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1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings
Dale Earnhardt blasted out of the starting blocks by winning six of the first eight races in the 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup season and coasted to his third championship. By September, Earnhardt had built up a hefty 608-point lead.

1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt
1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt

On the strength of 11 victories in his 29 starts, Earnhardt finished 489 points in front of runner-up Bill Elliott, who won six races. Earnhardt finished out of the top five in only eight races. The outcome of the championship was never in doubt past April.

Elliott led the points standings after the first two races, but Earnhardt charged into the lead with a victory at Richmond on March 8. By the sixth race of the year, Earnhardt held a lead of more than 100 points. He clinched the championship after the 27th race of the season at Rockingham.

Besides Earnhardt and Elliott, no other driver won more than two races.

For the full standings for the 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup season, see the chart below.

1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Dale Earnhardt
4,696 11 $2,069,243
2
Bill Elliott 4,207 6
1,599,210
3
Terry Labonte 4,007 1 805,054
4
Darrell Waltrip 3,911 1 511,768
5
Rusty Wallace 3,818 2
690,652
6
Ricky Rudd 3,742 2
653,508
7
Kyle Petty 3,737 1
544,437
8
Richard Petty 3,708 0
445,227
9
Bobby Allison 3,530 1
515,894
10
Ken Schrader 3,405 0
375,918
11
Sterling Marlin 3,381 0
306,412
12
Neil Bonnett 3,352 0
401,541
13
Geoff Bodine
3,328 0
449,816
14
Phil Parsons 3,327 0
180,261
15
Alan Kulwicki 3,238 0
369,889
16
Benny Parsons 3,215 0
566,484
17
Morgan Shepherd 3,099 0
317,034
18
Dave Marcis 3,080 0
256,354
19
Bobby Hillin, Jr. 3,027 0
346,735
20
Michael Waltrip 2,840 0
205,370
21
Davey Allison 2,824 2
361,060
22
Harry Gant 2,725 0
197,645
23
Jimmy Means 2,483 0
154,055
24
Buddy Baker 2,373 0
255,320
25
Buddy Arrington 1,885 0
115,300
26
Dale Jarrett 1,840 0 143,405
27
Steve Christman 1,727 0
54,965
28
Rick Wilson 1,723 0 65,935
29
Cale Yarborough
1,450 0
111,025
30
J.D. McDuffie 1,361 0
45,555
31
Lake Speed 1,345 0
110,810
32
Brett Bodine 1,271 0 71,460
33
Greg Sacks 1,200 0
54,815
34
Eddie Bierschwale 1,162 0
66,790
35
Rodney Combs 1,098 0
90,990
36
Tim Richmond 1,063 2
151,850
37
Derrike Cope 797 0
33,750
38
Mark Stahl 687 0
32,850
39
Bobby Wawak 638 0
22,505
40
D.K. Ulrich
625 0
30,915
41
Ken Ragan
549 0
30,575
42
Connie Saylor
486 0
59,455
43
Jerry Cranmer
482 0
20,660
44
Trevor Boys
460 0
59,240
45
Mike Potter
456 0
13,290
46
Slick Johnson
444 0
40,630
47
Ron Bouchard
440 0
24,105
48
H.B. Bailey
428 0
18,885
49
A.J. Foyt 409 0
21,075
50
Larry Pearson 401 0
18,555

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