Ricky Rudd kept his cool during a difficult first half and wound up running off with the Budweiser at the Glen NASCAR race in Watkins Glen, N.Y.
The victory gave the Hendrick Motorsports team, which fields four cars in most Winston Cup events, its first win of the season.
Rudd, 33, of Chesapeake, Va., spun out on the 10th of 90 laps in the 219-mile race after bumping Geoff Bodine in heavy traffic. He also had to make two unscheduled pit stops because of flat tires.
Rudd, driving a Chevrolet Lumina, crossed the finish line 6.54 seconds ahead of Bodine, who held on to edge his younger brother Brett for second. Michael Waltrip was fourth, followed by Mark Martin, who had two flat tires late in the race; Morgan Shepherd, and Dale Earnhardt, who came into the event having won three of the last four races.
Rudd averaged 92.452 mph as he won $55,000 for his 11th career victory. . . .
Thierry Boutsen of Belgium stayed ahead of the bumper-car race behind him and won a wire-to-wire victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.
Boutsen withstood the pressure of Brazilian Ayrton Senna over the last 13 laps to win by less than 20 yards in a record
1 hour 49 minutes 30.597 seconds. He averaged 104 mph for the 77 laps on the 2.97-mile circuit. It was Boutsen's third career Grand Prix victory.
Senna's McLaren-Honda was 0.288 seconds behind with Nelson Piquet third in a Ford.