Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wallace Still Looking for Win at Darlington

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wallace Still Looking for Win at Darlington

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With 41 career victories in 366 NASCAR Winston Cup starts, it's

easier to list the tracks where Rusty Wallace hasn't won than to

tally those spots where he has found victory lane.

Wallace will be forever linked (until he wins one) to

Daytona and Talladega, his least-favorite stops on the

circuit. And for the sake of accuracy, you'd have to include

New Hampshire and Indianapolis, though they've only played host

to a total of five races.

Still, if there's one place Wallace wants to win more than any

other it's Darlington Raceway, home to today's TranSouth

Financial 400.

"Darlington is on my personal hit list," Wallace said. "I guess

I want to win Darlington more than any other track because of

its history and tradition. Every driver gets goose bumps when

they drive in the place."

Wallace starts eighth today in his quest to end an 0-for-24

streak at the egg-shaped oval that carries the tag "Too Tough To

Tame."

Victories at Darlington are precious and go to those

generally regarded as NASCAR's very best drivers. Wallace's

record speaks for itself, but considering his record at other

superspeedways, a win would go a long way for the superb

short-track and road-racing great.

"I could've won five or six races at Darlington easily," said

Wallace, who has twice finished second. "But the doggone place

has just frowned on me at the wrong time. It's like running

through a mine field at 160 mph; there's trouble lurking

everywhere, and since 1984, I've found it."

LAGASSE UPDATE -- Busted valve springs knocked St. Augustine's

Scott Lagasse from a potential top-10 finish in last Sunday's

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series opener at the Homestead

Motorsports Complex.

Lagasse started 14th in the unsponsored No. 77 red Chevy and

was running seventh when the engine essentially let go, leading

to a 25th-place finish in the 36-truck field. …

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