Wallace takes home NAPA 500

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2001

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) -- Rusty Wallace celebrated old friend Dale Earnhardt's 50th birthday with a dominating victory in the NAPA Auto Parts 500.

After holding off two-time California Speedway winner Jeff Gordon in a 19-lap shootout at the end of the 250-lap event, Wallace stopped across from his pit and waited while one of his Penske Racing South crewmen brought out a flag, bearing Earnhardt's colors and his famed No. 3.

Wallace then drove slowly around the 2-mile oval, holding the flag high outside the driver's side window of his No. 2 Ford as many in the crowd of about 120,000 stood and cheered both the race winner and the memory of their longtime hero, who died in a crash on Feb. 18 in the Daytona 500.

Wallace's 54th career win came in the 10th race of the 2001 season and was his first since last Aug. 26 in Bristol, Tenn.

Formula One

BARCELONA, Spain -- Germany's Michael Schumacher won the Spanish Grand Prix after the McLaren of leader Mika Hakkinen broke down on the final lap.

Hakkinen was leading by more than 40 seconds over the Ferrari of Schumacher, and seemed headed to his fourth straight victory in the race when his car quit midway through the 65th lap at the 2.938-mile Circuit de Catalunya. The Finn suggested he had a clutch problem, but wasn't certain.

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Doug Kalitta became the first Top Fuel repeat winner of the season, winning the inaugural Mac Tools NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Kalitta claimed his seventh career victory by clocking a 4.690-second run at 300.75 mph in his Mac Tools dragster to outrun Tony Schumacher, whose U.S. Army dragster lost traction near the finish and posted a 5.056 at 217.14.

Ron Capps took the Funny Car competition, and Greg Anderson won the Pro Stock division.

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