A second-lap pileup eliminated about half the field from contention yesterday in the Pepsi 400, and Dale Earnhardt eliminated everybody else.

Earnhardt led 127 of the 160 laps for his 44th Winston Cup victory -- but his first at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

"Daytona is just a hard place to win races," he said.

Earnhardt, starting third, passed pole sitter Greg Sacks on the first lap. Sacks, Derrike Cope and Richard Petty started the chain-reaction collision moments later.

No one was hurt, but at least 23 of the 40 cars sustained damage. The race was stopped for 36 minutes.

"I don't think the wreck made it that much easier for me," Earnhardt said. "There were still some good cars in there."

Earnhardt beat Alan Kulwicki by 1.6 seconds.

Darrell Waltrip underwent surgery to repair injuries sustained during Friday's practice. He suffered a concussion, fractured left elbow and fractured left leg above the knee in a seven-car wreck. The race was to have been the 500th of Waltrip's career.

Cleveland Grand Prix: Rick Mears held off Emerson Fittipaldi to win the pole for today's Indy-car race.

Defending champion Fittipaldi, piloting his bright orange PC90-Chevrolet with reckless abandon, turned in a qualifying lap of 139.166 mph to earn a spot next to Mears in the front row.

Michael Andretti, winner of the last two CART races (in Detroit and Portland) turned in a record lap speed of 138.195 -- breaking the mark of 138.193 set Friday by Mears. But Mears regained the track record -- and the pole -- with a 139.319 lap.

French Grand Prix: Nigel Mansell helped Ferrari to a record 108th pole as he held onto the top spot for today's race in Le Castellet.