FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX
Next race: 10/12 Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka, Japan (3.64-mi. road course; 53 laps; 192.986-mi. race distance; 1:00 a.m. ET; SPEED Live)
NASCAR WINSTON CUP
10/05 Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS (1.5-mi. tri-oval; 267 laps)
Ryan Newman’s gas-mileage gamble paid off with another win. Newman, in the #12 AllTel/Penske Racing South Dodge Intrepid, elected not to pit with 65 laps to go, then held off a challenge from Bill Elliott’s #9 Dodge Dealers/Evernham Motorsports Dodge to win the Banquet 400 – his series-leading eighth victory of the year. Jeremy Mayfield, Elliott’s teammate in the #19 Dodge, stayed out of the pits along with Newman, finishing third as Dodges took the top three spots. Elliott, third after a restart with 14 laps to go, got held up momentarily by Mike Skinner’s lapped car. He passed Mayfield with 11 laps to go but could not manage a serious challenge to Newman. Jeff Gordon, in the #24 DuPont Refinishes/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet finished fifth behind Tony Stewart’s #20 Home Depot/Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet. Points leader Matt Kenseth’s struggles continued with his second wreck of the weekend and his second frustrating finish in as many weeks. Kenseth, starting 32nd in a backup car after he wrecked in practice Friday, crashed in the backstretch. Kenseth, in the #17 DeWalt Power Tools/Roush Racing Ford, was trying to avoid Michael Waltrip’s #25 NAPA Auto Parts DEI Chevrolet after Waltrip spun out in the 68th lap. Kenseth returned to the race in the 114th lap – 46 laps down. He finished 36th and saw his lead over Kevin Harvick shrink to 259 points – down from 354 points last week and 436 two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Harvick’s #29 GM Goodwrench Service/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet finished sixth.
Next race: 10/11 UAW-GM Quality 500, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord, NC (7:00 p.m. ET; NBC)
NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES
10/4 Mr. Goodcents 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS (1.5-mi. tri-oval)
David Green led just one lap down the stretch, and that was all he needed to win and to retake the lead in the Busch series points. Green, in the #37 Timber Wolf Pontiac, won a wild one-lap shootout, passing Bobby Hamilton Jr.’s #25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford after a restart to win the race. Kevin Harvick’s #29 Sonic Chevrolet finished second and Greg Biffle in the #7 Scott Products Chevrolet was third. Brian Vickers, in the #5 GMAC Chevrolet, fought an ill-handling race car, until it spun and slapped the wall on lap 90, also losing the points lead in the process. The race finished under caution when Hamilton crashed on the last lap, causing momentary confusion in the announced points standings because of a new NASCAR rule that prohibits racing back to the line after a yellow flag. Drivers said they were unclear when the caution flag came out after Hamilton’s crash, and several cars changed position on the last lap. Consequently, Scott Riggs’ #10 Nestle NesQuik/ppc Racing Ford Taurus was briefly listed as the new points leader. Green’s victory was his third Busch series win of the season, and eighth of his career, in a race dominated by Michael Waltrip, who led 140 of the 200 laps in his # 99 Aaron’s Chevrolet. The race appeared headed for a boring conclusion until pole-sitter Waltrip’s right front tire blew and he crashed with just under four laps to go. Waltrip, coming off a Winston Cup win last week, brought out a caution as Hamilton moved into the lead, with Green second. Greg Biffle was third as the cars came out of the restart for one last lap. Then Green shot past Hamilton on the inside, and Biffle tried to go outside. Instead, he collided with Hamilton, who spun into the wall.
Next race: 10/10 Little Trees 300, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord, NC (air time to be announced; TNT)
NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES
10/04 John Boy and Billy 250, Big Daddy’s South Boston Speedway, South Boston, VA (0.4-mi. oval; 203 laps)
Dennis Setzer picked up his third victory of the season after losing several big leads, giving Travis Kvapil’s #16 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet a shot when Brendan Gaughan’s #62 The Orleans Hotel Dodge spun in the third turn to trigger the race’s fifth caution. But Kvapil spun his Chevrolet’s tires on the restart, giving Setzer’s #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet the room he needed to post the victory. Setzer, who averaged a race-record 73.337 mph, beat Kvapil by 0.984 seconds. Ted Musgrave, who wrecked his #1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge in practice and qualified third with no laps on the rebuilt truck, got early adjustments from his pit crew to finish third. Kvapil cut a 72-point deficit to just 20 as Gaughan finished 15th after starting from the pole. Musgrave, 100 back when the race began, closed within 58 with four races remaining. Jon Wood, in the # 50 Graham for President/Roush Racing Ford, was fourth, and Rick Crawford, in the #14 Circle Bar Motel/RV Park Ford, rounded out the top five.