Snapshots
Victory Laps
Ward Burton * Darlington Raceway * Race No. 5
Ward Burton notched his second Winston Cup career victory in indisputable fashion, leading five times for 188 of the Mall.com 400's 293 laps. Burton was due-he had been turning in top-drawer performances since the second half of last season. "Finally," quipped Burton, "I don't have to hear anything from my little buddy [brother] Jeff anymore."
*Winner: Mall.com 400

Rusty Wallace * Bristol Motor Speedway * Race No. 6
Rusty Wallace hammered out his 50th career Winston Cup victory in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Beyond marking his 50th win-which puts him in the company of racing legends Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson for eighth on the all-time win list-Wallace also extends his streak of winning as least once per season to 15.
*Winner: Food City 500

In The Spotlight
Johnny Benson: A Personal Best
Johnny Benson put his Lycos.com Pontiac second across the finish line in the Food City 500 at Bristol-a career best.

Foyt Raises Mast
A.J. Foyt named Rick Mast the driver of the #14 Conseco Pontiac for the remainder of the season. Mast is the third driver this year for Foyt's newly formed team-following Mike Bliss and Dick Trickle. So how did the veteran Mast do in his first appearance for Foyt? A respectable 20th at Texas Motor Speedway.

Quickstat
Who is the all-time winningest driver at Lowe's Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway)?
Darrell Waltrip

Potent Quotable
"Heck, there were three or four wrecks at the end that they didn't throw the yellow flag for. It was like a heavyweight title fight. Guys would wreck, stagger off to the next corner, and wreck again."
-Rich Bickle, who was involved in 3 of the 17 yellow-flag melees at Martinsville.

"Me finishing second today is a borderline felony."
-Jeff Burton, after sneaking to second place in the Goody's Body Pain 500 at Martinsville.

"My car would go straight into the turn, I'd crank the wheel, and it would hook all at once. We weren't the fastest, but we ran all day. I guess you'd call it survival of the not so fittest.
-Darrell Waltrip, after finishing 24th in the Texas race.

Rookie Ratings
Raybestos Rookie of the Year points following Race No. 8

Dale Earnhardt Jr. 77
Matt Kenseth 72
Stacy Compton 59
Dave Blaney 57
Jeff Fuller 46

Victory Laps
Dale Earnhardt Jr. * Texas Motor Speedway * Race No. 7Dale Earnhardt Jr. captured his first career Winston cup win in only his 12th start. The 25-year-old rookie seemed to surprise no one with this much-anticipated feat, and cruised somewhat easily through the final 75 laps of the race.
*Winner: DirecTV 400