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Bodine dominates in Holly Farms 400

Geoff Bodine won his second rain-delayed race in a row, dominating the field in his Ford on Monday to take the accident-free Tyson Holly Farms 400.

Bodine won last week's Goody's 500 at Martinsville, Va., an event that was postponed because of rain eight days ago and then delayed four hours before NASCAR could drop the green flag.

This week, after two days of ideal conditions in qualifying, rains drenched the five-eighths-mile banked oval at North Wilkesboro Speedway and forced officials to move the race to Monday.

Bodine led for 312 of the 400 laps and said it was stress-free.

"We raced. They said pit. I pitted," he said. "They called me in, I came in. It was a great race, and it was one of the easier ones."

The hot tempers and bent sheet metal that marked the race at Martinsville were not in evidence at North Wilkesboro, and neither were the caution flags. Nothing even resembling an accident occurred, the first time that has happened in a Winston Cup event since August 1984 at the Champion Spark Plug 400 at Michigan International Raceway.

Bodine started the race in the third position and dropped back to fourth before taking over from Kyle Petty on the 72nd lap. Petty and Sterling Marlin briefly interrupted that run in the first 122 laps, and Mark Martin caught Bodine on 244. That edge lasted only one lap, and Rusty Wallace took the lead briefly as the leaders pitted.

Bodine caught Wallace and kept the field in pursuit for the rest of the day. His average speed of 107.360 miles per hour broke the mark of 100.716 mph set by Darrell Waltrip in 1983.

Martin finished second in a Ford, 5.4 seconds behind. Petty was third in his Pontiac, followed by Wallace's Pontiac and Marlin's Ford. Petty, Wallace and Marlin were one lap down.

Points leader Bill Elliott had a poor showing on the course where his team owner, Junior Johnson, has claimed 18 victories. At the midway point, Elliott was seven laps off the pace, and he finished the race 26th. Elliott replaced Bodine as the driver on Johnson's team this season.

Davey Allison did better, finishing 11th and gaining 55 points on Elliott with four races left. Elliott has 3,575 points, with Allison next at 3,508.