You just never know what will happen at Darlington.

The TranSouth Financial 400 had already been rain-delayed once, just past the halfway mark, and surely no one was happy about it. But as the second wave of storm clouds rolled in, one Jeff Burton couldn't have been more elated to see those fat droplets of rain falling on the racetrack "Too Tough to Tame."

Two laps earlier, Burton, who was leading the race, had been caught up in a multicar accident involving Jeff Gordon, Kenny Irwin, Kenny Wallace, Ernie Irvan, and Jerry Nadeau. Burton smacked the wall coming out of Turn 4, mangling the front end of his #99 Exide Batteries Ford and blowing a tire. But carry on he did, muscling the beaten and battered Taurus around the track for two laps behind the pace car, under the caution flag. Then came the rain and, soon after, out came the red and checkered flags.

"Riding behind the pace car, it was all I could do to steer the car on the straightaway, much less the turns," says Burton, well pleased with his first win on NASCAR's original superspeedway.

"I wrecked that car. It's tore up," he adds. "I mean, it's tore up big, and we were gonna finish last if it hadn't have rained--so when it's your day, it's your day."

You just never know.

Of Note:
Jeremy Mayfield, who had exchanged the lead with Burton four times, finished second. Jeff Gordon finished third, followed by Dale Jarrett. Mark Martin came in Fifth Place to cap off the top five.

Word has it that Martin and Matt Kenseth may team up next year as owner-driver. The millennium will mark Kenseth's entrance into Winston Cup as a bonafide rookie.

WINSTON CUP CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS AFTER THE...
TRANSOUTH FINANCIAL 400
1. Jeff Burton 763
2. Jeff Gordon 756
3. Bobby Labonte 737
4. Mark Martin 714
5. Mark Skinner 697
6. Dale Jarrett 672
7. Ward Burton 629
8. Jeremy Mayfield 610
9. Terry Labonte 601
10. Michael Waltrip 589

Race No. 5
There were three caution flags for 18 laps, and 13 lead changes among 7 different drivers.

NASCAR Busch Series
Grand National Division
Diamond Hill Plywood 200
1. Matt Kenseth
2. Elton Sawyer
3. Phil Parsons
4. Terry Labonte
5. Kevin Lepage