Rusty Wallace easily outdistanced the field today to
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) _ Rusty Wallace easily outdistanced the field today to win the rain-delayed Budweiser at the Glen NASCAR stock car race.
Wallace, driving a Pontiac, picked up his first victory of the season and the third of his career as he led 63 of 90 laps around the 2.428-mile Watkins Glen International road circuit.
The race was originally scheduled Sunday, but was postponed a day by rain.
Wallace, who started next to pole-winner Terry Labonte on the front row, took the lead for the final time on lap 63 and moved out to a lead of over 21 seconds before making a quick pit stop one lap from the end for a splash of gas.
Labonte, who tangled with Morgan Shepherd in an early accident, recovered quickly and came back to take second place, finishing 11.57 seconds behind the winner.
Dave Marcis was third, followed by Ricky Rudd, Benny Parsons, Alan Kulwicki, Phil Parsons and Winston Cup point leader Dale Earnhardt.
Defending race champion Tim Richmond lost the lead to Wallace on lap 63 and later spun while running second. He recovered to finish 10th, just behind Bobby Allison.
Fifteen drivers finished on the lead lap, tying a NASCAR record set in the 1985 Winston 500 at Talladega, Ala.
Wallace averaged 90.693 mph in the 90-lap, 219-mile race, which was slowed by five caution flags for a total of 15 laps.
Wallace is the eighth different winner in 18 Winston Cup races this season. His previous victories came in 1986 on the short ovals at Bristol, Tenn., and Martinsville, Va.