Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Martin Economizes for First Dover Win

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Martin Economizes for First Dover Win

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Mark Martin didn't outrace anyone, but he outgassed Kyle Petty, ending 15 years of frustration at Dover Downs International Speedway with a lucrative victory Sunday in the MBNA 400 in Dover, Del.

"Jack Roush won this race on fuel mileage," Martin said of his car owner. "I'd been grousing about that a lot, and Jack said he'd win me a race on fuel.

"We used to come up short, but today we came up big." Martin's first Winston Cup win at the Monster Mile came in his 22nd Dover start. He had finished second four times, most recently three months ago in Dover's Miller 500. The victory was worth $195,305 to Martin, $114,000 of it by winning from the pole. The bonus - which increases by $7,600 each time it goes unclaimed - had not been collected since series leader Jeff Gordon won at Charlotte in May. Martin led 194 laps in his Ford, three more than 1995 Dover winner Kyle Petty, who had the best car. But a Dover rarity - just one caution for 11 laps - allowed Martin to make just three pit stops to four by Petty. …

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