BUSCH: Darlington Race Story

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- NASCAR Winston Cup regular Dick Trickle captured Saturday's Dura Lube 200 Presented by Bi-Lo NASCAR Busch Series race at historic Darlington Raceway by holding off a furious challenge from Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the final laps.

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- NASCAR Winston Cup regular Dick Trickle captured Saturday's Dura Lube 200 Presented by Bi-Lo NASCAR Busch Series race at historic Darlington Raceway by holding off a furious challenge from Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the final laps.

The 56-year-old Trickle, who collected his first career NASCAR Busch Series victory at the track "Too To Tough To Tame," extended his record of being the oldest driver to capture a NASCAR Busch Series race. Trickle, whose first NASCAR Busch Series win came in the Spring of 1997 at Hickory, N.C., won for the second time in his 90 career NASCAR Busch Series starts.

Trickle took the lead from for the first time in the event on lap 124 by passing the event's polesitter Mike McLaughlin. A late caution flag set up a 12-lap shootout, with Trickle lining up in front of McLaughlin, Mark Martin and Dale Jarrett. The leading four cars chose not to change tires and lined up in front of Earnhardt Jr., whose crew decided to take on four new tires.

On the restart, Earnhardt Jr. began picking off spots. With three laps remaining Bobby Hillin and Jeff Fuller spun in separate incidents bringing out the fourth and final caution flag of the day. As the caution flag waved, Earnhardt Jr. and Trickle came to the waving caution flag side-by-side in a photo finish. The cameras at the start/finish line showed Trickle winning by a mere four inches. "My crew chief came on the radio and told me that all of the cars on the backstretch were pitting and putting on four tires," said Trickle. "I knew we were going to be hurting then and knew we needed every inch we could get.

"I knew those cars that got new tires were going to be coming up to the front fast. Starting with lap one on the restart, I knew I couldn't miss an inch and that's what I tried to do. I think Darlington's a driver's racetrack and I think this old boy can still drive. It's still what I love to do."

Trickle, who started in the fourth position for the event, led the final 24 laps of the event's 147 laps and earned $24,850 for his efforts. He averaged 123.233 mph in victory.

Racing action continues today at historic Darlington Raceway when the stars of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series compete in the 24th race of the 1998 season, the 49th Pepsi Southern 500. Dale Jarrett and Ward Burton will lead a field of 43 cars from the front row to receive the green flag at 1 p.m.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ward Burton , Dale Jarrett , Dick Trickle , Jeff Fuller , Mike McLaughlin