Clock strikes midnight for Wallace

Sunday, April 18, 2004 – Former series champion Rusty Wallace snapped a 105-race winless streak with a victory in the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Wallace, driving for team owner Roger Penske, led the final 45 laps. It was career win No. 55 for the St. Louis native.

The win was the final victory in NASCAR’s premier series for Wallace. He posted eight top-five finishes the following year, including a runner-up at Pocono, before retiring at the end of the ’05 season.

The victory was the only win for Wallace in a Dodge. Previous wins had come in Pontiac and Ford entries.

The race took nearly 5 hours to complete due to a piece of concrete coming up from the track in Turn 3. The piece struck the No. 24 of Jeff Gordon while the field was under caution and resulted in a delay of more than one hour while repairs to the racing surface were completed.

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