Dale Earnhardt held off Darrell Waltrip in a bumper-to-bumper battle over the last 50 laps to win the Wrangler 400 NASCAR stock car race Sunday at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in Richmond, Va.
It appeared that Waltrip, a three-time Winston Cup champion still looking for his first victory of 1987, would get at least one last shot at Earnhardt. But an accident involving Neil Bonnett and Jimmy Means on Lap 399 brought out the yellow caution flag at the same time the white flag waved, indicating one lap to go.
Earnhardt, moving closer to a second straight Winston Cup championship and the third of his career, picked up his 11th victory in 22 starts this season.
Ricky Rudd was third and Bill Elliott fourth, the only other drivers on the lead lap. Richard Petty finished a lap down in fifth.