Racing Results: 4/7/03

April 7, 2003

 FIA FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX4/6 Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil (4.309 KM Race Circuit; 305.905 KM Race Distance; 1:29:53.179 Race Time; Red Flagged --  of  71 Laps Completed)In what was a bizarre ending to an otherwise exciting race in the wet, Kimi Raikkonen made it two in a row for the McLaren Mercedes team, followed by Giancarlo Fisichella's Jordan Ford 0.831 seconds back, and Fernando Alonso in the Renault over six seconds behind the leader. Fisichella's Jordan actually overtook the McLaren, but due to a horrific accident that first claimed Marc Webber's Jaguar and then Alonso's Renault, F1 rules state that once the red flag is presented and the race stopped, the results go back two laps, thus awarding the win to Raikkonen rather than Fisichella. Nevertheless, Fisichella and team owner Eddie Jordan celebrated their podium finish, the 200th Grand Prix for Jordan. At only 23, Raikkonen is the F1 points leader. Next Race: 4/20 San Marino Grand Prix, Imola (4.933 KM Track Length; 305.609 KM Race Distance; 62 Laps; TV Coverage To Be Announced; SPEED) NASCAR WINSTON CUP4/6 Aaron's 499, Talledega Superspeedway, Talledega, AL (2.66-mi. Tri-Oval; 188 Laps)Despite needing an engine change in the #8 Budweiser/DEI Chevrolet Monte Carlo that mandated starting at the back of the pack in 43rd place, and a 27-car crash just 4 laps into the race that tore up the front air dam and messed up his car's aerodynamics, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. steadily worked his way back into contention. Then in the last 20 laps from the finish, Junior dueled alternately with Kevin Harvick's #29 GM Goodrwrench/ Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth's #17 DeWalt Tools/Roush Racing Ford Taurus, Ricky Craven's #32 Tide/PPI Motorsports Pontiac Grand Prix, and Jimmy Johnson's #48 Lowe's Home Improvement/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, dispatching all of them to finish just 0.125 seconds ahead of Harvick at the conclusion of the event for his fourth Talledega Winston Cup win in a row (and 8th career Cup win), besting Buddy Baker's previous tally of three. Elliott Sadler, who gave Junior a push from behind when he needed it, finished 3rd in the #38 M&Ms/Robert Yates Racing Ford Taurus. Next Race: 4/13 Advance Auto Parts 250, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA (0.526-mi. Oval; 12:30 p.m. ET; FOX)NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES4/6 Aaron's 312, Talledega Superspeedway, Talledega, AL (2.66-mi. Tri-Oval; 117 Laps)In a race with every driver going flat out, it was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s #8 Dale Sr. Tribute Concert & Foundation/DEI Chevrolet Monte Carlo that kept the pedal to the metal, outrunning Joe Nemechek's #87 Cellular One/Nemco Motorsports entry at the line, with the #48 Goulds Pumps/Dark Dog Energy Drink/IMI Monte Carlo of Shane Hmiel in third for a 1-2-3 finish for Chevrolet. Little E set the stage for the Winston Cup race, no doubt taking much of what he learned in his Busch ride with him the following day.  Next Race: 4/12 Pepsi 300, Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, TN (1.333-Mi. Oval; 3:30 p.m. ET; FX) NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIESNext 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 RACING4/6 Summitracing.com Nationals, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NVTop Fuel: Larry Dixon, in the Miller Lite Dragster, took out Doug Kalitta's low qualifying Kid Rock-bannered ride with a 4.608, 312.57 to 4.695, 314.39 in the finals for his 3rd straight win at Las Vegas, and his 27th career win.Funny Car: Tony Pedregon, in the Castrol Syntec/John Force Racing Ford Mustang, soloed with a 4.916, 203.07 blast after low qualifier Whit Bazemore red-lighted