Harry Ranier started the team with new sponsorship, a rookie driver and a new crew chief/engine builder. With the help of crew chief, Joey Knight, Davey, at age 26, won two races and rookie of the year in 1987.
The team would start the season at Daytona on the last row. The next race at Rockingham, North Carolina, would see Davey on the pole. On May 3rd at Talladega, AL, starting in the third spot, Davey won his first Winston Cup event. Two races later, at Dover Delaware, Davey won his second Winston Cup race starting from the outside pole position.