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NASCAR Winston Cup Bud at Watkins Glen Preview: #2, Rusty Wallace

7 August 1997

 #2 Rusty Wallace, Miller Lite Ford Thunderbird 
 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
 The Bud at the Glen Advance
 Watkins Glen International

WATKINS GLEN, NY - Miller Lite Team Penske crew chief Robin Pemberton counts 
the win on August 9, 1992, at Watkins Glen International as one of his 
favorite victories and among his top fond memories in his 12 years of leading 
NASCAR Winston Cup efforts. It isn't because of the particular team or the 
scenario of the race, but rather the place where the win occurred. 

Some 265 miles up I-88 and I-87 is the town of Ballston Spa, N.Y. The small
town of 4,900 residents is the place where Pemberton was born and raised.

"That was a special win and one of my most treasured races because it came at 
the track there closest to my old stomping grounds," said Pemberton. "Even 
though my immediate family has relocated to North Carolina, I still have a 
bunch of uncles, aunts, cousins and old running mates still living there.

"There's nothing more that I'd like than to get a win with Rusty there under 
a little different circumstances than what that last one had. I guess to some 
people, there needed to be an asterisk by that win. But, not to me."

The 1992 edition of the NASCAR Winston Cup series' annual trip to the Glen 
saw Pemberton heading the team of Kyle Petty at Sabco Racing. Petty started 
second and was leading when rain halted the race after only 51 of the 
scheduled 90 laps had been completed. After a brief waiting period, NASCAR 
officials ruled the race as official and Petty, Pemberton and crew as the 

"Yes, it did rain and yes, the race was cut short, but even though the record 
book doesn't spell it out, we had the best car there that day and earned the 
win," said Pemberton. "I know that Rusty's won twice there and earned 'em in 
those races. They might have been close, but there wasn't any rain, there 
wasn't any doubters about the wins and there darn sure weren't any asterisks 
by those victories.  

"That's what I want this time around. I'd love a home state win in dominant 
fashion with Rusty and this team. Now, that'd be cool." 

Wallace should be considered among the favorites in Sunday's 90-lap, 
220.5-mile race at Watkins Glen International. In 11 previous races held on 
the 2.45-mile road course, he has posted the two wins, four top-five finishes 
and six top-10 finishes. 

"We had a car capable of winning there in the last race, but I just didn't 
use enough patience," said Wallace of the day which saw a sixth-place start
lead to a 33rd-place finish. "We got behind by running off the race track and 
then really screwed up by crashing the thing in a big rush to try to make up 
all the ground that we lost. 

"We're bringing the same car, the car we call 'Killer.' We've won with it at
Sears Point last year and then took her over to Japan and won the thing last 
fall. We'll be contenders, I'll guarantee you that." 

Qualifying for Sunday's Watkins Glen race begins on Friday at 2:00 p.m. with 
positions 1-25 up for grabs. Saturday's 10:45 a.m. qualifying session will 
fill the potential 43-car starting field. Sunday's race, carrying live 
coverage by ESPN and MRN Radio, has a scheduled 1:10 p.m. EDT starting time. 

    Rusty Wallace Career Records WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL (2.45 miles)

  Date          Event         Car       St   Fn   Laps     $Won     Status
  8/11/96   Bud at the Glen   Ford       6   33   74/90   24,430    Running
  8/13/95   Bud at the Glen   Ford       4   26   88/90   25,935    Running
  8/14/94   Bud at the Glen   Ford       5   17   90/90   19,950    Running
  8/8/93    Bud at the Glen   Pontiac    6   19   90/90   16,105    Running
  8/9/9     Bud at the Glen   Pontiac    8    6   51/51   18,240    Running
  8/11/91   Bud at the Glen   Pontiac   21    4   90/90   16,680    Running
  8/12/90   Bud at the Glen   Pontiac    4   34   46/90   15,590    Engine
  8/13/89   Bud at the Glen   Pontiac   13    1   90/90   56,400    Running
  8/14/88   Bud at the Glen   Pontiac    2    2   90/90   49,625    Running
  8/9/87    Bud at the Glen   Pontiac    2    1   90/90   52,925    Running
  8/10/86   Bud at the Glen   Pontiac    4    6   90/90   14,350    Running

            Races   Wins   Top-5   Top-10   Poles   $$$$$
      TOTAL   11      2      4       6        0    310,230

Lap Completion percentage:  889/951 = 93.5%

By Tom Roberts Public Relations