away his chances with a 5.766, 172,85, racking up his 21st NHRA event title.Pro Stock: Showing that independents can still win in NHRA competition, Greg Anderson claimed the sixth event win of his career with a holeshot 6.907, 200.95 in the popular Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am to 6.896, 201.10  over Kurt Johnson's AC Delco Chevrolet Cavalier. Next Race: 4/13 O'Reilly Spring Nationals, Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX (5:00 p.m. ET; ESPN2) O'REILLY WORLD OF OUTLAWS SERIES3/5 The Dirt Track at Talladega, AL (1/3-Mi. Oval; 40 Laps) Danny "the Dude" Lasoski in Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider/Mopar Performance Eagle needed to put some distance between himself and Steve Kinser's #11 Quaker State Maxim on the track and in the points battle, and he did so with a win at The Dirt Track at Talledega Superspeedway Saturday night. In a two-lap shootout at the end of the race, Lasoski outdistanced Mark Kinser's #5M DurstAuctions/Williams Properties Maxim, closely followed by Steve Kinser. Next Race: 4/12 Feature Race, I-55 Raceway, Pevely, MO (High-banked, 1/3-Mi. Oval)INDY RACING LEAGUENext Race: 4/13 Indy Japan 300, Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan (200 Laps; 300 Miles; 1:00 p.m. ET; ABC) CART FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIESNext 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: 5/10 AC DELCO U.S. Open of Drag Racing, Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova, IL (TV Coverage To Be Announced)ASA AC DELCO CHALLENGE SERIES 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 RACING4/6 BFGoodrich Tires NHRA Sport Compact Nationals, Moroso Motorsports Park, Palm Beach Gardens, FL (4/27 Delayed Broadcast; Noon ET; ESPN2) Pro RWD: Matt Scranton raced to his 11th consecutive 'Wally' with a 7.147, 193.79    win in the money round with the Turbonetics '03 Toyota Celica, over the 7.583, 170.03 of Manny Cruz's '02 Mercury Cougar.Pro FWD: John Brown's '03 Honda Civic ran an 8.610, 169.01 to 8.635, 176.74 to knock off Nelson Hoyos' factory-backed Bothwell Motorsports '03 Chevrolet Cavalier for the event win. It was Brown's NHRA debut this weekend, a contrast to the more experienced Hoyos, who is still looking for his first NHRA event victory.Modified: Cesar Febus runs an old skool '86 Nissan 300ZX, which apparently still has the right stuff, taking out Jimmy O'Connor's Venom Motorsports-sponsored '93 Toyota Supra with a 8.015, 147.66 to O'Connor's galliant-but-losing 9.958, 90.68.Hot Rod: Marty Ladwig, on the other hand, took the second Chevrolet factory-backed Bothwell Motorsports '03 Pontiac Sunfire to the winner's circle over Mike Crawford's Mopar Performance-backed/'03 PhatRidz Neon SRT-4, with a 8.666, 168.19 MPH decision over Mike's losing 11.684, 84.65 in the first all-domestic class final in NHRA history.All Motor:  Ken Scheepers won with a 10.341, 129.42 in his Mazda RX-7 over the Mopar-backed, redlighting Neon of Scott Mohler who ran a losing 10.594, 129.08. Next Race: 5/4 Nitto Extreme Performance NHRA Sport Compact Nationals, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ (TV Coverage To Be Announced)IDRC IMPORT DRAG RACING CIRCUITNext Race: 4/13 Lone Star Nationals, River City Raceway, San Antonio, TX USAR HOOTERS PRO CUPNext Race: 4/12 Jennerstown, PA (250 Laps; Delayed broadcast; 4/17; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)WRC WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPNext Race: 4/13 Rally New Zealand TECATE SCORE DESERT SERIESNext Race: 6/1 Tecate SCORE Baja 500, Ensenada, 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, NV SNORE SOUTHERN NEVADA OFF ROAD ENTHUSIASTSNext Race: 4/14 Buffalo Bills Hotel/Casino 250, Primm, NV BRITISH 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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