Rusty Wallace won the race, but Bill Elliott earned his first NASCAR Winston Cup championship with an 11th-place finish in the Atlanta Journal 500.

Wallace, the hottest driver on the premier stock car circuit in recent weeks, earned his fourth victory in his last five starts and his sixth of the season, tying him for the year's high with Elliott.Wallace beat Davey Allison to the finish line by 3.3 seconds, with Mike Alexander third, followed by Ricky Rudd and Darrell Waltrip.

The winner, who earned $87,575, averaged 129.024 mph in the race slowed by nine caution flags for a total of 55 laps. Elliott from Dawsonville, Ga., knew going into the 500-mile race at Atlanta International Raceway that he needed only to finish 18th or better to clinch the $400,000 title.