Today In NASCAR History

1987: Dale Earnhardt wins the third running of NASCAR’s All-Star Race, executing the famed “Pass in the Grass” after clashing with Geoffrey Bodine and Bill Elliott in the final 10-lap segment at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earnhardt kept the lead after a bump from pole-winner Elliott sent him sliding through the frontstretch grass and held on for the first of his three wins in the event. Terry Labonte took second with Tim Richmond third. Elliott, who finished 14th after cutting down a tire, clanged fenders with Earnhardt on the cool-down lap to express his displeasure with the result.

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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.