1987 Miller 400: Earnhardt, With Ease

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On March 8, 1987, Dale Earnhardt’s NASCAR rivals witnessed something they would see regularly in the early weeks of that season: "The Intimidator" in Victory Lane. (Photo: ISC Archives)

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On March 8, 1987, Dale Earnhardt’s NASCAR rivals witnessed something they would see regularly in the early weeks of that season: "The Intimidator" in Victory Lane.

Earnhardt led all but one of the final 169 laps at the old Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway (known today as Richmond International Raceway) to win the Miller High Life 400. He beat runner-up Geoff Bodine to the checkered flag by a half-second in recording his second straight win.

The Richmond victory helped fuel a run of six wins in the first seven races of the season that helped carry Earnhardt to the third of his record seven championships.

He rallied from an early spin caused by contact with Alan Kulwicki, which forced Earnhardt to spend the first 100 laps playing catch-up. He had the No. 3 Richard Childress-owned Chevrolet in front for the first time about a third of the way into the race and never looked back.

Rusty Wallace finished third with Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte completing the top five.  Kulwicki, who started from the pole, finished sixth. He was the last driver on the lead lap with Earnhardt at the finish.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Virginia’s capital city this week for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400.

Visit MRN.com on Thursday at 1 p.m. (ET) to hear the complete broadcast of the 1987 Miller 400 from Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, anchored by Barney Hall and Mike Joy. Motor Racing Network – "The Voice of NASCAR" – features a classic race each week on "Throwback Thursday" only at MRN.com.

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