Wallace was never below sixth place and led a race-high 96 laps but needed to survive a final restart. Wallace chose the inside line for the reset and quickly pulled away from Burton.
“I had a chance to talk with Darrell and his father in victory lane today and we are just thrilled for him and his entire family on the win in Martinsville,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We obviously think a lot about Darrell. He has tremendous talent and we really believe he can have a huge impact on our sport.”
Ailing Serena rallies to reach final
ISTANBUL (AP) — Serena Williams can’t be stopped, even when she hits the wall.
An exhausted Williams managed to hang on to beat Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Saturday and will play Li Na in the final of the WTA Championships.
“Last night I was in my hotel and I was lying down, and I just hit a wall,” said Williams, who improved to 77-4 this season. “I literally felt like I just hit a wall.
“I was so tired just even standing. I think I played a lot of tennis this year, so I don’t know. After a while I just felt like a big rush of air just come out of me, and I really had to pull myself through that match. I don’t know how I did it.”
Li advanced to her first WTA Championships final by sweeping 2011 winner Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2, setting up a showdown today between the two oldest players in the tournament.