Rusty Wallace was all over the track and all over the field Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Wallace started on the pole for the Goody's 500 but 120 laps into the 500-lap race, he had a screw come loose on a brake caliper and lost all his brakes as he exited pit road under caution.
Wallace came around and pitted again, got the problem fixed but it took so long enough that he fell a lap behind and at one point was 39th. But over the course of the evening, Wallace made his way back and took a third-place finish, behind winner Mark Martin and runner-up Jeff Burton.
"I lost all the brakes, I mean it was shooting junk everywhere," Wallace said. "It happened right after the caution flag so evidently the right-front wheel on the pit stop hit it and it came loose. We got the lap back and it worked out good."
The quick work by Wallace's crew kept him in contention and when he finally caught the race leader again, he found teammate Jeremy Mayfield, who allowed Wallace to pass and return to the lead lap.
"We had two good cars out there tonight," Wallace said. "The No. 12 car (Mayfield's) and the No. 2 car were two good cars and both crew chiefs did a great job."
Burton started 19th -- not exactly good when running on the .533-mile, 36-degree banked track -- but when the race was over, it was Burton trying to chase down Martin, his Roush Racing teammate.
Burton worked slowly, taking advantage of the 13 cautions. By Lap 200 he had cracked the top 10. By Lap 450, he was in the top five.
"With how we started this race, it's hard to believe we finished second," Burton said. "But we stayed together as a team and that's what counts."
Dale Jarrett said he never got his car the way he wanted, but he'll take a fourth-place finish.
"We just never did get the car to go through the corner like I wanted it to," he said. "We worked and worked on it."
Brett Bodine needed oxygen and fluids after he suffered heat exhaustion and dehydration when the blower in his car went out early. He is expected to fully recover. Bodine was replaced in the No. 11 Ford by Kenny Wallace, who brought the car in with a 26th-place finish.
The first serious multi-car accident Saturday drastically altered the field.
On Lap 215, Jeff Green tapped Bodine from behind as both drivers exited Turn 4, sending Bodine spinning. The vast amount of traffic behind the drivers slammed on brakes trying to avoid the accident, but for several it was too late.
In all, nine cars were involved and three -- Robert Pressley, John Andretti and Derrike Cope -- suffered such severe damage they could not return.
Also, Ward Burton, who started eighth and had been strong, slammed on his brakes to avoid the accident but spun and bumped the wall hard, suffering severe damage. He returned to the race, but got several laps down.
Dale Earnhardt won $19,800 the first time he raced at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1979. Saturday night, he made his 39th start there and went past the $1 million mark for career earnings here. Earnhardt, with eight Bristol wins, came into the Goody's 500 with $989,136 at this track.