Burton's Buick takes Goodwrench 200

March 01, 1992

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Ward Burton raced past Davey Allison 22 laps from the end and pulled away to win yesterday's crash-filled Goodwrench 200, the first Busch Grand National victory for the South Boston, Va., driver in 54 tries.

The 197-lap race at North Carolina Motor speedway was interrupted a record 13 times, for 66 laps, by caution flags, most of them brought out by spins and crashes. However, no injuries were reported.

The longest stretch of green-flag racing all day was the last 25 laps, giving Burton a chance to drive his Buick Regal to the front and away from the competition.

Mark Martin, like Allison a star on NASCAR's Winston Cup circuit and only an occasional Grand National competitor, wound up second after getting past Allison on lap 192.

Goodwrench 200 results

1. (10) Ward Burton, South Boston, Va., Chevrolet, 197, $19,150, 91.646. 2. (8) Mark Martin, Greensboro, N.C., Ford, 197, $7,975. 3. (14) Davey Allison, Hueytown, Ala., Ford, 197, $5,075. 4. (5) Dale Earnhardt, Doolie, N.C., Chevrolet, 197, $3,100. 5. (6) Kenny Wallace, Concord, N.C., Chevrolet, 197, $5,225. 6. (12) Tracy Leslie, Mount Clemens, Mich., Oldsmobile, 197, $4,400. 7. (22) Steve Grissom, Gadsden, Ala., Oldsmobile, 197, $5,300. 8. (13) Ricky Craven, Newburgh, Maine, Chevrolet, 197, $5,083. 9. (1) Jeff Gordon, Pittsboro, Ind., Ford, 197, $3,850. 10. (23) Tom Peck, McConnellsburg, Pa., Oldsmobile, 197, $3,500.

11. (28) Joe Bessey, Scarborough, Maine, Pontiac, 197, $2,683. 12. (11) Joe Nemechek, Lakeland, Fla., Chevrolet, 196, $2,950. 13. (15) Jim Bown, Portland, Ore., Buick, 196, $1,600. 14. (17) Jimmy Hensley, Ridgeway, Va., Oldsmobile, 196, $4,000. 15. (16) Butch Miller, Lawton, Mich., Oldsmobile, 196, $2,400. 16. (31) Shawna Robinson, Des Moines, Iowa, Oldsmobile, 195, $1,475. 17. (25) Clifford Allison, Hueytown, Ala., Oldsmobile, 195, $1,470. 18. (2) Robert Pressley, Asheville, N.C., Oldsmobile, 195, $3,715. 19. (4) Jeff Burton, South Boston, Va., Oldsmobile, 195, $2,700. 20. (35) Ed Ferree, Saxonburg, Pa., Oldsmobile, 194, $2,200.

21. (20) Mike Wallace, St. Louis, Oldsmobile, 193, $1,440. 22. (3) Bobby Labonte, Harrisburg, N.C., Chevrolet, 193, $4,430. 23. (7) Todd Bodine, Harrisburg, N.C., Chevrolet, 191, $3,620. 24. (32) Barry Bostick, Hoffman, N.C., Buick, 187, $1,400. 25. (24) Rich Burgess, Dover Plains, N.Y., Oldsmobile, 156, crash, $1,395. 26. (19) Tommy Houston, Hickory, N.C., Oldsmobile, 155, crash, $2,340. 27. (27) Richard Lasater, Little Rock, Ark., Pontiac, 142, crash, $2,135. 28. (18) Jeff Barry, Norwich, Conn., Oldsmobile, 133, crash, $1,713. 29. (33) Glenn Sullivan, Westbury, N.Y., Chevrolet, 73, crash, $1,375. 30. (36) Bill Elliott, Dawsonville, Ga., Ford, 61, oil line, $1,370.

31. (21) Jeff Green, Owensboro, Ky., Chevrolet, 48, engine failure, $2,110. 32. (30) Troy Beebe, Modesto, Calif., Ford, 45, crash, $2,105. 33. (29) Bobby Dotter, Chicago, Oldsmobile, 43, engine failure, $2,100. 34. (9) Jack Sprague, Spring Lake, Mich., Oldsmobile, 29, transmission, $1,340. 35. (26) Chuck Bown, Portland, Ore., Pontiac, 19, crash, $3,335. 36. (34) Mark Whitaker, Greensboro, N.C., Pontiac, 10, handling, $1,330.

Time of race: 2:11:10. Margin of victory: 0.81-seconds. Caution flags: 13 for 66 laps. Lead changes: 12 among 9 drivers. Lap leaders: Gordon 1-21; Earnhardt 22-48; Bessey 48-54; Martin 55-63; Bessey 64-75; Gordon 76-78; Earnhardt 79-99; Houston 100-114; J.Burton 115-133; Nemechek 134-136; Bessey 137-143; D.Allison 144-175; W.Burton 176-197.

Goodwrench 500

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Derrike Cope was just following instructions as he led second-day qualifiers for today's stock car race.

Cope turned a lap of 144.318 mph on the one-mile North Carolina Motor Speedway oval, a bit better than the 144.034 he ran Friday in first-round qualifying.

Goodwrench 500 lineup

1. Kyle Petty, High Point, N.C., Pontiac Grand Prix, 149.926 (track record; previous record 149.461, Kyle Petty, October 1991). 2. Bill Elliott, Dawsonville, Ga., Ford Thunderbird, 149.272. 3. Mark Martin, Greensboro, N.C., Ford Thunderbird, 148.449. 4. Brett Bodine, Harrisburg, N.C., Ford Thunderbird, 147.581. 5. Rusty Wallace, Concord, N.C., Pontiac Grand Prix, 147.439. 6. Ernie Irvan, Mooresville, N.C., Chevrolet Lumina, 146.983. 7. Alan Kulwicki, Concord, N.C., Ford Thunderbird, 146.694. 8. Dale Earnhardt, Doolie, N.C., Chevrolet Lumina, 146.577. 9. Ken Schrader, Concord, N.C., Chevrolet Lumina, 146.571. 10. Davey Allison, Hueytown, Ala., Ford Thunderbird, 146.366.

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