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March 14, 1992
HAMPTON, Ga. -- As Fords continued to dominate qualifying in NASCAR's Winston Cup series, Mark Martin and Dick Trickle stole the spotlight yesterday while sweeping the front row for tomorrow's Motorcraft 500.Trickle, Rookie of the Year two years ago as a 48-year-old, was a major surprise when he turned a lap of 179.664 mph to break the Atlanta Motor Speedway qualifying record of 179.499 set by Rusty Wallace in November 1988.But Martin, known for his prowess in qualifying, put his Roush Racing Thunderbird on the pole minutes later with a lap of 179.923 on the 1.522-mile oval.
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By RAY FRAGER | November 18, 2005
So here's the challenge for NBC and its announcers on Sunday during the last race of the Nextel Cup season: You've got to watch the 20 and the 48 and the 99, even though the 2 may be in the lead - because it's all about who's going to be No. 1. Now, if you're a NASCAR fan, you know what those numbers mean. Points leader Tony Stewart (20) is trying to clinch the Cup championship, racing against himself and his closest pursuers, Jimmie Johnson (48) and Carl Edwards (99). Meanwhile, the likes of Rusty Wallace (2)
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | March 27, 2000
Need to regain your short-track edge and reach a Winston Cup milestone? For Rusty Wallace, there's no better place than Bristol, Tenn. "I really put a big bull's-eye on this place, it's one of my favorites," said Wallace, who defended his Food City 500 title yesterday and became only the 10th driver in NASCAR with at least 50 victories. "I worked hard to get this one and pointed here." And Wallace won't make the same mistake he did a year ago. He left here thinking he would win "five or six more times."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | September 26, 2005
DOVER, DEL. -- Third place in a race isn't usually the happiest finish for a competitive racer. But when veteran Nextel Cup driver Rusty Wallace climbed from his No. 2 Dodge yesterday at the end of the MBNA RacePoints 400, he could have been mistaken for the Cheshire Cat. "Man, for my last race at Dover, that's pretty respectable," Wallace said, the grin spreading. "I want to go out of this sport on top of my game, and to be second in points - just seven points out [of first] - this is pretty strong."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 31, 2003
DOVER, Del. - Ryan Newman's pole-winning qualifying effort for tomorrow's MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 Winston Cup race was overshadowed yesterday by the news that Dodge had canceled its contract with Bill Davis Racing. Davis, who owns the cars driven by Ward Burton and Kenny Wallace, switched from Ford to Dodge three years ago. He was told before the Coca-Cola 600 last week that his contract was being voided. Todd Goyer, manager of Dodge Motorsports, said Bill Davis Racing had done something "intolerable."
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By Lori Van Lonkhuysen and Lori Van Lonkhuysen,Sun Staff Writer | June 12, 1994
LONG POND, Pa. -- With 10 victories and a close second-place finish in the Winston Cup point race last season, Rusty Wallace had one of those years people insist can't be duplicated.However, Wallace isn't one of those doubters.He has finished in the top five in five of his past six Winston Cup races, including a win at last week's Budweiser 500 at Dover, Del. And he cruised to a track-record qualifying speed of 164.558 mph to seize the pole for today's UAW-GM Teamwork 500 at Pocono International Raceway.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 15, 1997
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Rusty Wallace always has been able to talk a good game. Now, he seems intent on turning talk into reality.Ever since Wallace won the 1989 Winston Cup championship, he has promised to win another one every year. And every year he comes to Daytona International Speedway promising to win the 500.He has talked so much, in fact, that he has become the antithesis of the boy who cries wolf. He cries not the blues, but of predicted success. And everyone smiles and says, "Rusty's at it again."
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | June 7, 1998
RICHMOND, Va. -- Terry Labonte won the Pontiac Excitement 400 last night in a wild and furious finish before 103,000 fans at Richmond International Raceway.But Labonte was afraid he might have damaged his friendship with Dale Jarrett as the two dueled to the finish line and continued to battle after the race.Labonte said he bumped into Jarrett during the final three laps and wasn't surprised that Jarrett responded by running into him during the cool-down lap after the race was over."I apologized to Dale for running into him," said Labonte, who won his first race of the season and third of his career at Richmond.
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May 5, 1991
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Rusty Wallace fought off a succession of challenges yesterday to win the second round of the 1991 International Race of Champions series.Wallace earned his second IROC victory by holding off fellow NASCAR star Bill Elliott on the last lap around the 2.66-mile, high-banked Talladega Superspeedway oval.The 38-lap, 101.08-mile event was interrupted by rain after only three laps, but was finished with the sun breaking through heavy clouds.Geoff Bodine and Elliott tangled on the backstretch after three laps of green flag racing.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1998
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Rusty Wallace said he thought Jeff Gordon was trying to sucker him into jumping the start on the last lap of the 19th Bud Shootout yesterday. But in the end, with Wallace sitting in victory lane, and Gordon, fuming, sitting in his broken car along Daytona International Speedway's backstretch, it was Gordon who thought he'd been cheated."We ended up breaking our transmission," said Gordon, who finished 14th. "But Rusty Wallace jumped the start big time. They had told us not to start until the 76 pole [near the grassy area close to the entrance to pit road]
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2005
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rusty Wallace has always run well at Martinsville, Va., and as the laps dwindled there last autumn, he was in a position to win. That is, until his Penske teammate, Ryan Newman, crossed him up on a restart, pushed him up the track and then refused to give way and let Wallace back in line. Wallace fell back in the field and finished 10th. Newman came home third. After the race, Wallace ran his car into Newman's on pit road. It was the most visible display of long-running animosity between the two. Feuds in NASCAR are as old as the sport, but seldom do they become as obvious among teammates as the one currently simmering between Wallace and Newman.
