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February 23, 1985

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Ricky Rudd led the qualifiers Saturday for the last 10 positions in the Miller High Life 400 NASCAR Grand National stock car race at the Richmond Fairgrounds.

The 28-year-old Rudd of Chesapeake, Va, turned in a sizzling 93.538 mph over the .542 mile oval in his converted Ford to take the 21st position for Sunday’s race.

Jimmy Means, driving a Pontiac, finished behind Rudd in the 22nd position with a 91.400 mph speed.

Darrell Waltrip of Franklin, Tenn., destroyed his own Richmond Fairgrounds track record Friday in grabbing the pole for Sunday’s race.

Waltrip zoomed around the .542-mile oval in 20.492 seconds for a time of 95.218 mph, shattering the old mark of 93.817 he set while claiming the pole for 1984′s Richmond 400.

Rudd’s time gave him the 12th fastest qualifying time overall. But since he failed to qualify Friday, he automatically was eliminated from the top 20 positions.

Rounding out the final eight qualifying positions were Ken Schrader, Clark Dwyer, Phil Parsons, Trevor Boys, J.D. McDuffie, Rick Newsom, Phil Good and Cecil Gordon.

Rudd was running Friday at times about equal to Waltrip when his car smacked a guard rail and suffered body damage. Rudd was not injured in the crash.

Waltrip, who finished third in last week’s Daytona 500, said his time of 20.492 seconds surprised him.

″They’d been saying it would be a 40 (20.40 seconds),″ he said, ″I told ’em I believed a 60 (20.60) would be about right.″

″We felt like (Rudd) would’ve been the one to beat,″ said Waltrip. ″In practice, we’d run about the same. So it would’ve been nip and tuck.″

Starting beside Waltrip on the front row will be Geoff Bodine, who turned in a time of 94.893 in his Chevrolet.

Rounding out the top 10 are Neil Bonnett, Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Allison, Rusty Wallace, Harry Gant, Ron Bouchard, Terry Labonte and Kyle Petty.

Lake Speed, who finished second at Daytona, grabbed the No. 11 spot for Sunday’s race, just edging Richard Petty.

Bill Elliott, the Daytona 500 winner, qualified 13th, followed by Tim Richmond, Lennie Pond, Dave Marcis, Butch Lindley, Ronnie Thomas, Buddy Baker and Bobby Hillin.

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