This is one of the last Mile High Nationals before the facility closed at the end of 1987 for a major overhaul.

Eddie Hill enjoyed one of his best national event outings by defeating Gary Ormsby, Shirley Muldowney, and Joe Amato to meet Larry Minor in the final round of Top Fuel. Unfortunately for Hill, he was unable to back up after his burnout due to a broken reverser and couldn’t make a pass, handing the title to Minor.

Mark Oswald took his Old Milwaukee/Candies & Hughes Trans Am to the winner’s circle after defeating defending event and world champ Kenny Bernstein, 5.81 to 5.82, in one of the closest Funny Car finals at the time. This was Oswald’s eighth win and sixth in Funny Car.

Bob Glidden scored his 47th victory and fourth at the Mile-High Nationals by recording low e.t of eliminations with a 7.92 to defeat Warren Johnson’s 8.03 in the final round of Pro Stock. Glidden would race to a record seven titles at Bandimere Speedway, which still holds as the most wins at the event.