Today In NASCAR History



1987: Dale Earnhardt extends his season-opening hot streak to four wins in a row by outrunning two huge rivals in the Sovran Bank 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Earnhardt, who started fourth, bypassed Geoffrey Bodine and led the final 17 laps at the .526-mile track. Rusty Wallace finished second, 2.73 seconds behind, and Bodine held on for third. The victory was the sixth in the first eight races of the season for Earnhardt, who rolled to five more wins and his third series championship in ’87.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.