Dale Earnhardt’s Pass in the Grass Still Considered the Greatest NASCAR Moment

Pass in the Grass

Pass in the Grass

Almost thirty years ago, at the NASCAR All-Star Race in 1987, the legendary driver Dale Earnhardt performed one of the most famous saves in NASCAR history, which was dubbed “the Pass in the Grass,” a misnomer that nonetheless stuck around for three decades.

Earnhardt’s rival, Bill Elliott, was also in the race, and he and Earnhardt were neck and neck for most of it. With eight laps to go in the race, Earnhardt and Elliott took a corner together, and Earnhardt spun sideways into the grass.

Miraculously, though, he almost immediately pulled out of the grass and back onto the track. The grass in the middle of the track is described as being “like ice” to drive on, and fans remark that no other driver would’ve been able to control the car and get it back on course.

What’s more, the “pass” wasn’t a pass at all. Earnhardt had the lead when he went into the grass and kept it when he pulled out. In a fumble that would’ve ended the race for most other drivers, Earnhardt kept the lead and went on to win the All-Star race, to the fury of Elliott and his team.

The Pass in the Grass is just one of the many incredible feats that made Dale Earnhardt the most famous name in NASCAR history. To see more of his moments visit Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet online, or in Newton, NC near Hickory!

The Dale Trail in Kannapolis, NC

The Dale Trail

Take The Family Around The Dale Trail

Kannapolis, North Carolina, is the birthplace of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt and the home of the Dale Trail. The Dale Trail is a tour of Kannapolis landmarks that relate to Earnhardt’s life and NASCAR career.

The trail starts at Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, a street named for Earnhardt, and continues to the neighborhood where he grew up. Called Car Town, the neighborhood points out spots where Earnhardt learned to drive. Here you can learn about how Dale Earnhardt got his start in racing and how he was influenced by his father, Ralph Earnhardt, also a racing legend.

The Dale Trail takes you past Ralph Earnhardt’s gravestone in the Centergrove Lutheran Cemetery and the garage where Ralph learned to fix cars. Then you’ll go to Dale Earnhardt Plaza in downtown Kannapolis, where a massive statue of Dale Earnhardt stands next to a monument on which Dale fans wrote inscriptions.

The Curb Motorsports Museum and Dale Earnhardt Inc. are both a dream come true for NASCAR fans and packed with exhibits and memorabilia. If you’re still looking for more after all these stops, drive north to Richard Childress Racing for even more Earnhardt exhibits and a look into the shop for Dale’s team and car.

A visit to Kannapolis is a must for any Earnhardt or NASCAR fan! And for some extra fun, come to the Dale’s dealership, Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, in Newton, NC. We have Earnhardt trivia on out site, as well!