Auto Racing

April 08, 1991

Rudd wins TranSouth, sets Darlington record

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Ricky Rudd ran the fastest race ever at Darlington Raceway yesterday to win the TranSouth 500 -- his first victory at the oldest NASCAR superspeedway.

Rudd, who was able to run about 15 laps longer on a tank of gas than his fellow drivers, inherited the lead when Davey Allison pitted for four tires on his Ford with just 37 laps to go.

The pit stop dropped Allison back to second, nearly a lap back of Rudd. Rudd, who was able to run the final 73 laps without pitting, wasn't challenged the rest of the way en route to his 12th career victory.

Rudd, driving a Chevrolet, averaged 135.594 mph, which broke the track record of 135.462 mph set by Dale Earnhardt in the 1989 Southern 500. The TranSouth 500 record was 131.284 mph, set by Lake Speed in 1988.

Nissan Grand Prix of Miami

MIAMI -- Brazilian Raul Boesel, avoiding the pitfalls that hurt nearly everyone else, held off a late challenge from the Chevrolet Miller of Tom Kendall and drove his Jaguar XJR-10 prototype to victory.

The 1987 world endurance champion, who makes his home in Miami, earned his second IMSA Camel GT victory and gave Tom Walkinshaw's Jaguar team its second win in four races this season.

Davy Jones, Boesel's teammate who won a race last month in West Palm Beach, Fla., dominated the early part of the two-hour race, but went out just past the halfway mark with engine failure.

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