Tommy Houston, driving a Pontiac, took the lead 30 laps from the end and held on to win the Eastern 150 late model sportsman race in Richmond.

There were 11 caution flags but apparently no injuries. One crash took out or slowed four cars that had run up front through 95 laps. Sam Ard, who had taken the lead from pole-sitter Geoff Bodine on the third lap, was eliminated. So was Jack Ingram, who was running second. Bodine's car was damaged, but continued. Rick Mast's car spun into the infield but was undamaged and finished third.

Bob Shreeves, who had been fourth behind Bodine, got through undamaged and took the lead. But 13 laps later, he hit a wall. It was up to Houston, Bubba Nisson and Mast. Nisson led briefly, but finished second, a car-length behind, and inches ahead of Mast.

Bosco Lowe was fourth and Mike Porter fifth.

Houston, who averaged 47.474 mph, will drive in today's 400 Grand National stock car race on the same track. Richard Petty tested his sprained ankle and said he can complete, too. Darrell Waltrip won the pole Friday.

Meanwhile, an international panel of the South African Automobile Association has upheld the appeal of 29 Formula One drivers. The drivers had appealed suspensions imposed after the Grand Prix race at Kyalami last month. The panel said stewards did not have power to suspend the drivers. The argument started over so-called "super licenses."