Ken Schrader kept Dale Earnhardt at bay over the last 78 laps to win the Budweiser 500 on Sunday, his second NASCAR victory of the season. Schrader grabbed the lead from Earnhardt on lap 423 on the 1-mile oval at Dover Downs International Speedway and won the battle of Chevrolets by 1.18 seconds at an average speed of 120.192 mph.
Harry Gant finished third behind Earnhardt, who led for 187 laps. Ernie Irvan was fourth and Mark Martin fifth.
"I've got a bad habit of wanting to be up front all the time," Schrader said. "I told the guys, "I'm just going to poke and get to where we're safe.' I'm not saying we were faster all day, but there's a lot of times we were running fifth we didn't have to be fifth."
Schrader, of Concord, N.C., asserted himself after a caution period caused by Derrike Cope's crash on lap 404.
After the lead-lap cars pitted once, Schrader came in for gas again on lap 412 while the yellow flag remained out. The others came in a lap later, giving Schrader the lead when the green flag came out on lap 415. Earnhardt took the lead for seven laps before Schrader took it again for good.
Earnhardt led most of the first half of the race. Starting 10th in the field, he took the lead on lap 27 and held it 61 laps. He led again for 64- and 48-lap stretches in the first half of the race.
"We were doing all we could to catch Kenny," said Earnhardt. "That's the second straight race he's beaten us. Last week at Charlotte he beat us for second. I'm going to have to have a talk with that boy."
Schrader's last victory was March 18 at Atlanta in the Motorcraft 500. He won for the first time at Dover and the fourth time in his career, and he has top-10 finishes in four of his last five races.
Earnhardt boosted his lead in the driver standings from 36 points to 82 over Ricky Rudd, who finished 10th.
Michael Andretti beats
cousin, dad in Miller 200
MILWAUKEE _ Michael Andretti said Milwaukee owed him a win, so he took it Sunday, running away with the Miller 200.
Andretti, who wound up fifth a year ago after running out of fuel while leading just two laps from the end on Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway's 1-mile oval, never faltered this time.
He beat cousin John Andretti by 22.48 seconds, nearly a full lap, with Mario, his father and teammate, a lap behind in third.
Al Unser Jr., the defending champion, led early but went out after 87 of the 200 laps with an engine problem. Pole-winner Rick Mears, the Indianapolis 500 winner, also led before falling out on lap 140 with an electrical problem.
Bobby Rahal wound up two laps down in fourth and moved back into the PPG Cup points lead with 60. Mears is second with 58.
Canadian Grand Prix: Nelson Piquet of Brazil won the 23rd annual event at Montreal after runaway leader Nigel Mansell of Britain developed gearbox trouble in his Williams Renault and slowed down on the 69th and last lap. Piquet was 57 seconds behind in his Benneton Ford when Mansell developed trouble.
Nissan Grand Prix of Ohio: Davy Jones led all but seven laps in scoring a runaway victory in the IMSA Camel GT sports-car race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. Jones averaged 107.275 mph in his Jaguar XJR-16 in scoring his third win of the season and taking over second place in the Camel GTP championship standings.
Grand Prix of Dallas: Irv Hoerr used a late caution flag to push his Oldsmobile Cutlass to a second straight victory in Sunday's Trans-Am race at Addison, Texas.