RACING RESULTS: 3/3/03

March 3, 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 CUP3/2 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV (1.5-Mi. Tri-Oval; 267 Laps)Matt Kenseth's 7th Winston Cup victory in the #17 DeWalt Tools Ford Taurus further solidified Roush Racing's hold on Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as the multi-car team has won four out of six Cup races held here. Taking on four tires in only 13 seconds during the final round of pit stops, Kenseth led Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s #8 Budweiser/DEI Chevrolet Monte Carlo by 9.104 seconds at the finish. Michael Waltrip's #15 NAPA Auto Parts/DEI Chevrolet took third and the points lead, as only 11 cars managed to finish on the lead lap.Next Race: 3/9 MBNA Bass Pro Shops 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton GA (1.54-Mi. Oval; 12:30 p.m. ET; FOX)NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES3/1 Sam's Town 300, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV (1.5-Mi. Tri-Oval; 200 Laps)With only 32 laps to go in the race, Todd Bodine's unsponsored #92 Chevrolet raced side-by-side with a hard charging Joe Nemechek, suddenly becoming loose and spinning, handing the lead to the #87 Cellular One/Nemco Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo. At the finish, it was Nemechek by 0.603 of a second ahead of #21Pay Day/Richard Childress Racing Monte Carlo of Kevin Harvick, and Mike Bliss' #20 Rockwell Automation/Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet. The highest non-Chevrolet finisher was Jason Keller in the #57 Albertson's/ppc Racing Ford Taurus, in fifth.2/24 Rockingham 200, North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham, NC (1.017-Mi. Oval; Race Postponed until 2/24 due to rain; 197 Laps)Leading 192 of 197 laps, Jamie McMurray in the #1 Yellow Transportation/James Finch-owned Dodge ran away from the field, including polesitter and 2nd place finisher David Green in the #37 Timber Wolf/Brewco Pontiac 1.908 seconds back, and Todd Bodine's #92 Chevrolet in third. McMurray averaged 101.815 MPH, taking 1:58:04 to complete the race. In winning his third Busch race,McMurray now has two of them at The Rock.Next Race: 3/15 darlingtonraceway.com 200, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC (1.355-Mi. Oval; 12:30 p.m. ET; FX)NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIESNext Race: 3/14 Craftsman 200, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC (1.355-Mi. Oval; 4:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)CART FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIESNext Race: 3/23 Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix, Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Mexico (2.1-MI. Road Course; 2:30 p.m. ET; SPEED)NHRA POWERade CHAMPIONSHIP DRAG RACINGNext Race:  3/16 Mac Tools Gatornationals, Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, FL (9:00 p.m. ET; ESPN2)O'REILLY WORLD OF OUTLAWS SERIES3/1 J.D. Byrider Outlaw Nationals, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV (.5-Mi. Oval; 30 Laps)Leading the last 12 laps, Tim Schaffer's #83 Beef Packers Eagle swept this weekend's J.D. Byrider Outlaw Nationals at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In second was Danny "the Dude" Lasoski, in Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle, and third was the #7S Hunting Catalog car of Jason Sides. The win marked Schaffer's sixth in WOO competition, his first double-featurevictory, and demonstrated the abilities that made him the '99 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie-of-the-Year.Next Race: 3/9 Hollywood Hills Feature, Hollywood Hills Speedway, San Felipe Pueblo, NM (Semi-Banked, 3.8-Mi. Oval)INDY RACING LEAGUE3/2 Toyota 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL (1.5-mi. Oval; 200 Laps;  300 Miles)22-year-old New Zealander Scott Dixon's IRL IndyCar Series debut in the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota marked only the third time in the Series history that a driver won in his first IRL start. Dixon held off Gil de Ferran's #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota by 0.5752-seconds, while averaging a race-record 153.710 MPH. Through Dixon, de Ferran, and third-place finisher Helio Castroneves in the #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota, Toyota scored a remarkable 1-2-3 finish in what was their first IRL IndyCar Series race.Next Race: 3/23 Purex Dial Indy 200, Phoenix International Raceway, Goodyear, AZ (1.0-Mi. Oval; 200 Laps; 200 Miles; 3:30 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: 4/13 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Street Circuit, Long Beach, CA (Same Day Delayed Broadcast; 9:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)2/23 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Streets of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL (1.78-mi. street Circuit; 56 Laps)A seven-year absence from the series apparently didn't hurt Scott Pruett's winning ways, as he took the checkered flag in the #7 Jaguar R Performance/Rocketsports Jaguar XKR, the only repeat winner of this event. Pruett dominated the race, won the pole, led the most laps, and set the fastest race lap time at 1:14.634 @ 87.113 MPH. His margin of victory over Boris Said's #33 ACS Express/Menards Ford Mustang was 1.296 seconds, and Johnny Miller's #64 Eaton Cutler-Hammer AutomationDirect Jaguar rounded out the top three. Pruett averaged 78.314 MPH around the street course. IHRA HOOTERS RACING SERIES2/28 Amalie Texas Nationals, River City Raceway, San Antonio, TX (TV Coverage To Be Announced)RACE POSTPONED TO 3/8-9 DUE TO RAINNext Race: 3/30 33rd Annual IHRA Spring Nationals Presented By Advance Auto Parts and Castrol, Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, NCASA AC DELCO CHALLENGE SERIES Next 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 ASSOCIATION3/1 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)Hurley Haywood and J.C. France put the Brumos Racing #59 Porsche-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype in the winner's circle at the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami, finishing first in the Prototype class, and first overall. Surprisingly, 2nd overall finisher and the Grand Touring class winner, Scuderia Ferrari of Washington's #33 Ferrari 360GT, piloted by Cort Wagner and Brent Martini, and 3rd overall finisher Jon Leavy and Kenny Bupp, also won their class (GTS, in the #18 Murray's Speed & Custom Chevrolet Camaro).Next Race: 5/3 Phoenix 250, Phoenix International Raceway, Goodyear, AZ (Broadcast Time/Date To Be Announced; SPEED)IDRC IMPORT DRAG RACING CIRCUITNext Race: 3/23 IDRC Firebird Nationals, Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, AZ (TV Coverage To Be Announced)2/23 West Coast Nationals, L.A. County Raceway, Palmdale, CA (TV Coverage To Be Announced) RESULTS NOT AVAILABLENHRA 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: 3/15 Five Flags Speedway, Pensacola, FL (Delayed broadcast; 3/20; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)WRC WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP3/2 Rally of Turkey, Antalyn, Turkey (4:32:14.1 Race Time; 1193.85km Race Distance, incl. 337.88km on 18 special stages)Spainard Carlos Sainz brought the Citroen Xsara WRC home in first some 47.9 seconds in front of Richard Burns' Peugeot 206 WRC, winning his 25th WRC event and equalling Colin McRae's record in the process. After Burns, it was Ford's young sensation, Francois Duval, taking the final podium spot.Next Race: 4/13 Rally New ZealandOPTIMA 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, NVSNORE SOUTHERN NEVADA OFF ROAD ENTHUSIASTSNext Race: 4/14 Buffalo Bills Hotel/Casino 250, Primm, NV2/15 Avi Hotel/Casino 250, Laughlin, NVRESULTS NOT AVAILABLEBRITISH 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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