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Racing Results: 9/8/2003


FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX

Next Race: 9/14 Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy (7:30 a.m. ET; SPEED)

NASCAR WINSTON CUP

9/6 Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA (0.75-Mi. Oval; 400 Laps) – Dominating late in the race, Ryan Newman held on through three restarts to win the race. Newman, in the #12 ALLTEL/Penske Racing South Dodge, got a break when Robby Gordon’s #31 Cingular Wireless/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet crashed with 19 laps left causing a caution period that allowed him to refuel his car. Newman appeared to be pulling away from Kevin Harvick’s #29 GM Goodwrech Service/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet when the race went back to green with 14 laps to go, but he lost the edge when debris on the track caused a yellow flag for the 12th time, setting up a nine-lap dash to the finish. Newman was again pulling away when Ricky Rudd’s #21 Motorcraft/Wood Bros. Ford, running in third, nudged Harvick, sending him slamming in the wall and causing Harvick to finish 16th, the last car on the lead lap. That incident brought out another yellow and another chance for Newman to be caught, but Newman's Dodge pulled away from Jeremy Mayfield’s #19 Mountain Dew/Evernham Motorsports Dodge for his sixth win of the season. Rudd finished third, followed by the #99 CITGO/Roush Racing Ford of Jeff Burton, and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge of Rusty Wallace, Newman’s teammate. Points leader Matt Kenseth in the #17 Smirnoff Ice/DeWalt Power Tools/Roush Racing Ford ran in the top ten most of the day and finished 7th, going from 389 points in front of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to 418 with Jr. finishing 17th, one lap off the pace. Next Race: 9/14 Sylvania 300, New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, NH (1.058-Mi. Oval; 12:30 p.m. ET; TNT)

NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES

9/5 Funai 250, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA (0.75-Mi. Oval; 250 Laps) – Johnny Sauter, in the #43 Curb Records/Channellock/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, bumped Matt Kenseth’s #17 Alka-Seltzer Ford Taurus into the wall and out of his way in the final turn of the last lap to win his second career Busch Series race. Kenseth had passed Sauter two laps from the end coming out of a restart and seemed on his way to victory until the final lap tap. Sauter's teammate Kevin Harvick’s #21 PayDay Chevrolet finished second, also in a Chevrolet, followed by Bobby Hamilton Jr. in the #25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford, Brian Vickers’ #5 GMAC Financial Services/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and new points leader David Green in the #37 Timber Wolf Pontiac. Kenseth finished sixth, and Scott Riggs’ #10 Nestle Nesquik/ppc Racing Ford ended up 29th, his lead in the Busch Series standings all spent, as both Green and Vickers lead Riggs by 68 and 20, respectively. Next Race: 9/20 Stacker 200 presented by YJ Stinger, Dover Int'l Speedway, Dover, DE (1.0-Mi. Oval; 1:00 p.m. ET; TNT)

NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES

9/4 Virginia Is For Lovers 200, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA (0.75-Mi. Oval; 200 Laps) -- Tony Stewart passed Ted Musgrave’s #1 Mopar Performance Parts/Ultra Motorsports Dodge for the lead with 16 to go Thursday night and picked up his second consecutive NASCAR truck series victory at Richmond International Raceway. Stewart, in only his third NCTS appearance, started 27th out of 36. He patiently worked his way to the front in the #33 Monaco Motorhomes/Diamond Rio Chevrolet Silverado, taking the lead for the second time when he passed Bobby Hamilton on lap 177. Musgrave then nudged Hamilton, sending him spinning before Musgrave pulled even with Stewart and edging ahead with 17 laps left. But Stewart quickly regrouped, passing Musgrave on the backstretch, running the rest of the race on old tires, but still strong enough to never really have his lead threatened. Robert Pressley, in the #159 Harris Trucking/Melling Engine Dodge passed Musgrave with two to go to get second. Musgrave was followed across the line by Jon Wood’s #50 Graham for President/Roush Racing Ford, and Dennis Setzer in the #46 Acxiom /Computer Associates Chevrolet rounding out the top five. Next Race: 9/13 New Hampshire 200. New Hampshire Int'l. Speedway, Loudon, NH (1.058-Mi. Oval; 1:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)

NHRA POWERade CHAMPIONSHIP DRAG RACING

9/7 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis Raceway, Park, Clermont, IN -- U.S. Army /Shumacher Racing’s Tony Schumacher became the only the third driver in NHRA history to win Top Fuel titles consecutively at Indy, defeating Darrell Russell’s DeeZee Truck Accessories dragster, 4.498 at 328.54 MPH to Russell’s losing 4.613 at 290.19 mph. ‘97 Indy runner-up, Levi, Ray & Shoup’s Tim Wilkerson, became the 500th Funny Car driver to hoist an NHRA national event trophy. This victory, the second of his career, came at the expense of Johnny Gray’s Checker, Schuck's & Kragen Pontiac Firebird, who ran a 4.903 at 314.24 mph against Wilkerson's 4.841 at 321.19 mph. In Pro Stock, points leader Greg Anderson, in the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, downed Kurt Johnson, who red-lighted. This was the second U.S. Nationals win of the last three seasons for Pro Stock champion Anderson, who raced the only other car that is even competing in the same realm as the current POWERade points leader, the ACDelco Chevrolet Cavalier of Kurt Johnson. K.J. left too early, lighting the ‘Tree with a -.010 foul launch. Anderson posted a 6.803 at 203.40 mph to Johnson's 6.808 at 202.39 mph. Anderson, who now leads K.J. by 176 points in the championship chase, is 4-0 against him in final-round action. Next Race: 9/14 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton, PA (4:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2)

O'REILLY WORLD OF OUTLAWS SERIES

9/6 Gold Cup Finale, Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, CA (3/4-Mi. High-Banked Oval; Laps) – Steve “The King of the Outlaws” Kinser passed Joey Saldana early and held off hard-charging Danny “The Dude” Lasoski to successfully defending his Gold Cup Race of Champions title. Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past Saldana in the low groove late in the 11th lap and beat Lasoski under the checkered flag by two car-lengths. The win put Kinser 13 points ahead of “The Dude” in their battle for the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series’ 25th Anniversary title. Saldana and Kinser tied for the preliminary points lead with 535. Saldana, who started on the pole because he won the Preliminary Feature on opening night, drove his family’s #17 Eagle Raceway Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the 40-lap main event. Kinser took the lead late in lap 11 and was three car-lengths ahead of Saldana when he entered lapped traffic three laps later. Lasoski, who won the 2000 Gold Cup, steered NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart’s #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle into the low groove in turn four to pass Saldana for the runner-up spot late in the 14th lap. Lasoski narrowed the gap to eight car-lengths in traffic by the 33rd lap, then closed to within two car-lengths three laps later when “The King of the Outlaws” had problems passing Shaffer. Lasoski caught Kinser the next time around and threatened to take the lead during the final three laps, but finished two car-lengths behind. McMahan finished in third place, ahead of Meyers, and Jason Sides. Next Race: 9/14 Hollywood Hills Feature, Hollywood Hills Speedway, San Felipe Pueblo, NM


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