Dale Jarrett earned his first Busch Series victory of the year Saturday, overcoming a collision in the final 10 laps to post a record victory in the Winn-Dixie 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
With 10 laps remaining in the 200-lap race at the 1.5-mile track, Harry Gantt was leading, Dale Earnhardt was second, Rob Moroso third, Bobby Allison fourth and Jarrett fifth. On lap 193, Allison and Jarrett collided while leaving turn four, and Allison's Buick sailed through the grassy apron on the frontstretch.
That caused the fifth caution period, which lasted through laps 194-196.
"We were all trying to gain position," said Jarrett, who won $24,051. "He (Allison) came down a little bit and I went up a little bit. I know he's mad, but you're going to see more of that. I didn't mean to get into him, but that's racing. "
On the restart, Gant's Buick suffered vapor lock, and he quickly fell off the pace, forcing the rest of the field to dodge him. Earnhardt inherited the lead, but as Bobby Labonte and Patty Moise crashed in the fourth turn on lap 198, Earnhardt's engine blew in his Chevrolet and Jarrett vaulted into the lead. He then held off a hard-charging Bobby Hillin as they raced back to the caution, sealing the victory because the race ended under yellow.
"I owe a lot of credit to my crew," Jarrett said. "We broke a rocker arm just before the end of the first segment, so we were running on five cylinders. We knew when they started the second segment the two laps wouldn't count, so we got a new rocker arm on then."
The 300-mile race was run in two segments with a 15-minute break between them. Finishing third behind Hillin's Buick, was Allison. Moroso took fourth in an Oldsmobile, while Earnhardt managed to hold on for fifth. There were 12 lead changes among seven drivers.