#33 Peak 500
Elliott Has Bland, Old Time At Dover’s Peak 500
DOVER, Del. — On the excitement meter, the needle drifted down toward “D” (for dull) in the beginning of yesterday’s Peak 500 stock-car race at Dover Downs International Speedway. With few passes and crashes, the first half of the NASCAR Winston Cup race served as a trance-inducer for the estimated crowd of 74,000. That Bill Elliott eventually would win was fitting, since his personality is as laid-back as a California surfer. NASCAR fixtures Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace are hot barbecue sauce; Elliott is as bland as grits. In winning his first race of the season, Elliott drove his rivals to dreamland by dominating the way he did in 1985, when he claimed victory lane as his own territory 11 times. Elliott tamed Dover’s high-banked “monster mile” by leading the last 149 laps of the 500-lap event. Overall, he set the pace for 364 laps as he became the first pole-sitter since Cale Yarborough in 1976 to win at Dover.