Racing Results: 7/21/2003

July 21, 2003


7/20 British Grand Prix, Silverstone Circuit, Northampton, England (60 Laps; 5.4-sec. Victory Margin) -- Rubens Barrichello, in the #2 Marlboro Ferrari F2003 won from the pole, but it was the drama that played out in between the first and last laps that made the race. A slow start by the other car on the front row, the Mild Seven Renault of Jarno Trulli, caused Barrichello to also hold back, and in the process he lost heat in his tires and slipped by several spots. Next came a man dressed in a kilt, running amok on the race course with the cars on the track, making a political statement of some sort. Then it was the pit window, where on or about lap 30, everyone was in creating a massive traffic jam, and even putting Michael Schumacher back in 15th after the stop. Eventually, when racing resumed in earnest, it was Kimi Raikkönen's West McLaren-Mercedes in first, with Barrichello and Juan Pablo Montoya's H-P Williams-BMW closing on him. Barrichello was on a different Bridgestone tire than the one the Ferrari team ran previously, which allowed him to pass Raikkönen in a difficult spot on the track, and subsequently run away from that point on. Later, pressure from Montoya caused Raikkönen to commit another error, driving into the dirt and back on the track only after Montoya had passed. That was the running order at the end of the race, with Michael Schumacher having made his way back through the field, finishing fourth just shy of Raikkönen. This further narrowed the driver's championship, as Schumacher retains the lead by seven points, and Ferrari has 10 over the Williams-BMWs. Next Race: 8/3 German Grand Prix, Hockenheim Circuit, Hockenheim, Germany (7:30 a.m. ET; SPEED)


7/20 New England 300, New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, NH (1.058-Mi. Oval; 300 Laps) -- In a fuel economy race, Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowe's Home Improvement/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo gambled and won his fifth career Cup race, and his second this year. With 46 laps to go, Johnson had one eye on the fuel gauge, and the other on the #29 GM Goodwrench Service/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Kevin Harvick. Meanwhile, Matt Kenseth's #17 DeWalt Tools/ Roush Racing Ford Taurus, like Johnson and Harvick, was also stretching the fuel mileage window. All three made it, followed by the #12 AllTel/Penske Racing South Dodge of Ryan Newman, and the other 'phone car', Robby Gordon's #31 Cingular Wireless/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet made up the top five. Next Race: 7/27 Pennsylvania 500, Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA (2.5-Mi. Tri-Oval; 12:30 p.m. ET; TNT)


7/19 New England 200, New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, NH (1.058-Mi. Oval; 199 Laps) -- David Green, a Busch series regular in his #37 Timber Wolf Pontiac, took advantage of a caution flag for debris on the track 45 laps from the finish, passing polesitter and then-race leader Kevin Harvick's #21 PayDay/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, and holding him off to win the race, his second of the year and seventh of his career. Green trailed Scott Riggs coming into this event, but left with the points lead after Riggs' 14th place finish. Behind Harvick was Matt Kenseth in the # Bayer/CVS Pharmacy Ford Taurus, Brian Vickers' #5 GMAC/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and the #23 Stacker 2/Bill Davis Racing Chevrolet of Scott Wimmer. Next Race: 7/26 TrimSpa Dream Body 250 presented by Dodge, Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, CO (1-Mi. Oval, 3:30 p.m. ET; NBC)


7/19 Dodge Ram Tough 200 Gateway International Speedway, Madison, IL (1.25-Mi. Oval; 200 Miles; 160 Laps; 99.489 MPH Ave. Speed) -- Brendan Gaughan's #62 Orleans Resort Dodge Ram went to the front on lap 50, and stayed there to the end, but it wasn't without a fight, as Jason Leffer in the #2 ASE/CarQuest/Ultra Motorsports Dodge lost by a half truck length and 0.222 seconds. Travis Kvapil, in the #16 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet was third, holding his 34-point lead over Gaughan in the championship standings. Carl Edwards in the #99 Roush Racing Ford was fourth, with Rick Crawford in the #14 Circle Bar Motel/RV Park Ford rounding out the top five. Next Race: 7/26 Sears 200, Michigan International Raceway, Brooklyn, MI (2.0-Mi. Tri-Oval; 1:00 p.m.; SPEED)

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