Racing Results: 3/24/03

March 23, 2003

 FIA FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX3/23 Malaysian Grand Prix, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (5.543 KM Race Circuit; 310.408 KM Race Distance; 56 Laps)Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, the young Finnish McLaren teammate to David Coulthard, scored an emotion first GP win here. Michael Schumacher's woes continued, as he punted Italian Jarno Trulli off-track, a manuever that sent him to the pits once for a rough driving penalty, and a second time to replace the nose on his Ferrari, effectively taking him out of contention for the race win.Meanwhile, attrition and high track temperatures favoredRäikkönen, as he dispatched Rubens Barrichello in the second Ferrari by nearly 40 seconds at the flag. Fernando Alonso, despite driving with a fever throughout the race, gave Renault a podium finish in third. Alas, poor Schumacher could claim no such illness.Next Race: 4/6 Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil (4.309 KM Race Circuit; 305.905 KM Race Distance; 71 Laps; TV Coverage To Be Announced)NASCAR WINSTON CUP3/23 Food City 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN (0.533-mi. Oval; 12:30 p.m. ET; 497 Laps)With some of the leaders stranded on pit road during a late race caution, Kurt Busch in the #97 Rubbermaid Ford Taurus, and Matt Kenseth in the #17 DeWalt Tools Ford Taurus, made it a 1-2 finish for Roush Racing and Ford. Bobby Labonte's #18 Interstate Batteries/Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo finished third, one of only six cars to finish on the lead lap. Kenseth's runner-up finish gave him the Winston Cup points lead by 138 overBusch.Next Race: 3/30 Samsung/Radio Shack 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX (1.5-mi. Quad-Oval; 12:30 p.m. ET: FOX)NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES3/22 Channellock 250, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN (0.533-mi. Oval; 250 Laps)Kevin Harvick guided the #21 Payday/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo to victory for the third time at Bristol Motor Speedway, holding off the #33 Outdoor Channel Chevrolet of Tony Raines, to win a wild race with only 23 cars running at the end of the race. The #57 Albertson's/ppc Racing Ford Taurus of Jason Keller finished third.3/15 200, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC (1.355-Mi. Oval; 147 Laps; Race Postponed to 3/17 due to rain)Todd Bodine, in the unsponsored #92 Herzog-Jackson Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo, collided with Jamie McMurray's #1 Yellow Transportation Dodge as they crossed the finish line, and Bodine's car somehow bounced in front of McMurray's, which slid sideways. Scott Riggs, #10 Nestle NesQuik/ppc Racing Ford Taurus, was third.Next Race: 3/29 O'Reilly 300, Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX (1.5-mi. Quad-Oval; 2:00 p.m. ET; FOX)NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES3/23 Lucas Oil 250 presented by Glidden, Mesa Marin Raceway, Bakersfield, CA (0.5-mi. Oval; 255 Laps)Dennis Setzer, in the #12 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet Silverado, tied the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series record for victories in consecutive seasons at six, matching a mark set by Jack Sprague in '91.  Wood Brothers' 3rd generation racer Jon Wood's #50 U.S. Navy/Roush Racing Ford F150 trailedSetzer by 1.216 seconds to the finish line, and the # New Orleans Hotel & Casino Dodge Ram of Brendan Gaughan finishing 3rd. Setzer averaged 58.854 MPH to win the race.Next Race: 4/12 Advance Auto Parts 250, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA (0.526-mi. Oval; 1:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)NHRA POWERade CHAMPIONSHIP DRAG RACINGNext Race: 4/6 Nationals, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV (11:00 p.m. ET; ESPN2)O'REILLY WORLD OF OUTLAWS SERIES3/22 Texas Shootout, Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX (4/10-mi. Oval; 30 Laps)Steve "King of the Outlaws" Kinser came within .009 seconds of recording the second clean sweep in the Outlaws Series history Saturday at Houston Raceway Park. Winning every race he entered, the 17-time WOO Series champ passed five cars to win the Second Heat Race, three more in the First Dash Race to claimthe pole in the "A" feature, then held off Craig Dollansky all race long to claim his second victory of the season. Only Mark Kinser's 107.833 MPH best lap prevented Steve from scoring a clean sweep. Sammy Swindell recorded the only clean sweep in series history in 1995 at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey. Tim Shaffer in the #83 Beef Packers Eagle was 3rd.Next Race: 3/29 Feature Race, Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, Ft. Worth, TXINDY RACING LEAGUE3/23 Purex Dial Indy 200, Phoenix