May 17, 1987...The Pass In The Grass


This day, May 17th 1987, Dale Earnhardt won the third running of NASCAR’s annual All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  He took the lead on the first lap of the final ten-lap segment.  Two laps later, Bill Elliott challenged for the top spot.  Earnhardt and Elliott bumped coming off Turn-4, which briefly sent Earnhardt dipping down into the grass as Elliott kept charging.  Earnhardt then made his well-documented “pass in the grass” – which actually wasn’t a pass at all – that took him back up onto the track without losing his lead.  “The Intimidator” remained in front the rest of the way, beating runner-up Terry Labonte to the finish by three-quarters of a second.  Elliott suffered a flat tire with five laps to go and finished fourteenth. 

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