Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wallace Wins Again but Fails to Shake Consistent Earnhardt

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wallace Wins Again but Fails to Shake Consistent Earnhardt

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There was Rusty Wallace in victory lane again, and there was Dale Earnhardt in second - again.

"I just can't shake the cat," Wallace said after his dominating victory in Sunday's Goody's 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. "He's there all the time."

The second consecutive 1-2 finish by the top two drivers in the Winston Cup standings allowed Earnhardt, who survived a couple of early-race incidents, to lose only 10 points to Wallace, coming away with a 217-point lead with five of 31 races remaining.

Despite strong showings in just about every race since midseason, Wallace, a native St. Louisan, has not been able to get close to Earnhardt in the points.

"All I can say is I'm doing everything I can do and he's doing what he has to do," Wallace said. "That's the reason that he's leading the championship; they're consistent.

"All I can do is just win and lead laps and do everything I'm doing. I'm getting all the bonus points. We're definitely getting the performance, but . . ."

Wallace overpowered the rest of the 36-car field Sunday, leading 369 of 500 laps on the half-mile oval as he won for the second week in a row and a series-leading eighth time this season.

Wallace has three wins and two second-place finishes in his last five starts at Martinsville, including a win in Martinsville in April. He was nearly perfect Sunday, avoiding most of the trouble as he sliced through traffic, lapping all but five cars as Bill Elliott finished third, followed by Kenny Wallace, Dale Jarrett and Ken Schrader.

Kenny Wallace is Rusty's younger brother and the fourth-place finish was his highest in Winston Cup. Schrader also is a native St. Louisan, so three of the top six spots were won by local products. Mike Wallace, another brother, finished 28th.

Rusty Wallace, who has 39 career victories and 18 since the start of the 1993 season, appeared on the way to an easy victory before a deflating tire suddenly sent him darting onto pit lane with 52 laps from the end. …

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