It took only one week for Dale Earnhardt to put behind a second disappointing loss in the Daytona 500.

In a duel between Chevrolet Lumina drivers, Earnhardt repelled Ricky Rudd's final-lap bid for victory in Sunday's Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway.What appeared with 10 miles left to be an easy victory did not materialize. A late caution turned the 300-mile event into a three-lap drag race.

The four-time driving champion, losing the lead for a split second on the last circuit when his racer broke loose exiting Turn 4, recovered to pull out a car-length win, his 49th career victory, in a track-record speed of 104.378 mph.