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    Benson finally breaks through, Martin fails inspection

    finally got a 226 race monkey of his back on Sunday as the Michigan native scored his first career Winston Cup Series win in the Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Speedway. Benson held off championship contender for more than 20 laps to notch the historic win in his Valvoline Pontiac. After finishing second to two weeks ago at Martinsville, Benson was more determined than ever to finally notch the elusive trip to victory lane. Martin's runnerup finish was tainted however after the Valvoline Ford failed post race inspection for illegal springs. "We have an issue with the No. 6 Ford of ," said Danielle Frye, spokesperson for NASCAR. "The left front spring did not meet the minimum number of coils. As with all issues we have after a race, we will deal with it on Monday."
  • Caution/Championship Central

    Caution 1) Lap 23: Bobby Hamilton spun out and collected on the way down to the apron, bringing out the first yellow flag of the day and the first of several tire stops for the entire field. Stewart goes a lap down) Lap 93: Race leader , second in the Winston Cup standings, puts points leader a lap down, but after green-flag stops shortly after lap 100, Stewart was back on the lead lap. "It's exceptionally tight," said crew chief Greg Zipadelli. "I didn't anticipate it being this tight." Stewart goes a lap down again) Lap 130: Martin put Stewart down a lap again. Caution 2) Lap 230: Debris in turn 2 brings out the yellow flag with 19 cars on the lead lap, not including championship contenders and who were a lap down. Caution 3) Lap 257: Running eighth, blew a right front tire in turn 1 and smacked the wall, trapping , who had just pitted, three laps down. Johnson had to take his car behind the wall after a loose wheel only got worse as the day went on. Busch lets Martin get by) Lap 283: stepped aside, letting take the lead so Martin could try to lead the most laps and get five extra points in the championship race. Martin clinched leading the most laps by lap 340 and allowed Busch back out front. Caution 4) Lap 290: spun off of turn 2 after a brush with and the 22 car backed into the wall in turn 3.

    RACING ONE: Ryan flyin' at The Rock

    drove his Penske South ALLTEL Ford to the pole in qualifying Friday at the North Carolina Speedway for Sunday's Pop Secret 400. It was the rookie sensation's fifth Bud Pole of the season. will start the Coors Light Dodge outside the front row. Newman's speed of 155.836 mph topped the day's session. "The car just felt perfect, it was set up just right for these conditions," Newman said. "We wanted to start up front at this place and think we have a good shot on Sunday. That's only two laps so we have alot more in front of us." The run was Newman's sixth career pole position taking five so far this season to go with his one top spot from 2001.

  • Chat about Rockingham!
  • RACING ONE: McMurray inherits the win

    The charmed life of continued Saturday at North Carolina Speedway when leaders and crashed together with one lap to go handing the lead and the Busch Grand National Series Sam's Club 200 victory to the young driver.
  • Rockingham news and notes

    2001 Rockingham Fall Top 10

    1. (33), Chevrolet
    2. (1), Chevrolet
    3. (10), Pontiac
    4. (88), Ford
    5. (25), Chevrolet
    6. (22), Dodge
    7. (20), Pontiac
    8. (28), Ford
    9. (18), Pontiac
    10. (17), Ford

    Past Rockingham Fall Champions

    2001 , Chevrolet, 128.941 mph
    1999 , Ford, 131.103 mph
    1998 , Chevrolet, 128.423 mph
    1997 Bobby Hamilton, Pontiac, 121.73 mph
    1996 , Ford, 122.320 mph
    1995* , Pontiac, 114.778 mph
    1994 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 126.408 mph
    1993 , Pontiac, 114.036 mph
    1992 , Pontiac, 130.748 mph
    1991 Davey Allison, Ford, 127.292 mph
    1990 Alan Kulwicki, Ford, 126.452 mph
    1989 Mark Marin, Ford, 114.079 mph
    1988 , Pontiac, 111.557 mph
    1987 , Ford, 118.258 mph
    1986 Neil Bonnett, Chevrolet, 126.381 mph
    1985 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 118.344 mph
    1984 , Ford, 112.617 mph
    1983 , Chevrolet, 119.324 mph
    1982 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 115.122 mph
    1981 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 107.399 mph
    1980 Carl Yarborough, Chevrolet, 114.159 mph
    1979 Richard Petty, Chevrolet, 108.356 mph
    1978 Cale Yarborough, Oldsmobile, 117.288 mph
    1977 Donnie Allison, Chevrolet, 113.584 mph
    1976 Richard Petty, Dodge, 117.718 mph
    1975 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 120.129 mph
    1974 David Pearson, 73 Mercury, 118.493 mph
    1973 David Pearson, 71 Mercury, 117.755 mph
    1972 Bobby Allison, 72 Chevrolet, 118.275 mph
    1971 Richard Petty, 71 Plymouth, 113.405 mph
    1970 Cale Yarborough, 69 Mercury, 119.811 mph
    1969 LeeRoy Yarbrough, 69 Ford, 111.938 mph
    1968 Richard Petty, 68 Plymouth, 105.060 mph
    1967 Bobby Allison, 67 Ford, 98.420 mph
    1966 Fred Lorenzen, 66 Ford, 104.348 mph
    1965 Curtis Turner, 65 Ford, 101.942 mph

    *-Race distance reduced from 500 to 400 miles.

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