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Wallace takes Goodwrench 500

Published Oct. 6, 2005

Does this scenario seem familiar?

Rusty Wallace crashes in the season-opening Daytona 500 and comes back a week later to win the Goodwrench 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway _ the same as in 1993 when Wallace went on to win a series-leading 10 races and give eventual champion Dale Earnhardt a run for the big money.

This time, the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup champion won in a Ford after his Penske Racing South team changed over from Pontiacs during the winter. Clearly, Wallace knows how to win at Rockingham, whatever car he is driving.

"I told everybody, "Man, we could probably win in a Jaguar,' " Wallace said. "It's the race team, not the car."

His black and gold Ford dominated Sunday, leading eight times for 346 of the 492 laps, including the final 60 as Wallace won for the fifth time on the 1.017-mile oval.

"The crew did a perfect job on the car," Wallace said. "The chassis was great and the motors flew _ a lot of power. I don't think I've ever put my foot in that much power."

Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin couldn't mount a serious challenge, finishing second for the 10th time in his career, his Chevrolet Lumina trailing Wallace's Thunderbird across the finish line by 5.15 seconds.

"Rusty was just too much for us today," Marlin said.

Wallace averaged 125.239 mph as he collected $50,385 for his 32nd career victory.

Death, extra lap

spoil Grand Prix

MIAMI _ Tommy Kendall, driving a Ford Mustang Cobra, raced to a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at the Grand Prix of Miami, despite being forced to race an extra lap because of an electrical problem.

Earlier in the day, go-cart driver Tom Shaw of Bayside, N.Y., was killed when he crashed into a concrete barrier while warming up for a Formula 125 Shifter Kart Race on the Miami Grand Prix course.

It was the first death in the 12-year history of the Grand Prix of Miami, media director Tristan Lewis said.

Kendall, making his ninth Miami start, averaged 68.764 mph through the 1.87-mile, 11-turn street course in his Jack Roush custom-made white Cobra.