International Raceway, Goodyear, AZ (1.0-Mi. Oval; 200 Laps; 200 Miles)Tony Kanaan pulled away at the restart less than three laps from the finish of the Purex Dial Indy 200 for his first IRL IndyCar Series victory. Kanaan, in the #22 Team 7-Eleven Dallara-Honda, held off Helio Castroneves' #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara-Toyota, to win by 0.9238 of a second. Kanaan averaged 100.073 MPH, and now holds the series point lead by nine over Castroneves. Felipe Giaffone, in the #21 Hollywood Mo Nunn Racing Panoz G Force-Toyota was third. This was also Michael Andretti's first win as a new team owner.Next Race: 4/13 Indy Japan 300, Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan (200 Laps; 300 Miles; 1:00 p.m. ET; ABC)CART FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES3/23 Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix, Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Mexico (2.1-MI. Road Course; 85 Laps; 2.039 sec. Victory Margin)Paul Tracy scored his second victory of the season and is 2 for 2, in the # 3 Players/ Indeck Ford Cosworth-Lola, taking the lead on Lap 17 and never yielding it to win in front of 92,713 fans and take an 11-point early season points lead. A late race charge by Michel Jourdain, Jr. in the #9 Gigante/Team Rahal Ford Cosworth-Lola came up short, but it kept Jourdain second in the points to Tracy, and was the 2nd time in as many races that he was the runner-up. Third place went to Alex Tagliani, in Rocketsports' #33 Johnson Controls/Ford Cosworth-Lola. Of considerable interest was AlexYoong's ninth-place finish in the #11 Lotto Speed/Dale Coyne Racing Ford Cosworth-Lola, the first time Yoong has ever raced in the CART series, and without benefit of any prior Champ Car testing.Next Race:  4/13 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Streets of Long Beach, CA (4:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)AMERICAN LE MANS SERIESNext Race: 6/29 The Atlanta Grand Prix, Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA (2.54-mi. Road Course; CBS Sports)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) IHRA HOOTERS RACING SERIESNext Race: 3/30 33rd Annual IHRA Spring Nationals Presented By Advance Auto Parts and Castrol, Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, NCASA AC DELCO CHALLENGE SERIES 3/22 Jani-King 200, USA International Speedway, Lakeland, FL (0.75-mi. Banked Oval; 200 Laps)Butch Miller, in the #52 TimberWolf entry, won the series opener passing leader Kevin Cywinski on the 193rd lap, then holding on for the victory, his 47th career ASA win. '97 ASA champ Cywinski finished second, with Georgia rookie Reed Sorensen third.Next Race: 4/12 Texas 250, Houston Motor Speedway, Houston, TX (.375-mi. high-banked Tri-Oval; 9:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)ARCA RE/MAX SERIESNext Race: 4/11 Nashville Superspeedway, Nashville, TN (1.33-MI. Concrete Oval; 9:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)GRAND AMERICAN ROAD RACING ASSOCIATIONNext Race: 5/3 Phoenix 250, Phoenix International Raceway, Goodyear, AZ (Broadcast Time/Date To Be Announced; SPEED)NHRA SUMMIT SPORT COMPACT DRAG RACINGNext Race: 4/6 BFGoodrich Tires NHRA Sport Compact Nationals, Moroso Motorsports Park, Palm Beach Gardens, FL (4/27 Delayed Broadcast; Noon ET; ESPN2)3/16 GM Performance NHRA Sport Compact Nationals, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV (Delayed Broadcast; Check for revised schedule)EVENT RAINED-OUT; RESCHEDULED FOR 7/26IDRC IMPORT DRAG RACING CIRCUIT3/23 IDRC Firebird Nationals, Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, AZRESULTS NOT AVAILABLENext Race: 4/13 Lone Star Nationals, River City Raceway, San Antonio, TX               USAR HOOTERS PRO CUPNext Race: 3/29 New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna, FL (250 Laps; Delayed broadcast; 4/3; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)WRC WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPNext Race: 4/13 Rally New ZealandTECATE SCORE DESERT SERIESNext Race: 6/1 Tecate SCORE Baja 500, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (TV Coverage To Be Announced)3/15 Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, Baja California, Mexico (228 Mi. Desert Course; TV Coverage To Be Announced)1st Overall and 1st in the Pro Trophy Truck class was #4 Gus Vildosola, who completed the race in 3:48:17, 9 minutes, 51 seconds in front of 2nd overall and first in Class 1 Unlimited, the #114 entry of Dale Ebberts. Vildosola averaged 59.925 MPH to Ebberts' 57.446 MPH. Other Class winners included: Eli Yee, #1013 (Class 10); Dave Sykes, #805 (Class 8); Alan Flueger, #255 (ProTruck), and Craig Turner, #700 (Class 7).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, 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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