David Green clinched the 1994 Busch Grand National championship Saturday, finishing 12th as Mark Martin won the season-ending AC Delco 200 at North Carolina Motor Speedway.
Knowing that he had to finish only 22nd or better in the 42-car field to earn his first series title, Green stayed out of trouble and watched his closest pursuers, Ricky Craven and Chad Little, racing hard in an effort to catch him.
Craven nearly won the race, gambling on a late two-tire change that helped him take the lead and hold it until four laps from the end of the 197-lap event on the 1.106-mile oval. He fell back to third behind runner-up Micheal Waltrip.
Green, who went into the finale with a 94-point lead, finished with a 46-point victory over Craven.
Martin, whose Ford Thunderbird led three times for 104 laps, took the lead when Craven slid high in the first-turn on Lap 194.
"We just barely had enough today," said Martin, who picked up his third victory of the season and the 17th of his career.
NHRA Chief Auto Parts Nationals: Cory McClenathan, John Force and Warren Johnson were the top qualifiers for today's finals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis. McClenathan led in top fuel with a track-record time of 4.752 seconds at 293.82 mph for a quarter-mile.
Part killed Senna
BOLOGNA, Italy _ An autopsy shows that three-time Formula One champion Ayrton Senna was killed when the arm of his car's suspension system penetrated the visor of his helmet after he slammed into a wall during the Imola Grand Prix.
The Italian news agency ANSA said that the information was included in a forensic report of the autopsy conducted on the Brazilian driver after his death in May.