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Wallace hopes to end losing streak at Dover

©Associated Press
September 22, 2002

DOVER, Del. -- On his kind of track with his kind of tire, Rusty Wallace is in great position to end a 53-race losing streak.

Will it happen today at Dover International Speedway, or will Wallace's frustration continue?

"There's been a lot of second-place finishes this year, and a lot of close-but-no-cigars," Wallace said on the eve of the All-American Heroes 400. "So, it bothers me a little bit."

Wallace hasn't won since April 2001, and he's running out of time, with eight races remaining.

"I've probably put a little too much pressure on myself because of it, but I feel confident it's going to happen," the pole-sitter said.

ALL-AMERICAN HEROES 200: Scott Wimmer used a quick stop to beat Mike McLaughlin off pit road during a late caution in the NASCAR Busch series race Saturday and drove to his first career victory.

Wimmer was third after a four-car crash that involved points leader Greg Biffle on the 139th of 200 laps at Dover International Speedway.

Two laps later, Wimmer easily beat McLaughlin and defending champion Jeff Green off pit road. Then the 26-year-old driver pulled away and was not threatened.

"We've been practicing pit stops, and these guys keep getting better and better," said Wimmer, who averaged 118.266 mph in a race slowed four times by cautions covering 19 laps.

JOHN BOY AND BILLY 250: Mike Bliss extended his Truck series points lead, driving a strategic race to win at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway in Virginia. Bliss, who started second in the 36-truck field, pitted on the 92nd lap and dropped to 13th. But, in a race slowed by a series-record 88 laps of caution, he worked his way back to the front of the pack. He won for the fifth time in 2002. The winning margin was 0.559 seconds, about 2 truck lengths. He averaged just 59.403 mph.

MID-SOUTH NATIONALS: Australia's Andrew Cowin led Top Fuel qualifying at Memphis Motorsports Park. Cowin had a quarter-mile run of 4.594 seconds at 319.75 mph to pace the 16-car field. Tony Pedregon topped the Funny Car order, and Warren Johnson led the Pro Stocks drivers.

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