Kyle Petty, who had run a quiet fifth place for 100 laps, drove his Ford Thunderbird through a crash that stopped the leaders on lap 397 and won the Miller 400 NASCAR Grand National stock race at the Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway.

The trouble started when Darrell Waltrip's second-place car moved inside leader Dale Earnhardt on the back stretch. Waltrip appeared to edge ahead before the two collided in turn three.

Joe Ruttman, in third place, became involved and spun onto the infield. Geoff Bodine, in fourth place, ended up in the wall.

Petty, at 25 the youngest racing member of the famed racing family, won his first victory in NASCAR's top division after five full seasons on the tour.

"There were fenders and sheet metal and water and oil everywhere," he said. "I just tried to pick my way through it."

He earned $37,880. Ruttman finished second, Earnhardt third.

The time of the race was 3 hours 2 minutes 54 seconds. There were nine caution periods for 63 laps. There were 11 lead changes among eight drivers, although Earnhardt led 299 of the 400 laps. Petty averaged 71.101 mph. . . .

Sarel van der Merwe's Chevrolet Corvette GTP won the pole for next weekend's $288,000 Miami Grand Prix.