Relive the 1987 North Wilkesboro races won by Earnhardt, Labonte

Jonathan Merryman

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. asks for something, you just don‘t sit on your hands. You do it.

Earnhardt, who was on hand at North Wilkesboro in early December to prep the speedway for iRacing‘s highly anticipated scan and digital build-out took to Twitter and asked for any photo or videos to help the iRacing team recreate the magic of Wilkesboro in 1987.

https://twitter.com/DaleJr/status/1204493168890327046

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NASCAR.com answered the call with not just one, but two full race replays from North Wilkesboro Speedway from 1987.

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The 1987 First Union 400 was run on Sunday, April 5, 1987 and won by Dale Earnhardt Sr. Earnhardt dominated the day, leading 319 of the 400 laps after taking the lead early from Bill Elliott.

2019 Nwilkesboro Main2
2019 Nwilkesboro Main2

The fall race at Wilkesboro that year was a bit of a redemption story for Terry Labonte. Labonte, who took pace laps in the spring and was replaced by Brett Bodine for that race came back to Wilkesboro with a vengeance winning the Holly Farms 400 on October 4, 1987. Earnhardt would finish second this day.

With all that said, it’s time to sit back, relax and take in all of what North Wilkesboro Speedway had to offer in 1987 as we all wait patiently for iRacing‘s retro build of one of NASCAR’s most legendary tracks.

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