Racing Results: 2/17/03

February 17, 2003

 FIA FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIXNext Race: 3/9 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne, Australia (191.118-mi. Race Distance; 58 Laps; 3.295-mi. Race Circuit; TV Coverage To Be Announced)NASCAR WINSTON CUP2/16 Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (2.5-mi. Tri-Oval; 109 of 200 Laps; Race Shortened by Rain)The news was that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. didn't win the Big One -- instead, his DEI teammate, Michael Waltrip, in the #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo, won the Daytona 500 for the second time after Earnhardt's #8 Budweiser Chevrolet developed an electrical problem, causing him to lose two laps while a battery was replaced, and Waltrip remained at the front of the pack. Kurt Busch's #97 Rubbermaid/Sharpie Roush Racing Ford Taurus, and Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowe's Home Improvement/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlorounded out the top three.2/13 Gatorade 125s, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (2.5-mi. Tri-Oval; 50 Laps Each)Race #1: Robby Gordon, in the #31 Cingular Wireless/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, used quick thinking and fast pit work to put him out in front of 500 polesitter and teammate, Jeff Green, in the #30 America Online Chevrolet, to win the first qualifier. Gordon averaged 181.189 MPH, in the first race with NASCAR-mandated smaller gas tanks.Race #2: Starting on the pole for this race, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drove the #8 Budweiser/ DEI Chevrolet to the winner's circle, finishing ahead of DEI teammate Michael Waltrip, and surprisingly strong Todd Bodine in the #125 Army National Guard Ford Taurus of Sam Belnavis and Travis Carter.2/9 Budweiser Shootout, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (2.5-mi. Tri-Oval; 70 Laps)Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the #8 Budweiser/Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo, saved the best for last when he shot past the #24 DuPont Chevrolet of Jeff Gordon with five laps left to go. From there, it was all Dale Jr., as he sailed to a .0180-sec. Victory Margin. Earnhardt averaged 180.827 MPH, and only reinforced the oddsmakers' faith in him as the favorite to win this year's Daytona 500.Next Race: 2/23 Subway 400, North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham, NC (1.017-Mi. Oval; 12:30 p.m. ET; FOX)NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES2/15 Koolerz 300, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (2.5-mi. Tri-Oval; 120 Laps)Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s #3 Oreos/Ritz Chevrolet Monte Carlo, owned jointly by Earnhardt, Jr. and his stepmother, Theresa, made its way to Victory Lane with only the 500 left to conquer.Matt Kenseth, in the #17 Bayer Aspirin/Roush Racing Ford Taurus, and Kevin Harvick, in the #21 PayDay/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, finished second and third, respectively. Next Race: 2/22 Rockingham 200, North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham, NC (1.017-Mi. Oval; 12:30 p.m. ET; FX)NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES2/14 Florida Dodge Dealers 250, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (2.5-mi. Tri-Oval; 106 Laps)A race high in attrition, only 17 trucks finished out of 36 starters. In a thrilling three-wide sprint to the finish, Rick Crawford, in Tom Mitchell's #14 Circle Bar Motel/RV Park Ford F-150, nosed out Travis Kvapil's #16 IWX MotorFreight/Knights Inn Chevrolet Silverado, and Robert Pressley's #159 Harris Trucking Dodge Ram for the win. It was Crawford's first win in 120 races dating back to 1998.Next Race: 3/14 Craftsman 200, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC (1.355-mi. Oval; 4:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)CART FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIESNext Race: 2/23 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Inaugural Event), Streets of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL (1.78-mi. Street Circuit; TV Coverage To Be Announced)NHRA POWERade CHAMPIONSHIP DRAG RACINGNext Race: 2/23 Checker Shuck Kragen's Nationals, Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, AZ (9:00 p.m. ET; ESPN2)O'REILLY WORLD OF OUTLAWS SERIESNext Race: 2/21 World Of Outlaws Season Opener, Kings Speedway, Hanford, CA (3/8-mi. Oval)INDY RACING LEAGUENext Race: 3/2 Toyota 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL (1.5-mi. Oval; 1:00 p.m. ET; ABC)AMERICAN LE MANS SERIESNext Race: 3/14-15 Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL (3.7-mi. Road Course; 12 Hr. Timed Event; 10 a.m. ET; SPEED Live)TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH CUPNext Race: 2/23 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Inaugural Event), Streets of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL (1.78-mi. Street Circuit; 5:30 p.m. ET; SPEED)IHRA HOOTERS RACING SERIESNext Race: 2/28 Amalie Texas Nationals, River City Raceway, San Antonio, TX (TV Coverage To Be Announced)ASA AC DELCO CHALLENGE SERIESNext Race: 3/22 USA International Speedway, Lakeland, FL (0.75-mi. Banked Oval; 9:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)ARCA RE/MAX SERIESNext Race:  3/8 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA (1.54-Mile Paved oval; 1:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)GRAND AMERICAN ROAD RACING ASSOCIATIONNext Race: 3/1 Nextel 250, Grand Prix of Miami, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL (1.5-mi. Oval; 250-mi. Race Distance; 105 Laps; 2:45:00 Time Limit; 3/8 Delayed Broadcast; 3:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)IDRC IMPORT DRAG RACING CIRCUITNext Race: 2/23 West Coast Nationals, L.A. County Raceway, Palmdale, CA (TV Coverage To Be Announced)NHRA SUMMIT SPORT COMPACT DRAG RACINGNext Race: 3/16 GM Performance NHRA Sport Compact Nationals, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV (3/29 Delayed Broadcast; 9:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2)              USAR HOOTERS PRO CUPNext Race: 2/22 Naturally Fresh Foods 250 presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts,  USA International Speedway, Lakeland, FL (.750-mile, high-banked asphalt oval; 250 Laps; 187.50 Mile Race Distance; 2/27 Delayed Broadcast; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)WRC WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPNext Race: 3/2 Rally of Turkey, Antalyn, Turkey (TV Coverage To Be Announced)OPTIMA SCORE DESERT SERIESNext Race: 3/15 Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, Baja California, Mexico (TV Coverage To Be Announced)CHAMPIONSHIP OFF ROAD RACING EXXON SERIESNext Race: 5/25 Dresser, WIBEST IN THE DESERT RACING ASSOCIATIONNext Race: 4/27 Terrible's Town 250, Las Vegas, NV2/9 Blue Water Hotel & Casino Parker 425, Parker, AZ Dale Ebberts & Ernie Castro, Jr. captured the Overall and 1500 P Class win in their #1545 Jimco/Toyota, with a time of 6 Hours, 52 Minutes, 54 Seconds, a Victory Margin of 16 Minutes, 16 Seconds over fellow 1500 P Class competitors, Mark & Gary Weyrich in the Jimco.  Other winners included: E. Yee/Doug Fortin, Jimco —1000 P Class; Rick D. Johnson/J. Walter/B. Sallee/G. Bateman, Ford — 1200 P Class; and Mark Miller/Ryan Arciero/W. Valder, Jr./C. Crampton, Chevrolet — 1400 P Class. Only 30 percent of the field finished the race due to an exceptionally tough, demanding desert course.SNORE SOUTHERN NEVADA OFF ROAD ENTHUSIASTSNext Race: 2/24 Avi Hotel/Casino 250, Laughlin, NVBRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIPNext Race: 4/21 Modello Park International Racing Circuit, Naas, Ireland (2.268-mi. Road Course; 30 Laps; 68.04 mi. Race Distance) 

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