R. Wallace wants Martinsville win

Martinsville, VA---Rusty Wallace looks at Martinsville Speedway's spring race like he would tell a fishing story. It was the one that got away. On Sunday, he hopes to reel in the $2,115,007 NAPA AutoCare 500 NASCAR Winston...

Martinsville, VA---Rusty Wallace looks at Martinsville Speedway's spring race like he would tell a fishing story. It was the one that got away. On Sunday, he hopes to reel in the $2,115,007 NAPA AutoCare 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. In the spring Goody's Body Pain 500, won by Mark Martin, the Miller Lite Ford driver made his 500th Winston Cup start a memorable one. He won the Bud Pole, dominated the race by leading 343 of the 500 laps on five occasions and once came from two laps down back to take the lead. He was forced to make a late pit stop, giving Martin the lead, and came back buried 14th in the field. With 38 cars still on the track, he never was a factor again. "I really thought we needed to put tires on to get position and go," Wallace said. "I didn't think a bunch of them would just stay out like they did. "I got behind, my car pushed, and I just couldn't get around them. Track position is everything in the world nowadays and we should have just stayed out. Wallace said he still thinks about that day. "That first race at Martinsville still wears on me. To have won the pole and dominated the thing like we did, to have bounced back from near disaster and two laps down and then come down to lose it in the final laps like we did was such a big disappointment. I definitely look back on that race as one we should have won." Wallace is coming to the 53-year-old track with grit teeth. "We're out this weekend and all the rest of the year trying to rack up as many wins and poles as we can," he said. "Even though the poles don't pay any points in Cup racing, we're proud to have us eight so far with three of them coming on short tracks. "It would definitely be a thrill to get us another win and maybe another pole at Martinsville this weekend, that's for sure. Coming off the big win at Bristol a few races ago and going back to the place where we should have won the last time there, I'd say we're primed to put some more big numbers up on the board." Wallace has six career wins to stand third on the all-time Martinsville Winston Cup victory list with Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough and Fred Lorenzen. Only Richard Petty, with 15 wins, and Darrell Waltrip, with 11, have more. The typical battle on the tight .526-mile track produces a lot of pushing and shoving. In the spring race, there was an event record 17 caution flags for 112 laps. Winston Cup Bud Pole qualifying will be held at 3 p.m. Friday. Tickets for qualifying are $15 for adults and children under 12 get in free. The lightning-fast Featherlite Modifieds qualify on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and will race in the Goody's Body Pain 200 at 3 p.m. Tickets for Saturday's events including second round Winston Cup time trials at 11:15 a.m., Modified qualifying, the final Winston Cup practice from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the Goody's Body Pain 200 are $30 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. The NAPA AutoCare 500 gets under way at 1 p.m. Sunday. Reserved seats still are available for Sunday's race. They may be ordered by calling toll free at 877-722-3849 or 540-956-3151. For more information on the weekend visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Darrell Waltrip , Rusty Wallace , Richard Petty , Cale Yarborough , Mark Martin