carburetors (the size used in the Busch Series) were mandated by NASCAR at Daytona and Talladega in an attempt to slow the cars. The pole speed was just over 198 mph as compared to over 210 mph in February.
  • NASCAR officials experienced scoring difficulties late in the race, and at one point, were scoring leader Bobby Allison as one lap down. Final results properly restored the missing lap to Allison's total, and he was credited with the victory.
  • On the final lap, Ken Schrader got loose coming out of turn four, spun, and barrel-rolled in the tri-oval just shy of the start/finish line. He collected Harry Gant, slid across the finish line, and still finished in 7th place.

Summer 500[edit]

The Summer 500 was held July 19 at Pocono Raceway. Tim Richmond won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Dale Earnhardt
  2. Alan Kulwicki
  3. Buddy Baker
  4. Benny Parsons
  5. Davey Allison
  6. Terry Labonte
  7. Neil Bonnett
  8. Richard Petty -1
  9. Dave Marcis -1
  10. Ken Schrader -1

Talladega 500[edit]

The Talladega 500 was held July 26 at Alabama International Motor Speedway. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Bill Elliott
  2. Davey Allison
  3. Dale Earnhardt
  4. Darrell Waltrip
  5. Cale Yarborough
  6. Terry Labonte
  7. Lake Speed
  8. Rusty Wallace
  9. Kyle Petty
  10. Buddy Baker

The Budweiser At The Glen[edit]

The The Budweiser At The Glen was held August 10 at Watkins Glen International. Terry Labonte won the pole. The race started a day late due to rain.

Top Ten Results

  1. Rusty Wallace
  2. Terry Labonte
  3. Dave Marcis
  4. Ricky Rudd
  5. Benny Parsons
  6. Alan Kulwicki
  7. Phil Parsons
  8. Dale Earnhardt
  9. Bobby Allison
  10. Tim Richmond
  • Wallace had a commanding lead in the final laps of the race, but prior to the white flag, he started running out of fuel. Rusty made a quick pit stop for gas, but kept his lead and held on for the win.

Champion Spark Plug 400[edit]

The Champion Spark Plug 400 was held August 16 at Michigan International Speedway. Davey Allison won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Bill Elliott
  2. Dale Earnhardt
  3. Morgan Shepherd
  4. Rusty Wallace
  5. Davey Allison
  6. Alan Kulwicki
  7. Bobby Allison
  8. Buddy Baker
  9. Neil Bonnett
  10. Geoff Bodine

Busch 500[edit]

The Busch 500 was held August 22 at Bristol International Raceway. Terry Labonte won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Dale Earnhardt
  2. Rusty Wallace
  3. Ricky Rudd
  4. Terry Labonte
  5. Richard Petty
  6. Geoff Bodine -3
  7. Rick Wilson -4
  8. Harry Gant -5
  9. Bill Elliott -6
  10. Neil Bonnett -6

Failed to qualify: Tony Spanos (#48), Troy Beebe (#6), Mike Potter (#81), J. D. McDuffie (#70)

Southern 500[edit]

The Southern 500 was held September 6 at Darlington Raceway. Davey Allison won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Dale Earnhardt
  2. Rusty Wallace
  3. Richard Petty
  4. Sterling Marlin
  5. Terry Labonte
  6. Bobby Hillin, Jr.
  7. Ricky Rudd
  8. Bill Elliott
  9. Morgan Shepherd
  10. Darrell Waltrip

Wrangler Jeans Indigo 400[edit]

The Wrangler Jeans Indigo 400 was held September 13 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway. Alan Kulwicki won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Dale Earnhardt
  2. Darrell Waltrip
  3. Ricky Rudd
  4. Bill Elliott
  5. Richard Petty -1
  6. Geoff Bodine -2
  7. Dave Marcis -2
  8. Terry Labonte -2
  9. Jimmy Means -3
  10. Neil Bonnett -3

Delaware 500[edit]

The Delaware 500 was held September 20 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Alan Kulwicki won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Ricky Rudd
  2. Davey Allison
  3. Neil Bonnett
  4. Bill Elliott
  5. Sterling Marlin
  6. Geoff Bodine -2
  7. Bobby Allison -2
  8. Buddy Baker -2
  9. Richard Petty -4
  10. Darrell Waltrip -5

Goody's 500[edit]

Main article: 1987 Goody's 500

The Goody's 500 was held September 27 at Martinsville Speedway. Geoff Bodine won the pole. A late race caution set up an intense 3-lap sprint among Dale Earnhardt, Terry Labonte and Darrell Waltrip. On the final lap, going into turn 3, Labonte hooked Earnhardt's left rear quarter-panel, sending Earnhardt sideways and Labonte spinning towards the outside wall in turn 4. The contact enabled Waltrip to sneak underneath and grab the win.

