Dale Earnhardt took his first career NASCAR GN win in the 'Southeastern 500' at Bristol International Raceway. Earnhardt, in the Rod Osterlund Chevy, took the lead with 25 laps to go and crossed the line 3 seconds ahead of Bobby Allison's Bud Moore Ford. Earnhardt's first win came in only his 16th start and the team's 3rd race with Jake Elder as crew chief.
Mario Andretti drove a Lola-Cosworth to victory in the CART Indy Car 'Long Beach Grand Prix', the first time Indy Cars had raced on the Long Beach, CA street circuit. Geoff Brabham finished second and Tom Sneva third. Emerson Fittipaldi made his Indy Car debut.
Alan Kulwicki... Died ... NASCAR Winston Cup racecar driver. He arrived at the highest and most expensive level of stock car racing in the United States, with only a borrowed pickup truck, a race car, no sponsor, and a limited budget. Kulwicki was a perfectionist and liked doing things his way: his scientific methodology approach to NASCAR racing inspired the way teams are currently run.He is known for driving for his own race team during most of his NASCAR career. Kulwicki was the 1986 NASCAR Rookie of the Year, and won the 1992 Winston Cup by the closest margin in NASCAR history. In 1998 he was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers, and he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2002. Kulwicki's nicknames were "Special K" and the "Polish Prince". Kulwicki died in a plane crash on April 1, 1993 at age 38. He was returning in a Hooters corporate plane from an appearance at the Knoxville Hooters prior to the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway.