1987 Winston 500: It's Davey At 'Dega

Davey Allison

On May 3, 1987, Davey Allison snapped Dale Earnhardt’s four-race winning streak with a victory in the Winston 500. (Photo: ISC Archives)


On May 3, 1987, Davey Allison snapped Dale Earnhardt’s four-race winning streak with his first career victory in the Winston 500.

Running on the high-banked 2.66-mile oval at Alabama International Motor Speedway, known today as Talladega Superspeedway, Allison led the final 10 laps and beat Terry Labonte to the checkered flag by three-quarters of a second.

The race was marred by an early crash involving Bobby Allison, Davey’s dad, whose Stavola Brothers Buick cut a tire along the frontstretch. The car went airborne and sailed into the catch fence. The elder Allison was not injured, but the race was red-flagged for more than 2½ hours for cleanup and fence repair.

With the long delay, the closing laps were run in approaching darkness and NASCAR shortened the race distance by 10 laps. Kyle Petty grabbed third place behind Allison and Labonte, with Earnhardt and Bobby Hillin Jr. completing the top five.

Pole sitter Bill Elliott finished 22nd after retiring with engine failure. His qualifying speed of 212.809 miles per hour remains a track record. Those high speeds and Bobby Allison’s spectacular crash on that Sunday afternoon in Alabama would lead to NASCAR’s introduction of restrictor plates for superspeedway racing starting in 1988.

The Sprint Cup Series returns to Eastern Alabama this week for Sunday’s GEICO 500, the 10th race of the 2016 season.

Visit MRN.com on Thursday at 1 p.m. (ET) to hear the complete broadcast of the 1987 Winston 500 from Talladega Superspeedway, 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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