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By Ed Hinton and Ed Hinton,ORLANDO SENTINEL | April 19, 2004
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - There was but one word that Rusty Wallace would, could or should say yesterday as he climbed from his Dodge in victory lane at the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville Speedway: "Finally!" At age 47, three years and 105 races removed from his last win, Wallace caught his breath, sighed with enormous relief, and gathered words for what he had just washed away with his 55th career victory: "Man, it's been so long and we've been so close!" His 54th win was a distant memory from April 29, 2001, at California Speedway.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 1, 2003
DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson strolled through the Winston Cup garage and other teams gave him sidelong glances. He stopped to talk to his crew chief, and disappeared inside a circle of cameramen. When he reached his team's transporter, he found reporters and television cameras five layers deep. Johnson, who is starting ninth in today's MBNA Armed Forces Family 400, is looking for his third straight victory at Dover International Speedway. "The car is driving a lot like it did in the other two races here," said Johnson, who swept the two Dover races as a rookie last season.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 31, 2003
DOVER, Del. - Ryan Newman's pole-winning qualifying effort for tomorrow's MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 Winston Cup race was overshadowed yesterday by the news that Dodge had canceled its contract with Bill Davis Racing. Davis, who owns the cars driven by Ward Burton and Kenny Wallace, switched from Ford to Dodge three years ago. He was told before the Coca-Cola 600 last week that his contract was being voided. Todd Goyer, manager of Dodge Motorsports, said Bill Davis Racing had done something "intolerable."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2003
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rusty Wallace's No. 2 Dodge has been disqualified from Thursday's twin 125-mile qualifying races, in which he finished fourth. But Wallace will still start 38th in tomorrow's Daytona 500 with a provisional based on car-owner points from last season. In a post-race inspection, his Dodge was discovered to have an illegal interior carburetor part. NASCAR officials said they waited until after yesterday's Winston Cup practice to make the announcement, so they could complete inspections of all 10 cars that were reviewed after the race.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2003
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rusty Wallace was having a pretty good day yesterday in his half of the Twin 125-Mile qualifying race - until post-race inspection. Wallace finished fourth in the second race at Daytona International Speedway, but afterward, NASCAR officials discovered "potential problems" with his carburetor. A NASCAR spokesman said the investigation will continue through today's final Winston Cup practice. "The outcome will not affect the list of competitors in the 500," said the NASCAR official.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | September 26, 2005
DOVER, DEL. -- Third place in a race isn't usually the happiest finish for a competitive racer. But when veteran Nextel Cup driver Rusty Wallace climbed from his No. 2 Dodge yesterday at the end of the MBNA RacePoints 400, he could have been mistaken for the Cheshire Cat. "Man, for my last race at Dover, that's pretty respectable," Wallace said, the grin spreading. "I want to go out of this sport on top of my game, and to be second in points - just seven points out [of first] - this is pretty strong."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 2, 1996
DOVER, Del -- It took 79 races before Randy LaJoie found Victory Lane, but since then there has been no stopping him.Yesterday, he took the lead from Ricky Craven with eight laps to go and won the GM Goodwrench-Delco Battery 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway. It was his second victory in three races, and he couldn't stop rejoicing."I can't believe it," he said. "It's incredible. It was so much fun to drive out there. What a great day."LaJoie crossed the finish line .283 seconds ahead of Craven, who is coming back from a serious crash in Talladega, Ala., on April 28, in which he broke his third vertebra.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 21, 2002
DOVER, Del. - Rusty Wallace doesn't take anything for granted anymore. But yesterday, after winning the pole for tomorrow's MBNA All-American Heroes 400, he couldn't help but feel pleased. He hadn't won a NASCAR Winston Cup pole since Nov. 3, 2000 - 65 races ago. He hasn't won a race since April 29, 2001 - 53 races ago. Now, he has a pole. Tomorrow, he'd like to have a win. "There's been a lot of second-place finishes this year, and a lot of close-but-no-cigars," he said, after putting his Miller Lite Ford in the No. 1 starting spot with a run of 156.822 mph. "There's a lot of tracks that we should've, could've and didn't, and it's been a long losing streak - longer than I've been accustomed to."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2001
If you're looking for opinions, you don't have to go much further than to wherever Rusty Wallace is. The Ford driver is in the thick of the Winston Cup points race, sitting in third place behind leader Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon, and now has a platform for his remarks. He isn't wasting it. NASCAR has been trying to give its drivers a little more free time at the races this season, because there are so many more races. It has limited practice on Fridays and limited qualifying to one day. But does Wallace like it?
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