Dale Jarrett scored his first win of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup season in Sunday's Dodge Dealers 400 at the fearsome Darlington Raceway as he beat Steve Park and Jeremy Mayfield in a typical Darlington war of attrition.

Dale Jarrett may not have had the strongest car for Sunday's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at the legendary 1.36-mile Darlington Raceway but he had a car good enough to lead when it mattered as he took advantage of a quick final stop under the penultimate caution period of the day to beat erstwhile leader Steve Park off pit-lane.

Jarrett, who scored his 25th Winston Cup success, survived a late race stoppage when Mike Skinner and Terry Labonte came together in a fiery crash in turn three and then held off Park, who had previously been the quickest man on the track after early race leader Jeff Gordon retired with overheating problems, over the final seven lap sprint to the chequered flag.

Jarrett now assumes the NWC points lead and is the sixth different winner this year while Rockingham winner Park and Jeremy Mayfield rounded out the top three, Mayfield scoring his first top three of what has so far been a dismal year for the Penske Racing driver.

Jimmy Spencer lived up to his moniker of Mr Excitement as he battled his way to a season's best fourth place while Sterling Marlin was once again the epitome of consistency as he finished fifth and moved back up to second in the points standings.

John Andretti scored his best result of the ear with sixth spot after holding off Johnny Benson, who looked set to score his first career victory until a slow penultimate pit-stop dropped him to eighth and out of contention. Finishing eighth in his 700th NWC start was Ricky Rudd while Rusty Wallace completed the top ten.

Defending Winston Cup Champion Bobby Labonte finished eleventh, one spot ahead of last year's winner Ward Burton while Kevin Harvick once again finished on the lead lap in 14th spot. Dale Earnhardt Jr was one of many drivers who tapped the wall at the unforgiving Darlington track and he brought the Budweiser Chevy home in 34th.

Full results and report to follow.