RICHMOND, Va. -- Mark Martin's record-tying Winston Cup run ended at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night, but Rusty Wallace sounded convinced that he had started a string of his own.
Martin was the main draw in the Miller Genuine Draft 400, as he tried to put his Valvoline Ford in victory lane for a record fifth straight time.
After leading twice for 155 laps, Martin's car ran into handling problems and an inspired performance by Wallace, who overcame a stop-and-go penalty for a three car-length victory over Bill Elliott. Martin finished sixth, 1.63 seconds away from history.
"We wanted this one, but we won four," Martin said. "We can get five later, and that's what I've always hoped for, something like that."
The Winston Cup tour moves to Dover, Del., this weekend for the Peak Antifreeze 500, and Martin always runs well there, although he never has won at the one-mile oval.
"Dover owes me one," Martin said.
To get a win Sunday, however, may be even harder than it was Saturday.
"Saturday, I won my sixth race of the season, and that matches how many wins I got in '88 and '89," Wallace said. "I didn't think you could win that many races like you did in those days. Heck, I'm glad I ended Mark's streak, and I love running at Dover."
As does Winston Cup points leader Dale Earnhardt, who managed a third-place finish here, after being within two car lengths of going a lap down.
Wallace, who is second to Earnhardt in the championship race, closed the gap to 284 points, and considered it a step toward his own record-setting goal.