Burton's Buick takes Goodwrench 200

THE BALTIMORE SUN

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.

11. Dick Trickle, Iron Station, N.C., Ford Thunderbird, 146.366. 12. Geoff Bodine, Julian, N.C., Ford Thunderbird, 146.313. 13. Harry Gant, Taylorsville, N.C., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 146.086. 14. Michael Waltrip, Huntersville, N.C., Pontiac Grand Prix, 145.969. 15. Hut Stricklin, Calera, Ala., Chevrolet Lumina, 145.928. 16. Greg Sacks, Winter Park, Fla., Chevrolet Lumina, 145.528. 17. Dave Marcis, Avery's Creek, N.C., Chevrolet Lumina, 145.418. 18. Dale Jarrett, Conover, N.C., Chevrolet Lumina, 145.378. 19. Rick Mast, Rockbridge Baths, Va., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 145.228. 20. Bobby Hamilton, Nashville, Tenn., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 145.205.

21. Terry Labonte, Archdale, N.C., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 145.084. 22. Morgan Shepherd, Conover, N.C., Ford Thunderbird, 145.004. 23. Ricky Rudd, Chesapeake, Va., Chevrolet Lumina, 144.998. 24. Darrell Waltrip, Franklin, Tenn., Chevrolet Lumina, 144.746. 25. Sterling Marlin, Columbia, Tenn., Ford Thunderbird, 144.500. 26. Derrike Cope, Kings Mountain, N.C., Chevrolet Lumina, 144.318. 27. Jimmy Spencer, Berwick, Pa., Chevrolet Lumina, 144.147. 28. Ted Musgrave, Franklin, Wis., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 143.966. 29. Richard Petty, Randleman, N.C., Pontiac Grand Prix, 143.391. 30. Chad Little, Spokane, Wash., Ford Thunderbird, 143.116.

31. Stanley Smith, Chelsea, Ala., Chevrolet Lumina, 143.021. 32. Mike Skinner, Research Triangle Park, N.C., Chevrolet Lumina, 142.676. 33. Phil Parsons, Denver, N.C., Ford Thunderbird, 142.603. 34. Wally Dallenbach Jr., Basalt, Colo., Ford Thunderbird, 142.293. 35. Jimmy Means, Forest City, N.C., Pontiac Grand Prix, 140.604. 36. Delma Cowart, Savannah, Ga., Ford Thunderbird, 138.551. 37. Johnny McFadden, Forest City, N.C., Chevrolet Lumina, 138.457. 38. Randy Baker, Charlotte, N.C., Chevrolet Lumina, 138.331. 39. Andy Belmont, Langhorne, Pa., Ford Thunderbird, 137.324. 40. Jerry Hill, La Plata, Md., Pontiac Grand Prix, 134.509.

South Africa Grand Prix

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nigel Mansell of Britain won the pole position in his spare car after spinning out in his No. 1 Williams Renault.

Today's is the first of 16 on the Formula One circuit this year.

Mansell was clocked in 1 minute, 15.486 seconds on the recently renovated 2.64-mile Kyalami track outside Johannesburg.

South Africa Grand Prix lineup

1. Nigel Mansell, Britain, Williams-Renault, 1 minute, 15.486 seconds, 126.270 mph. 2. Ayrton Senna, Brazil, McLaren-Honda, 3. Gerhard Berger, Austria, McLaren-Honda, 1:16.672. 4. Riccardo Patrese, Italy, Williams-Renault, 1:16.989. 5. Jean Alesi, France, Ferrari, 1:17.208. 6. Michael Schumacher, Germany, Benetton-Ford, 1:18.251. 7. Karl Wendlinger, Austria, March-Ilmor, 1:18.115. 8. Martin Brundle, Britain, Benetton-Ford, 1:18.327. 9. Ivan Capelli, Italy, Ferrari, 1:18.387. 10. Andrea de Cesaris, Italy, Tyrrell-Ilmor, 1:18.544.

11. Johnny Herbert, Britain, Lotus-Ford, 1:18.626. 12. Olivier Grouillard, France, Tyrrell-Ilmor, 1:18.749. 13. Erik Comas, France, Ligier-Renault, 1:19.200. 14. Thierry Boutsen, Belgium, Ligier-Renault, 1:19.296. 15. Gabriele Tarquini, Italy, Fondmetal-Ford, 1.19:305. 16. Aguri Suzuki, Japan, Footwork Mugen-Honda, 1:19.532. 17. Michele Alboreto, Italy, Footwork Mugen-Honda, 1.19.571. 18. Ukyo Katayama, Japan, Venturi-Lamborghini, 1:19.621. 19. Gianni Morbidelli, Italy, Minardi-Lamborghini, 1:19.636. 20. Christian Fittipaldi, Brazil,Minardi-Lamborghini, 1:19.641.

21. Mika Hakkinen, Finland, Lotus-Ford, 1:19.672. 22. Bertrand Gachot, France, Venturi-Lamborghini, 1:20.039. 23. Mauricio Gugelmin, Brazil, Jordan-Yamaha, 1:20.120. 24. J.J. Lehto, Finland, Dallara-Ferrari, 1:20.126. 25. Pierluigi Martini, Italy, Dallaa-Ferrari, 1:20.203. 26. Eric van de Poele, Belgium, Brabham-Judd, 1:20.488.

Failed to qualify 27. Paul Belmondo, France, March-Ilmor, 1:20.580. 28. Andrea Chiesa, Switzerland, Fondmetal-Ford, 1:21.209. 29. Stefano Modena, Italy, Jordan-Yamaha, 1:21.494. 30. Giovanna Amati, Italy, Brabham-Judd, 1:24.405.

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