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]

TeamMake#DriverSponsorCar OwnerCrew Chief
AK RacingFord Thunderbird7Alan KulwickiZerexAlan KulwickiBill Ingle
Arrington RacingFord Thunderbird67Buddy ArringtonPannill KnittingBuddy Arrington
Bahari RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo30Michael WaltripAll Pro Auto PartsChuck Rider
Baker-Schiff RacingOldsmobile Cutlass88Buddy BakerCriscoBuddy BakerDougert
Blue Max RacingPontiac Grand Prix27Rusty WallaceKodiakRaymond BeadleBarry Dodson
Bud Moore EngineeringFord Thunderbird15Ricky RuddMotorcraftBud MooreBud Moore
Cale Yarborough MotorsportsOldsmobile Cutlass29Cale YarboroughHardee'sCale Yarborough
Dingman Brothers RacingPontiac Grand Prix50Greg SacksValvolineBilly Dingman
Donlavey RacingFord Thunderbird90Ken SchraderRed pizzaJunie DonlaveyBob Johnson
Ellington RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo1Brett Bodine (R)Bull's Eye Barbecue SauceHoss EllingtonRunt Pittman
Freedlander MotorsportsChevrolet Monte Carlo18Dale Jarrett (R)Coats & ClarkEric Freedlander
Hagan RacingOldsmobile Cutlass44Sterling MarlinPiedmont AirlinesBilly HaganSteve Hmiel
Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet Monte Carlo5Geoff BodineLevi GarrettRick Hendrick
Joe Hendrick
Gary Nelson
17Darrell WaltripTideWaddell Wilson
25 35Tim Richmond
Benny Parsons
FolgersHarry Hyde
Dennis Conner
Jackson Brothers MotorsportsOldsmobile Cutlass55Phil ParsonsCopenhagen/Skoal ClassicRichard JacksonAndy Petree
Junior Johnson & AssociatesChevrolet Monte Carlo11Terry LabonteBudweiserJonTim Brewer
King RacingBuick LeSabre26Morgan ShepherdQuaker StateKenny BernsteinLarry McReynolds
Mach 1 RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo33Harry GantSkoal BanditHal NeedhamTravis Carter
Marcis Auto RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo71Dave MarcisLifebuoy SoapHelen Marcis
McDuffie RacingPontiac Grand Prix70J.D. McDuffieRumple FurnitureJ.D. McDuffieJeff McDuffie
Means RacingPontiac Grand Prix52Jimmy MeansEureka Vacuum CleanersJimmy MeansDennis Conner
Melling RacingFord Thunderbird9Bill ElliottCoorsHarry MellingErnie Elliott
Morgan-McClure MotorsportsOldsmobile Cutlass4Rick WilsonKodakLarry McClureTony Glover
Petty EnterprisesPontiac Grand Prix43Richard PettySTPRichard PettyDale Inman
RahMoc EnterprisesPontiac Grand Prix75Neil BonnettValvolineBob RahillyRobin Pemberton
Ranier-Lundy RacingFord Thunderbird28Davey Allison (R)Texaco/HavolineHarry RanierJles
Richard Childress RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo3Dale EarnhardtWrangler JeansRichard ChildressKirk Shelmerdine
Speed RacingOldsmobile Cutlass83Lake SpeedWynn'sLake SpeedDarrell Bryant
Stavola Brothers RacingBuick LeSabre8Bobby Hillin, Jr.Miller AmericanBilly Stavola
22Bobby AllisonMickey StavolaJimmy Fennig
Winkle MotorsportsBuick LeSabre62Steve Christman (R)AC Spark PlugTom Winkle
Wood Brothers RacingFord Thunderbird21Kyle PettyCitgoGodLeonard 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]

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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]

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

Holly Farms 400[edit]

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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