Rusty Wallace ended one streak and extended two others by holding off Ted Musgrave as darkness fell to win the rainplagued Hanes 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va.
Wallace’s victory in a Ford Thunderbird released the stranglehold of Chevrolet’s new Monte Carlo, which had won the first seven events of the season.
Wallace led three times for 175 laps, including the final 50, and finished three car lengths ahead of Musgrave.
Eddie Cheever’s engine ran dry with less than two laps remaining in the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix, making Emerson Fittipaldi the recipient of a victory in Nazareth, Pa.
Cheever tried to squeeze the final 94 laps out of one tank of fuel and came up nearly two miles short on Nazareth Speedway’s one-mile oval.
Fittipaldi, the oldest driver on the circuit at 48, barely held off Jacques Villeneuve, the youngest at 23, by 0.309 seconds - about two car lengths - to earn the 22nd IndyCar victory of his career.
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