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!