Today In NASCAR history

April 9, 2012

1989: Rusty Wallace fends off Darrell Waltrip by just .26 seconds to win a crash-filled Valleydale 500 at Bristol International Speedway. Wallace leads 71 laps, including the final 63 to notch the 13th victory of his career in NASCAR’s top series. Geoff Bodine, Davey Allison and Dick Trickle round out the top five. Twenty caution flags slowed the pace to an average speed of 76.034 mph.