By Rick Houston
A year after facing one of the most difficult seasons of his racing career — one in which he failed to qualify for eight races — Ricky Craven made it to the top of the mountain with a victory at Martinsville. Craven bested Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett in a heated battle for the checkered flag that afternoon, and afterward, found himself accepting the congratulations of a multitude of well wishers. The win was the culmination of a long and frustrating period for Craven, who’d been sidelined by injuries he sustained during practice at Texas in 1997. On that bright and sunny day at Martinsville, none of that mattered. He was … finally … a Winston Cup winner.
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