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

Mark Martin * Martinsville Speedway * Race No. 8
It was a question of survival for everyone but Mark Martin, who seemed to glide unscathed through the final 64 laps of the caution-filled, unholy mess at Martinsville. Martin's win was his first this year-joining winners Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Bobby Labonte, Ward and Jeff Burton, and both Dale Earnhardts.
*Winner: Goody's Body Pain 500

Newsmakers
Tire Trouble
NASCAR ruled that teams be required to pick up right-side tires immediately following every pit stop or suffer a penalty. The new rule, implemented because of an unusually high incidence of stray tire mishaps, was to take effect beginning with the Body Pain 500 at Martinsville.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
NASCAR amended its mandatory standard-issue shock rule for the next superspeedway race. Instead of issuing four shocks and springs to each team, as it did in Daytona, NASCAR officials will issue only rear shocks and springs at Talladega. This allows crews to more finely tune the front of their racers, get them closer to the ground, and find that winning combination.

Quick Stat
Since the #25 Michael Holigan.com Chevrolet, piloted by Jerry Nadeau, debuted in the Daytona 500, the number of weekly visitors to the company's Web site has more than doubled.

point standings
... following Martinsville, race No. 8
1. Bobby Labonte 1246
2. Mark Martin 1210
3. Ward Burton 1159
4. Jeff Burton 1104
5. Dale Earnhardt 1102
6. Rusty Wallace 1084
7. Dale Jarrett 1050
8. Ricky Rudd 1004
9. Jeremy Mayfield 994
10. Tony Stewart 988

By The Numbers
8
The number of career wins at Bristol Motor Speedway held by its most recent victor, Rusty Wallace.

12
The number of starts before Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first race.

16
The number of starts before Dale Earnhardt won his first race.

17
The event-record number of yellow-flag cautions in the Goody's Body Pain 500 at Martinsville.

$7,500
The amount of the fine imposed by NASCAR on crew chief Jeff Hammond for illegally placing weight in Chad Little's #97 John Deere Ford at Darlington Raceway.

84,000
The record crowd on hand to watch the sheetmetal carnage in the Goody's Body Pain 500 at Martinsville.

$374,670
Earnhardt Jr.'s share of the winnings from the DirecTV.400 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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