Top Ten Results

  1. Darrell Waltrip
  2. Dale Earnhardt
  3. Terry Labonte
  4. Neil Bonnett -2
  5. Morgan Shepherd -3
  6. Alan Kulwicki -3
  7. Sterling Marlin -4
  8. Bobby Allison -5
  9. Kyle Petty -8
  10. Dale Jarrett -8
  • Waltrip became a father just ten days prior to the race with the birth of his oldest daughter Jessica

Holly Farms 400[edit]

Main article: 1987 Holly Farms 400

The Holly Farms 400 was held October 4 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Terry Labonte
  2. Dale Earnhardt
  3. Bill Elliott -1
  4. Morgan Shepherd -2
  5. Geoff Bodine -2
  6. Kyle Petty -2
  7. Alan Kulwicki -2
  8. Bobby Hillin, Jr. -3
  9. Richard Petty -3
  10. Rusty Wallace -3

Oakwood Homes 500[edit]

The Oakwood Homes 500 was held October 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bobby Allison won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Bill Elliott
  2. Bobby Allison
  3. Sterling Marlin
  4. Terry Labonte -1
  5. Richard Petty -1
  6. Larry Pearson -1
  7. Lake Speed -2
  8. Ernie Irvan -2
  9. Darrell Waltrip -3
  10. Kyle Petty -4

A big, chain reaction crash at lap 125 took out Geoff Bodine, Brett Bodine, Alan Kulwicki, and Bobby Hllin Jr among others.

AC Delco 500[edit]

The AC Delco 500 was held October 25 at North Carolina Motor Speedway. Davey Allison won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Bill Elliott
  2. Dale Earnhardt
  3. Darrell Waltrip
  4. Terry Labonte
  5. Morgan Shepherd
  6. Kyle Petty
  7. Buddy Baker
  8. Geoff Bodine -2
  9. Phil Parsons -2
  10. Joe Ruttman -2

Winston Western 500[edit]

The Winston Western 500 was held November 8 at Riverside International Raceway. Geoff Bodine won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Rusty Wallace
  2. Benny Parsons
  3. Kyle Petty
  4. Richard Petty
  5. Bobby Allison
  6. Darrell Waltrip
  7. Joe Ruttman
  8. Terry Labonte
  9. Dave Marcis
  10. Geoff Bodine

Failed to qualify: Trevor Boys (#12), John Krebs (#66), Brad Noffsinger (#98), St. James Davis, Jack Sellers

Atlanta Journal 500[edit]

The Atlanta Journal 500 was held November 22 at Atlanta International Raceway. Bill Elliott won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. Bill Elliott
  2. Dale Earnhardt
  3. Ricky Rudd
  4. Bobby Allison
  5. Davey Allison -1
  6. Alan Kulwicki -1
  7. Benny Parsons -1
  8. Phil Parsons -1
  9. Sterling Marlin -1
  10. Buddy Baker -1

Final Points Standings[edit]

  1. Dale Earnhardt – 4696
  2. Bill Elliott – 4207
  3. Terry Labonte – 4007
  4. Darrell Waltrip – 3911
  5. Rusty Wallace – 3818
  6. Ricky Rudd – 3742
  7. Kyle Petty – 3737
  8. Richard Petty – 3708
  9. Bobby Allison – 3525
  10. Ken Schrader – 3405
  11. Sterling Marlin – 3381
  12. Neil Bonnett – 3352
  13. Geoff Bodine – 3328
  14. Phil Parsons – 3327
  15. Alan Kulwicki – 3238
  16. Benny Parsons – 3215
  17. Morgan Shepherd – 3099
  18. Dave Marcis – 3080
  19. Bobby Hillin, Jr – 3027
  20. Michael Waltrip – 2840
  21. Davey Allison – 2739
  22. Harry Gant – 2725
  23. Jimmy Means – 2483
  24. Buddy Baker – 2373
  25. Buddy Arrington – 2003
  26. Dale Jarrett – 1840
  27. Steve Christman – 1727
  28. Rick Wilson – 1723
  29. Cale Yarborough – 1450
  30. J. D. McDuffie – 1361
  31. Lake Speed – 1345
  32. Brett Bodine – 1271
  33. Greg Sacks – 1200
  34. Eddie Bierschwale – 1162
  35. Rodney Combs – 1098
  36. Tim Richmond – 1063
  37. Derrike Cope – 797
  38. Mark Stahl – 687
  39. Bobby Wawak – 638
  40. D.K. Ulrich – 625
  41. Ken Ragan – 549
  42. Connie Saylor – 486
  43. Jerry Cranmer – 482
  44. Chet Fillip – 480
  45. Trevor Boys – 460
  46. Mike Potter – 456
  47. Slick Johnson – 444
  48. Ron Bouchard – 440
  49. H. B. Bailey – 428
  50. A. J. Foyt – 409

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Davey Allison won the Rookie of the Year award in 1987, winning two races for Harry Ranier after making an aborted attempt at the award the previous season. He was followed by Dale Jarrett, who had two top-ten finishes, and Steve Christman, who did not race in NASCAR again following the season. The other contenders were Rodney Combs, Derrike Cope, and Jerry Cramner, all running incomplete schedules.

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