Jeff Burton won the rain-shortened Southern 500 yesterday, giving him a sweep of the Winston Cup events this year at Darlington Raceway. Although he won the TranSouth 400 just over five months ago, Burton said what he wanted more than anything was a victory in NASCAR's oldest race.
That he achieved, in addition to a $1 million promotional bonus for himself and a fan, Phylis Farmer of Hillsboro, Mo. The victory was his fifth this year, tying Burton with Jeff Gordon for the most on the Winston Cup circuit and ending Gordon's record run of Southern 500 wins at four.
Burton beat the track called "The Lady in Black" despite crashing at the end in a rain storm that ended the TranSouth 400 after 164 of 293 scheduled laps in March.
This race also ended because of rain with 97 laps remaining. The curtailment, after the race was red-flagged for a second time, came with Ward Burton in second place and resulted in the first 1-2 finish by brothers in the Labor Day weekend classic.
The Burtons also finished 1-2 this season at Las Vegas, the 25th time brothers had done that in NASCAR history.
TOYOTA SERIES: Rookie William Langhorne, who is from the District, earned his first Toyota Atlantic Championship victory at the Molson Indy Vancouver.
Langhorne sped from fifth to first on the opening lap, and led the first 20 laps of the 33-lap, rain-shortened race. Canadian Andrew Bordin passed Langhorne on Lap 21, but slid on Lap 28, falling back to third. From there, Langhorne navigated his way to the victory.
Canadian Kenny Wilden finished second.
CART: Juan Montoya, the sensational CART rookie, led for all but one lap in the Vancouver Molson Indy, a race filled with trouble on a rainy afternoon.
The event, scheduled for 90 laps on the narrow 1.871-mile, 12-turn temporary street circuit near downtown, was cut 16 laps short because of a two-hour time limit.